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Our History

The Firm was founded solely by Robert K. ("Bob") Kirkland in February, 2000, and was then known as The Kirkland Law Firm PC.  Kirkland had been a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP for several years.  The Firm's practice initially consisted of a traditional trusts and estates practice, including estate planning, charitable planning, estate and trust administration, and fiduciary litigation.  The Firm's initial office was located in the Seaport Office Complex in Liberty, Missouri.

In January, 2001, Richard D. ("Dick") Woods joined the Firm as a Shareholder, and the Firm's name was changed to Kirkland & Woods, P.C.  Dick had also been a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, where he practiced for over 25 years.  While the Firm maintained its Liberty location, it also opened a second office in Overland Park, Kansas, located at 6201 College Boulevard, Suite 250.

In September, 2005, the Firm's Liberty office was moved to its present address, at 132 Westwoods Drive, Liberty, Missouri, still in the Seaport Office Complex.

In July, 2009, the Firm added Robert T. Steinkamp, as Of Counsel.  Bob was a founding partner of the Kansas City law firm of Beckett & Steinkamp, and later served as General Counsel for Applebee's International for approximately fourteen (14) years.  Bob concentrates his practice in general business and corporate matters, including mediation of business and contract disputes.  Bob offices primarily in the Liberty office.

In February, 2011, Scott K. Martinsen, formerly a long-time partner of the Husch Blackwell firm in their Kansas City office, joined the Firm as a Shareholder.  The firm's name was changed to Kirkland Woods & Martinsen PC.  Scott practices in both offices, offices primarily in Overland Park, and concentrates his practice in planning for high net worth families and in fiduciary litigation.


Robert K. Kirkland

Estates, Trusts & Fiduciary Litigation

Richard D. Woods

Estates, Trusts & Real Estate

Scott K. Martinsen

Estates, Trusts & Fiduciary Litigation

Robert T. Steinkamp

Business Law & Mediation

Amanda Bartlett Mook

Estate Planning, Probate

Amy DeGraeve

Estate, Probate, Trusts & Fiduciary Litigation

Daniel P. Wheeler

Estates and Trusts, Fiduciary Litigation, Mediation

Nikki Frerker

Estate Planning

Heather Hall

Probate Administration, Fiduciary Litigation

Michelle Burge

Probate Administration, Fiduciary Litigation

Alice M. Haseltine

Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration

American College of Trust & Estate Counsel Super Lawyers
KWM Areas of Practice
Estates & Trusts
Real Estate Law
Fiduciary Litigation
Business Law