Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award

The Family Law Section and The Missouri Bar present an annual award to honor a family law lawyer who has demonstrated an exceptional degree of competence, skill, integrity, commitment, and dedication toward the improvement and advancement of the practice of family law and the children and families involved in family law matters. The "Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award" is given in honor of Roger Krumm, a family law lawyer who possessed all the characteristics, skills, and integrity of those who receive this award.

You may use one of the following forms to make a nomination:

Nomination criteria should include:

  • Demonstrated excellence in negotiation and trial practice;
  • Participation and leadership in local and statewide family law related efforts; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to those involved and affected by family law matters.

2021 Award Winner - Rebecca L. Leonard, Lee's Summit

Rebecca Leonard has dedicated her legal profession to representing clients in family law matters for more than 20 years. Rebecca is skilled in litigating division of assets, spousal support, custody matters, parenting plans, child support determination, paternity matters, retirement account division, and enforcement of child support and custody matters.

Leonard is a trained mediator and skilled in negotiating and settling matters. Although she has extensive experience litigating matters, she is very successful assisting her clients in settling conflicts and preventing the emotional toll and costly expense of a litigated trial.

Leonard obtained her J.D. from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1994. She is a registered pharmacist, earning a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1983.

Leonard is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), a national organization that requires its members to pass national and state legal exams, and provide references from peers and judges for acceptance. She was president for the AAML Missouri State Chapter from 2014 until 2016. She is a member of The Missouri Bar's Family Law Section; the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; and Eastern Jackson County Bar Association. She served as a member of Division One Missouri Supreme Court Disciplinary Committee for Region IV for over ten years. She is a frequent speaker on family law matters.

Leonard was previously an associate with Shook, Hardy & Bacon in the pharmaceutical division, an associate with Tyree, Eskew & Roberts, a partner of Kapke Willerth & Leonard LLC, and a partner of Leonard & Finley LLC.

Past Recipients of Award

2020 — James H. Young, Lee's Summit

2019 — Hon. Thea A. Sherry, St. Louis

2018 — Hon. Douglas R. Beach, Clayton

2017 — Anita Rodarte, Lee's Summit

2016 — Alan Freed, St. Louis

2015 — F. Richard Van Pelt, Springfield

2014 — Susan S. Jensen, Springfield

2013 — Ann Bauer, St. Louis

2012 — Patricia "Trish" Scaglia, Independence

2011 — Gary L. Stamper, Columbia

2010 — John S. Pratt, Jr., Springfield

2009 — Larry V. Swall, Liberty

2008 — Cary J. Mogerman, St. Louis

2007 — Allan F. Stewart, Clayton

2006 — Carla Holste, Jefferson City

2005 — Karen A. Plax, Kansas City

2004 — Michael J. Albano, Independence

2003 — Lori J. Levine, Jefferson City