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Colby Lawrence Rieke

Divorce and separation Attorney at Kansas City, MO

4.8   16 reviews

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Colby L. Rieke is an experienced domestic relations attorney focusing on family law and divorce with more than 16 years of experience in both Kansas and Missouri. Mr. Rieke focuses his practice on divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, and maintenance (alimony) cases, for both mother and father. Mr. Rieke represents business owners, C-suite executives, medical professionals, and their spouses in a variety of family law matters. He helps clients navigate complex business valuations, characterization of marital and non-marital assets, and child support and maintenance issues. Mr. Rieke employs creative solutions to complex, high net worth, contentious matters. His steadfast goal, prior to engaging in contested litigation, is to exhaust all possible efforts to negotiate, mediate, or otherwise amicably resolve each and every family law conflict in which he is involved. Yet, he is an experienced litigator when the matter remains unresolved.

Mr. Rieke is also experienced in the areas of estate planning and probate. This experience provides great value when analyzing complex property divisions, business valuations, and the preservation of marital and non-marital assets.

He has been named to the Super Lawyers® list in the area of Family Law in Kansas and Missouri for 2019, 2020 and 2021, and named to the Rising Star® list every year from 2014 through 2018. He is a member of the Firm’s Family Law & Divorce Practice Group, and the Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Practice Group.

Licensed for 17 years
State KS
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/08/2022
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/01/2023

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McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC
605 W. 47th Street
Ste. 350
Kansas City, MO, 64112
McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC
11903 W. 119th Street
Overland Park, KS, 66213
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Posted by James | December 28, 2021
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Estate Planning
Colby was great to work with. We had been procrastinating our estate planning for years, but I'm glad we worked with Colby to get this completed. He really took the time to explain everything in great detail to make sure we understood everything in the process. If you need to get your estate planning done, I highly recommend Colby and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Choosing a family law attorney is a very personal and highly emotional decision. Colby will earn your respect and trust from the very first meeting. He is able to take very emotional situations and calmly explain your legal rights to you. I would highly recommend Colby to anyone looking for an attorney in family law.
Posted by Lauren | July 7, 2020
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Exceptional
When I got the call from my son, the call I had been dreading for six years, I called Colby for help. Three days later we were in front of a judge who temporarily suspended their father's parenting rights. It was a traumatic experience for me and Colby was not only an exceptional attorney he was patient and caring with me as I worked through old trauma while dealing with the new trauma. When I asked his opinion he was thoughtful and honest. He was also relentless in fighting for my rights as well as my sons. He is highly intelligent and well versed in the law. And for someone like myself who was in an abusive marriage, his quiet strength was comforting and reassuring. I am grateful I had Colby in my corner for those 8 months, and when it happens again, he's my attorney.
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Posted by David | May 14, 2019
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Professional service with reasonable fee structure.
Colby represented me with my custody case. He is very detailed on his correspondence with me and in the filings with the court. Colby was easy to get a hold of and promptly returned calls or emails, listened to my concerns and offered advise or recommended action when appropriate. His fees are very reasonable when compared to others in the area.
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Posted by Erica | March 14, 2019
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He got it done!
I had been going through a rough time trying to get my kids last name changed for years. Colby was not only efficient, he was also great at keeping me in the loop with everything. He would always answer my questions whether it was through email or text. In the end, I won my case and couldn't be happier.
Posted by Jeff and Kevin | September 11, 2018
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Excellent attorney
Colby Rieke is a very skillful and knowledgeable attorney. We had a goal at the beginning of this road and that was to obtain sole custody of my son. Being a single father, I felt that the deck was stacked against me in court but he was able to accomplish that exact goal and thereby ensuring the safety and security of the most precious thing in my life. Without a doubt, I would go back to Colby for any future family law matters and recommend him to any friends or family in need of such services.
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Posted by Thomas | June 20, 2016
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VERY PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE.
Colby has represented / advised me from estate planning to speeding infractions. My confidence in him led to him also representing my daughter in a more serious criminal case (worked out better than expected). He is not only professional but calming throughout. It is easy to get lost and frustrated in the legal system. Colby's knowledge, experience and report always steps me thru the process. He is the type of man you would want to call a friend. He is the friend to call when you need legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2016
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Colby Rieke
Colby was very patient in explaining the whole process, and what to expect. He was quick to return calls or emails, and always available to answer questions. He was flexible with my payments as well. I felt like he had my best interests in mind, and was an advocate for me and what was best for my children.
Posted by Melanie | June 14, 2016
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Thorough and careful attorney
I've used Colby's legal services for a number of reasons for nearly a decade. I retained him for my divorce, and was able to obtain everything I asked, even when my ex attempted to take half the retirement I worked for. Many years ago, I experienced the unfortunate experience of being arrested for a DUI, the day after and an entire 7 hours since my last drink the night before (during which I did not drive). He was able to show that the officer should not have given me a breathalyzer when I had gum in my mouth, and even though I blew right at the limit, appealed to the judge to cut the fines and punishment in half since I did pass the sobriety test. I did not lose my license thanks to him. He had to fight for it, and be creative, and it worked. I felt like he wasn't going to give up. Colby has also helped me with a "couple" speeding tickets, for which I was guilty. Recently, I hired Colby to put together a will for me and he spent a lot of time with me explaining options and carefully making sure the details of my wishes are in place. Through the years, I've also been able to call him up and ask for feedback on various things along the way (a will issue when my father died, questions about a bad tenant, etc.) and he has always pointed me in the right direction even if I didn't need to hire him for anything. I recommend Colby for anything you encounter and would like to add how professional he is and easy to work with. Even if you find a "cheaper" attorney, it is not worth the cost of a possibly less thorough attorney. Colby will advise you properly and fight when it makes sense to.
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Posted by Dale | June 13, 2016
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Fantastic Attorney
Mr. Rieke was able to follow through on everything he promised he would in regards to my custody case. He has a great report with the judges and the courthouse and everything was quick and smooth. He was very passionate about the circumstances surrounding my desire/need to obtain custody of my daughter from her mother and he exhibited that every step of the way. The process took less than 3 months, mostly due to his knowledge and skills in maneuvering the legal system. I would recommend him to anyone needing a family lawyer.
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Posted by Jeanny | June 8, 2016
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Excellent Divorce Attorney
I hired Colby Kieke as my divorce attorney. He is very organized and easy to work with. In the courtroom Colby was professional and to the point. I knew my fees upfront and there were no surprises. I recommend Colby Rieke to get the job done!
Posted by Toy | June 7, 2016
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Several Traffic Tickets
Colby Rieke is a great attorney and I would highly recommend him for representation. He is knowledgeable, thorough and goes above and beyond what is required of him. I had several traffic tickets that could have revoked my license for three years and Mr. Rieke negotiated a deal with the prosecutor which saved me hundreds of dollars as well as the ability to regain my driving privileges. He's AWESOME!
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2018
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Colby Rieke
Colby represented me in my very long, very ugly, and extremely difficult divorce. It took almost 2 years to finalize and he was really great throughout the entire process. He was knowledgeable, even with the complex nature of my divorce. He kept me well informed of the process, thoroughly explained everything to me, and I felt like he really listened and cared about getting me what I wanted. We had to attend court 13 times and Colby was always well prepared and always brought his A game. I felt like I could trust Colby. Getting divorced is an extremely stressful situation; you shouldn't have to stress over your lawyer, too.
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Posted by Tom | December 29, 2017
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Divorce
Through the process of divorce, I conveyed my wishes and thoughts to Colby and he followed through and accomplished the divorce with minimal stress. Colby's diligence got it done and I was surprised when completed, I was due a refund!
Posted by Lynn | February 28, 2017
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An Attorney with Integrity & Tenacity
Colby Rieke took over my case when my previous lawyer was no longer proactive. His law knowledge, obvious intelligence & creative problem-solving all proved essential to resolving my case. He shows integrity & compassion when dealing with difficult and painful circumstances. Colby's tenacity for resolution moved my case forward and a to an acceptable completion, which I know would not have been accomplished without him. I recommend him to others with confidence.
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Posted by Charles | June 17, 2016
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He did good job as far as getting my divorce, got all properties and terms that were ask for except personal items the she had stolen from property and my dog. Dog was the biggest loss.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • The Law Office of Colby L. Rieke, L.L.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of John Ivan
  • 2004 - 2011

Education

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Kansas
  • Business Adminstration, B.S.
  • 2001
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Highschool
  • 1997

Associations

  • Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • 2018 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City
  • 2012 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • Vice-President
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Johnson County Bar Association Family Law Bench/Bar Guidelines Review Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Johnson County Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2020 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Kansas & Missouri SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Kansas & Missouri Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Kansas & Missouri SuperLawyers
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Hot Topics - Review of Recent Appellate Court Decisions
  • 2019

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Kansas City Divorce and separation Lawyer Colby Lawrence Rieke
Colby Lawrence Rieke
Divorce and separation Attorney
Kansas City, MO
Licensed for 17 years