Julius M. Oswald
Julius is actively engaged in the practice of business, real estate and school law. He has served as counsel for the Blue Springs R-IV School District and other school districts for over 40 years. In addition, he has represented several banks and many businesses. Julius has lectured on school law topics in a variety of forums. Since 2001, Julius has been included in every edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Julius has chaired various state and local bar association school law committees and has served as the State Chairman of the Missouri School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys. In addition, he has lectured for the University of Missouri Extension Council and the Missouri Department of Education Leadership Academy. Furthermore, Julius served on the Board of the University of Missouri Extension Council and on the Kansas City Bar Corporate Law Committee Board. He has also been on the panel of arbitrators for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Julius is also a former lawyer for the Eastern Jackson County Board of Realtors.
Julius has been very active in many community organizations including Kiwanis, the St. Mary’s Medical Center Board of Directors, bank directorships, and past president of the Lions Club, Sertoma, Blue Springs Country Club, and Blue Springs Education Foundation. Julius also acts as moderator for the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce monthly legislative briefings. In 1998, he was honored as the Blue Springs Citizen of the Year. Julius and his wife, Jill, reside in Blue Springs.
JASON K. REW
Jason practices primarily in general civil litigation and handles a variety of issues in this area of the law. He represents clients with personal injury, employment, business, real estate, and contract disputes, as well as probate matters.
Jason has tried numerous cases to juries and judges in the state courts of Missouri and Kansas. He has also argued successfully before the Supreme Court of Missouri, as well as the Court of Appeals for both the Western and Southern Districts of Missouri. Jason has also tried matters before the federal court in the Western District of Missouri.
Prior to attending law school at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Jason served as an intern for members of both the Missouri House of Representatives in Jefferson City, Missouri and the United States Congress in Washington, D.C.Additionally, he served as an aide to Congressman Ike Skelton from 1996 – 1997.
Jason is involved in several bar associations.He currently serves on The Missouri Bar Board of Governors where he represents Eastern Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties.He previously served in various leadership roles on the Council for the Young Lawyers Section of The Missouri Bar, including Chair of the organization.
While Jason lived in Blue Springs most of his life, he currently resides with his family in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. In his spare time, Jason is involved in competitive cycling and running.
JENNIFER OSWALD BROWN
After Jennifer graduated from Blue Springs High School, she attended Saint Louis University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a Minor in Philosophy in 1998. While attending Saint Louis University Jennifer had the opportunity to attend school at the Saint Louis University Madrid Campus, in Madrid, Spain, for a semester abroad. In 2001, Jennifer received a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Prior to joining Oswald Rew, Jennifer served for over two years as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael W. Manners, in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. In this capacity, she worked on Judge Manners’ domestic docket, as well as civil and criminal dockets, where she assisted with multiple jury trials. The experience and knowledge gained through this clerkship have been invaluable to her current practice.
As a civil litigator, Jennifer’s primary area of practice is family law. She represents clients in dissolution of marriage cases, modification cases, and paternity actions, which often involve child support, maintenance, division of assets and debts, and child custody disputes. A significant part of Jennifer’s practice is serving as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in Jackson County, Missouri, and other surrounding counties. As a Guardian ad Litem, it is Jennifer’s great privilege and responsibility to represent children in cases involving allegations of abuse or neglect.
Over the last several years, Jennifer has developed a very active and successful mediation practice in the area of domestic and family law through both referrals and court-appointments. As a mediator, Jennifer assists parties in working toward a resolution of their pending issues outside the courtroom in an effort to promote judicial economy and preserve resources.
Jennifer currently resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with her husband, Scott, and their three children, Annie, David and Bode. Jennifer is actively involved with school and extracurricular activities and thoroughly enjoys participating in Girls Scouts of America with Annie and soccer and baseball with my sons, David and Bode.
R. DYAN ZIMMERMAN
Dyan practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate and school law. She assists clients in creating and updating their estate plans, administering decedent’s estates, and seeking guardianships and conservatorships. She also works with various school districts to resolve contract disputes, and interpret and comply with federal, state and local government regulations, including those regulating the education of children with disabilities.
Dyan grew up in Oak Grove, Missouri and currently lives in Grain Valley with her family. Following her graduation from Oak Grove High School, she attended the University of Central Missouri where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Minor in Music in 2006. She was a graduate of the University of Central Missouri’s Honors College and was an active member of many of the campus’s music organizations, including serving as Drum Major for UCM’s Marching Mules and Co-Principal Horn of the University Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she was a member of the Student Government Association Senate before being appointed as Chief Justice of the Student Government Association Supreme Court.
After graduation from UCM, Dyan attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 2009.While at UMKC, she was a staff member of both the UMKC Law Review and the Urban Lawyer and then served as the Lead Note and Comment Editor for the UMKC Law Review Board.
Dyan is very active in her community and with her family.She participated in the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class and volunteers in the community, including providing free legal consultations at Vesper Hall in Blue Springs, and serving on the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.Additionally, she volunteers her time by participating in local church orchestras and worship teams.In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, biking, and swimming.
ERIN MAYFIELD CRAIG
Erin practices primarily in the areas of family law, domestic, and civil litigation. She grew up in Jackson, Missouri and currently lives in Oak Grove, Missouri with her husband, Steven Craig, and their daughter, Vivien Lee. Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Philosophy from Missouri State University with honors in 2007. During Erin’s course of studies, she emphasized International Affairs and served as a student ambassador for the University in Dailian and Zhengzhou, China.
Upon graduating from Missouri State, Erin attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate in 2010. While at the UMKC Law School, Erin received the school’s International, Comparative, and Foreign Law Area of Emphasis after successfully completing courses in International and EU Law at the University of Vienna, Austria, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Corvinus Egyetem in Budapest, Hungary. While at UMKC, Erin participated in the Law School’s Guardian ad Litem clinic, representing children in domestic violence dockets in the 16th Judicial Circuit.
Erin is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association including the KCMBA Domestic Law Committee, the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, and is a board member on the Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce.Erin is admitted to practice in the Federal Western District Court of Missouri and also a Guardian ad Litem.
Zach is an Eastern Jackson County native with a passion for tax and business law and a particular interest in representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service or helping them avoid tax problems through careful return preparation, planning and analysis.
Zach grew up in Independence, Missouri and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he served as an intern to a state representative in the Missouri General Assembly. Zach was also very involved in the Mizzou Army ROTC program and was honored as the unit’s Cadet Sergeant Major and Cadet Commander. He also received the Distinguished Military Graduate and George C. Marshall awards upon graduation.
After graduating from Mizzou, Zach served four years on active Army duty.Achieving the rank of Captain before leaving active duty, he served as an M1A1 tank platoon leader and company executive officer and graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School.
After leaving the Army, Zach attended the University of Missouri School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate and LL.M. (Tax) degrees.In law school, Zach was a member of the UMKC Law Review and Urban Lawyer journal staffs, and managed the UMKC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance(VITA) site.
Following law school, Zach worked for six years at H & R Block’s Kansas City headquarters where he developed training courses and research materials used by thousands of H & R Block tax professionals worldwide.He also assisted hundreds of H & R Block tax professionals complete accurate tax returns when they requested advice on difficult and unique client issues.For three years, Zach also worked as one of the company’s in-house tax counsel, ensuring that the company complied with the difficult tax laws and regulations applicable to multi – national corporations.During his time at H & R Block, Zach gained knowledge and experience in many areas of tax law: business acquisitions, installment sales, compensation planning, federal and state audit defense, state sales and income taxes, and international transfer and reorganizations.
Zach is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association.Zach is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.
J. SCOTT KING
Scott has been practicing law in Eastern Jackson County for over forty-two years. A graduate of Raytown High School, he attended the University of Missouri for both his undergraduate and Law Degree. He concentrates his practice in Estate Planning and Probate matters such as:
Writing Wills and Trusts, Handling Probate cases, Representing Guardians and Conservators, Drafting Powers of Attorney documents, Writing Special Needs Trusts
Scott regularly counsels’ families regarding the needs of aging or disabled family members. He has served as the Chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Committee of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and is a member of the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He often speaks on these subjects at seminars for other lawyers and paralegals.
Mike’s work ethic and business experience were learned early on while working his way through college. Graduating from the Shepherds School of Ministry and then the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mike quickly rose through the ranks of the business world. Beginning at Quest Communications, he eventually landed at Sprint, where for several years was an award-winning businessperson, he traveled throughout western Missouri consulting with small businesses and individuals. At this early stage in his career, Mike had a goal when working with his clients. “I wanted to make the complicated, less complicated.” In 2005, he decided to put his future in his own hands and started his own mortgage company. The experience was extremely rewarding and Mike was able to help hundreds of families across Missouri. Mike’s unique experience as a start-up small business owner taught him firsthand about the legal challenges that face small businesses and individuals every day. Mike earned his law degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and worked in a prominent full service firm for several years handling cases throughout western Missouri. In 2013 Mike formed his own law firm where he practiced until joining Oswald Rew in June of 2021.
William has a background in business, having received a BA in Business Administration from Wichita State in 2015. To further pursue this area of interest William attended Washburn University School of Law where he took classes in Negotiations, International Business Transactions, Business Associations, Corporate Compliance, and Contracts. Business law, specifically negotiations, client relationship management, international business, intellectual property, mergers & acquisitions and corporate compliance are the areas he is most interested in. In addition to law school, William also obtained an MBA as part of an offered dual-degree program. During his time at the business school, William took classes in Strategic Analysis, Business Intelligence and Analytical Systems, International Business, and Financial Strategies that included many opportunities to negotiate and manage teams. Prior to becoming an Attorney, William worked at CBW Bank which provided a groundwork for corporate compliance and customer due diligence, client relationship management, negotiations, international business and contract drafting. William currently resides in Lee’s Summit with his wife and their three children.
Bethany moved to Kansas City in 2000 after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. Upon moving to Kansas City, she worked in the corporate world, and eventually returned to school, receiving her J.D. from the UMKC School of Law in 2005. Bethany’s passion, and most of her legal experience, lies in the probate and estate planning field. Prior to joining Oswald Rew LLC, Bethany had her own law practice in Lee’s Summit after having worked for one of the largest trust companies in the Midwest; and was an associate attorney at a respected probate and estate planning firm in downtown Kansas City. Bethany currently lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband, who is also an attorney, and her two daughters.