Meet Our Attorneys
Edwin T. Hood
Professor Hood graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1966 and continued his studies for an additional year by specializing in taxation at the New York University School of Law Graduate Tax Program, receiving his LL.M. in Taxation from that school in 1967.
After practicing law in San Francisco for two years and teaching one year at Williamette University School of Law in Oregon, Professor Hood joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) law faculty in 1970. He soon established himself as an active scholar especially in the areas of estate planning and taxation, by coauthoring major works in these two subject areas. He has received numerous academic awards from UMKC including the Pearson Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007, he was selected as a Kansas City Legal Leader by the Kansas City Daily Record.
Professor Hood served as Director of the UMKC Graduate Tax Program until his retirement from full-time teaching in September 2007. A large percentage of the Kansas City tax bar has studied under Professor Hood’s direction during his 42 years at the UMKC law school. At the request of several of his former students, he has consulted with them in their respective law practices, including serving as “Of Counsel” to several law firms.
During his long career at UMKC, Professor Hood has taught 22 different courses with an emphasis in taxation, property, business organizations, trusts and estates, and estate planning. He retired as a full-time professor in September of 2007 and was granted Emeritus status. He was then rehired as a part-time professor and now teaches two or three tax courses each year at the school.
His areas of specialty with the firm are taxation, business law, international tax planning, and estate planning.
Ed Practices In The Following Areas:
Matthew L. Hood
Matt Hood was born, raised, educated and still resides in the Kansas City, Missouri area. A member of the Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado Bars, he has spent his legal career focused on providing well-rounded legal expertise for his clients. With several years of experience fighting for justice for injured or deceased victims and their families against large corporations and insurance companies, he eventually moved into the area of regulatory compliance in the payments industry, negotiating significant purchase and service agreements with Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions while remaining in an Of Counsel role to the Hood Law Group. Prior to his private practice work, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra C. Midkiff of the Jackson County Circuit Court and as interim law clerk for the Honorable Harold Lowenstein of the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri.
Upon returning to the Hood Law Group, in addition to his litigation practice, he now enjoys supporting the varied needs of our clientele with a focus on utilizing his negotiating skills to resolve matters as quickly as possible with the best interests of our clients in mind. His practice includes personal injury litigation, estate planning, tax controversy, support for small and medium-sized businesses in all stages of the business life cycle, including but not limited to choice of entity, formation, transactional work, contract drafting and negotiation, litigation, tax planning, owner disputes, asset protection, merger and sale.
In his off-hours, you can find Matt at a Royals game, hiking and camping with his family, hitting the slopes, or taking his very loud snorting pug on a walk.
Susannah Evans, a Kansas City native, is a graduate of Visitation Grade School and Notre Dame de Sion High School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Applied History with a special emphasis in Museum Studies and Arts Administration from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
From 1993 through 2002, she worked in the arts in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. In 2005, she received her Juris Doctorate from UMKC Law School and in the same year was recognized by the Federal Estate Planning Symposium for her legal research project “A Portrait of Transferring Art: Important Legal Issues Facing Artists and Collectors.” Since that time, Susannah has been an independent consultant providing both legal and comprehensive fine art services, including estate planning and charitable giving.
In December, 2008, she was invited to join The Law Office of Matthew L. Hood as “Of Counsel.” In July 2011 she became “Of Counsel” to The Hood Law Group. Ms.Evans’ addition to the firm allows it to expand their practice areas to include her existing art law practice.
Susannah practices in the following areas:
- Art Law
- Estate Planning
- Tax Controversies
Paul Andrew Burnett
A member of the Missouri, California, Montana,and Florida Bars, Paul Andrew Burnett has spent his career litigating personal injury cases against large corporations and insurance companies. He has appeared and argued his cases in courts throughout the entire country, including in multiple appellate courts in California and Missouri, and he prides himself on his attention to local rules and knowledge of substantive law. He is as comfortable performing legal research in the library as he is arguing in open court. Prior to his private practice work, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Justine E. Del Muro ofthe Jackson County Circuit Clerk and taught a course on Constitutional Law for students preparing to take the bar exam.
Paul graduated with distinction in the top ten percent of his law school class at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. While in law school, Paul served as the Lead Note and Comment Editor for the UMKC Law Review, a position that did not exist until he filled it. His own comment, Fairness, Ethical, and Historical Reasons for Diversifying the Legal Profession with Longhairs, the Creatively Facial-Haired, the Tattooed, the Well-Pierced, and Other Rock and Roll Refugees, was published in the Fall 2002 issue of the UMKC LAW REVIEW.
An Eagle Scout and a movie fan, Paul combined his interests by appearing alongside Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as an Eagle Scout in the Merchant Ivory film Mr. & Mrs. Bridge. He also is a huge baseball fan, and he is willing to see every movie nominated for an Academy Award.
Mark R. Dunmire
The Hood Law Group is proud to announce that attorney Mark R. Dunmire has joined our firm as Of Counsel. Mr. Dunmire was born, raised, educated, and still resides in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area where he founded and practices law at the Law Offices of Mark R. Dunmire, LLC.
He studied liberal arts and business at the University of Kansas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Avila University and received his JD from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law. Mr. Dunmire was brought up working in the family machine shop to eventually lead and grow his family’s aerospace manufacturing business into a family of over 40 corporations with many different business models in several states. Now, Mr. Dunmire’s practice focuses on providing general counsel, business consultation, tax controversy resolution, and estate planning to entrepreneurs and small businesses like his family’s where he developed his business experience and entrepreneurial passion. Mr. Dunmire provides legal counsel to businesses and their owners in all stages of the business life cycle including but not limited to entity selection, formation, transaction, contract drafting and negotiation, litigation, real property, administrative law, estate planning and drafting, succession planning, tax controversy, risk management, owner disputes, asset protection, merger, and sale.
Mr. Dunmire is the Chairman of the Business Law Committee as well as member of the Business Litigation, Real Estate, and Corporate House Counsel Committees of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Business Section. Mr. Dunmire graduated with honors in Public Service from UMKC Law and has served on the board of directors of several local philanthropic organizations including the Kansas City Crime Commission and as President and Chairman of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission’s Crime Stoppers 474-TIPS Hotline. Mr. Dunmire is a Rotarian, a retired Cub Master of Cub Scout Pack 3449, and member of the Church of the Resurrection United Methodist Church. Mr. Dunmire is a part time cattle rancher and avid fisherman. In his free time Mr. Dunmire enjoys spending time: with his family, outdoors, at the Lake of the Ozarks, or at Kaufman Stadium rooting for the Kansas City Royals.
Roland A. Sabates
Roland A. Sabates is a tax attorney who has devoted his entire career to developing creative tax solutions for international clients. He began his career managing a large tax research team with H&R Block’s Tax Institute, maintaining a personal focus around U.S. taxation of nonresident aliens, Puerto Rico tax compliance, U.S. taxation of foreign pension and investment products, foreign entity information reporting, and expatriation.
Building on this background he established a virtual tax compliance practice at H&R Block, serving American clients in over 175 countries, and placing particular emphasis on making the remote delivery of professional services as painless as possible for his client base. He focused much of his attention during this time assisting clients with participation in various IRS voluntary disclosure programs and has deep knowledge of the options available to U.S. taxpayers with unreported foreign income sources and accounts.
Roland received his law degree and MBA from the University of Missouri Kansas City and his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Kansas. When not working he enjoys traveling without an itinerary, trying new food, and learning about other cultures. Roland has spent considerable time outside the United States, primarily in Latin American and Europe, and speaks Spanish.
Roland Practices In The Following Areas:
Andrew Ralls joined the Hood Law Group in February 2017 while studying under the great tax faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. His team took second place nationally in the LLM division of the ABA’s 2016-2017 Law Student Tax Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
He represents clients in a variety of matters, including:
- Shareholder disputes
- Mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations
- State and IRS tax controversies and audits
- Offers in compromise
- Estate planning
- Tax planning
- Business succession planning
- Ski law
- Commercial leases
- International estate planning
Prior to joining Hood Law Group, he attended the University of Kansas and was treasurer of his fraternity, Alpha Nu. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he served as Sergeant at Arms and Technology Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. He’s also worked in the financial planning, investment, and real estate development industries.
In his free time, he enjoys watching his Jayhawks, Royals, Chiefs, SKC and Commodores, skiing and playing tennis, and editing his bio at the behest of firm management. He also owns the Aztec Tomb from Arrested Development, the best comedy show of all time.
Sean Collins attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in May 2016, and his Master of Laws in Taxation in December 2016. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in September 2016. While in law school, Sean worked multiple seasons as a tax advisor at the H&R Block Tax Institute. Prior to law school, Sean received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from Truman State University.
Sean practices in multiple areas, including the following:
- Domestic and international tax compliance
- Domestic and international tax controversies
- Domestic and international estate planning
- Business formation and transactional law
In his free time, Sean enjoys brewing beer, engaging friends in inane arguments, and listening to bad music at obnoxious volumes
I am from out of state and needed a local attorney to handle a complex family estate matter. Matt Hood provided exceptional service. He is knowledgeable, professional, and efficient - I highly recommend his firm.
The Hood Law Group (Matt, Ed, and Paul) represented us in a legal case dealing with a border line dispute with our neighbors. They are very knowledgeable, experienced, professional, careful and helped us win the case. We are very pleased with their excellent service and highly recommend the Hood Law Group.
Matt is professional, easy to communicate and gets things done in a timely manner. Highly recommended!
The Hood Law Group prepared my will and durable power of attorney for my assets (property) and healthcare directive. I was glad to have this firm do my estate planning, as they are knowledgeable and have many years experience in this area.
Thank you Brandan Davies for your help on my DUI case you saved me.
Andrew Ralls has helped me with a number of legal matters, relating to general business law as well as tax issues. He has always done a superb job and I recommend him highly.
Personal attention, flexible schedule, high quality work
I have utilized the Hood law group for estate planning, taxes, and general business law. The Hood law group goes above and beyond to help their clients and deliver high quality work. They are extremely knowledgeable about the law, flexible with their appointments, and dedicated to creating a solution.
Highest Quality Service with Sincere Caring!
I have been working with, Edwin Hood, of The Hood Law Group for over 3 years now and must say, I have never met a more sincere gentleman and overall staff who truly cares about your needs. Not to mention tireless dedication to success!
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