Richard Rhyne Named Chair of First Call Governing Board


Lathrop Gage congratulates Partner Richard Rhyne on his selection as Board Chair for First Call Governing Board.  Rhyne’s involvement with First Call began in 2010, and he has remained a strong advocate for the non-profit organization since.   

For further information on First Call and the announcement, see the press release attached below. 

Kansas City, MO – The First Call Governing Board recently named Richard D. Rhyne as its Board Chair. Rhyne. Rhyne officially became Board Chair on November 17, 2018. He joined the Board of First Call in June of 2010. Since joining, Rhyne has also been on the agency’s Government Relations, Building, Technology, and Governance committees. He is also a former Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Governing Board

“I am deeply honored to be selected as Board Chair of First Call,” said Rhyne. “First Call is committed to reducing the impact of addiction on individuals, families and the community. I am truly humbled to be a part of this remarkable organization.

Rhyne, a partner at Lathrop Gage, has more than 40 years of experience representing clients in complex commercial law and business litigation matters in state and federal courts around the country and in arbitrations. He has built upon that experience and now focuses a large portion of his practice on alternative dispute resolution, where he has participated in over 150 arbitrations as either counsel or arbitrator and over 150 mediations as mediator. Rhyne regularly represents owners, general contractors, architects, engineers, sureties, subcontractors and suppliers in matters involving a wide variety of complex construction, design, and insurance coverage issues

Rhyne was selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, from 2011 to 2019; named as Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006 to 2017; and named as a Charter Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, in 2017.

It is the mission of First Call to reduce the impact of alcohol, drugs and addiction by providing quality resources to individuals, families and the community. First Call provides prevention and recovery services to over 50,000 individuals annually and is a key catalyst for building capacity among community substance abuse, health care, behavioral health and service providers.