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The Kansas City Magazine and 417 Magazine of Springfield recently named Kevin Checkett as top Missouri lawyer.  This distinction is voted upon by other attorneys and awarded to those in the top 5% of their profession.


Kevin Checkett established his general practice of law in Carthage in 1977, after a one-year appointment as research attorney to the Missouri Court of Appeals. Since that beginning, Mr. Checkett has narrowed his practice to general civil trials with emphasis in commercial and bankruptcy litigation as well as estate and business planning. His lectures in both areas have been presented frequently in southwest Missouri. He has served as trustee in thousands of bankruptcies under Chapters 7, 11, and 12, and has been published in professional journals in the areas of creditors' rights, workouts and bankruptcy. Mr. Checkett's litigation experience includes personal injury, all perspectives within bankruptcy, lender liability and other areas of business and commerce, and estates and trusts.


Mr. Checkett is *AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Service.  The rating attests to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics and is based upon the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.  The A indicates a high to preeminent legal ability, while the V is an endorsement from other members of the bar of the highest ethical standards denoting an adherence to professional conduct, ethics, reliability, diligence, and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities ( Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.


Mr. Checkett was one of five organizers of federally chartered Hometown Bank and remains on its board of directors. He was also one of the founders of Carthage Community Foundation and serves as one of its directors.He belongs to the Missouri Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the panel of trustees for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and the legal counsel section for the Missouri Bankers' Association.


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 40%
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
  3. Banking: 20%
  4. Business: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • B. Michael Korte

    Mr. Checkett is widely respected by colleagues and courts alike as an expert in the field of bankruptcy. As a fellow attorney, I have relied on his expert advice and counsel in this extremely complex area of the law.


    B. Korte Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher William Dumm

    I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is a capable, experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. He zealously represents his client in a professional manner and is generally held in high esteem by his peers.


    Christopher Dumm Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Checkett & Pauly, P.C.

517 South Main Street
P.O. Box 409
Carthage, MO, 64836


MOGood Standing, Active197601/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified Business Bankruptcy AttorneyAmerican Board of Certification2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top AttorneyKC Magazine2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCheckett and Pauly2016 - Present
research attorneyMissouri Court of Appeals1976 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association Bankruptcy TrusteesMemberN/A
Missouri Bankers Association, Legal Counsel SectionMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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Publication nameTitleDate
Missouri Bar CLE DeskbookChapter 7 Bankruptcy2008
Missouri Lawyers WeeklyNew Bankruptcy Act Will Effect Businesses2005
Missouri Lawyers WeeklyMissouri's Unlimited Bankruptcy Exemption2002
Missouri Bar JournalAsset Protection and The Roth IRA1999
Missouri Lawyers WeeklyA Primer on Bankruptcy Appeals Procedure1998
Missouri Bar JournalMissouri Bankruptcy Exemption of Pension Benefits1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tulsa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Missouri, ColumbiaBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1973