MVP Law expresses its deepest condolences upon the passing of Charles A. Getto and sends thoughts of peace and comfort to the entire Getto family.
“Charles set a great example of working hard (no opponent ever outworked Charlie), putting out excellent work but being professional and respectful to everyone. I will deeply miss his sharp wit and dry sense of humor which were always a welcome relief.” Byron Bowles, MVP President
Charles grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and returned to Kansas after earning his undergraduate degree at The University of California at Berkley and his J.D. from The University of California at Los Angeles. During law school, he served as the UCLA Law Review article editor and was an Order of the Coif member.
For 40 years, Charles practiced as a civil litigation attorney at MVP Law serving clients across Kansas and Missouri. He retired in 2017 after a lifetime of service to the firm. Throughout his tenure as an attorney, Charles was awarded multiple distinctions including being selected to the Super Lawyers lists in Kansas & Missouri, included in The Best Lawyers in America, and was selected to serve as president of the Earl O’Connor Inn of Court in 2011.
Outside of his legal practice, Charles enjoyed many hobbies and interests including classical music, being both mentally & physically active, gardening, and especially traveling. During his retirement he continued traveling and even learned three new languages.
“Charlie was not just our Partner but a great friend as well. You could talk to him on any subject and the conversation would be incredibly enjoyable. He produced the highest-level legal work through his combination of brilliance and hard work. Charlie was one of a kind. I was lucky to be his friend and will miss him.” Fred Greenbaum, Senior Shareholder
Many in the firm look back fondly at the impact Charles had on their legal careers and personal lives. Larry Greenbaum, who joined the firm 6 years after Charles and worked closely with him, shares the following.
“In the late 1980s, Charles and I began working together on complex civil litigation cases. Charles was the leader of our team that successfully tried matters and resulted in handling more matters for the client for the next 25-30 years. Charles established excellent relationships with the client, organized a team of about a dozen lawyers and staff, and became a leader in the country in director and officer liability litigation. Charles’ writing skills, keen analytical abilities, practical instincts, wit and humility combined to make him an exceptional lawyer and outstanding friend.”
Charles will be remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family, his sharp wit, and his kindness and respect to all who had the pleasure of meeting him.
A private service was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on November 9th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint James Academy in Lenexa.