Chris Gaughan has been recognized six times as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), an award given to the top 5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas; has been recognized four times as Missouri & Kansas Rising Star (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), an award presented to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas under the age of 40; and has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent attorney six times (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), a rating given to only 5% of all attorneys nationwide.
Mr. Gaughan has also been recognized by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of the “10 Best Estate Planning Attorneys” in the State of Kansas.
Mr. Gaughan sits on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Through his role in this organization, he works with estate planning attorneys throughout the United States to develop cutting-edge estate planning, tax planning, and elder law strategies.
Mr. Gaughan also recently published his first book, Midwest Estate Planning: A Guide for Your Family, co-authored with his lifelong friend and business partner Casey Connealy. Mr. Gaughan and Mr. Connealy discovered that most existing estate planning books and articles are either so simple that they aren’t useful, or deal with such complicated (and unusual) topics that they aren’t helpful for ordinary people with ordinary issues. As a result, they co-authored Midwest Estate Planning: A Guide for Your Family, a practical guide to the estate planning issues that impact everyday people in our area.
Mr. Gaughan is a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2004, and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rockhurst University in 2001.
Mr. Gaughan spends his spare moments frequenting local eateries with his wife Kristin, watching 80’s films with his three children, and smoking meat on his back patio.
|KS||Authorized to practice law||2005||09/01/2019|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||2004||07/29/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Missouri & Kansas Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2012|
|Missouri & Kansas Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Missouri & Kansas Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|Missouri & Kansas Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2009|
|Estate Planning Attorney and Founding Partner||Gaughan & Connealy||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Franke, Schultz & Mullen, PC||2004 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||Board of Governors||2016 - Present|
|Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Missouri State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Kansas Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|Book - Self-Published||After Losing a Loved One, What Legal Responsibilities Do You Have: Avoiding Legal Landmines After a Loved One Dies||2015|
|University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law||Juris Doctor||2004|
|Rockhurst University||Bachelor of Science||2001|
|Rockhurst University MBA Program||Estate Planning for Young Families||2013|
|Gaughan & Connealy Continuing Education Series||Transfers Using Revocable Living Trusts||2013|
|Gaughan & Connealy Continuing Education Series||Transfer of the Decedent's Property||2013|
|Gaughan & Connealy Continuing Education Series||Basic Estate Planning for Financial Advisors||2013|
|Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers||Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers||2013|
|Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish||Ethical Considerations||2012|
|Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish||Insurance Coverage Contract Language 101||2012|
|Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish||Ethical Considerations||2011|
|Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish||Insurance Coverage Contract Language 101||2011|
|National Business Institute||Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims||2010|
|National Business Institute||Lien Claims||2009|
|National Business Institute||Insurance Ethics||2009|
|United Fire & Cas. Co. v. Lewis|
|Argonaut Great Cent. Ins. Co. v. Valley Village, LLC,|
|Colony Nat. Ins. Co. v. Cunningham|
|Pennsylvania Mfrs. Assoc. Ins. Co. v. Selective Ins. Co. of South Carolina|
|Secura Ins. v. Horizon Plumbing, Inc.|
|United Fire & Cas. Co. v. Lipps|
|United Fire & Cas. Co. v. Fuhr Intern., LLC|
|Hardin v. Bonded Colectors, LLC|
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