Jennifer E. McElderry

Jennifer E. Packard

Jenny has a heart for those who are marginalized and wants to make sure that people and small businesses are given second chances through bankruptcy through liquidation or reorganization. She also wants to ensure that people who are wrongly injured by someone else are compensated for their injuries. And she understands the emotional turmoil wrought upon those involved in our legal system and works hard to make that process as smooth, efficient, and stress-free as possible. Jenny began her legal career in 2009 with one of Kansas City’s largest consumer bankruptcy firms. While there, Jenny represented over 700 debtors and helped them eliminate or reorganize their debt. She helps ease her clients’ financial burdens and knows that bankruptcy is never the end of the road but instead is a new beginning. Jenny has appeared in court hundreds of times for her clients and focuses on complex bankruptcies involving individuals and small businesses. In addition to bankruptcy, her passion for those who are marginalized has led her to help clients who have been injured.

Jenny grew up in Forsyth, Missouri, where she participated in band, choir, cheerleading, and student government. Jenny always wanted to be an attorney so that she could advocate for those in need. In pursuit of that goal, she attended college at Missouri State University where she received her B.A. in History, cum laude, with a minor in music performance. After a 4-year hiatus teaching elementary music in Yuma, Arizona, Jenny returned to Missouri and received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2009. During law school, Jenny clerked for Legal Aid of Western Missouri, served as guardian ad litem, and fought for post-conviction relief for defendants who had been sentenced to death. Jenny was active in both the Student Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta and served as President of the Art Law Society. In July 2014, Jenny joined her cousin, Aaron M. House, at House Packard McElderry LLC. Jenny is licensed in Missouri and is also authorized to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

As part of her commitment to the community, Jenny is active in the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), which is Missouri’s preeminent plaintiffs’ bar association. She also serves Association For Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City as a member of the Fundraising Committee, and she is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA).

Jenny lives in Liberty, Missouri, with her two children, Dylan and Audrey, and their cat, Taco. She enjoys traveling with her family and reading. Jenny also enjoys listening to and playing music. Jenny has twice served as principal oboist—first while at Missouri State University in the University Symphony, and second while living in Yuma, Arizona, in the Yuma Civic Orchestra. More recently, Jenny’s passion for music has been reignited through playing the piano, which she bought so that her daughter could take lessons. She now shares her love of music with her children.

Those who know Jenny best say that she is kind, compassionate, and loyal. Jenny’s discipline, communication skills, and legal knowledge help her provide a comfortable, supportive experience for all clients facing extremely difficult times.

To discuss your legal needs with Jenny, please contact her directly at 816.875.4270 or

Ryan McElderry – of Counsel

Ryan McElderryRyan’s legal career has always been about helping others. During law school he had the opportunity to work with a prominent Kansas City injury law firm. Many of those who sought help had been injured, losing both time and money through no fault of their own. He came to realize that representing those injured by others was an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people who had been marginalized.

After graduating law school in 2013 from University of Missouri, Kansas City Ryan took a position as an associate attorney at a bankruptcy and immigration firm in Olathe Kansas. Always eager to expand his knowledge of the law and help people in the community, he enjoyed the work. Nonetheless, when an opportunity to join House Packard McElderry LLC arose, Ryan jumped at the chance. He’ll tell you that it’s good to be doing the same type of work that inspired him in law school.

Ryan grew up in a small town in Iowa where he was on the high school wrestling team. While in high school, he took trip to France where he developed a passion for foreign language studies and a love for art. He attended the University of Nebraska in Kearney and graduated in 2002 with a double major in Spanish and French. Shortly after graduation, Ryan packed his bags, sold all his things and left for Europe. He lived abroad for a year and half splitting his time between France and Belgium. While this experience was priceless, he realized that he wanted to live and work in the United States. He returned to Kansas City, Missouri and started his career. Unsatisfied with the work he was doing, he went to night school and earned his masters degree from the University of Kansas in foreign relations. That degree was a stepping stone to be able to enter law school and become an attorney. He did just that, enrolling in the University of Missouri Kansas City and receiving his Juris Doctor in 2013.

Ryan loves to read non fiction books specifically history books. Occasionally, he will read one written in Spanish or French to keep his skills sharp. He also enjoys traveling, and spending time with his two children, Ethan and Eva, his beautiful wife Jenny.

To discuss your legal needs with Ryan, please contact him directly at 816.875.4380 or

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