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offices and our neighbors in Southwest Missouri and

throughout the state.

Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool is a full service law firm located in Springfield, Missouri with attorneys practicing in all areas of law.

Founded over 25 years ago by Ron Baird and John Lightner, our firm has grown largely through referrals by clients and colleagues whose trust we have earned. Our business sensibilities are firmly grounded in Midwestern values, and you will find our approach to your legal needs professional, accessible and offered at a fair price.

We value respect, hard work and the aggressive pursuit of each of our client's claims. The attorneys and staff at Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool understand the needs of our clients because we are deeply rooted in the Springfield area and are active in the community.

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Business & Commercial Litigation


  • Business/Commercial Law
  • Business Formation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Consulting
  • Shareholder/Partner Disputes
  • Non-Compete Litigaton
What is Business and Commercial Litigation?
Business and Commercial Law relates to business organizations, business structures, and business transactions. Also included in the business law field are issues related to banking, real estate, tax, and the environment. more.....
What is Business Formation?
Business Formation is the process of incorporation or creating a legal structure for your business such as an LLC, corporation or partnership. more....
What are Mergers and Acquisitions?
Mergers and Acquisitions refers to the management, financing, and strategy involved with buying, selling, and combining companies. more....
What is Banking and Finance Law?
Banking and Finance Law consists of state and Federal statutory laws pertaining to the regulation of banks and financial institutions. more....
What is Internal Corporate Governance?
Internal Corporate Governance is the relationship between all the stakeholders in a company, including the shareholders, directors, and management of a company, as defined by the corporate charter, bylaws, formal policy and rule of law. more.....
What is Business Litigation?
Business Litigation is the practice of law dealing with the legal problems arising from commercial and business relationships including litigation of controversies arising from those relationships. more....
What is Business Consulting?
Business consulting is the practice of helping clients start a new business, consider the acquisition or sale of a business, resolve disputes and develop plans for company strategy. more....
What are Shareholder/Partner Disputes?
Shareholder/Partner Disputes pertain to conflicts over written agreements that detail the relationship between business partners and their individual obligations and contributions to the partnership. more....
What is Non-Compete Litigation?
Non-Compete Litigation concerns disputes arising over contracts that restrict participation in a certain market by a company or individual under specific circumstances.Employers often require employees to sign a non-compete agreement to discourage them from quitting to join a competitor. more....

Employment Law


  • Employment Law
  • Non-Compete
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Separation/Severance
  • Employment Policies
  • Charges of Discrimination
What is Employment Law?
Employment Law is the body of laws, administrative rulings and precedents that address the legal rights of, and restrictions on, working people and their organizations. more....
What is Non-Compete?
Non-Compete agreements are contracts that restrict participation in a certain market by a company or individual under specific circumstances. Employers often require employees to sign a non-compete agreement to discourage them from quitting to join a competitor. more.....
What are Regulatory Issues?
Regulatory Issues pertain to Federal and State regulatory law that determines restrictions in such areas as controls on market entries, prices, wages, employment, standards of production, the military forces and many others. more....
What is Separation/Severance?
Separation/Severance refers to legal services that address issues related to termination of employment by either the employer or employee. more....
What are Employment Policies?
Employment Policies are agreements between an employer and employee that specify the rights and obligations of each party to the agreement. more....
What are Charges of Discrimination?
Charges of Discrimination relate to discrimination in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, also including various types of harassment. more.....

Family Law


  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Modification/Relocation
  • Custody/Parental Rights
  • Prenuptial/Postnuptial

What is Family Law?
Family Law covers all legal matters pertaining to family, including civil unions, marriages, divorces, adoption, prenuptial agreements, child custody and property settlements. more....

What is Divorce Law?
A divorce is the legal termination of a marriage by a court in a legal proceeding. The most common issues are division of property, child custody and support, alimony, child visitation and attorney's fees. more.....
What is Divorce Modification and Relocation?
Modification of divorce decrees refers to a change in the order that was issued declaring the couple officially divorced. Divorce Modification relates to adjustment of child custody and visitation, division of assets, support payments, and other. more.....
What are Custody and Parental Rights?
Parental (and Grandparent) Rights are the personal and property rights and duties that the law assigns to parents and grandparents to ensure a proper upbringing and material support for their children and to protect the children’s rights and interests. more.....
What are Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements?
Prenuptial and Antenuptial Marriage Agreements are those between spouses resolving issues pertaining to their joint and individual property during their marriage and/or after divorce. more.....

Insurance Defense


  • Insurance Defense
  • Auto/Property/Casualty
  • Government Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Professional Liability
What is Insurance Defense?
Insurance Law covers disputes between policyholders and insurers. It encompasses everything from auto accidents to professional liability. more.....
What is Automobile/Property/Casualty Liability?
Automobile/Property/Casualty Liability deals with cases involving losses incurred as a result of traffic accidents and against liability that could be incurred in an accident. more.....
What is Government Law?
Government Law involves public policy work and all manner of cases involving municipalities. more....
What is Civil Rights Law?
Civil Rights Law protects those rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, including the right to due process, equal treatment under the law of all people regarding enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and protection. more....
What is Professional Liability?
Professional Liability Law refers to the area of legal obligations arising out of claims of a professional's errors, negligent acts, or omissions during the course of the practice of their work. more.....

Personal Injury


  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation
  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Slip and Fall
  • Product Liability
What is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury is a category of legal claims that deal with individual harm and/or injury caused by another's failure to use reasonable care. more.....
What is Workers Compensation?
Workers Compensation law concerns a form of insurance that provides compensation medical care for employees who are injured in the course of employment. more.....
What is Car Accident Law?
Car Accident Law is the area of legal service that addresses personal injury litigation arising from a car accident. more.....
What is Truck Accident Law?
Truck Accident Law is the area of legal service that addresses personal injury litigation arising from a truck accident. more....
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful Death is the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons. The decedent’s heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for the decedent's death. more....
What is Slip and Fall?
Slip and Fall is a claim or case based on a person slipping (or tripping) and falling that is based on a claim that the property owner was negligent in allowing some dangerous condition to exist that caused the slip or trip. more.....
What is Product Liability?
Product Liability is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held accountable for the injuries those products may cause. more......

Real Estate Law


  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Declarations/Covenants
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Litigation
What is Real Estate Law?
Real estate law is the body of regulations and legal codes that pertain to such matters under a particular jurisdiction and include things such as commercial and residential property transactions, real estate development and land use. more.....
What is Real Estate Development Law?
Real Estate Development law cover many areas in the life span of a development including land use, transactions, regulatory compliance and representation in disputes. more.....
What are Real Estate Contracts?
A Commercial or Residential Real Estate Contract is a contract for the purchase/sale or exchange of real estate between parties, including the conveyance of fee simple title, life estates, remainder estates, and freehold easements. more......
What are Declarations/Residential Covenants and Condominium Laws?
Declarations/Residential Covenants and Condominium laws govern various facets of real estate development including lot size, building type and use, square footage of dwellings, architectural style, building lines, fences and many other related criteria. more....
What is Real Estate Finance Law?
Real Estate Finance Law consists of state and Federal statutory laws pertaining to the regulation of banks and financial institutions in matters of real estate transactions. more.....
What is Real Estate Litigation?
Real Estate Litigation pertains to disputes involving the purchase, sale, financing, ownership and use of real estate, as well as partnership issues, land use, zoning and more. more....

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