Giving Back

At Dollar, Burns & Becker, our caring doesn't stop with our cases. We have a strong commitment to the community and give back in many ways.

In addition to supporting these charities, we are regular speakers at a number of events, author articles, serve as expert witnesses and advocate at the local, state and national levels for victims' rights.

For over 20 years, Tim Dollar shared his trial attorney knowledge with students attending the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law.

Remembrance Funds

A Lasting Legacy for Victims of Tragedy

Friends and families of those who have died far too young, or needlessly, often find fulfillment by creating a fund to honor the memory of their loved one. We’ve helped establish several of these funds over the years and would be happy to explore the same for you. 


LIVE LIKE LUKE FOUNDATION:     Live Like Luke Foundation - Dollar Law Firm

In 2014, the Bresette family established the foundation to honor their son, Luke, who suffered fatal injuries in an accident at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The foundation’s mission is to help kids and people live life to the fullest, just as Luke did every day. Through this foundation, the Bresette family will help families who have lost a child due to an accident. They will provide them with immediate emergency financial support for travel, lodging, meals, etc. Luke’s father, Ryan Bresette, described Luke as a child who believed in forgiveness – asking for forgiveness and truly forgiving others. The “Live Like Luke Foundation” hopes to make an impact on as many lives as possible through its various services.  



Anthony and Michelle Leake home schooled their children utilizing the Christian Liberty School curriculum for many years.  Their son, Noah, was scheduled to graduate from Christian Liberty at the time of his death. DB&B founded the Noah Leake Scholarship Fund through Christian Liberty Academy. It is the hope of Dollar, Burns & Becker and his parents, Tony and Michelle Leake, that this fund will assist families who also seek to honor the Lord through the Christian education of their children.



Luke’s first mission was to Russia at the age of sixteen; by the time he was 23, he had been on missions to Cambodia and Thailand. At the time of his death, he was working on a home he refurbished to finance a mission trip to Afghanistan. Luke was determined to spread God's word, to ease pain and suffering, to improve people's lives, and to bring smiles to the faces of children wherever he traveled.  The Luke Hausmann Mission fund was set up to honor Luke’s memory by continuing his goal of helping those being persecuted for religious reasons.



In 2001, the dismembered body of a small child was discovered in Kansas City. The tragedy captured the nation, and soon she became known to all as "Precious Doe". Tim Dollar served as Special Prosecutor in bringing to justice those responsible for her death. Although the trial of this case has concluded, the memory of Erica Green is still alive in our community and in our hearts. The Precious Doe Committee was formed to honor the memory of Erica Green by uniting public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our children.



Maddi’s Missions was set up through the International Church of the Nazarene by the parents of Madison Peterman, Scott and Carrie Peterman. Madison had been on two missions out of the country with her parents and church group and was heavily involved in a ministry for children that included performances with puppets. Madison’s friends and family heard her say many times she wanted to keep going on missions as she grew up and  wanted to teach other children about Jesus. 



Ed Slattery credits Akron Children’s Hospital and the outpatient therapy program through Kennedy Krieger for the progress made by his traumatically brain injured thirteen year old son, Matthew. Ed knows firsthand how much therapy is needed to help patients recover from traumatic brain injuries, and wants to ensure that everyone have the same access to therapy. He has made individual gifts to Akron Children’s and Kennedy Krieger and established a yearly amount to be held by Kennedy Krieger to be used specifically to provide therapy for those in need.



We Care About More Than Cases

Our support for local charities is more than just financial. Our attorneys and staff are heavily involved in local fundraising efforts, including races, walks, and ongoing volunteer projects. A few of the organizations we’re involved and support are listed below:

  • Live Like Luke Foundation
  • Akron Children's Hospital Foundation: the Peter & Matthew Slattery Fund
  • Scott Childress Memorial Fund
  • Boy Scouts of America: Heart of America Council
  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers)
  • Higher M-Pact
  • Christian Liberty Academy School System: The Noah Leake Scholarship Fund
  • Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.)
  • Brain Injury Association of Kansas & Greater Kansas City
  • Child Protection Center – Kansas City
  • Amy Thompson Run (Brain Injury Fund)
  • Second Harvest of Greater St. Joseph (MO)
  • Children's Emergency Fund (Jackson County Family Court)
  • Bishop Sullivan Center
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • TeamFox for Parkinson's Research: The Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • The Luke Hausmann Mission
  • Hope House, Inc.
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc.
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Truck Safety Coalition
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Stevenson University
  • Public Citizen Foundation
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
  • March of Dimes
  • Law Foundation of the University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Teen Success Club
  • Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
  • Joplin Family YMCA
  • Urban Ranger Corps
  • Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (The CRASH Foundation)
  • Foundation for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP)
  • Margaret Okari Children's Foundation
  • Operation Breakthrough, Inc.
  • New Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church
  • Whitefield Academy
  • PastorServe, Inc.
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Seton Center
  • AmeriCares
  • Convoy of Hope
  • Wayside Waifs
  • The Living Desert – Palm Springs, CA
  • North Kansas City Centennial Run
  • American Cancer Society
  • Missouri Trial Lawyers Care
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • Lead the Way Fund, Inc.
  • Big Brother Big Sisters
  • Goodwill
  • St. Labre Indian School - Ashland, MT
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Trolley Run for the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired
  • Hospital Hill Run
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)
  • Salvation Army
  • City Union Mission
  • Walk like MADD
  • Rolheiser Research Center - Oblate School of Theology
  • Midwest Special Needs Trust