Jennifer E. McElderry

Jennifer E. Packard  Jenny grew up in southwest Missouri and attended Missouri State University where she graduated with a B.A. in History and a minor in music performance. Jenny graduated Missouri State in 2002, cum laude. After a 4-year hiatus teaching elementary music in Yuma, Arizona, Jenny returned to Missouri and received her Juris Doctor 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.

Jenny began her legal career in 2009 with WM Law, Kansas City’s largest consumer bankruptcy firm. While there, Jenny appeared in court hundreds of times for her clients and focused on complex bankruptcies for business and individuals. Jenny has always believed that bankruptcy is not the end but offers a new beginning for those in need.

In 2014 Jenny began her personal injury practice and formed House Packard McElderry LLC in 2016. Her practice includes representing individuals who were injured due to the fault of another. Jenny takes great pride in fighting insurance companies for fair compensation and in doing so, she has achieved millions of dollars in settlements for her clients. Throughout her private practice, Jenny has been active in the Kansas City Bar Association, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorney’s (MATA) and is currently on the board of the Clay County Bar Association. Jenny has been named a Super Lawyer and Rising Star multiple years and currently listed as a Top Plaintiff’s Lawyer under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Jenny is married to Ryan McElderry, an attorney with McElderry Law who works Of Counsel with House Packard McElderry assisting with personal injury cases. Together, they make a great team not only at work but at home as well. They live in Liberty, Missouri with their combined five children, their cat Taco and a bearded dragon. Jenny enjoys reading, traveling and sharing her love of music with her children. Jenny has three times served as principal oboist – first while at Missouri State University in the University Symphony, then while living in Yuma, Arizona with the Yuma Civic Orchestra and currently with the Northstar Community Band.

Those who know Jenny best say that she is kind, compassionate, honest and loyal. Jenny’s discipline, communications skills and legal knowledge help her to provide a comfortable, supportive experience for all of her clients.

To discuss your legal needs with Jenny, please contact her directly at 816.875.4270 or jennifer@hpmlawkc.com.

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 ryan@hpmlawkc.com.

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