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Stephen Joseph Voorhees

Stephen Joseph Voorhees

About me

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%



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Attorney endorsements

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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
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charles Louis Barberio IV

    Steve Voorhees is an excellent attorney. His results speak for themselves but if you aren't familiar; this man is a winner. He will settle a case if it is fair for his client BUT he will take it to trial and win if the insurance company tries to low-ball. The fact that insurance companies know of this reputation means that they will take heed when they see his name on a case and offer higher settlements to avoid losing at trial. I endorse this lawyer.


    Charles Barberio Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Edelman & Thompson LLC

3100 Broadway, Suite 1400
Kansas City, MO, 64111


KSAuthorized to practice law201310/12/2015
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