Presenting a who's who of the nation's best lawyers in our metro.

If we want a nation of laws rather than anarchy, then we must rely on a league of expert lawyers to steer us through the legal mazes. Here is the official 2017 list of Kansas City area's finest attorneys as selected by their peers. To see the Best Lawyers profiles, click here.

Best Lawyers 2017

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  • 4510 Belleview Avenue, Suite 300

    Lee's Summit, MO 64064

    816-753-9200

    Category: Land Use and Zoning Law

  • 4510 Belleview Avenue, Suite 300

    Kansas City, MO 64112-1895

    816-753-9200

    Category: Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

  • 3300 Northeast Ralph Powell Road

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    816-246-9981

    Category: Family Law

  • 6201 College Boulevard, Suite 300

    Overland Park, KS 66210

    913-777-5600

    Category: Litigation - Intellectual Property

  • 4801 Main Street, Suite 1000

    Kansas City, MO 64105

    816-983-8000

    Category: Commercial Litigation

  • Building 82, Suite 1000

    10851 Mastin Boulevard

    Kansas City, MO 64105

    913-451-5100

    Category: Corporate Law

  • Building 82, Suite 1000

    10851 Mastin Boulevard

    Kansas City, MO 64105

    913-451-5100

    Category: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

  • Building 82, Suite 1000

    10851 Mastin Boulevard

    Kansas City, MO 64112

    913-451-5100

    Category: Tax Law

  • 55 Corporate Woods, Suite 500

    9300 West 110th Street

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    913-562-1283

    Category: Family Law

  • 117 West 20th Street, Suite 201

    Kansas City, MO 64105

    816-531-3100

    Category: Commercial Litigation

  • Building 82, Suite 1000

    10851 Mastin Boulevard

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    913-451-5100

    Category: Health Care Law

  • 9237 Ward Parkway, Suite 106

    Kansas City, MO 64114

    816-444-8030

    Category: Family Law

  • One Kansas City Place, Suite 3900

    1200 Main Street

    Overland Park, KS 66210-2005

    816-474-8080

    Category: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

  • Corporate Woods Building 40, Suite 220

    9401 Indian Creek Parkway

    Overland Park, KS 66211

    913-242-7522

    Category: Family Law

  • 4520 Main Street, Suite 400

    Kansas City, MO 64112-1895

    816-471-1301

    Category: Litigation - Labor and Employment

  • 32 Corporate Woods, Suite 600

    9225 Indian Creek Parkway

    Kansas City, MO 64112-1895

    913-498-2100

    Category: Litigation - Municipal

  • 32 Corporate Woods, Suite 600

    9225 Indian Creek Parkway

    Kansas City, MO 64108-4600

    913-498-2100

    Category: Commercial Litigation

  • 32 Corporate Woods, Suite 600

    9225 Indian Creek Parkway

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    913-498-2100

    Category: Municipal Law

  • 32 Corporate Woods, Suite 600

    9225 Indian Creek Parkway

    Overland Park, KS 66210

    913-498-2100

    Category: Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • 32 Corporate Woods, Suite 600

    9225 Indian Creek Parkway

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    913-498-2100

    Category: Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • 900 West 48th Place, Suite 900

    Kansas City, MO 64112-1895

    816-753-1000

    Category: Litigation - Labor and Employment

  • 4006 Central Street

    P.O. Box 119007

    Overland Park, KS 66210

    816-531-6565

    Category: Employment Law - Individuals

  • 4006 Central Street

    P.O. Box 119007

    Kansas City, MO 64105-2122

    816-531-6565

    Category: Civil Rights Law

  • 4006 Central Street

    P.O. Box 119007

    Overland Park, KS 66212

    816-531-6565

    Category: Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

  • 4801 Main Street, Suite 1000

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    816-983-8000

    Category: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • 1201 Walnut Street, Suite 2900

    Kansas City, MO 64131

    816-842-8600

    Category: Tax Law

  • 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 2200

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    816-292-2000

    Category: First Amendment Law

  • 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 2200

    Kansas City, MO 64112-2258

    816-292-2000

    Category: Litigation - First Amendment

  • One Kansas City Place, Suite 3800

    1200 Main Street

    Fairway, KS 66205-2518

    816-374-3200

    Category: Trusts and Estates

  • One Kansas City Place, Suite 3800

    1200 Main Street

    Kansas City, MO 64105

    816-374-3200

    Category: Tax Law

  • 11181 Overbrook Road, Suite 200

    Kansas City, MO 64106-2140

    913-451-3433

    Category: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

  • 11181 Overbrook Road, Suite 200

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    913-451-3433

    Category: Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

  • 40 Corporate Woods, Suite 1250

    9401 Indian Creek Parkway

    Kansas City, MO 64112-1240

    913-234-6100

    Category: Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • 1201 Walnut Street, Suite 2000

    Overland Park, KS 66211-2423

    816-471-7700

    Category: Energy), Telecom, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC

  • 1201 Walnut Street, Suite 2000

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    816-471-7700

    Category: Commercial Litigation

  • 1201 Walnut Street, Suite 2900

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    816-842-8600

    Category: Banking and Finance Law

  • 911 Main Street

    Kansas City, MO 64106-2150

    800-397-4910

    Category: Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

  • Building 82, Suite 1000

    10851 Mastin Boulevard

    Kansas City, MO 64105-2122

    913-451-5100

    Category: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

  • 900 West 48th Place, Suite 900

    Kansas City, MO 64111

    816-753-1000

    Category: Litigation - Bankruptcy

  • 900 West 48th Place, Suite 900

    Kansas City, MO 64114

    816-753-1000

    Category: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 2200

    Prairie Village, KS 66206

    816-292-2000

    Category: Litigation - Banking and Finance

  • 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 2200

    Kansas City, MO 64105

    816-292-2000

    Category: Commercial Litigation

  • 917 West 43rd Street

    Lee's Summit, MO 64064

    816-931-2229

    Category: Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

  • 917 West 43rd Street

    Overland Park, KS 66210-2005

    816-931-2229

    Category: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

  • 7101 College Boulevard, Suite 1150

    Kansas City, MO 64112

    913-981-1018

    Category: Employment Law - Management

  • 4900 Main Street, Suite 650

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    816-842-8770

    Category: Labor Law - Management

  • 4900 Main Street, Suite 650

    Kansas City, MO 64112

    816-842-8770

    Category: Employment Law - Management

  • 4900 Main Street, Suite 650

    Kansas City, MO 64112-1895

    816-842-8770

    Category: Litigation - Labor and Employment

  • 4740 Grand Avenue, Suite 300

    Kansas City, MO 64106-2140

    816-701-1100

    Category: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

  • 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 2200

    Overland Park, KS 66223

    816-292-2000

    Category: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

   The lists are prepared by the Best Lawyers' research and development team, who have been complying the list since 1983 when the first edition of The Best Lawyers in America was published. The Board of Advisors to Best Lawyers has 429 members from 378 organizations and includes firm leaders from the world's leading law firms and many of the General Counsel from Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies. The list here is excerpted from the Best Lawyers in America 2017, which includes listings for more than 55,000 lawyers nationwide in 140 specialty areas, in all 50 states and the District of Colombia. 

   Through the years, Best Lawyers has developed a comprehensive database of attorneys based on the recommendations of their peers. Each year, listed attorneys are asked to vote on the lawyers nominated in their own specialty and metro area. Although anyone can nominate an attorney for inclusion on this prestigious list, only lawyers who have already been selected by their peers the previous year can vote. When necessary, attorneys' names from previous lists are deleted, based on either changes in their personal circumstances or for not receiving enough affirmative votes. 

   It allows peers to vote for peers in their own city. Lawyers working in the same practice area in Kansas City are likely to be very familiar with each other's work and able to judge the work and character of their peers more fairly and accurately than someone in, for example, St. Louis or Chicago. Because the system is based entirely on local peer-review, it provides the most accurate list of the finest attorneys in the area. 

   Best Lawyers requests that nominees have been in practice for 10 years or more to place an emphasis on the listed lawyers' reliability and longevity. The company concedes that the lists still may tend to award popularity over experience and sheer ability. Lawyers who give lectures and who writes articles are more likely to come to the attention of their colleagues than those who work outside the public eye. We would add, however, that those who are recognized for their speaking and writing are obviously making a contribution. 

   Publishing for over 30 years, Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than there decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

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