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The first time I ever stood up in front of a jury, I knew that it was where I belonged.   It's where I feel most comfortable, advocating for my clients and arguing their case.  I'm a trial lawyer.  If I believe in a cause, I'll fight for it with everything I've got - for as long as I have to fight.  I don't know any other way to approach my chosen profession.

I've been fortunate enough to win many trials early in my career, and it's through those successes that I now have leverage to negotiate on behalf of my clients before we decide to go to trial.  Most people, including some lawyers, don't understand that without a track record of wins at trial, a lawyer has no stock-in-trade to negotiate settlements - quite simply, those lawyers are not a threat to the defendant or insurance company.  In an age where most attorneys rarely see the inside of the courtroom, I am in a rather unique position in this regard.

I try cases because I enjoy helping people, whether they're ordinary people who've been hurt or wronged by another person, a product, or a company, or a business that's been harmed by the actions of another.  I truly care about my clients and their cause.  If I ever stop caring, I'll quit practicing law.

I welcome the opportunity to hear about your case. 


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Daniel Joseph Nolan

    Stephen's knowledge and experience are second to none in the area of personal injury law, and I would give him my highest recommendation to anyone who has been injured as a result of the negligence of another. I would especially recommend Stephen to anyone seeking an attorney to represent them in complex injury cases, multi-vehicle auto accidents, trucking accidents, or any case involving serious injury or death. His knowledge, compassion, and attention to detail make him uniquely qualified to represent clients in such circumstances. He is a highly competent attorney who always provides his clients with the highest caliber of legal representation, no matter the size or degree of complexity of the case.


    Daniel Nolan DUI & DWI Attorney
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    I endorse Mr. Voorhees. He is an excellent trial lawyer and is willing to try very difficult cases. He also cares very deeply for his clients.


    Robert Norfleet
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Contact info

Edelman & Thompson LLC

3100 Broadway, Suite 1400
Kansas City, MO, 64111


KSAuthorized to practice law201311/09/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200801/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Missouri & Kansas Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2015
CALI - Trial PracticeUniversity of Missouri, Columbia - School of Law2008
Negotiation Competition 1st PlaceUniversity of Missouri School of Law2008
Judge Glenn Evans ScholarshipUniversity of Missouri, Columbia - School of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyEdelman & Thompson LLC2009 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkMissouri Court Of Appeals Western District2008 - 2009
ExternshipSupreme Court Of Missouri2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2015 - Present
Bill Barton's Litigation Bootcamp - AlumniN/A2015 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMember2015 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2011 - Present
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysN/A2010 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Missouri Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pickett v. Jackson County Missouri$95,000 jury verdict for Plaintiff
Baker v. Foster$52,500 jury verdict for Plaintiff
Green-smith v. Biamont$18,000 jury verdict for Plaintiff
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Missouri, ColumbiaPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005