Rian F. Ankerholz

Rian F. Ankerholz

General Partner
Overland Park, Kansas

Rian F. Ankerholz is a principal partner in the law firm of Ankerholz and Smith. Mr. Ankerholz has practiced law since 1982 when he moved to Overland Park from his birthplace of Lyons, Kansas. A second generation lawyer, Mr. Ankerholz grew up with an understanding of how various legal situations affect people's lives. He received both his undergraduate degree and his law school degree from the University of Kansas. In order to serve the needs of the firm's clients in and around the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area, Mr. Ankerholz was also admitted to the Missouri bar in 1995.

Mr. Ankerholz practices primarily in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury cases and workers' compensation claims in Missouri and Kansas. The firm was one of the first in Missouri and Kansas to utilize advanced technology and video settlement demand brochures to maximize personal injury case recoveries. He believes two of the most important parts of a jury trial are jury selection and witness preparation. Mr. Ankerholz handles divorce cases and family law matters in Kansas only. He emphasizes the needs and best interests of children in all types of family law cases, including divorce, child custody and paternity matters.

Mr. Ankerholz's wife, Nancy, is a homemaker. They have two daughters.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Paternity
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Social Security -- Disability
  • Traffic Violations
  • Wills
  • Workers' Compensation Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 1982
  • Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1982


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • 2001 Kansas Bar Association Award Certificate for Pro Bono Service

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Kansas Lawyer Referral Service Affiliation
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Christian Legal Resources, Member
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Kansas Lawyer Assistance Program , Member