Ronald Holt

Bar Admissions:
Missouri Bar
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Quick Contact

Douthit Frets Rouse Gentile & Rhodes, LLC
1100 Walnut Street, Suite 2900
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Phone: (816) 292-7632
Email: rholt@dfrglaw.com
Main: (816) 292-7604
Fax: (913) 928-6739

Education:

  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., With Highest Honors, 1979
  • Evangel University, B.S., Speech Education, Summa Cum Laude, 1975

Experience

Ron brings 35 years of experience in a broad range of commercial and general litigation matters in various industries regionally and across the country. He has a national practice representing institutions of higher learning in litigation, regulatory matters and business transactions including program reviews, administrative proceedings, student claims, state and federal court litigation, changes of ownership, and accrediting and state licensing agency disputes. He is a past member of the Federal Affairs Committee of the Association of Private Sector Career Colleges & Universities (APSCU) and a past member and past chair of the Litigation Committee of CCA, APSCU’s predecessor. Ron served a two-year clerkship with the late United States District Judge Russell G. Clark before entering private practice. He has served as lead counsel and successfully prosecuted and defended substantial claims in commercial, banking, antitrust, environmental, employment, insurance and higher education litigation matters, including complex commercial cases.

Areas of Practice

  • Higher Education
  • Business Law & Organizations
  • Business Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Employment litigation

Activities and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society:
    • Board of Directors (1991-1994)
    • Missouri State Membership Director (1992-1995)
    • Kansas City Chapter President (1989-1991)
  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities:
    • Legislative Advisory Council (2000-2007)
    • Federal Affairs Committee (2008-2012)
    • Member, Litigation Committee (2004-2007)
    • Chair, Litigation Committee (2006)
  • Northland Cathedral, Finance Committee (2013-present)
  • Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce – Education Committee
  • Della Lamb Community Services
    • Della Lamb Charter School, Board of Directors (1999-2014)
    • Board President (2005-2007)
  • South Platte Rotary Club (2001-2015; President (2009-2011))
  • Platte County Republican Party Central Committee (2002-2006)
  • Evangel University Alumni Board, Member (2013-present)

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Alumnus, Evangel University (1988)
  • CCA Outstanding Allied Member (2008)

Publications & Presentations

  • “Enrollment Management: Now Liable for Third Party Vendors” – Today’s Campus November/December 2011
  • “Getting Ready for Gainful Employment Reporting and Disclosure,” Career Education Review
  • “Measuring Your Gainfulness: The DOE’s New Gainful Employment Metrics,” Career Education Review, July 2011
  • Speaker at annual Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities convention, AACS convention and various regional conferences
  • Published articles in Career Education Review and Career College Central
  • Gainful Employment – Analysis of Proposed Gainful Employment (GE) Regulations
  • Meeting Student Expectations – What Happens if the Current Enrollment Boom is Followed by a Job Placement Crash?
  • A Sea of Change – Charting a Course to Successfully Navigate the Straits and Narrows of Title IV
  • Change of Ownership – Are You Ready to Deal?
  • Change for Dollars – 10 Important HEOA Changes Affecting Institutional Eligibility and Participation
  • The Case of LaMarca vs. DOE – Even the Offer of a $1 Million Letter of Credit Failed to Save the Schools