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Ronald W. Nelson

Family Attorney at Overland Park, KS

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About Ronald

Learn Ronald’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Complex marital and non-marital domestic relations disputes, including separation and divorce, determination of parentage and associated issues (child custody, parenting time, spousal and child support) as well as the representation of parents in international and interstate child abduction and jurisdictional disputes.

    39 years

  2. Family
    25%
    Complex marital and non-marital domestic relations disputes, including separation and divorce, determination of parentage and associated issues (child custody, parenting time, spousal and child support) as well as the representation of parents in international and interstate child abduction and jurisdictional disputes.

    39 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Complex marital and non-marital domestic relations disputes, including separation and divorce, determination of parentage and associated issues (child custody, parenting time, spousal and child support) as well as the representation of parents in international and interstate child abduction and jurisdictional disputes.

    39 years

  4. Appeals
    15%
    State court appeals in complex domestic relations actions (child custody, parenting time, spousal and child support), international child abduction, and interstate child custody and support jurisdiction among other areas.

    42 years

  5. Child support
    15%
    Complex marital and non-marital domestic relations disputes, including separation and divorce, determination of parentage and associated issues (child custody, parenting time, spousal and child support) as well as the representation of parents in international and interstate child abduction and jurisdictional disputes.

    39 years

Recognized throughout Kansas and the United States as an accomplished  family law practitioner, Ronald W. Nelson frequently speaks on complex issues in family law at seminars for local, regional, and national legal groups. He is a contributing author to the "Practitioner’s Guide on Kansas Family Law," published by the Kansas Bar Association (2011 & 1997 with supplements) with chapters on “Divorce, Separate Maintenance and Annulment” [Chapter 2], and “Child Custody, Parenting Time and Visitation” [Chapter 6] and he has written on complex issues in family law for regional and national legal publications. He often testifies to the Kansas Legislature on issues affecting families and family law. He was instrumental in helping to make significant revisions in Kansas child custody laws in 2000 and helped with the recodification of the Kansas Family Law Code in 2011. Mr. Nelson works to improve access to the courts for the general public having helped draft family law forms for Kansas statewide use.

 

Mr. Nelson has been involved various leadership positions in the American Bar Association Family Law Section for nearly 20 years, serving 6-years on the Section Governing Council and ABA Family Law Section Committees including: Long-Range Planning, Scope and Correlation, Child Custody, Sponsorship, Membership & Benefit Development, and other substantive and governing committees.

 

Mr. Nelson is a member of the Family Law Advisory Committee of the Kansas Judicial Council, Chair of the Family Law Bench-Bar Committee of the Johnson County Bar Association, a Founding Master of the Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and a Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML). He was the the American Bar Association Family Law Section Advisor for the Uniform Laws Commission Committee drafting amendments to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) implementing the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and Protection of Children, was a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section committee drafting a Model Relocation Act, and he is an observer to the Uniform Laws Commission Study Committee on Third Party Custody and Visitation of Children.

Licensed for 41 years
State KS
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 11/08/2022

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

Contact Ronald

Ronald W Nelson, PA
7501 College Boulevard
Suite 105
Overland Park, KS, 66210

Reviews

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Posted by Judy | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired for custody rights
My husband and I hired Ron when we were going through a custody issue with my step son. As I read the other comment reviews I was so shocked that I experienced the same thing and I am in 100% agreement with them. Ron comes with a great story, however, he is arrogant and prideful which unfortunately shows through his billing. He tried to bill us 10 yrs ago $350 for a 15 minute consultation. Reading his other reviews it looks like that his arrogance and pride has gone up to $500. Overall, he's not worth the money or the belittlement. Yes, he makes you feel stupid.
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Posted by John | July 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sells a false image of knowledge, and doesn't have your back.
After paying the consult fee I hired Ron and went forward. After two months he had charged me outrageous fees for simply responding to the minimal emails of my case. I hired him for a focused, specific hearing but yet he charged me fees for being copied on emails relative to their parts of my case that were not relevant. I expressed concern multiple times to no avail, and then when I stood firm that I needed to cut him out of the irrelevant legal emails he told me he was withdrawing for "ethical" grounds. His story is good, but there's no merit or truth to it. Further, he tried to withdraw without a hearing and my approval, basically trying to skate out of appearing before the judge who eventually called him out for it. Lastly, he withdrew shortly before the hearing I hired him for and after I had spent enormous fees for him to prep for the hearing, leaving me without an attorney and starting over. He ran before the hearing because again, Ron sells an impression of knowledge but went yellow and ran before the hearing. He also directed me not to be on a call with the judge when I found out later i should have been, plus his advice was exactly the opposite of the judge's decision when I finally had the custody hearing. However, Ron walks away with $6,000 o fly money, mostly in "logistical fees", and left me with horrendously bad legal advice. If he responds to this it will simply be more spin. However, I am a very honest and fairly intelligent person that is stating the exact truth. You have been warned.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable? Maybe. Helpful. Nope.
I hired Ronald to provide a consultation. $500 for one hour of his time. His paralegal required that I submit extensive background information in advance of our telephone consultation. My family law case involves an ex-spouse who abducted our child. When I asked Ronald about a strategic tact for handling the abduction he said that would be illegal and he said that by the tone of my question that I intended to carry forth the plan. This of course was not true. When I tried to ask him other questions about the case he was reluctant to answer any of the questions. Essentially, he shut down our consultation interview. I was not prepared to pay $500 for 20 minutes of Ronald's time and receive so little information. I had additional questions I wanted to ask later based on the information he provided in our brief consultation and I had at least 35 minutes of time left. When I tried to contact Ronald's law firm they ignored my requests but they certainly kept my money which they required to be paid in advance by credit card. I review Ronald with low marks and I question whether he should have taken $500 for approximately 20 minutes worth of questions. Ronald comes across as a judgemental, elitist, arrogant and unresponsive attorney based on my consultation with him. Ronald may, or may not, be a skilled attorney but by no means is he easy to work with and I found he is indulgent in how he assesses his fees based on my experience with him. In sum, I would not hire him to work for me.
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Response from Ronald Nelson April 6, 2017
Ronald W. Nelson, PA has a unique approach to its initial consultations. We spend a significant amount of time preparing for each consultation by reviewing information received from potential clients, including existing pleadings, filed motions, out-of-state proceedings, and other documents that our potential clients reference during our intake procedures. We also receive relevant statutes and recent caselaw, so that we can identify any possible complications or issues that might arise during the consultation. We do not consult for a fixed amount of time (we don’t have ‘one-hour consultations,’ because it is often difficult to determine in advance how long any one client conference will take. We often spend more than one hour in our initial consultation — but sometimes less; every situation is different and every client’s needs are different. Our consultation fee (usually at flat-fee based upon who is the attorney conducting the initial client consultation) represents all time spent preparing for and engaging in the consultation, as well as specific advice to the potential client about what to do and not to do in their particular situation. Because we spend an indeterminate time with each potential client so that we can address all concerns brought to our attention, no two consultations are exactly alike. But every person calling in to obtain a consultation is informed about the flat-fee arrangement, the nature of the consultation and preparation for that consultation, and that as a flat-fee consultation, that fee is not based on the amount of time expended in the attorney-client meeting itself, but is so that the client knows how much will need to be paid before any consultation begins. Our goal at the end of a consultation is to answer all possible questions while providing supportive, but honest, legal counsel. We understand that we may not be the right fit for every potential client. We strive to be ‘straight’ with our potential clients about our assessment of the issues in their situation. We don’t ‘sugar-coat’ clients’ prospects, and we strive not to reflect back to clients what they want to hear; our job is to give honest, straightforward, to-the-point advice so that our clients can decide for themselves their realistic chances going forward in the family law matter in which they’re involved.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal/Attorney
  • Ronald W Nelson, PA
  • 2009 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • Nelson & Booth
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Rose, Nelson and Booth Law Firm
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Managing Partner
  • Rose & Nelson
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Sole Practitioner
  • Law Offices of Ronald W Nelson
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Associate Attorney
  • Alder & Nelson
  • 1981 - 1986
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Education

  • Washburn University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Kansas State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Hall, - Kan. - (2012)
  • Won
  • State ex rel vs. Strotcamp
  • Won appeal
  • DeGraeve v. Holm
  • Won appeal
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Associations

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • USA Chapter Board of Managers
  • 2018 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Legislative Liaison
  • 2005 - Present
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washburn Law School Association
  • Life Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Membership Benefits Committee
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1998 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1998 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association, Legislative Committee
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Child Abduction Attorneys Network
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Judicature Society
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Family Law Bench/Bar Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair, Scope & Correlation Committee
  • 2011 - 2012
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Scope Committee
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2009 - 2011
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody Committee
  • Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Family Law Bench/Bar Committee, Subcommittee on Temporary Orders
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody Committee
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Technology Oversight Committee
  • Chair
  • 2002 - 2009
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2002 - 2003
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Long Range Planning Committee
  • Chair
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2000 - 2001
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Long Range Planning Committee
  • Vice-Chair
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Family Law Bench/Bar Committee, Subcommittee on Revision of Guidelines on Parenting Time
  • Chair
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President-Elect
  • 1999 - 2000
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody Committee
  • Vice-Chair
  • 1998 - 2001
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Long Range Planning Committee
  • Secretary
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Publications Director
  • 1998 - 1999
  • American Inns of Court — Earl E. O’Connor Chapter
  • Barrister
  • 1996 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Justinian Award
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Chair's Cup for Meritorious Service
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Service
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2011
  • Award of Merit
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • 2008
  • Award of Merit
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • 2006
  • Award of Merit
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • 2004
  • Award of Merit
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • 2003
  • Chair's Cup for Meritorious Service
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family Law (2d Ed.)
  • Child Custody, Parenting Time, and Third Party Visitation
  • 2010
  • Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family Law (2d Ed)
  • Divorce, Separate Maintenance, & Annulment
  • 2010
  • Family Advocate (ABA)
  • Going to Trial — Building Your Case with Facts and Focus
  • 2004
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Revisions to the Kansas Domestic Relations Laws — 2000 Legislative Session
  • 2000
  • Divorce Litigation
  • Troxel vs. Granville: The Supreme Court Wades into the Quagmire of Third Party Visitation
  • 2000
  • Johnson County Bar Association Newsletter
  • Summary of Changes Made to Kansas Domestic Relations Law by House Substitute for SB 150
  • 2000
  • ABA Family Law Quarterly
  • Legal Ethics and the Internet: Ethical Considerations in Electronic Communications Between Attorneys and Clients
  • 1999
  • American Journal of Family Law
  • Managing the High-Conflict Child Custody Case
  • 1999
  • Divorce Litigation
  • Paternity Support Retroactivity and Statutes of Limitation — A Fifty State Survey
  • 1999
  • Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family Law
  • Divorce, Separate Maintenance, & Annulment
  • 1998
  • Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family Law
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • 1998
  • Divorce Litigation
  • The UCCJA and the UCCJEA: A Side-by-Side Comparison
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • KCSEA Annual Convention
  • Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
  • 2012
  • Family Law Update 2011
  • Family Law Alphabet Soup: Uniform Laws
  • 2011
  • Divorce 101
  • Where is the Law?
  • 2011
  • The Special Needs Family in Family Court
  • Special Needs Families, Custody, Support and Psychology
  • 2010
  • Nevada Family Jurisdiction Judges Conference - 2010
  • The Impact of Religion in Child Custody Cases
  • 2010
  • Missouri Judicial Conference
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
  • 2010
  • Missouri Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Enforcement Procedures Under the UCCJEA
  • 2010
  • Divorce 101: Handling Your First Divorce
  • Divorce 101: Where is the Law?
  • 2010
  • The Special Needs Family in Family Court
  • Special Needs Families, Custody, Support and Psychology
  • 2009
  • Kansas Bar Association Family Law Institute
  • Practitioner’s Guide to Family Law – Child Custody Legislative and Case Law Update
  • 2009
  • Kansas Bar Association Annual Conference - 2009
  • The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • 2009
  • Johnson County Family Law Bench-Bar Conference - 2009
  • 2009 Kansas Case Law and Statutory Update
  • 2009
  • Alabama AAML Annual Conference
  • Special Needs Families: The Special Needs Family in Court
  • 2009
  • Paralegal Training
  • Assisting the Family Law Attorney with Child Custody Issues
  • 2008
  • Age Appropriate Parenting Plans
  • Age Appropriate Parenting Plans
  • 2008
  • Parenting Coordinators: What They Do, Can They Help?
  • Parenting Coordinators: What They Do, Can They Help?
  • 2007
  • Missouri Bar
  • The UCCJEA: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
  • 2007
  • KCMBA Family Law Seminars - International Law
  • International Family Law: The Hague Abduction Convention and Other International Family Law Issues
  • 2007
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Revising the Johnson County Rules: Family Court Rules and Forms
  • 2007
  • A Kansas Perspective (KCMBA)
  • The Uniform Acts: UCCJEA, UPAA and UIFSA 2001
  • 2007
  • Missouri Bar Association, Family Law Section, Annual Meeting
  • The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the UCCJEA/UCCJA
  • 2006
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • High Conflict Divorce, The Johnson County, Kansas Family Court After One Year
  • 2006
  • Education Institute — Aspen, Colorado
  • International Child Abduction and the UCCJEA
  • 2005
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Spring Meeting
  • Developments in Child Custody Jurisdiction Law — the UCCJEA
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (31)
Endorse Ronald
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Ron for several years from seminars and workshops sponsored by the Family Section of the Kansas Bar Association. He is known for being knowledgeable in just about all areas of Family Law. The criticism of him above regarding his charges for giving an opinion about your case is somewhat misleading. If you don't want to pay for his services to review your case, you can certainly get an opinion from a less renowned lawyer for less. But I'm sure Ron puts in the time and uses his expertise to make the initial fee worth it--assuming you have the money and the issues in your case justify having an expert lawyer give you an opinion."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ron for many years as a fellow lawyer in the community and as a friend. Ron is well versed in all areas of family law. He is intelligent, analytical, diligent, thoughtful, and compassionate. Ron has a passion for best practice standards in the legal profession, and he is always willing to contribute of himself in ways to benefit the legal community. Ron is held in high regard within the Family Law legal community, and it is without hesitation that I heartily endorse him."
Family Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ronald. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ron is a sharp, fantastic attorney. I cannot speak highly enough of him and his staff. They are all top notch. I absolutely endorse Ron."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Friend
"Ron is a top-notch lawyer in all family law matters!"
Child custody Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Ron is extremely knowledgable in the area of interstate child custody and support matters."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Other
"Ronald is recognized as on of the leading experts in Family Law in the United States."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Other
"I have known Ronald for several years through our involvement in the ABA's Family Law Section. I have also followed Ronald on Twitter and Facebook and have always found his articles and posts helpful and insightful. He is definitely a credit to our profession."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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