Lathrop and Gage LLP is considered to be the oldest law firm west of the Mississippi River. Established since 1873, the firm today boasts of 320 attorneys, practicing in 11 offices, all over the United States. The firm has its headquarters based in Kansas City; however, it maintains presence in states like Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. A full service law firm, it represents clients ranging from individuals to large corporations in litigation, intellectual property, environment, labor and laws relating to business transactions. U.S. News & World Report has placed Lathrop and Gage LLP in the top tier of its Best Law Firms Rankings. The firm pledges to achieve the best possible result for its clients at the earliest possible date.
Gardiner Lathrop was one of the founding partners of Lathrop and Gage LLP. He was one of the first presidents of the Kansas Bar, who was also one of the initial members of the Kansas City’s school board. John Gage was the other founding partner of the firm, who earned the reputation of being the “Reform Mayor” of Kansas City when he drove out the notorious Pendergast Machine. The firm still upholds the tradition of making the finest their partners. Robert J. Lambrechts is one of the partners with Lathrop and Gage LLP. A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, he specializes in environmental, intellectual property, and licensing and technology transfer laws. A member of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Missouri and Kansas Bars, Lambrechts also serves on the Board of Directors of Heart to Heart International and Kansas City Investors Association.
The values of community service and development have been practiced by the firm ever since its initial days. The attorneys devote their time to various professional, charitable, and civic organizations like Denver Ballet Guild, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Chicago Bar Foundation, and many others. The firm, furthermore, hires a full-time attorney involved in pro bono work primarily working the family law cases, helping the disadvantaged who cannot afford quality legal representation in a court of law.