Robert E. Cowherd
Robert was born in Monett, Missouri on August 13, 1951, and grew up on a farm about 10 miles north of Cassville, Missouri. He graduated from Cassville High School. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for both undergraduate (B.A History 1973) and Law School (J.D.1975). He was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, member of the Missouri Law Review, and Member of the Order of the Coif.
He joined the law firm of Chapman and Chapman, P.C. in 1975. He has practiced with the firm since that time. His practice is focused on business law, agricultural law, probate and estate planning, bankruptcy, and municipal law. He represents a number of financial institutions including FCS Financial, Chillicothe State Bank, Home Exchange Bank, Great Western Bank, and Investors Community Bank. He also provides representation to numerous communities in north central Missouri on all areas of municipal law including municipal finance. He is a member of The Missouri Bar and has served as a member of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors.
He has set up several charitable foundations and works actively with many not for profit entities. He has been an active leader in the founding, development, and expansion of the Grand River Area Family YMCA.
He is married to Lou Cowherd and they have 2 daughters. He enjoys working on economic development projects for Chillicothe and surrounding areas, and doing other activities that improve the quality of life for people in the north Missouri area.
Trentis E. Miller
Trentis Miller was born and raised in Jackson, Missouri. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he met his wife and Chillicothe native, Malissa Mautino Miller, and became a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After graduating Westminster in 2004, Miller worked in the banking industry for five years before attending law school. Miller’s banking experience includes credit analyst work on complex commercial loans and participation in the bank’s senior loan committee meetings.
Miller graduated from UMKC Law School in 2012, where he volunteered at the Kansas City Tax Clinic and was a Literary Editor of the UMKC Law Review. Miller joined Chapman and Cowherd, P.C. upon graduation from UMKC and successful completion of the Missouri Bar Exam.
Miller handles general legal needs for clients while also specializing in criminal law, family law, workers’ compensation law, and landlord-tenant issues. Miller has successfully completed DWI detection and standardized field sobriety training and represents clients in DWI defense. Miller assists clients with protecting their Second Amendment rights, including the drafting of National Firearms Act Trusts. Miller can also assist individuals in expunging their criminal record. Miller is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, United States District Courts and has also assisted with and argued cases in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Miller is member of Chillicothe Rotary and Elks Club 656. Miller serves as a board member for North Missouri FCA, Hedrick Medical Center Foundation, Chillicothe Education Foundation, Main Street Chillicothe, Chillicothe Area Christian Builders (formerly Chillicothe Habitat for Humanity, Inc.), and is President of the Grand River Area YMCA Board of Directors. Miller is also active in the Missouri Bar and previously served as the District 1 representative on the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) from 2014 to 2018.
Miller resides in Chillicothe with his wife and children. Miller’s hobbies include spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, and boating.
Lauren A. Horsman
Lauren Horsman was born and raised in Chillicothe, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, cum laude, in 2005 and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2008. In law school, Lauren was selected to the Order of the Barristers and Managing Editor of The Urban Lawyer. While in law school, Lauren was an intern at the Johnson County, Kansas District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted domestic violence cases and conducted numerous bench trials, including her first jury trial.
Lauren began her legal career as a judicial clerk for both the Missouri Court of Appeals and Missouri Supreme Court before joining the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. As an Assistant Attorney General, Lauren defended state agencies in civil rights litigation, employment matters, and personal injury lawsuits. During her tenure at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Lauren successfully conducted several jury trials in both state and federal court as well as argued appellate matters in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Missouri Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Chapman and Cowherd, P.C., Lauren practiced law at a large international law firm, where she was a member of the Commercial Litigation team and participated in litigation in both Missouri and Kansas state and federal courts.
Lauren’s practice includes all aspects of the civil litigation process, including case strategy, motions practice, depositions, trials, and appeals. Lauren has a wide range of experience representing clients in dissolutions, paternity and custody actions, contract disputes, negligence actions, general business matters, drafting of wills and estates, and land disputes. In 2019, Lauren was appointed the Mercer County, Missouri Prosecuting Attorney by Governor Parson, a duty she discharges in addition to her civil law practice. Lauren provides representation for all of her clients’ legal needs, with a practice primarily focused on civil litigation, family law, and estate planning.
Lauren is admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, United States District Courts in Missouri and Kansas, and the Eight Circuit. Lauren is an alumna of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy and The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section. Lauren is a member of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education, Tria Sorosis, and member of the United Methodist Church (along with her husband Ryan and their two daughters). Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, raising her daughters as proud Chillicothe Hornets, and supporting the Mizzou Tigers.