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Cheri Rhodes

Cheri Rhodes is responsible for the management, leadership and development of the office administration function of the entire firm, ensuring service excellence and alignment with the firm’s strategic initiatives. Cheri serves as a liaison for the firm’s mail, copy center and hospitality services and handles budget responsibilities covering facilities capital expenses, infrastructure maintenance and enhancement, and project costs. Cheri’s specific duties include:

  • Management of all firm facilities – real estate lease arrangements, build outs, offices moves, office services, furniture and building security arrangements;
  • Oversight of purchasing programs and policies – inventory management and planning of supplies, furniture and equipment;
  • Contract review and negotiation with vendors;
  • Oversight of the firm’s travel policy;
  • Administration of the firm’s safety and emergency management plan; and
  • Implementation of the business continuity plan

In addition to her duties as Chief Administrative Officer, Cheri supports three practice groups at the firm as a Practice Group Administrator. In this role, she is responsible for managing administrative, operational and strategic functions and initiatives of the practice groups. Specific duties include:

  • Facilitate communication to foster teamwork and a positive working and service environment
  • Implementation and promotion of legal project management policies and processes
  • Creation and monitoring of budgets and strategic business plans
  • Training and integration of lateral attorneys and new staff within the practice group
  • Provision of essential resources necessary for lawyers and other timekeepers

Cheri has served in several other roles with the firm, including as Director of Legal Recruiting & Office Services, Marketing and Recruiting Director and as a legal assistant.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
  • Past Member, Kansas City Legal Recruiters Association, former City Coordinator
  • Past Member, National Association of Legal Placement (NALP)
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F: 816.292.2001

Education

Johnson County Community College, Paralegal Certificate, 1986

University of Kansas, B.A., Political Science, 1985