Gregg Lombardi is NLS’s Executive Director. Gregg was a lawyer in private practice for 15 years, starting for 5 years as a litigator with Stinson, Leonard, Street (then Stinson, Mag & Fizzell), working 9 years on civil rights work with Arthur Benson’s office and devoting the most recent 15 years of his career to work for Legal Aid of Western Missouri, serving as Legal Aid’s Executive Director from 2008 through 2016. He started NLS in January 2017.
Among other things, Gregg has: helped create the largest medical-legal partnership in the country (which raised over $14 million of much-needed revenue for Truman Medical Center); gotten a client off of death row; been lead counsel on a precedent-setting case in the Missouri Supreme C
ourt; and, been co-counsel (and lead counsel through the Court of Appeals) on a civil rights case that established important election law precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court.
While at Legal Aid, he worked closely with staff and community partners to start many projects including: the Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project; the Foreclosure Prevention Project; the Urban Core Estate Planning Project; and the Veteran’s Project. He helped to grow Legal Aid’s Economic Development Unit from a $90,000 per year, city-funded project to a $800,000+ per year project with multiple sources of funding.
Gregg also appears (briefly) as opposing counsel to Paul Newman in the Academy Award nominated movie, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.
In 2015, Gregg received the Richard S. Arnold Award from the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for distinguished service and lifetime achievement. In 2016, he received the Access To Justice Award from the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.
Gregg’s passion is community development work. He sees work in support of community leaders as one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable ways he can spend his time. He is devoted to making the urban core of Kansas City a better place to live. From his experience with working with urban core neighborhoods and the not-for-profits that support them, Gregg sees quiet title work as being a critical piece of the puzzle in revitalizing urban core neighborhoods.