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William Garry Cownie

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lees Summit, MO

4.7   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 31 years
    Missouri - MO 41 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1982
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About William

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I am a graduate of the UMKC School of Law (working as a law clerk while in school), and I graduated in the top 10% of my class in 1982.

I am the father of three grown daughters and five grandchildren. I coached my daughters softball teams when they were teenagers and they had many successes. I am an avid fan of running, and other forms of fitness which I usually do some activity every day.



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212 NE Tudor Rd
Lees Summit, MO, 64086


4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Sherman | October 21, 2018
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We have used Bill Cownie for our family attorney for many years and have found him to give excellent service at a reasonable fee.
Posted by Amy | May 9, 2017
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Not your typical lawyer
I hired Bill for my divorce. During the consult, he told me, "if there is any chance to save your marriage, that is the better option." When he said this, I knew I was going to hire him. Bill is professional, kind and honest. My divorce went on for 2 very long years. Bill always kept me updated and responded to my questions quickly. Not once did I have to wonder what was going on with my case. I have hired him on to other issues and will use him again. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Becky | June 27, 2016
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Master of his Art!- Providing Piece of mind for my family
Bill Cownie is a master of his Art! Bill and his staff have responded to my legal needs with honesty, integrity and respect. Bill has always provided a high level of service in order to ensure the greatest success and outcome for my case. He has fought to protect my rights, regardless of what he was up against. With a genuine concern for me and my family, Bill has proven time and time that he is an Attorney that thinks outside of the box and gets results! I have been a client of Bill’s for over 9 years. Thank you Bill for the piece of mind you provide!
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Posted by Kerry | June 23, 2016
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Fast and Professional
I have hired William Cownie for several different legal issues. He has always been fast and friendly and easy to work with. He has always gone above and beyond and I would recommend him to any body who has traffic or Bankruptcy needs to address.
Posted by Yvette | June 21, 2016
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Honest and Genuine, Getterdun!
I appreciate Bill's ability to get to the heart of a matter without fluff and nonsense. He understands the law and our legal system, and knows how to get the job done. I have consulted and/or worked with Bill on several cases, and have always come away with a better understanding of the issues and probability of success. Bill is a lawyer's lawyer.
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Posted by Barry | May 26, 2016
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Credit Card Suit
I hired Mr. Cownie over the phone in 2013 to represent me in a lawsuit. Since I was disabled he was kind enough to take payment over the phone and go to court to represent me without me even having to be there. I never even had to visit his office which was great since it was hard for me to get around. His fees were very reasonable. He won my lawsuit which I was and still am extremely grateful. To be honest I've never had a high opinion of lawyers but Mr. Cownie changed my view, he really is fantastic.
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Posted by david | May 26, 2016
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best lawyer evet
From the time Kim and I meet with bill he was straight forward got straight to the point with our debt issue. He went to battle for us. Did not even step foot in a courtroom awesome legal help thanks bill. Kim and David.
Posted by DeWyane | April 5, 2016
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I hired Mr. Cownie to attain Guardianship and Conservatorship over my mother. It was a long process but Mr. Cownie kept me in the loop at all times, and I was appointed. He is now used to assist in the yearly filing and maintenance. Very happy with the services I receive and I highly recommend him and his staff!
Posted by Shane | April 4, 2016
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Long time client
I have known and used Bill for over a decade now. Everything from traffic to criminal. He has always provided the most sound advice for whatever the case was. Above everything I never felt blown off or ignored. I knew he had my best interest at heart.
Posted by Sherry | April 4, 2016
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Mr.Cownie has been wonderful. I am going threw a very difficult divorce. His office has been working with me for over 2 years. He has a great office staff. When we finally had our first court appearance he blew me away. He is very knowledgeable and professional lawyer. I would most definitely recommend him to my family and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2015
Super to work with.
I hired William Cownie to handle a traffic ticket for my wife. He and his staff were pleasant and easy to work with. I sent the required documentation and he took care of everything else. I got an email with my receipts proving resolution. Any questions I had were answered promptly and always to my satisfaction. I would definitely hire William Cownie again if the need arose.
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Posted by Leslie | October 24, 2023
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Bill Cownie has lost his integrity over the years. I have used Bill four times for various things over the last 23 years. This last time, I recently hired Bill to represent me in a divorce, and it was like working with a completely different person. Bill was hostile, rude, and hung up on me over the telephone for simply asking legal advice (after I retained his services). Bill charged me a flat rate of $1,950 for an uncontested divorce. As soon as my divorce was filed, Bill was pushing myself and the opposing counsel to move my case to a contested divorce and would not listen to what I wanted at all. Also, Bill is really good at sending you argumentative, non-productive emails and then charging you for them. I could see my case going south ALL because of Bill. I hired a new attorney to take over, and Bill, who had hardly done a thing at this point, stated that I had spent my full payment of $1,950 and would get nothing back. The new attorney redid every piece of paper Bill had filed and finished out my case for a total of $1,350. The new attorney also listened to me (the paying client) and got me the best possible deal without dragging out my case. Bill was unwilling to listen to what I (the client) wanted and was only trying to rack up more unnecessary charges. This caused a ton of extra stress during an already difficult time. There are far too many good attorneys out there to waste your time and money on this rude and arrogant scam artist.
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Work Experience

  • Lawyer and Owner
  • Earnshaw & Cownie Law Firm PC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of William G. Cownie, LLC
  • 1994 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Collins & Cownie
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Owner
  • Morningside Claims Service
  • 1992 - 2007
  • Staff Attorney
  • Amoco Corporation
  • 1984 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Niewald, Waldeck & Brown
  • 1982 - 1984
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  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Morningside College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Swartz v. Swartz
  • Reversed and Remanded


  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Co-Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Kansas City MO Bar Association
  • member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Eastern Jackson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Award for Labor Law
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1982
  • Award for Commercial Law
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1982
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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General practice Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known him for 16 years and he is always great to work with."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill since opening my practice in 2006. Bill mentored me when I started off, and always proved to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Bill is an excellent lawyer with an excellent reputation among his peers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Bill over the past several and have always enjoyed working with him. Whether opposing him in the courtroom or serving as a Guardian ad Litem or mediator, I have always had a pleasant experience with Bill."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Cownie for several years as opposing counsel. He has my respect as a lawyer. He is always prepared."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Bill is a very hardworking , diligent attorney. I've known him his entire legal career. I have referred him clients and they have been pleased with his representation."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Cownie is an outstanding lawyer- practical and knows the law."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the leaders in the local bar in personal injury issues. He has always been one of the lawyers who will know the answers to difficult legal issues."
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Lees Summit Divorce and separation Lawyer William Garry Cownie
William Garry Cownie
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lees Summit, MO
Licensed for 41 years