Gregg A. Kinney


Gregg A. Kinney focuses his practice on trials involving complex litigation matters, including:

  • Toxic tort benzene exposure
  • Products liability
  • Premises liability
  • Governmental and civil rights
  • Jones Act and maritime lawsuits
  • Trucking liability

Mr. Kinney has represented clients in Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. He serves as regional counsel for a national client frequently named in toxic tort litigation in the Midwest. Mr. Kinney represents municipalities and police departments in constitutional claims, including deprivation of civil rights and police misconduct. He also represents local casinos, as well as a group of colleges and universities throughout Missouri, in personal injury and premises liability claims.


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers


  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2015-2018)


  • Order of the Coif


  • “Governmental Immunities in Illinois and Missouri,” Tokio Marine HCC Public Risk Group presentation (Auburn Hills MI, 2017)
  • “Preparing For and Taking a Medical Deposition,” HeplerBroom University (Edwardsville IL, 2011)
  • “Defending Plaintiff’s Claimed Medical Bills in Illinois and Missouri,” HeplerBroom University (Edwardsville IL, 2009)
  • “Litigating Slip and Fall Cases in Illinois,” HeplerBroom University (St. Louis MO, 2009)


  • Obtained summary judgment for defendants on plaintiffs’ claims of false arrest, false imprisonment, defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, failure to train, and breach of contract. (Wallace, et al. v. City of Washington, et al., US District Court, Central District of Illinois, Case No. 1:14-cv-01457; March 2017)
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant as to plaintiff’s premises liability claim, based on issue of constructive notice. (Austin v. Alton Casino, LLC, US District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Case No. 3:14-cv-01258; September 2016)
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant on plaintiff’s claims of false arrest and failure to Mirandize. (Ray v. Kedzior and Martin, US District Court, Central District of Illinois, Case No.1:13-cv.01338; June, 2016)


Tracing its history to 1894, the law firm of HeplerBroom LLC is one of the most experienced and distinguished law firms in Missouri and Illinois. The Firm’s commitment to providing quality legal services that are responsive, innovative, and efficient has enabled us to grow steadily over the years and to offer an ever increasing array of legal expertise to our clients.


HeplerBroom LLC offers sophisticated estate planning services for business owners and other individuals with substantial net worth.

HeplerBroom LLC provides comprehensive representation for its business clients, from entity selection and formation to day-to-day management and employment issues, tax planning, contract preparation, real estate matters, succession planning and representation in mergers, acquisitions, and sales.

With four offices in Illinois [EDWARDSVILLE (next to the Madison County courthouse), SPRINGFIELDCHICAGO, and CRYSTAL LAKE (located in McHenry County)], one in downtown ST. LOUIS, and our newest location in northwestern Indiana (HAMMOND), the firm is conveniently located to serve clients throughout Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

Kirk D. Holman

Kirk D. Holman of Holman Schiavone, LLC, comes from a hard-working New England family with humble beginnings. From the time he was a young boy, he yearned to be an attorney so that he could defend the rights of the underdog and champion worthy causes. He represents clients in Kansas City, Missouri, in cases involving civil rights, constitutional law, discrimination, employment and labor law and sexual harassment.

While in his first year of law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Mr. Holman grew interested in employment law after a life-changing event in his family. His father was working in a ditch when the dirt collapsed because of a lack of proper supports. He endured numerous surgeries but was never able to work after the accident. His parents struggled on just his mother’s income, and he watched his father grieve the loss of a job that represented 35 years of employment.

As a result of this experience, Mr. Holman realized that he could help others protect their rights. He began clerking for the United States Department of Labor in an effort to learn employment law. He is now admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Missouri, the U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

As a respected speaker in the legal field, Mr. Holman has been asked to speak on numerous topics, such as issues in human resources, the Missouri Human Rights Act and the plaintiff’s perspective of corporations. He has also been honored as “Best of the Bar” for Employment Litigation by the Kansas City Business Journal in addition to being named as a Missouri & Kansas “Super Lawyer” every year since 2011.. Mr. Holman is Member of “The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for the State of Missouri. The Association is a national organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as trial lawyers, both civil plaintiff and criminal defense. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell. This mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that his legal peers and the judiciary rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He has tried to verdict as first chair two verdicts in excess of $10,000,000, one additional verdict in excess of $5,000,000, and four additional verdicts in excess of $1,000,000. In addition to these seven and eight figure verdicts, he has to verdict as first chair twelve verdicts in excess of $125,000.

He has been a member of both the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association since 2000.

The Employment Law Practice:

At Holman Schiavone, LLC, our lawyers represent employees in a wide range of employment law disputes. Whether you are facing discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination or another adverse employment action, our attorneys are here to stand up for your rights.

In every case we handle, we stand up for the individual against the unfair practices of employers. We handle a wide range of employment law matters, including:

  • Civil rights in the workplace
  • Constitutional law violations
  • Labor law violations
  • Workplace health and safety violations
  • Breach of contract issues
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Misclassification of employees issues
  • Overtime pay issues
  • Off-the-clock pay issues
  • Meal and rest break violations
  • Long-term disability insurance claim matters
  • Employer retaliation
  • Discrimination and harassment in the workplace
  • Unlawful disclosure of your HIV status

We will work with you personally to gain an understanding of your situation and help you explore your legal options. Our goal is to achieve the results that are best for you, and we are prepared to do so in or out of court.

We can also help you take a proactive stance to avoid future legal entanglements.

We can carefully review your employment-related documents, such as:

  • Employment contracts
  • Benefits contracts
  • Severance agreements
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements

The time you invest in making sure you understand every aspect of your employment can save you a good deal of trouble later. By discussing your options with one of our Kansas City employment law attorneys, you can clarify all of your rights and responsibilities.

Charles Vantine

Leaders in Law endorses Charles Vantine as our exclusively recommended Construction Law expert in the USA – Missouri. If you wish to get in touch with Charles, please use the contact information provided above.

Charlie is a member of Dentons’ Construction Practice Group. He has represented a wide variety of clients in all project phases, including project contracting and procurement, project administration and dispute resolution. His clients have included project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, design professionals, utilities and manufacturers.

Charlie’s experience in the pre-construction transactional phase of construction projects includes a broad range of project delivery methodologies, including traditional design-bid-build contracts, design-build contracts, construction management contracts, EPC contracts, EPCM contracts, development contracts, professional services contracts and other contractual arrangements on multi-million dollar projects. Moreover, Charlie regularly counsels clients in real-time throughout the course of construction as issues arise on projects.

Charlie has handled complex issue and multiple party dispute resolution at the state, federal and appellate level, as well as in the alternative dispute resolution forums of mediation and arbitration. Charlie has experience in prosecuting and defending significant construction disputes, including but not limited to design and construction defect claims, schedule/delay claims, contract default claims, mechanic’s liens, improper workmanship claims, error and omission claims, payment and performance bond claims, UCC claims, and other contractually based disputes.


  • Represented luxury resort developer in connection with the construction of an ultra-high-end luxury casino hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Represented quasi-public utility board of directors with respect to nuclear power facility in South Carolina.
  • Represented well known film producer in the development of expansive movie studio property in Georgia.
  • Represented solar developer with respect to engineering, procurement and construction agreements for future developments.
  • Represented client with respect to engineering, procurement and construction contract disputes relating to a coal-fired power facility. The claims involved schedule and defect related issues.
  • Represented an industrial manufacturer with respect to an engineering, procurement and construction management agreement in connection with a new production facility.
  • Represented a renewable developer with respect to an engineering, procurement and construction contract in connection with a wind generation facility.
  • Represented design-build JV in connection with a dispute relating to an ethanol production facility, which included schedule and delay claims and claims of construction and design defects.
  • Represented natural gas supplier with respect to an engineering, procurement and construction management agreement in connection with a natural gas storage and compression facility in Louisiana.
  • Represented natural gas supplier with respect to an engineering, procurement and construction management agreement in connection with a natural gas pipeline project in Louisiana.
  • Represented natural gas supplier in a dispute relating to an engineering, procurement and construction management agreement in connection with a natural gas compression, storage and pipeline project in California.
  • Represented owner of a biodiesel production facility relating to project delays, defect claims and mechanic’s liens.
  • Represented Native American hotel and casino operator in connection with facility design and construction issues.
  • Represented multi-unit residential developer in connection with all aspects of the design and construction of mixed use facilities.
  • Represented major hotel operator in dispute with regard to design and construction defects.
  • Represented major hotel operator in dispute regarding improper installation of flooring in rooms that created cupping of wood floors.
  • Represented Native American casino operator in dispute regarding design defect in raised flooring.
  • Represented major hotel operator in dispute regarding incomplete work and mechanics liens in property relating to contractors failure to pay subs money paid by owner.
  • Represented major developer with regard to hotel construction contract for high rise hotel in suburban Kansas City.
  • Represented Native American hotel and casino operator with regard to construction and engineering contracts and transactions for a casino hotel in California.
  • Represented infrastructure contractor in various bid protests and other contractual disputes.
  • Represented professional sports team with regard to certain disputes relating to a civic facility.

Billee Elliott McAuliffe

Leaders in Law endorses Billee Elliott McAuliffe as our exclusively recommended IT Law expert in the USA – Missouri. If you wish to get in touch with Billee please use the contact information provided above.

Billee Elliott McAuliffe practices in Lewis Rice’s Corporate Department, with a particular focus on information technology (IT).

As IT is now the conduit upon which all businesses operate, this area of law touches on nearly all aspects of a client’s business. Along with information technology law, Billee has extensive experience throughout corporate law, including technology licensing, cybersecurity and data privacy, mergers and acquisitions, and general business and corporate law. As such, regardless of what type of business utilizes a particular technology, Billee has the background and perspective to understand the needs of that business or business unit and has the expertise to interpret the various areas of law implicated by such needs. Utilizing such understanding and expertise, Billee addresses the needs of each client and each engagement with a well-rounded, practical, client-centered approach.

In today’s world, data and the equipment and/or software in which that data are held or used are often a business’s largest assets. Frequently, that data and software is held in third-party servers at a location hundreds of miles from a client’s headquarters. Ensuring that such data is adequately protected is a priority for Billee in each transaction. Additionally, the purchase and sale of such data, software, and equipment is a major component of most mergers and acquisitions. For example, transitioning a company’s enterprise resource system and the data contained therein is often the most crucial aspect of any acquisition, for without that system and data, the plant or business cannot operate. Billee is often called upon to consult with both purchasing entities and selling entities about the purchase/sale and transition of data, software, and IT equipment in a variety of merger and acquisition transactions. Having adequate IT representation early in the purchase/sale process is crucial to the success of any such transition. Billee has assisted numerous clients with these transactions and stands ready and willing to assist you with yours.

In addition to her busy law practice, Billee is a mother of triplets and therefore dedicates much of her free time volunteering for organizations primarily related to children and education.

Practice Areas

– Information Technology

– Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

– Technology Licensing

– Corporate

– Mergers & Acquisitions

– Business & Corporate Finance


Southern Illinois University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2001)

– Journal of Legal Medicine, commentary editor-in-chief

– Legal Perspectives, editor of student case summaries

– Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Purdue University (M.A., 1994)

– Political Science

– University of Minnesota (B.A., 1992)

Political Science

Legal Background

– Adjunct faculty member, Maryville University (January-May 2004)

– Summer associate, Lewis Rice LLC (2000)

– Legal research assistant for Dean Thomas Britton, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1999-2001)

Professional Affiliations

– American Bar Association

– Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


– Missouri Bar

– Illinois Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

– President, Maddee’s Wings

– Board Member, COPE24 – Changing Our Parenting Experience