Russell E. Utter, Jr.

Location:  Lenexa, Kansas
Phone: 913-492-6008


Russ joined BridgeBuilder Tax + Legal Services P.A. in 2012. He is licensed to practice law in both Kansas and Missouri. Russell works with a variety of clients including individuals, small businesses, and private investors providing a wide range of transactional legal services. His focus includes providing services in the following areas: estate planning and wealth preservation, business succession planning, probate and trust administration, asset protection strategies for individuals and small businesses, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning techniques for individuals and small businesses, real estate transactions, and entity formation and compliance.

Russ graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law (UMKC) earning several awards and honors including the top grade in 5 of his law school classes and receiving 1st Place in the Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium (KCEPS) writing competition. While at UMKC, he was a member of the law review and was twice published for estate planning related articles. Russ now serves on the KCEPS board, is the chair of the KCEPS technology committee, a member of the American Bar Association, and a member of the KCMBA. He has served as an adjunct professor at UMKC School of Law where he jointly taught a class on Trusts and has been used as an expert witness for a trust dispute in a divorce proceeding.

In his free time, Russell enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Megan, his boxer mix dog, Jasper, and boating, fishing, cycling, and watching sports.

Russell can be reached at (913) 956-3982.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Asset Protection and Wealth Preservation
  • Tax planning and structuring for individuals and businesses
  • Business Formations and Compliance
  • Contract Review, Negotiation, and Drafting
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Dispositions, etc.
  • Real Estate Transactions

Bar Admissions / Professional Designations

Missouri, 2012
Kansas, 2013


2012, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, UMKC School of Law
2009, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Summa Cum Laude, University of Central Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium, Board Member and Technology Committee Chair
American Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

Seck & Associates, LLC