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

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.
  • 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
  • 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
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

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
  • B.A, Marketing, Loyola University Chicago- 2011
  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law- 2014
  • Missouri- 2015
  • Kansas- 2015
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri- 2015
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation- 2015
The Missouri Bar Missouri Creditors Bar, Inc.
Creditor's Rights Collections Contract Law

Kathryn E. Jackson- Associate Attorney/ Compliance Manager

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
B.S., Psychology, Truman State University, cum laude – 2005
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law – 2013

Missouri – 2013
Kansas – 2014

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


Missouri Creditors Bar, Inc.

The National Creditors Bar Association


Creditor’s Rights


Contract Law


Alexander DeMasi

A. Alexander DeMasi – Associate Attorney

Alex graduated from Creighton University in 2014 with a degree in Financial Analysis. During this time, Alex interned with various financial institutions and was a student manager for the Creighton University Student Portfolio. Following graduation, Alex attended Creighton University School of Law.While in law school, Alex served as Executive Editor of the Creighton International & Comparative Law Journal and as a Bankruptcy Research Assistant. He also clerked for a local law firm, the City of Chicago Department of Law, a Fortune 500 company, and for the Financial Crimes Unit of the FDIC. Upon graduation, Alex was named a Lyle E. Strom Scholar in Trial Advocacy and was inducted into the National Order of the Barristers. Alex focuses his practice on creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. He joined the firm in April of 2018.

B.S.B.A., Financial Analysis, Creighton University – 2014
J.D., Creighton University School of Law - 2017

  • Missouri, 2017
  • Iowa, 2018


  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Creighton University School of Law Young Alumni Council

Uber: Europe’s Backseat Driver for the Sharing Economy, 7 Creighton Int’l. & Comp. L.J. 73 (2016).