The firm witnessed a number of changes and key events in 2012, including an office relocation and receipt of several prestigious national recognitions. The awards included:
- Martindal Hubbell national Preeminent Women Lawyers listing
- Farris Law Firm LLC and Denise Farris “AV” rating for 10th year in a row, representing highest expertise and ethics thru peer review ratings
- Kansas City Business Journal “Best of the Bar”, 5th year
- KC Magazine “Missouri / Kansas Superlawyers”
- Enterprising Woman “Small Business Owner of the Year, Up to $1 Million”
The firm additionally worked with animal pharmaceutical manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. in providing a national educational series to BIVI’s pharmaceutical sales representatives and veterinary users on liability risk management in large and small animal practices, as well as recent regulatory and legal developments related to animal pharmaceutical compounding. The topic was picked up by participants in Missouri and Kansas’ Animal Health Corridor, with Denise co-chairing a highly interactive, sometimes fractious, but educational exchange at the regional Animal Health Summit on March 8, 2012 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.
Denise continued her volunteer work with various representatives of Kansas’ small business community in efforts to pass legislation re-enacting Kansas Small Business preference program, which expired per sunset provisions several years ago. A race and gender neutral program, proponents argued that its implementation – which would require the State to allocate a percentage of its annual procurements to restricted bidding competition among the State’s small businesses – would continue to prime the pump for the state’s economic recovery. Briefs submitted to the Commerce Committee identified statistics showing that increased procurement opportunities for small business result in additional hires, additional purchases, and additional taxes at the sales, city, county and state levels. While the bill did not pass this go-around, the dialogue generated continues to merit serious consideration for Kansas citizens and business owners.
Denise also continued her work with the national organization of Women Impacting Public Policy on federal procurement issues, in particular removal of contract caps limiting the Women Owned Small Business, or 8M program. Denise also worked with a group of community players in hosting the region’s first Access to Capital conference focusing on the role of angel investors and venture capital infusions for start-up high growth businesses. Held at the Kauffman Center, with representatives from all federal elected offices in attendance, the conference generated lively dialogue and audience interaction through a “Dolphin Tank” format of capital request presentations by various small business owners, panel feedback, and the formation of business relationships as a result.
Finally, in March 2012, the office closed its downtown location and consolidated all operations into the Stilwell, KS location. Please note the Firm’s current address:
FARRIS LAW FIRM, LLC
20355 Nall Avenue
Stilwell, KS 66085