Decades of experience combined with superior results provide each of our clients with a tailor-made, targeted solution. Whether your situation requires aggressive litigation or a common sense, practical approach, we offer legal representation in a variety of disciplines. As proof of our unwavering commitment to serve our clients, Tieman, Spencer & Hicks has obtained the highest possible rating any law firm in the United States can receive for professional ability and ethical standards. Dedicated and experienced:  That is the common theme of our attorneys and support staff.  We are one of the largest law firms in St. Joseph, which allows us to offer a high degree of specialized knowledge with the resources to deliver the results you deserve. With knowledge and experience from all over northwest Missouri and Kansas City, we have you covered.


Awarded by its peers, the principals of Tieman, Spencer & Hicks have proudly garnered the highest possible rating any law firm in the United States can receive for professional conduct and ethical standards. * Trust the team at TS&H with your case, today!


* AV® , AV Preeminent® , Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are Certification Marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. http://www.martindale.com/ratings


Business Law

Our team is here to help your business get started, as well as handle all your contractual, transactional, operational and litigation needs.

Family Law

Legal disputes between family members can be extremely emotional, let our experienced lawyers help you through the difficult process of divorce, custody and modifications.

Estate Planning & Probate

Let our team help you achieve peace of mind by developing an appropriate Will, Trust, POA or other tailor-made plans that are just right for you and your family.

Criminal Defense & Traffic

Whether you have been charged with a traffic offense, misdemeanor offense, or a high-grade felony, we can help you.

Real Estate Law

When buying or selling residential and commercial real estate, issues can arise, our team is here to represent you when they do.

Collections & Creditor

If your business needs to collect what its owed, the lawyers at Tieman, Spencer & Hicks can guide you through the entire process.

Personal Injury

Have you been injured? Whether it involves being on the job, auto accident, dangerous products, and more, we are here to help.



Our law firm understands that when people hire an attorney, they are often experiencing very stressful situations. You need someone who cares about you. The team of Tieman, Spencer & Hicks makes sure their clients not only receive high-quality legal services, but also the support and resources they deserve. With offices in Independence, Liberty, and St. Joseph, we have all of northwest Missouri and Kansas City covered. If you or a loved one is dealing with legal issues, call or fill out our free consultation form today. Once our legal consultants have reviewed your case, we will get in touch with you immediately, even meeting you wherever you are. We work hard to put together a strategic plan of action, and one that will get the job done and win for you. You won’t ever have to step foot in our office, making this stressful situation just a little bit easier.

Lee Tieman - Attorney

Over the past 25+ years, Lee has represented a diverse range of business clients, ranging from multi-national conglomerates to family-owned…

John Spencer - Attorney

John M. Spencer is a founding partner of the firm. John has been licensed in the State of Missouri since…

Jeffrey Lawyer - Attorney

Jeffrey joined TSH in September 2009 and focuses his practice in Creditors' Rights, Landlord-Tenant, and Traffic Law.

Joel Hane - Attorney

Joel joined Tieman, Spencer & Hicks as an associate attorney in September of 2014.

Jay Allison - Attorney

Jay has been practicing law in St. Joseph for 16 years, specializing in the areas of criminal defense, family law,…

Russell Purvis - Attorney

Russell has been focusing on personal injury and workers’ compensation law for more than 25 years. He joined the legal…

Larry Goins - Attorney

After a distinguished career as a practicing attorney, Larry now focuses on the more enjoyable and relaxing things in life.

Ralph Hicks - Attorney

For over 40 years, Ralph practiced in the areas of estate planning, probate avoidance, drafting of trusts, wills and related…