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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 attorney who possessed all of 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
  • Demonstrated commitment to those involved and affected by family law matters

2015 Award Winner - F. Richard Van Pelt, Springfield

Rick Van Pelt, of Van Pelt & Van Pelt PC, has been listed in the directory “Best Lawyers in America – Family Law” each year since 2001. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been selected as the Missouri Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Van Pelt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and has been named a diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. Van Pelt graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1980 with a double major in pre-law and sociology. He earned his J.D. in 1983 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll. He received an Academic Achievement in Law Award in 1982. Van Pelt was named the Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2014” Family Law, Springfield, Mo. and is listed in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers. 

Past Recipients of Award

  • 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