Capability Statement: Business and Construction Law 2016



20355 Nall Avenue
Stilwell, KS
Ph:  913-766-1262
Cell:  913-220-6203

“AV” Rated Law Firm
Best of the Bar
Preeminent Women Lawyers
COMPETENCIES: Arbitration and Mediation (American Arbitration Assn. Trained)
Commercial Construction and Business Law
M/W/DBE, 8a, 8m, HubZone, SDVOSB Certification
Government Contracting, Economic Development,
Public/Private Project Initiatives, Equine and Agricultural Law
2013- 2015 KC Magazine “Top 100 Attorneys Missouri/Kansas” & “Top 50 Women Attorneys Missouri/Kansas”
2012-2015 KC Magazine “Super Lawyers Construction Law”
2009-2014 Kansas City Business Journal “Best of the Bar” Construction Law
2010-2015 Martindale Hubbell National “Preeminent Women Lawyers” –  Construction Law
2012 Enterprising Women National Small Business Owner Award  Companies up to $1 million
2011 WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) National Member of the Year (Washington DC 10/12/2011)
2010 Kansas Business Magazine; “Kansas City’s Most Influential Women” Publication
2010-2011 Kansas Minority/Woman/Small Business Legislative Advisory Committee
2009 State of Kansas “Woman Business Advocate of the Year”
2009 WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) National Partner and Advisory Committee Member
2009 Unified Government Wyandotte County/Kansas City KS Fairness in Contracts Board
2008 National Co-Chair, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry  “Construction Contracts Program”
2008 WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) 2008 Instant Impact Team Leader Award-Kansas
2007 WIPP National Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award
2007 KC Business Magazine “50 Most Influential Businesswomen”
2007 SBA Regional Woman Business Champion of the Year
2004 – 2007 Chair ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Div. 10, Legislation & Environmental
2001 Chair, Missouri Bar and KC Metropolitan Bar Assn. Construction Law Committees
1996 – 2009 First Female Appointee, KCMO Fairness in Construction Board
Denise is the Managing Member of the Farris Law Firm, L.L.C., practicing general business, commercial construction and equine law. Trained in the City’s largest law firms, Denise opened her own practice in 1996 and has consistently been “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, including the national Preeminent Women Lawyers and the KC Business Journal “Best of the Bar” in construction law.  Her practice emphasizes small business training, risk management, government contracting and minority / women business certification issues at the local, state and national levels.  She is a frequent author and lecturer on the constitutional parameters of government affirmative action programs, IDIQ (indefinite delivery indefinite quantity) Job and Task Order contracts; Federal Acquisition Regulations, surety bonds, Miller Act and state bond disputes, prompt payment issues, and mechanics liens. She has worked with the governments of Kansas City, MO; Unified Government Wyandotte County, States of Missouri and Kansas on each of their M/W/DBE programs over the past twenty years.  Denise is also known for her separate business law practice focusing on larger equine businesses including stables, trainers, and breed associations, risk management training for clients of commercial liability carriers, and education series specifically addressing new developments in animal pharmaceutical compounding.   In 2013, Denise launched “Perspectives Dispute Resolution, LLC”.  Utilizing the training and practice guidelines of the American Arbitration Association,  “Perspectives” offers arbitration, mediation and conflict resolution services to general business, commercial and residential construction and equine law / veterinary law disputes.

Consistently a top-rated presenter, Denise is a frequent speaker and author for various legal and business associations and corporations. She is past chair of the Missouri and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Construction Law Committees, and Division 10 of the ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry. In 2008 she represented WIPP on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee and her 2008 House of Representatives’ testimony is featured at:  Her 2011 radio interview for Women’s Radio is featured at: Denise is a regular speaker for: Forum on the Construction Industry, the Association of General Contractors/Builders Associations, National Association of Women Business Owners; Women Impacting Public Policy; Women’s Centers or Small Business Development Centers nationwide; Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Merial Pharmaceuticals;  American Quarter Horse Association; the national Equine Law Practitioner’s Conference; National Farrier’s Association, the Purina Mills VIP conference; Clemson University Multiple Trailer User Symposium, University Missouri Kansas City School of Law; and Kansas State University. See: Firm clients include:  Kansas City Chiefs, Turner Construction Company, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS; the Builders Association of Greater Kansas City; Ledcor Construction Company; Kraus-Anderson Construction Company; Purina Mills, Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.; Centerpoint Properties Trust.


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