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Rian F. Ankerholz

About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 30%
    34 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Workers Compensation: 30%
    34 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Social Security: 20%
    34 years, 340 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
    34 years, 1.53 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • H. Reed Walker

    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.


    H. Walker Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Leslie Taylor

    Mr. Ankerholz is an outstanding attorney who knows the law and achieves results. I endorse him for legal matters in Kansas.


    Michael Taylor Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

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


MOGood Standing, Active199501/08/2013
KSAuthorized to practice law198207/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Pro Bono AwardKansas Bar Association2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General PartnerAnkerholz and Smith1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Missouri BarMember1995 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of MissouriEnrolled Attorney1995 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Johnson County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
United States District Court for the District of KansasEnrolled Attorney1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Matter of the Marriage of Solar - Kansas Court of AppealsSpousal Maintenance Successfully Terminated - Cohabitation Defined
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Publication nameTitleDate
Missouri-Kansas Workers' Compensation WebsiteKansas Workers' Compensation Law Changes Add Insult to Injured Workers2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of Kansas School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Speaker InvitationFamily Law and Divorce2011
Edward Jones ConferenceMerit Selection of Judges2010