Nancy Schmidt Roush

Nancy Roush focuses on business planning and estate planning.  With more than 30 years of practical experience in the practice of law, she also has a broad background in many related areas

Nancy advises professional firms and other privately-held businesses on business planning matters including governance, ownership transition, succession planning, buy-sell agreements, non-compete agreements, and protection and defense strategies. As a result of her representation of multiple accounting firms, she has particular experience in issues unique to them.

Nancy develops and implements strategies to transfer wealth and protect assets for her individual clients, as well as Wills, trusts and other estate planning documents.

Nancy is the founder of the Women’s Attorney Network, a collaborative effort between women attorneys and firm leadership. The Women’s Attorney Network seeks ways to facilitate business and professional development of the firm’s women attorneys.

Court Memberships

  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Missouri


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 1991-2020
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2018
  • Selected as one of “Kansas City's Top Lawyers” by Ingram's, 2010
  • Selected as one of the “Top 50 Women” from Missouri and Kansas by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006-2007, 2010 
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating (Indicates height of professional excellence and recognition for highest levels of skill and integrity.)
  • Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award, 1985, 1991 and 2001
  • Order of the Coif
  • Articles Editor, Kansas Law Review, 1978-1979 

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (1992-present), Business Planning Committee (2000 to 2016, chair 2006-2009), Asset Protection Committee (2009-present), Employee Benefits Committee (2016 to present), and Regent (2014 to present)
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association, Past President Tax Section and Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Society of Kansas City


  • Protection of Inherited IRAs, ACTEC LAW JOURNAL, Vol. 36, No. 3, page 577, Co-author, Winter 2010
  • ACTEC Shareholders Agreements for Closely-Held Corporations (outline and sample form), Co-author, 2006, updated 2010 and 2011
  • ESTATE PLANNING HANDBOOK, Kansas Bar Association, editor and co-author 1981 through Fifth Edition, continuing Editor Emeritus and co-author for subsequent editions
  • FAMILY LAW HANDBOOK, Kansas Bar Association, author of Chapter 11 on Estate Planning Considerations
  • The New Kansas Estate Tax, KANSAS BAR JOURNAL, Vol. 75, No. 8, page 18, co-author, September 2006
  • Beneficiary Designations After Divorce: Will the Ex-Spouse Benefit?  ESTATE PLANNING, Vol. 25, No. 5, page 224, author, June 1998
  • Opportunities and Problems Under the Kansas Informal Administration Act, KANSAS BAR JOURNAL, Vol. 61, No. 6, page 34, co-author, July 1992
  • Spendthrift Trusts Not Limited to Protection of Immature Dependents, ESTATE PLANNING, Vol. 18, No. 1, co-author, Jan./Feb. 1991
  • Revocable Trusts, KANSAS BAR JOURNAL, Vol. 51, page 8, co-author, Spring 1982
  • Kansas Legislative Activities - ESTATE TAX ACT, co-drafter; KANSAS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT, co-drafter; INFORMAL ADMINISTRATION ACT, co-drafter      


  • Drafting LLC Operating Agreements, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel National Meeting in Florida, July 2019
  • The Life Cycle of a Business Entity, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel National Meeting in Chicago, June 2018
  • Asset Protection Planning, 65th Annual Montana Tax Institute, November 2017
  • Latest and Greatest in Asset Protection, Missouri Bar Seminar, September 2016
  • Essential But Overlooked Issues in Drafting LLC Operating Agreements, ABA/RPTE seminar, March 2015
  • Asset Protection Planning; The Basics & Current Issues, ACTEC ALI-CLE seminar, April 2014
  • Business Succession Planning, The Society of Financial Services Professionals in Kansas City, November 2013
  • Practical Issues in Planning for the Family Business, Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, January 2013
  • Speaker, Avoiding Pitfalls in Buy-Sell Agreements, University of Texas Taxation Conference, December 2012
  • Tax, Business, and Drafting Considerations of Buy-Sell Agreements, Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, January 2012
  • Drafting Buy-Sell Agreements, ACTEC Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, August 2011
  • Using Partnerships to Own Buy-Sell Insurance, ABA eCLE, July 2011 
  • Estate Planning in 2011, Financial Planners Association Seminar, May 2011
  • IRAs-Benefits of Trusts as Beneficiaries, Estate Planning Internship Seminar, UMKC Law School Seminar, October 2010
  • Shareholders Agreements, Advanced Business Planning Seminar, UMKC Law School, October 2010
  • Protection of Inherited IRAs, ACTEC national seminar, October 2010
  • Utilizing Spendthrift Trusts in Estate Planning, Lorman Seminar, November 2009
  • Overview of Asset Protection Strategies, Asset Protection Seminar, UMKC Law School, October 2009
  • Estate and Gift Tax Update, The Missouri Bar Annual Estate and Trust Institute, October 2009
  • Shareholders Agreements for Closely-Held Corporations, ACTEC national seminar, March 2007
  • Other seminars given for the Missouri, Kansas and Illinois Bar Associations, and client-focused seminars, on these topics:  Limited Liability Companies, Ownership Transition for Professional Service Firms, Succession Planning for Closely Held  Businesses, Indemnification of Directors & Officers, Living Trusts, Spousal Rights, Estate Administration, Estate Taxes, Partnership Tax Structure 
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University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1979

Taylor University, B.A., 1973


  • Law clerk to The Honorable James K. Logan, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, 1979-1980