"This law has as its first and general principle, 'to do good and to avoid evil." - Pope Benedict XVI

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City was founded in 2007. The purpose of the Guild is to provide Catholic legal professionals with a network of individuals who share the faith and tradition of the Catholic Church. The primary event that the Guild sponsors is the Annual Red Mass and reception. The Guild also sponsors a monthly lecture series, occasional general meetings, fundraisers, socials, a family summer event, and the end of year Christmas meeting and social. Further, the Guild is working to establish a relationship with local Catholic charitable entities to create a network for its members to help the Church in the community. 

Board Members 

Chris Kopecky

President

 

Chris Kopecky is currently the President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City and has been involved as a board member since it's inception.  He is an active member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Leawood, Kansas and recently just completed a three year term on it’s Parish Council.  He is a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and serves on several committees.  He has served on a number of Christian/Catholic Boards over the years, including the Lighthouse and Zenas Homeless Project.  Chris is also a Professor of Law at Rockhurst University, and has taught Litigation to undergraduates for over 13 years.  He is proud to say that he was previously a parishoner at the Church of the Ascension and Cure of Ars before that, and has been very blessed to have been influenced by some outstanding Priests and Bishops over the years.  He further credits Cursillo, "That Man is You", Eucharistic Adoration, and Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) as helping him keep his moral compass on track. 

He is the principal of Kopecky Law, P.A., and has practiced for over two decades in the areas of criminal and traffic law.  His professional background can be found on http://www.linkedin.com/in/chriskopecky  or on http://www.thetrafficlawyers.com .

 

Angela Robinson Markley
amrobins42869@yahoo.com  

Angela Robinson Markley has been a member of the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild of Kansas City board since 2008. She is a member of Our Lady of Unity Parish (formerly Sacred Heart/St. John the Evangelist) in
Kansas City, Kansas, where she is a lector, choir member and long-time Sunday school teacher.

Angela holds elected office in
Wyandotte County, serving as Unified Government Commissioner representing the 6th District, which includes Turner and Argentine. Her term runs through 2015. She is president of Share the Bear, Inc., serves as a mentor to current Washburn Law students, is the secretary/treasurer of her area neighborhood group, SAFE, a member of the planning committee for TEDxWyandotte, a board member for Serenity Life Resource Center and is currently employed by BRR Architecture, Inc., as in-house counsel.

Brendan L. McPherson
BMcPherson@Polsinelli.com

Brendan, a native Kansas Citian, has served on the Executive Board since 2008. Brendan is an attorney in the trial department of Polsinelli Shughart PC, where he represents clients in bankruptcy, litigation and real estate matters.

He is a Visitation parishioner and lives in the
Brookside area with his wife Jean, and their two children, John Paul and Lauren.

Erik Bendorf
e_bendorf@yahoo.com

Erik is a member of Church of the Nativity parish and heavily involved in the Knights of Columbus. He serves as the local council’s advocate and is currently Captain of the Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney 4
th degree assembly. You can probably see him at every fish fry at Nativity, as well as all breakfasts. When not participating in many Knights activities, he tries to keep up with his two beautiful young daughters, Ashley and Bridget, who attend Nativity Parish School, and his lovely wife, Cindy. Erik does not engage in the practice of law, but maintains his license. Both he and his wife work at Sprint. 

Joshua McCaig

Joshua McCaig is a shareholder with the law firm Polsinelli Shughart, PC in its Kansas City office. He is a graduate of Ave Maria School of Law and practices law in the areas of health care and intellectual property. He holds a masters degree from Ithaca College and a bachelors degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville where he majored in theology, philosophy and biology. Joshua has served on the Public Policy Committee of the Missouri Catholic Conference, is the founder and past President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City, is the co-founder and past President of the Catholic Charities Junior Board and sits on the board of the Catholic Charities Foundation of Kansas City-St. Joseph. 

Robert Cotter

Vice-President 
rcotter@dysarttaylor.com

Bob is the president of Dysart Taylor and heads up the firm’s Aviation Litigation Group. He has had the opportunity to litigate many large, complex cases involving wrongful death, serious injuries and substantial property damage. Bob also has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration. He has represented clients in numerous mediation and arbitration proceedings in commercial, personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. 

Bob is a member of the Church of the Nativity parish in Leawood, Kansas.

 

 

Eddie Greim

Treasurer

edgreim@gbmglaw.com

Eddie is a partner at Graves Bartle Marcus & Garrett LLC, where he practices in complex commercial litigation and appellate, free speech, election, and constitutional law.  He has been active with the Guild since he moved back to his native state from New York City in 2006.  Since 2011, he has served on the Public Policy Committee of the Missouri Catholic Conference.  Eddie lives in the Brookside neighborhood with his wife, Claudia (also an attorney) and three daughters.  He is a member of Visitation Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and the Federalist Society. 

 

John Wiest

John is a partner at Long & Luder, P.A., where he has practiced civil litigation, including complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage, construction litigation and personal injury matters, for the past 15 years.  He is also a permanent deacon within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and is assigned to his home parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Leawood, Kansas.  John's primary vocation is being a husband and father of four.  He joined the Catholic Lawyer's Guild of Kansas City board in 2013.

  

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