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Rian F. Ankerholz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Overland Park, KS

3.8   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 29 years
    Kansas - KS 42 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1995
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Rian

Learn Rian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    We practice divorce and family law in Kansas only. Divorce, paternity, child support and custody cases require a lawyer who understands your perspective and will aggressively pursue your interests. We are especially concerned with the best interest of your children. An experienced family law attorney can make the legal process less stressful and more satisfying to you. Let us help you through this dificult time in your life. We can help!

    42 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Social Security & Disability
    Most people do not recognize the complexity of disability cases. A full understanding of the Social Security regulations, the ability to properly present evidence, and a willingness to cross-examine vocational experts is necessary to increase a claimant's chances of a Favorable Award.

    42 years, 340 cases

  3. Workers compensation
    The complicated nature of the Workers' Compensation law gives insurance companies a big advantage over injured workers. From managing medical treatment to presenting evidence to a judge, the attorneys at Ankerholz and Smith level the playing field for injured workers. We keep abreast of the changing rules applicable to Kansas and Missouri work comp claims. We offer free initial consultations, and our 25% contingency fee means there is no attorney fee if no recovery is made for you!

    42 years, 3,000 cases

  4. Personal injury
    At Ankerholz and Smith, we represent injured persons; we never represent insurance companies. We assist injury victims from car and truck accidents, jobsite injuries, product defects, medical malpractice, slip and fall injuries, dogbites and other situations. We offer free initial consultations, and there is no attorney fee if no recovery is made. Each attorney has nore than 25 years of experience obtaining full and fair compensation for injured persons. We are here to help!

    42 years, 1,525 cases

Rian F. Ankerholz is a principal partner in the law firm of Ankerholz and Smith. Mr. Ankerholz has practiced law since 1982 when he moved to Overland Park from his birthplace of Lyons, Kansas. A second generation lawyer, Mr. Ankerholz grew up with an understanding of how various legal situations affect people's lives. He received both his undergraduate degree and his law school degree from the University of Kansas. In order to serve the needs of the firm's clients in and around the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area, Mr. Ankerholz was also admitted to the Missouri bar in 1995.

Mr. Ankerholz practices primarily in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury cases and workers' compensation claims in Missouri and Kansas. The firm was one of the first in Missouri and Kansas to utilize advanced technology and video settlement demand brochures to maximize personal injury case recoveries. He believes two of the most important parts of a jury trial are jury selection and witness preparation. Mr. Ankerholz handles divorce cases and family law matters in Kansas only. He emphasizes the needs and best interests of children in all types of family law cases, including divorce, child custody and paternity matters.

Mr. Ankerholz's wife, Nancy, is a homemaker. They have two daughters.

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Rian F. Ankerholz
Financial Plaza
6900 College Blvd., Ste. 510
Overland Park, KS, 66211

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3.8 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
Posted by Ward | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Customer Service
This firm helped me win my disability case. They are experienced, professional, pleasant, and they definitely know what they are doing. I give them my highest recommendation.
Posted by Brian | September 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Ankerholz's
Ryan Ankerholz represented me in a workman's comp case and if it wasn't for him convincing me to be patient I would've received 50% less!!!! He kept me informed of everything going on and what he told me would happen did and I received the MAXIMUM amount allowed in the state of Kansas!!!!! I would recommend him to anyone who wants to win their case. If you have any questions and want to speak with a reference, ask for my number and I'm willing to do exactly what he did for me and that is be HONEST!!!!!!! Sincerely, Brian P.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2015
Great attorney!
Rian is very knowledgeable and effectively handled my custody case. He helped me feel less stressed during a difficult time in my life. He and his staff were quick to respond to my questions, and were easy to talk to. Highly recommended.
Posted by KZD | January 8, 2015
Best legal help in Kansas !!!!
I have been a client of Mr Ankerholz since 2006, and never regretted that decision. Even though I live in California, his expertise, responsiveness, professionalism and follow through, helped me resolve a long lingering legal case. I am truly grateful to have found him and his firm A+
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2014
The Best Lawyer in Johnson County, Kansas!
It is my privilege to recommend, in the strongest possible terms, attorney Rian F. Ankerholz. He is extremely competent, exhibits a high degree of integrity, and is well-versed in Kansas family law issues. In addition, he is respectful, calm, engaged, collaborative, an attentive listener, and demonstrates genuine concern for his clientele. He provided me with quality representation, was always well-prepared and thoroughly informed and educated me on all of my options. He made a difficult situation much less stressful and easier to get through. He and his team were always cheerful, kind, and compassionate. I am very happy to have worked with him, very satisfied with the outcome, and highly recommend him as an attorney!
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Posted by Martha | October 24, 2013
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Mr. Ankerholz went above and beyond for me. He is trustworthy and he gets results. Anytime I needed to speak with him he answered all my questions in a timely manner. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Jaclyn | July 2, 2013
Attorney Review
Rian has done an excellent job advocating for my family. He kept my case moving forward despite multiple attempts by my ex-husband and his attorney to delay the proceedings. Rian was available to answer questions and concerns that I had. He personally responded to all voicemail and email messages right away. Not only is Rian an excellent attorney, he is also a good person. There is no way I could ever thank him enough for what he has done for my family. If you are seeking representation for a legal matter, and are looking for someone with the experience and know-how to get the results you want, Rian is your guy.
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Posted by Becky | August 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straight forward
Rian is one of the most straightforward attorneys I have ever worked with. His personality is very pleasant, however, he also does not mince words when he feels something is not possible, or not advisable to do. He was very supportive and helpful. His office staff are awesome. I had tons of questions, and they always made sure I understood what process was happening next. I am very satisfied with the experience I had working with this attorney. I would recommend this practice to anyone needing a quality attorney experience.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
As little as possible, then odd
I hired Than to represent me in my divorce case. He seemed knowledgeable, available and willing to go to bat for me at first. Then after receiving my retainer, it would take him a week to respond to emails. He became interested in taking the path of least resistance and even after communicating serious concerns about my former spouse, he acted nonplussed. It came to the point where I felt as if I had to convince him to stand up for my rights, rather than him looking for ways to represent me. Unfortunately, I had to fire him when it became clear he had a previous working relationship with another attorney who was representing my ex spouse, which caused a conflict of interest. Even after I fired him and he filed the papers to withdraw representation on my case, he still was in contact with the attorneys representing my ex spouse. Rian, on two separate occasions, attempted to reinsert himself into my case and handled my personal and financial information with other parties. This lead me to have to reach out to the Missouri and Kansas State Bar associations. I cannot in good conscious, recommend Rian as an attorney.
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Posted by Holly Bollinger (secrest) | September 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Worst attorney I've had in my life
He spoke down to me. He did absolutely NOTHING for my custody case, He prolonged me seeing my children for seven months before I finally got a real lawyer who does their job. In five weeks after hiring another attorney I was reunited with my kids AND under the terms I wanted. Rian literally laughed in my face and told me that wouldnt happen. FIRED AND NEVER RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYBODY THAT I ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT. Smug and arrogant jerk
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lost every thing(case,Money,all our claims) and received huge bill by hiring him
We lost every thing by consulting him. He takes money from his client and works for opposing attorney. He gives all our feed back to opposing attorney. Thus we lost every thing by hiring him. Billed heavily for unwanted things. We have received huge bill and lost the case. He do not suggest any thing for winning the case and works for other party. Increases conversation and more paper work to bill heavily to client. He do not even suggest what to reply if a query comes from opposing attorney, which he is supposed to reply legally. Advisable to hire him if you want to lose the case,prolong the case and want huge bill from him.
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • General Partner
  • Ankerholz and Smith
  • 1982 - Present


  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Kansas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of the Marriage of Solar - Kansas Court of Appeals
  • Spousal Maintenance Successfully Terminated - Cohabitation Defined


  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • Enrolled Attorney
  • 1995 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • Enrolled Attorney
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • 2001


Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker Invitation
  • Family Law and Divorce
  • 2011
  • Edward Jones Conference
  • Merit Selection of Judges
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known him professionally for years. His honesty, integrity, and ethics are impeccable, which is generally his reputation in the legal community. He is well known to be skilled in the areas of family law, personal injury, and worker's compensation, and is well-liked by both judges and other lawyers in the community."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Ankerholz is an outstanding attorney who knows the law and achieves results. I endorse him for legal matters in Kansas."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Overland Park Divorce and separation Lawyer Rian F. Ankerholz
Rian F. Ankerholz
Divorce and separation Attorney
Overland Park, KS
Licensed for 42 years
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