The Kansas City office of law firm Lewis Rice has announced promotions and accolades of its attorneys.
Two lawyers have moved into positions of leadership:
- Lori A. Gregory is now chairwoman of the business, tax and estate planning department. She has been part of the department for two decades. Her practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, and trust and estate administration and litigation. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She previously served as president of the Kansas chapter of NAELA and on the board of directors of the Missouri chapter of NAELA.
- John E. Cruz has been named to the newly created role of executive committee member-at-large. The position was created to provide additional perspective to the firm’s executive committee. His real estate practice primarily focuses on retail and office leasing, representing landlords and tenants. Cruz has been named to the Best Lawyers in America annual list, 2016-2018, and has ranked as a “leading individual real estate attorney” by Chambers USA Guide since 2006.
Another of the firm’s attorneys, Michele McCue, was inducted into the 2017 Midwest Real Estate Magazine Hall of Fame. This annual award goes to the most influential real estate professionals across the Midwest. She was chosen from among 500 nominees. McCue joined Lewis Rice in 1994 and represents developers, tenants, lenders and others engaged in retail, industrial, office, residential and mixed-use projects locally and nationally.
Six other Kansas City-area individuals also were inducted into the Hall of Fame: Joseph Accurso, Cushman & Wakefield; Mark Long, Newmark Grubb Zimmer; Ruben Pate, Block & Co. Inc. Realtors; Brent Roberts, Block Real Estate Services LLC; John Stafford, Colliers International; John Sweeney, Reece Commercial Real Estate.
Lewis Rice was founded in 1909 and has more than 150 attorneys in offices in Kansas City; Overland Park; St. Louis; Town & Country, Mo.; Washington, Mo.; and Edwardsville, Ill.