Edit5A lot has been going on in the Farris Law Firm LLC since our last “What’s New” column.  Just a quick recap includes the following honors  received by the Firm, including:

  • 2013-2015 Martindale-Hubbell’s List of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • 2013-2015  Martindale-Hubbell’s List of “AV” Rated Law Firms
  • 2013-2015  KC Business Journal “Best of the Bar”
  • 2013-2015  KC Business Magazine’s “SuperLawyers”
  • 2013-2015  KC Business Magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys MO/KS
  • 2013-2015  KC Business Magazine’s Top 50 Female Attorneys MO/KS
  • 2014  Equus Magazine’s “Leaders in Equine Law”

As always, these recognitions are great but it’s our long term client relationships that matter the most!

The firm continues its practice in business, commercial construction and equine law with an emphasis on government contracting, minority and women business certifications, and risk management through good documentation.  The equine law practice includes veterinary law and a special emphasis on the regulatory rules governing animal pharmaceutical compounding. And we continue to offer dispute resolution services through our sister company, Perspectives Dispute Resolution, LLC.

I want to give a special thanks to Lori Hemphill for her assistance in giving the Firm’s web page a much-needed facelift.  Watch for the publication of a number of new articles on the Legal Pad sites; and most importantly, thanks for your continued business!

Denise E. Farris, Esq.


Key Events in 2012

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.


key-events-2012-photo1Josh Rowland, Lead Bank; Ann Sullivan, WIPP; Danielle Evers and Don Graves,
White House – President’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness


key-events-2012-photo2Ann Sullivan, WIPP Governmental Relations Liaison with Don Graves, White House –
President’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness

key-events-2012-photo3Amy Millman, Springboard Enterprises; Josh Rowland, Lead Bank;
with WIPP Executive Director Barbara Kasoff


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:
20355 Nall Avenue
Stilwell, KS 66085
Tel: 913-766-1262
Email: dfarris@farrislawfirm.com

Women’s Equity in Contracting Act

In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law the federal Women’s Equity in Contracting Act, known as the “8(m) Program”.

In 2007, the bi-partisan passed legislation still had not been implemented in federal procurement by any agency. From 2007 thru the current date, Farris Law Firm owner Denise Farris worked with the national organization of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) to draft public comment, congressional testimony, and committee participation aimed at effective Small Business Administration rule implementation for the Act. This involvement included service on the Small Business Advisory Committees for the U.S. House of Representatives under Representative Nydia Velasquez, and the U.S. Senate for Senators Olympia Snowe and John Kerry.

On March 10, 2011, members of WIPP, the Obama Administration, Small Business Administration, and various governmental and private contracting entities met in Washington DC to celebrate the final rule implementation for the new 8m program.

The new program establishes a utilization goal of 5% for women owned businesses providing goods or services in 83 categories at the federal level. These can be located at http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/gc_wosb_naics_grids.pdf

The actual program began April 1, 2011 and features a strong emphasis on encouraging Joint Ventures and Mentor/Protégé agreements on federal procurements.

Detailed information can be found at www.sba.gov\wosb.

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Denise Farris at the Give Me 5% Reception
March 10, 2011



In October 2009, Farris Law Firm founder Denise Farris was recognized by a survey of her peers as one of Kansas City’s “Best of the Bar – Construction Law”.  The annual survey, conducted by the Kansas City Business Journal, acknowledges attorneys who have developed a reputation of excellence in both legal expertise as well as professionalism in their areas of practice.  Click here for more information.

New Books!

Denise Farris recently authored a chapter, “Socio-Economic Issues in Federal Government Contracting”, included in the American Bar Association Publication Federal Government Contracting, 2d edition (2010).  Copies of this informative treatise can be obtained through the American Bar Association’s Store, located here.   Denise’s contributions are noted here.


Denise was also interviewed and described in the new publication, The Happy Lawyer – Making a Good Life in the Law by  Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder (2010). Denise was noted for combining a litigation and consulting practice over her twenty years in contract law focused on commercial construction and equine law niches.  For book copies, click here.

News Briefs

Minority and Women Business Certification

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Client Kudos!

Attorney Denise Farris of the Farris Law Firm LLC receives numerous client kudos and endorsements for the quality of her legal work.  Click here to see Denise’s Linked In page.


Farris Receives Legacy Award from Longview Community College

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Longview Community College recognized alumni Denise Farris with its “Legacy Award” in May 2010, acknowledging graduates who have accomplished substantial achievements in their career.



Denise Farris Named to Local and National Board Positions

Kansas City attorney Denise Farris, Farris Law Firm, LLC, has been named to the Unified Government Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Fairness in Contracts Board, on which she will be representing metro women-owned businesses and contractors concerning the WBE goals for Unified Government projects. Farris was recommended for the board position by Rosie Privitera Biondo, President of MarkOne Electric, based on Farris’ past service on the Kansas City, Missouri Fairness in Construction Board; her work with the Jackson County Sports Complex and her legislative involvement with local, county, state and federal procurement programs.

Farris was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Women Impacting Public Policy, a national bipartisan public policy organization with a membership of more than 500,000 members advocating on behalf of women and minorities in business. During her two-year board term, Farris will assist with organization direction, strategy, and initiatives oversight. Farris assisted WIPP on Kansas legal initiatives and on national level procurement. She testified for WIPP before Congress in 2008 on the Women’s Equity in Contracting Act; served on the Senate small business advisory committee to Senator Olympia Snowe as WIPP’s representative; and currently serves as the WIPP representative on The Unity Council (a national  minority / women business advisory group interfacing with federal agencies on M/W/DBE participation in federal procurement).