Our Attorneys

Kelly J. Clark
James J. Cramer
Michael J. Fischer
Jon W. Gilchrist
Thomas L. Griswold
Mark S. Gunnison
Bryanna Hanschu
Eric L. Hansen
Jacob A. Hecker
Chris W. Henry
John H. "Topper" Johntz, Jr.
Thomas K. Jones
Laurel R. Kupka
Jodde Olsen Lanning
Michael B. Lowe
David K. Martin
Stephen D. McGiffert
Steven L. Passer
Tyler Peters
Joseph Schmisseur
Christopher J. Sherman
Roger H. Templin

Jon W. Gilchrist


Jon W. Gilchrist is a principal in the firm, having practiced with the firm since 1988 in the areas of real estate, banking, estate planning, employee benefits and business law.

Jon advises clients on issues ranging from the day-to-day operations of a business to mergers, corporate reorganizations and limited stock offerings. Jon frequently provides advice to clients who are starting new businesses including the structure and creation of the business entity. In his representation of banking and savings and loan institutions, Jon regularly advises clients with respect to loan transactions, document preparation and foreclosure matters.

In addition, Jon advises clients with respect to their companies’ employee benefit plans, including the creation and documentation of the plans as well as the initial and ongoing qualification of the plans with the Internal Revenue Service.

Jon advises clients with their estate planning needs which may also include the preparation of wills and various types of trusts, Jon also handles the probate of estates in both Kansas and Missouri.

Jon received his undergraduate degree with distinction in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Science from the University of Kansas where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Jon also obtained his law degree from the University of Kansas where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi. While in law school, Jon clerked for the Honorable Herbert W. Walton, Johnson County District Count of Kansas.

Jon is admitted to practice before the state courts of Kansas and Missouri, the United States District Courts for the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri and the United States Tax Court.

Jon is a member of the Kansas City, Johnson County, Kansas, Missouri and American Bar Associations. Jon is very active in local and state-wide civic and charitable activities. He is a past Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri and a former board member of the National Kidney Foundation of New York.

Practice Emphasis

Corporate Law
Real Estate
Estate Planning
Business Succession Planning
Probate and Trust Administration
Guardianship and Conservatorship
Banking Law
Employee Benefits
Association Law
Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
Trademark and Copyright Law


Fort Hays State University; University of Kansas - B.S. 1985 (with distinction)
University of Kansas – J.D. 1988

Bar Admission

Kansas – 1988
U.S. Tax Court – 1988
Missouri - 1989

Associations / Memberships

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Society of Association Executives
  • National Center for Employee Ownership


  • Author, "Special Administration and Special Fiduciaries", Kansas Bar Association Probate & Trust Administration After Death, 2008.
  • "Interplay between Trusts and Estates regarding Creditor Rights", Kansas Bar Association continuing legal education presentation, 2008
  • University of Kansas Law School Board of Governors
  • Elder Law Committee, Tenth Judicial District

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