Attorney Profiles

Ronald K.Carpenter

Camdenton, Missouri

Phone: 888-236-2485
Fax: 573-346-4411

My name is Ronald K. Carpenter and I was born in Ventura, California, on November 4, 1948. I lived in southern California until 1959 when my parents purchased a small resort on the Glaize Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. My parents were unhappy with the smog and congestion in southern California and since they were both born in Missouri it felt natural to return to their roots.

I started attending the Camdenton R-III School system in the 6th grade in 1959 and graduated from high school here in 1966. I attended the University of Missouri from 1966 to 1973 receiving my B.S. in Forestry in 1971 and my Juris Doctor in 1973.

Immediately out of law school I worked for one year in the Office of the Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit west of St. Louis. On June 6, 1974, I began working for the law firm of Phillips & McElyea and I have been with the law firm now for 35 years.

My practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, business organizations, general real estate law and real estate development, probate administration, including guardianships and conservatorships, and civil litigation revolving around these areas of practice.

I married my high school sweetheart, Jo, on January 25, 1969, and we have now been married 41 years. We have two children, Amy and Doug, and three grandchildren.

My interests outside the office include golf, Mizzou Tiger sports, reading and spoiling my grandchildren.

I am active in several civic and community organizations including the Camdenton R-III Education Foundation (Past President of the Board of Directors), Dogwood Animal Shelter (President from 1976 to 2001), Camdenton Laker Athletic Boosters Organization, Camdenton Rotary Club, and Camden County Chapter of the University of Missouri Alumni Association.

I am also a member of the following professional organizations: Camden County Bar Association, 26th Judicial Circuit Bench & Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.

I and the other members of the firm look forward to assisting you with whatever your legal needs may be.

Areas of Practice

  • Probate & Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Civil
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Banking
  • Commercial
  • Corporate

Litigation Percentage

  • 15% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1973


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1973
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Major: Law
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1971
    B.S., Bachelor of Science
    Major: Forestry

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Camden County Bar Association (President, 1984-1985; 1988-1990)
  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • Missouri Land Title Association, Member
  • American Land Title Association, Member


  • Phi Delta Phi

Birth Information

  • November 4, 1948, Ventura, California, United States of America

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