Barber Emerson, L.C.
1211 Massachusetts St.
P.O. Box 667
Lawrence, KS 66044-3351
Phone:  (785) 843-6600

Barber Emerson


Established in 1934 in Lawrence, KS, Barber Emerson, L.C. is a highly respected law firm with wide professional experience in the following areas:

  • General Civil Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Banking Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Probate & Trust Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Tax Law & Planning
  • Trust Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Land Use
  • Tax Increment Financing
  • Business Planning
  • Criminal Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Copyright Law
  • Construction Law
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Eminent Domain

Our Attorneys

The high quality of legal work provided by Barber Emerson attorneys has been respected by clients and peers for over 75 years. Our attorneys have represented clients throughout the midwest in both routine and highly complex real estate, business, estate planning, and litigation matters.

Personal and professional integrity form the foundation of our values, and we are committed to the representation of our clients in accordance with these values. While we offer the specialized legal experience and expertise comparable to much larger firms, we also possess the personal service and practical business traits of a smaller firm. Please click on one of the links below to learn more about the individual attorneys of Barber Emerson, L.C.

Barber Emerson Attorneys  l  Attorneys by Practice Area

U.S. News & World Report Tier 1 Ranking
Kansas City Metropolitan area

US News & Report

  • Business Organizations
    (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law



Barber Emerson publishes a variety of reports, articles and bulletins on topics of interest to businesses and individuals. Please see below for our most recent publications.

2012 Spendthrift Trust Clauses and Kansas Divorces: Does a Settlor's Intent Still Matter?

Presented by Calvin J. Karlin (co-author)
The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association

2010 A Valuable New Development Resource: Kansas Enacts the Community Improvement District Act

Presented by Matthew S. Gough
79 J. Kan. Bar Ass’n., Feb. 2010, at 22-27

Community Input
Barber Emerson is proud to sponsor Blue Book Relays. The program tests the legal research skills of first year law students at The University of Kansas.

Blue Book Relays


Barber Emerson, L.C. carries the highest rating attainable by a firm according to Martindale Hubbell standards of excellence and by peer review.