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Former Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Joe Reardon has announced he will rejoin the law firm of McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips.
Reardon started his law career at the firm, the largest in Kansas City, Kan., and one of the oldest firms in the Midwest.
He will be working to expand the firm's practice areas surrounding technology-entrepreneurial law, public policy and economic development-real estate law, according to a news release today from the law firm. Reardon received national recognition in these areas while overseeing Wyandotte County's significant growth, expansion and success over the last decade.
“The opportunity to practice law at MVP allows me to continue my community involvement and stay active within the Kansas City region, while simultaneously helping businesses, governments, and individuals with economic development, technology, and entrepreneurial start-up issues,” said former Mayor Joe Reardon in a news release. “Though no longer in public office, I remain committed to advancing causes and projects for the entire region, working to help the private sector and governments find the same model for success we experienced in Wyandotte County by working together in a collaborative fashion.”
Since leaving office in April, Reardon has been appointed to several public and private boards, including the University of Kansas Medical Center Advancement Board, the KCI Airport Study Panel, and the board of a local bank and community housing organization. He is working with local and state entities to support the Kansas City Start-Up Village and is in discussions regarding numerous other state and national board and working group appointments.
“Joe Reardon’s experience and leadership, and the success he has helped create, is a tremendous asset to our community and the entire region,” said Frederick Greenbaum, president of MVP. “He is recognized nationally for identifying and initiating innovative approaches to development, governmental-private sector cooperation, and support for entrepreneurism, innovation and small business creation, and MVP is pleased to have former Mayor Reardon helping lead our efforts in these practice areas.”
Founded in 1901, McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips is a full-service law firm with over 50 attorneys in five offices including Kansas City, Kan.; St. Louis, Mo.; Springfield, Mo.; Omaha, Neb., and Tulsa, Okla.
Reardon, who was named Kansas Mayor of the Year in 2012, also was previously employed by Thomson-Reuters before becoming mayor in 2005. Under Reardon's administration, the city added Sporting Park soccer stadium, the Cerner office project, the first new grocery store in the city in 30 years, and the Village West luxury apartment complex. The city also became first in the nation to add the Google high-speed fiber network while he was mayor.
Pam Curtis, Reardon's former chief of staff, confirmed she will be working at the law firm assisting Reardon.