From 1919 until the end of 1936, the firm was a branch office of Baker, Botts, Andrews and Wharton of Houston, Texas (now Baker Botts). At that time, in the midst of the Depression, Baker Botts withdrew from Kansas City and assigned its local assets and client list to the four lawyers then remaining on its Kansas City staff. These four continued the firm, first bearing the name of the two senior lawyers of the group, Lombardi & Robertson, and subsequently bearing the names of all four of that group, Lombardi, Robertson, Fligg & McLean. From 1936 until the end of 1956 the firm continued in Kansas City (with a branch office in Longview, Washington serving the lumber industry). At the end of 1956, two members of the Kansas City firm, Warren Slagle and Jim Bernard, continued the firm under the name of Slagle & Bernard. The firm grew in size and diversity of practice, and in March, 1990, Gerald Gorman’s name was added upon his joining the firm. The original lineage of the firm continues today through one principal member, Kenneth Fligg, Jr., the son of one of the early named partners.
During its early years, the firm was heavily concentrated in representing the lumber industry, both manufacturing and retailing. At various times, the firm represented major lumber producers and retailers, many affiliated with the Long Bell Lumber Company. In 1956, Long Bell merged with International Paper Company which the firm continues to represent. Along with the lumber industry, the firm represented numerous other local, regional and national concerns as it increased in size and experience. Today, the firm is a full service personal, business and litigation firm, ready and able to serve clients of all sizes, in nearly all areas of the legal practice, whether it is in Kansas City, the Midwest, or elsewhere throughout the United States.