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Denise Ann Kirby

Denise Ann Kirby

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

I've lived in the Kansas City area most of my life, and I have practiced law in Kansas City since I graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. 


I believe that it is impossible for an attorney to keep up with the changes in the law in many different areas. That is why I limit my practice to DUI/DWI and criminal defense. The law changes frequently in these areas, usually several times a year. 


When something is wrong with my car, I have no idea whether I can tust the mechanic. I imagine it feels that way to clients looking to hire a lawyer. When interviewing an attorney, ask many questions about his or her experience with your type of situation. Ask what they do to better themselves and keep up with the law. What courses have they attended recently? Do they speak at legal seminars to teach other lawyers? Don't be afraid to ask these questions. You're hiring someone you will be trusting with your future.




Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    21 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    21 years



Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Gina Louise Simone

    One of the best and brightest in the state, Ms. Kirby is well-versed in DUI and criminal defense law. She thoroughly researches every potential issue in each case, offering her clients uniquely tailored, well-crafted defenses. I highly recommend this attorney.


    Gina Simone DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Carl Matthew Ward

    I endorse this lawyer. She is one of the best criminal defense lawyers on the western side of Missouri.


    Carl Ward DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Denise Kirby

Two Pershing Square Building
2300 Main St., Ste. 900
Kansas City, MO, 64108


KSAuthorized to practice law201305/31/2015
MOGood Standing, Active199401/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
"10 Best" Criminal Lawyers in MO based on Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
NHTSA Certified to Administer Standardized Field Sobriety TestsNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 DWI AttorneysThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense2014

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Denise Kirby1996 - Present
AssociateShook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Mo/Overland Park, Ks1994 - 1996

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2015 - 2016
Missouri Society for Criminal JusticeN/A2006 - Present
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDWI Committee1995 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/A1994 - 2013

Publication NameTitleDate
DWI LAW AND SCIENCEChallenging Prior Convictions in the Criminal Case2012

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Missouri State UniversityCommunicationsBS - Bachelor of Science1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Missouri DWI - What You Need to Know to Protect Your ClientChallenging Prior Convictions in Criminal DWI Cases2014
DWI Law and Science SeminarProgram Moderator2014
DWI Law and Science SeminarChallenging Prior Convictions in Criminal DWI Cases2012
What You Need to Know - Kansas City Municipal CourtKansas City Municipal Court2011
Municipal Court Update - Defense ForumCriminal Defense in Municipal Court2010