Attorney Profiles

 

James M. McNeile- Partner

 
 
  • B.A. 1978 Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana.
  • J.D. 1981 St. Louis University.
Jim is a member of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, the American Alliance of Creditor Attorneys, the Kansas Collection Attorneys Association and is the past president of Hub-Net User's Group, Inc. Jim is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and concentrates his practice of law in the area of creditor's rights.
 
Lawyer Signing Paper — Attorney in Overland Park KS
 
 
 

Gregory J. Pappas- Partner

 
Greg was admitted to the Kansas Bar and the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas in 1984. In 1987, Greg was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. In 1989, Greg was admitted to practice in Missouri and U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. He was admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit in 1995. B.S. 1981 Kansas State University. J.D. 1984 Washburn University of Topeka. Greg is a member of the Wyandotte County, Johnson County (Kansas), and Kansas Bar Associations as well as the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association and the Missouri Bar. Greg's areas of practice are commercial litigation, commercial landlord and tenant law and business law.
 
Judge Gavel — Gregory J. Pappas in Overland Park KS
 
 
 

Austin B. Hayden- Partner

OVERVIEW
Austin Hayden joined McNeilePappas PC in 2011. Austin focuses his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, banking and related financial institution litigation, and commercial landlord/tenant law. He also has experience defending clients from a variety of consumer protection claims, including claims arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and state consumer protection statutes.
EDUCATION
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 2011, cum laude
  • University of Kansas, B.A., Political Science, 2007
 
Judge Gavel — Austin B. Hayden in Overland Park KS
 
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
 
PERSONAL
Outside of work, Austin is an avid sports fan, devoting his time to the University of Kansas basketball and football teams, the Kansas City Royals, and the Denver Broncos. During the summer months, you can find him on the golf course. He lives in Olathe with his wife, Stephanie.
 
 

Joshua R. Westberg- Partner

OVERVIEW
Joshua graduated from Loyola University Chicago where he majored in Business-Marketing and played varsity soccer. After his undergraduate studies, Josh attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. During Law School, Josh was a member of the UMKC Law Review and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Josh joined the firm as a law clerk in August 2013 during his third year of law school. He later took on administrative duties in the collections department and was promoted to Associate Attorney and Administrative Support Supervisor upon passing the Missouri Bar. Currently, Josh is responsible for the Administrative, Docket, and Garnishment teams at McNeilePappasPC In addition, Josh focuses his practice on Debt Collection Litigation.
 
Judge Gavel — Joshua R. Westberg in Overland Park KS
 
 
EDUCATION
  • B.A, Marketing, Loyola University Chicago- 2011
  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law- 2014
 
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Missouri- 2015
  • Kansas- 2015
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri- 2015
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation- 2015
 
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
The Missouri Bar Missouri Creditors Bar, Inc.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Creditor's Rights Collections Contract Law
 
 

Kathryn E. Jackson- Associate Attorney/ Compliance Manager

 
OVERVIEW
Kathryn “Katie” Jackson attended Truman State University where she studied psychology and statistics. Upon graduating in 2005 with her bachelor's degree, Katie worked for a major automotive finance company prior to going to law school. Katie attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law and graduated in May of 2013.

While in law school, Katie excelled in the school’s moot court program, worked as a research editor for the Urban Lawyer, and was an active member of and published in the UMKC Law Review. Katie also interned with the Jackson County Counselor’s office, the Missouri Public Defender’s Office and worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Beth Phillips of the United States District Court of the Western District of Missouri.

Katie joined the firm in December of 2013. In addition to representing the firm’s clients in Kansas and Missouri, Katie is the audit and compliance manager at the firm.

 
Judge Gavel — Kathryn E. Jackson in Overland Park KS
 
 
EDUCATION
B.S., Psychology, Truman State University, cum laude – 2005
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law – 2013

BAR ADMISSIONS
Missouri – 2013
Kansas – 2014


PUBLICATION
Grand Theft Free Speech? An Analysis of First Amendment Restrictions on Violent Video Game Legislation, 81 UMKC L. Rev. 725 (2013).

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Missouri Creditors Bar, Inc.

The National Creditors Bar Association


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Creditor’s Rights

Collections

Contract Law

 

Kevin L. Boyd

 
Kevin Boyd, Associate Attorney

OVERVIEW
Prior to pursuing his law degree, Kevin obtained a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. After graduating from Washburn University, he had the privilege of working for 2 years as a Behavioral Specialist and Parent Aide with Behavioral Innovations, LLC.
In 2010 Kevin was admitted to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where he obtained a Juris Doctor in 2013. During law school, Kevin interned with the Missouri Public Defender’s Office Appellate Division, and had the honor of serving as a research assistant to the FCIC Chairman, Phil Angelides.

Kevin joined McNeilePappas, P.C., as an Associate Attorney in December 2015. Since that time he has focused his practice on contract law, creditor’s rights, and collections.

EDUCATION
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 2013
-Emphasis in Litigation
Washburn University B.A., English Literature, 2008
-Minors in Philosophy and Criminal Justice

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Missouri, 2014
  • Kansas, 2015
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2014

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND HONORS

  • Missouri Creditors Bar, Inc.
  • The Missouri Bar
  • KCMBA
The Urban Lawyer (American Bar Association’s Journal for State and Local Government)
o Research Editor (2012); Staff Member (2011)
The UMKC Law Review
o Staff Member (2012-13)
  • Research Assistant to Phil Angelides, the FCIC Chairman (2013)
CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Property I
  • UMKC Moot Court, Trial Team, and Transactional Lawyering Team

PUBLICATIONS
Kevin L. Boyd, The Inevitable Collision of Sex-Determination by Cell-Free Fetal DNA In Non-Invasive Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis and the Continual Statewide Expansion of Abortion Regulation Based On the Sex of the Child, UMKC Law Review, December 2012

Case Note: Watchtower Bible & Tract Soc’y of N.Y., Inc. v Jesús, 43 Urb. Law. 1111 (2011).