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Phil joined WFL as a Partner in September 2017. Phil has over 20 years of litigation experience and focuses his practice on Estate Planning, Business Law, Municipal Prosecution, Probate, Property, Commercial Litigation, and Collections.
Admitted to the Bar, 1993, Kansas; 1995, Missouri; Also admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts, District of Kansas and Western District of Missouri.
Preparatory Education: Southwest Missouri State University (B.S., 1990)
Legal Education: University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 1993). Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, 1992-93.
Law Clerk to Hon. Gary A. Fenner, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District of Missouri, 1995-96.
Co-author: MoBarCLE, Civil Trial Practice, 3rd Edition, Chapter 5, Settlement Procedures.
Author: "America 2000 and Educational Accountability: Can Dick and Jane Sue Their Teacher?," 2 Kan J. of Law & Pub. Pol. 2, p.109 (Summer 1992).
Member: Jasper County Bar Association; Kansas Bar Association; The Missouri Bar.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Derek worked in a wide variety of industries including transportation for a class 1 rail carrier, sales, and manufacturing. His education, combined with his life and work experiences, have prepared Derek to be an effective communicator and a driven attorney who pursues excellence in everything. Derek joined WFL in August 2015 as an Associate Attorney and became Partner in March 2017. Derek's practice focuses on Estate Planning, Municipal Law and Prosecution, Probate, Property, Contracts, Collections and outside counsel for Health Systems.
Admitted to the Bar, 2015, Missouri; 2015, Kansas; Also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; Quapaw Tribal Court.
Preparatory Education: Crowder Community College (A.A., 2011), Missouri Southern State University (B.A., 2012);
Legal Education: University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., 2014).
Member: Jasper County Bar Association; The Missouri Bar; Kansas Bar Association; Quapaw Nation Court Bar Association.
Sharrock became of counsel in May, 2019, bringing almost 30 years of legal experience to the firm. Prior to joining WFL, Sharrock served as a corporate attorney for multiple businesses, including The Empire District Electric Company/Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation. Sharrock’s practice concentrates on estate planning, business planning, taxation, probate, commercial transactions, real property matters, mergers and acquisitions, and employment law.
Admitted to the Bar, 1992, Arkansas; 1999 Texas; 2000, Missouri; Also admitted to practice before U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Courts.
Preparatory Education: University of Arkansas (B.S., 1989)
Legal Education: University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D., 1992).
University of Denver (L.L.M. Taxation, 1993)
Member: Jasper County Bar Association; Missouri Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association; Texas Bar Association; American Bar Association
Jennifer joined WFL as an Associate Attorney in the summer of 2021 after graduating from law school that spring. Prior to law school, Jennifer earned her bachelor’s of arts degree in Political Science. While in law school, Jennifer participated in both the bankruptcy and criminal defense clinics and was a teaching assistant for the first year torts class for two years. When not working, Jennifer enjoys traveling, hiking, and researching her genealogy. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her niece Jolene. Jennifer’s practice currently includes: Collections, Property, Estate Planning, Probate and Municipal Law & Prosecution.
Preparatory Education: Lyon College (B.A. 2018).
Legal Education: University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D. 2021).
Admitted to the Bar, 2021, Missouri & Arkansas.
Member: Jasper County Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association