At Howard L. Lotven, A Professional Corporation, we act as a buffer between our clients and the system. We protect our clients from overcharges and negotiate for the option of probation instead of a jail sentence. Within family law, we work hard to win custody for our clients and determine a living situation that will be in the best interest of the child.

Legal Fields and Experience:

Presently, I primarily represent clients in Criminal/Municipal Courts and Traffic Courts. I have been either a prosecutor or defense attorney in over 10,000 cases. I also represent clients in Family Law matters including divorce, paternity, modification of child support, custody and visitation. In the past and currently a portion of my practice is in personal injury cases/auto accidents.

I have also argued six cases in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District:

1. Lane v. Amsted Industries, Inc. - Product Liability Claim - Appeal regarding the appropriateness of jury's consideration of a Plaintiff's worker's compensation claim in a suit for product liability.

2. Eimer v. Board of Police Commissioner of Kansas City, Mo - Worker's Compensation Claim - Appeal regarding the appropriateness of an employee's employment history being entered into evidence in a worker's compensation claim.

3. Todd v. Lohman - Driver's License Suspension - Appeal regarding the procedures under the Missouri Department Of Health Code Of Regulations that a lab technician must follow to have a valid test for blood alcohol content.

4. Peterson v. Summit Fitness, Inc. - Personal Injury - Appeal regarding the standard for Aopen and obvious [email protected] defense as it relates to children.

5. In Interest of R.C. - Termination Of Parental Rights - Appeal regarding whether evidence regarding the child's statements made to other children is admissible and whether sufficient evidence of abuse was presented to terminate parental rights.

6. Baldridge v. Director of Revenue - Driver's License Suspension - Appeal regarding reinstatement of Petitioner's driver's license when Circuit Court Judge found the police officer's testimony not credible.

7. Brown v. Brown - Successfully argued a change in the law (ie: right to receive a credit) where the parent paying child did not receive from parent receiving child support proof that the child was in college under Missouri law.

Honors

• Who's Who in the Law

• Who's Who in the Midwest

• Who's Who in America

• Who's Who in the World

• Outstanding Americans

• Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society

• CASA Attorney of the Year

• Volunteer Attorney Project Award

• Kansas City Attorney Of The Year – The Local Newspaper

• Cambridge Who's Who in America

• Missouri Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Representative Cases

• Lane v. Amsted Industries, Inc.

• Eimer v. Board of Police Commissioner of Kansas City, Mo

• Todd v. Lohman - Driver's License Suspension

• Peterson v. Summit Fitness, Inc.

• Baldridge v. Director of Revenue

• Brown v. Brown

Classes/Seminars

• Lecturer, Practicing in Municipal and Traffic Courts, Missouri Bar Association, 1987 to 1990

• Lecturer, Practicing in Municipal and Traffic Courts, Missouri Bar Association, 1992 to 1992

• Lecturer, Practicing in Municipal and Traffic Courts, Missouri Bar Association, 1997 to 1997

• Law Day Speaker, Missouri Bar Association, 1986 to 1986

• Law Day Speaker, Missouri Bar Association, 1996 to 1996

• Lecturer, Practicing in Municipal and Traffic Courts, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 1999 to 2017

Pro-Bono Work

• Board of Trustees, Pilgrim Chapel/Pilgrim Services, Inc., 2001 to 2005

• Volunteer and in Court Coordinator, Heart of America Stand Down: (U.S. Veteran's Assistance Program - Municipal Court Defense Attorney)

• Volunteer, Heartland United Way, 1985 to 1986

• Committee for Community Progress, 2004 to Present

• Member, House Rabbit Society, 1988 to 2007

• Member, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 2002 to 2016

• Board Of Directors, Kansas City Center For Urban Agriculture, Inc., 2006 to 2012, Volunteer 2006 to 2019

• Volunteer and in Court Coordinator, Step – Up: (Homeless and Abused Women's Assistance Program - Municipal Court Defense Attorney), 2006 to 2018

• B’nai Bryant: Member, Non-Profit Religious Organization, 2005 to Present

• Commissioner, Jackson County Human Relations And Citizen Complaints Commission, 2006 to present

• Assistant Coach, Blue Spring/Independence Competitive Baseball League, Blue Springs Royals, 2009 to 2010

• Kansas City Men's Senior Baseball League, 1990 to 1998

• Kansas City Men's Senior Baseball League, 2009 to 2009

• Federal Division Commissioner, Kansas City Men's Senior Baseball League, 1992 to 1998

Current Employment

• Howard L. Lotven, P.C., Attorney

• City of Lake Lafayette, MO, City Attorney - City Prosecutor

Past Employment

• City of Kansas City, MO, Assistant City Prosecutor, 06/1985 to 12/1985

• City of Napoleon, Missouri, Municipal Court Judge

• City of Harrisonville, MO, City Attorney - City Prosecutor, 1989 to 1991

• City of Napoleon, Missouri, City Attorney - City Prosecutor, 2001 to 2007

Professional Associations

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Municipal Court Committee, 1984 to 1989

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Municipal Court Committee, 1999 to 2018

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Secretary, 1988 to 1988

• MO Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Council Representative, 1986 to 1988

• Kansas City Missouri Bar Ass'n., Municipal Cts. Comm. Member, 1985 to 1987

• Missouri Bar Association, 1984 to Present

• Missouri Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, 1989 to Present

• Missouri Bar Association, Co-Chairperson, 1991 to 1992 - Missouri Public Service Committee

• Missouri Bar Association, General Practice Committee, 1989 to Present

• Missouri Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1993 to 1999 - Criminal Law Committee

• Missouri Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Seminar Committee, 1997 to 1999

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Vice-Chairperson, 2001 to 2001 - Municipal Court Committee

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Chairperson, 2002 to 2002 - Municipal Court Committee

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 2002 to 2018

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, 2002 to 2018

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 2012 to 2012 - Criminal Law Committee

• Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Volunteer Attorney Project, 1992 to Present

• American Bar Association, 1984 to 1987

• American Bar Association, 2005 to 2006

• American Association for Justice, 1986 to 1990

• Municipal Court Prosecutors Association of Western Missouri, 1992 to Present

• Municipal Court Prosecutors Association of Western Missouri, Board of Directors, 2006 to 2018

• Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association, 2007 to 2019

• Candidate for Judgeship for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, 2005 to 2005

• Association of Women Lawyers, Member, 2010 to 2018

Admissions Details

  • 1984, Missouri
  • 1984, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • 2019, U.S. Federal Court for 8th Circuit

Law School Attended

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Class of 1984, J.D.

University Attended

  • Drake University, Class of 1981, B.A.

Associations & Memberships

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Association of Women Lawyers