Lee Jay Hollis

March 8, 1959December 23, 2013

Lee J. Hollis, 54, of Leawood, KS, a prominent attorney in Kansas City, and beloved father of three sons, died on December 23, 2013. Lee was struck by a speeding boat while vacationing with his boys in Englewood, FL, a place he considered his second home and where he loved to spend time with his children. Lee was born on March 8, 1959, in Cape Girardeau, MO, to Barbara and Jerrold Lee Hollis. He attended Cape Central High School, was named an Eagle Scout, and received his undergraduate (1980) and law (1984) degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a member of Sigma Chi and served on the Law Review. Before attending law school, Lee was employed as a reporter and announcer for KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, MO, where his father worked for 40 years. He began practicing law in 1984 as an associate with Watson, Ess, Marshall & Enggas, a large Kansas City law firm. In 1988, Lee joined Sprint Corporation as a corporate attorney, where he personally appeared in court and trials on behalf of the company in states across the country. While at Sprint, he met his future wife, Gina Dorazil, whom he married in 1993. In 1996, Lee left Sprint to start his own trial law practice, The Hollis Law Firm, in Kansas City, KS. The firm was originally comprised of Lee and his loyal secretary, Peggy Freije-Ray, and has grown into a highly successful personal injury and mass torte firm. Lee was a brilliant litigator and focused his practice on representing clients who were injured by dangerous prescription drugs and medical devices. He was licensed to practice in Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa and partnered with other firms to handle cases across the country. He helped thousands of clients receive restitution for their injuries. Lee was a member of the American Association for Justice. Most of all, Lee was a devoted father to sons Bruce, 16, Mark, 15 and Jeff 14, for whom he lived each day to the fullest. He loved nothing more than spending time with his boys, encouraging their passions whether they were sports or other areas. He traveled extensively with his sons to encourage their love of learning. Bruce Hollis attends Shawnee Mission South, Mark attends Blue Valley North, and Jeff attends Barstow School. Lee was devoted to living a healthy lifestyle, cycling, walking and working out daily. He was an avid reader and photographer. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Lee was predeceased by his father, Jerrold Hollis. In addition to his sons and wife, Gina, he is survived by his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Wendell Weathers, of Sikeston, MO, sister and brother-in-law, Lynne and Cliff Rhodes, of Old Saybrook, CT, nieces Nicole and Lauren Rhodes, also of Old Saybrook, mother-in law and father-in law Dixie and George Dorazil, of Harrisonville, MO, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dan and Melissa Dorazil, of Parker, CO, and nephews Matthew and Nathan, and niece Kristin Dorazil. A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, December 28, at Church of Resurrection-United Methodist, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS. In lieu of flowers, the Hollis family asks that everyone show gratitude and appreciation for their loved ones every day.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Donna Newton-Jones

March 10, 2014

Gina, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. Stay Strong. God Bless you and your boys. Your old friend from Builder's Sq Corp Donna Newton-Jones

Donna Newton

February 18, 2014

Gina, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. Stay Strong. God Bless you and your boys. Your old friend from Franklin Corp. Donna Newton-Jones

Jason Brown

January 17, 2014

Lee was always such a gentleman with a kind soul. He will be missed. My prayers to the family.

The Glass Family

January 6, 2014

Please find strength and comfort in knowing so many lift you in prayer...

With deepest sympathy,

Elliott and James Glass

January 6, 2014

Bruce, your Storm teammates include you and your family in prayer during this most difficult time. Your father so enjoyed watching you and your brothers play ball. He will be missed in the stands.

January 3, 2014

My deepest condolences to the Hollis family and all your friends. I was very fortunate to be a fraternity brother of Lee's at Mizzou. Lee was a true gentleman and leader. My prayers are with you. May the LORD bless you and keep you.

Mike Greenwood
Chandler, Arizona

Ed Schloesslin

January 2, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to Gina, Bruce, Mark and Jeff. I am so sorry for your loss. I will hold Lee's memory close. I am honored to have known him and your family.

Kristine Kraft

December 31, 2013

I am terribly saddened to hear of Lee's death. He was a wonderful colleague of mine and he will be missed. My heart goes out to your family and I will continue to pray for him. Kristine Kraft, attorney, St. Louis

Dan Slickman

December 31, 2013

Have no doubt, there are a great many Missouri Sigma Chi's who have left us too soon with him now. He is in good company with them and your family and friends gone over the years. Our EX White Cross burns more brightly because of his example - as you know so well, a life well lived.

Pfaff Family

December 30, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about Lee. He was always so cheerful and kind. Our prayers go out out to you. Know that his love for you will be with you always.