Courtney M. Conrad

As leader of Lathrop GPM’s Trusts, Estates & Legacy Planning Practice Group, Courtney Conrad has extensive experience providing counsel to high-net worth clients, closely held businesses and their owners and charitable organizations, and offers up-to-the-minute knowledge of the changing tax laws and the most sophisticated estate planning techniques. Her primary focus is in the area of estates and trust law.

Courtney helps clients secure their legacy and financial futures and transfer wealth in the most tax-efficient manner, whether transferring assets to future generations, charitable entities or other structures. She provides comprehensive strategies for minimizing transfer tax and addressing estate and trust administration, asset protection, special needs planning, succession plans and family issues across generations.

Skilled at representing both beneficiaries and fiduciaries, Courtney provides client services in the following areas:

  • Basic estate planning including preparation of wills, trusts and powers of attorney for financial and health care matters
  • Income tax basis planning
  • Sophisticated estate planning for high net worth individuals
  • Planning with retirement assets
  • Planning with life insurance
  • Asset protection planning
  • Preparation of gift tax and estate tax returns
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Business succession planning for closely held business owners
  • Charitable planning, including the formation and administration of private foundations, supporting organizations, public charities and charitable trusts


  • Trusts used for Tax Reduction, National Business Institute, June 26, 2018
  • Advanced Gifting, Advanced Testamentary Planning, Buy-Sell Agreements and Asset Protection Planning and Charitable Planning, Half Moon Education, August 24, 2017
  • Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Planning, MidAmerica Planning Giving Council, Kansas City, November 2015
  • Utilizing Spendthrift Trusts in Estate Planning, Lorman Seminar, November 10, 2009


  • Featured, Table of Experts: Wealth Management - A Portfolio of Change, The Kansas City Business Journal, July 26, 2019
  • Co-Author, Estate Planning after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Ingram’s, 2018
  • Author, The IRS Wages War on the Family Limited Partnership: How to Establish a Family Limited Partnership that will withstand attack, UMKC Law Review, Summer 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Society of Kansas City

Community Involvement

  • Children's Mercy Hospital, Donald H. Chisholm Planned Giving Council


  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2020 - 2021
  • Order of Bench and Robe
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, 2001-2003
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  • Overland Park

    10851 Mastin Boulevard
    Building 82, Suite 1000
    Overland Park, KS 66210-1669
  • Kansas City

    2345 Grand Blvd.
    Suite 2200
    Kansas City, MO 64108
  • Denver

    1515 Wynkoop Street
    Suite 600
    Denver, CO 80202
F: 913.451.0875


Karen Marx

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Courtney is temporarily authorized to practice in Colorado pending admission under C.R.C.P. 205.6.


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 2003

University of Kansas, B.S., Business Administration, 1999