Mike represents individuals who have been the victims of a personal injury, a car or tractor-trailer crash, the wrongful death of a loved one or medical malpractice.
Mike was born and raised in the Kansas City area and graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1988. He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend college at Harvard University. At Harvard, Mike made the Dean’s List and was the starting left guard for the football team. After graduating from Harvard in 1992, Mike worked for three years before returning to law school at the University of Kansas.
At KU, Mike wrote for the University of Kansas Law Review. He was also the teaching assistant for former KU Dean Stephen McAllister. Mike graduated from KU in 1998 as one of the top five students in his class. It was at KU that Mike met his current law partner Rachel Smith.
After law school, Mike worked for some of the largest firms in Kansas City, where he spent several years defending cases involving car wrecks, tractor-trailer crashes, medical malpractice and nursing home neglect. He was also very involved in insurance coverage litigation to determine the scope of an insurance company’s obligations under its insurance policies. This experience gave Mike an insight into the tactics insurance companies use to defend, delay and deny serious personal injury cases.
In 2002, Mike joined The Sly James Firm, where he stopped defending corporations and insurance companies and limited his practice to representing injured individuals. Mike practiced with Sly James until 2011, and was ultimately made a partner at the firm.
At the Sly James Firm, Mike represented real people injured in car wrecks, semi truck crashes, electrical shock incidents, and by medical malpractice and nursing home negligence. Mike was able to help his clients obtain many six and seven figure verdicts and settlements.
After Mr. James was elected Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri in 2011, Mike became a partner at Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC, where he continues to represent people injured in automobile collisions, tractor-trailer wrecks and other personal injury cases.
Mike is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. The Trial Lawyers College is the most prestigious and selective trial advocacy program in the United States, and it is dedicated to training lawyers who are committed to obtaining justice for regular individuals against large corporate interests and insurance companies. At the College, Mike spent three weeks in the mountains of Wyoming working on advanced trial techniques with Gerry Spence and some of the best trial lawyers in the country.
Mike is a also member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers group. The Top 100 is an invitation-only group composed of premier trial lawyers. Membership is extended only to a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Before that, Mike was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 – an invitation extended only to attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results and leadership as young trial lawyers.
Mike has repeatedly been named a Missouri and Kansas “Super Lawyer” – an honor limited to only 5% of the lawyers in a given jurisdiction. He has also been named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list on several occasions, which recognizes outstanding lawyers throughout the Kansas City area as chosen by their peers. Mike is frequently requested to speak to other attorneys on topics regarding litigation strategy and trial practice. He has been asked to get involved in cases all over the United States, and he has tried a number of cases in both state and federal courts throughout the country.
In addition to his legal practice, Mike is very involved in community service. Mike is a co-founder of the Smith Coonrod Mohlman Kids Foundation, a foundation dedicated to promoting the safety of children in our community. A portion of every fee earned by Smith Coonrod Mohlman LLC, is donated to the Kids Foundation. Mike is also currently Chair of the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of the Heartland (MHAH). MHAH is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with mental illness, through advocacy, education and support. Mike is the former president of Missouri Watch, a consumer rights organization dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals from wealthy special-interest lobbies. He is also the former chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Nursing Home Negligence Committee.
Outside of work, Mike tries to spend as much time as he can with his wife Jodie and his children: Samantha, Zachary and Elise.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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|KS||Authorized to practice law||1999||11/09/2015|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1998||05/28/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best of the Bar||Kansas City Business Journal||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Top 100 Lawyers in Missouri & Kansas||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Top 50 Lawyers in Kansas City||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|"10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Missouri||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Top 100 Lawyers in Missouri & Kansas||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Best of the Bar||Kansas City Business Journal||2014|
|Top 100 Lawyers in Missouri & Kansas||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Top 50 Lawyers in Kansas City||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Best of the Bar||Kansas City Business Journal||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Kansas & Missouri Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||The National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Kansas & Missouri Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Kansas & Missouri Super Lawyers||2011|
|Best of the Bar||Kansas City Business Journal||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Kansas & Missouri Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Kansas & Missouri Super Lawyers||2009|
|Order of the Coif||University of Kansas School of Law||1998|
|CALI award for excellence - Administrative Law||University of Kansas School of Law||1998|
|CALI award for excellence - Products Liability||University of Kansas School of Law||1997|
|CALI award for excellence - Wills &Trusts||University of Kansas School of Law||1997|
|CALI award for excellence - Torts I||University of Kansas School of Law||1996|
|Partner||Smith Mohlman LeRoy, LLC||2011 - Present|
|Partner||The Sly James Firm||2002 - 2011|
|Associate||Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP||2001 - 2002|
|Associate||Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, LLP||1999 - 2001|
|Associate||Shughart Thomson & Kilroy||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys||N/A||2002 - Present|
|Kansas Bar Association||N/A||1999 - Present|
|Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association||N/A||1998 - Present|
|Missouri Bar||N/A||1998 - Present|
|Lisec v. Stapleton||$1.1 Million|
|Ross v. Derr||$600,000.00|
|Butner v. Hirschbach Motor Lines||$1,625,000.00|
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|Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook on Civil Procedure||Chapter 17: Rule 57 - Interrogatories and Depositions||2013|
|Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook on Civil Procedure||Chapter 18: Rule 58 - Production of Documents and Things and Entry Upon Land for Inspection and Other Purposes||2013|
|Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook on Civil Procedure||Chapter 19: Rule 59 - Admission of Facts and of Genuineness of Documents||2013|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||N/A||N/A||2012|
|University of Kansas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Harvard University Law School||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|CLE By The Hour||Personal Injury: The Case Within The Case||2015|
|Advanced Issues in Personal Injury Litigation||Advanced Accident Investigation Strategies||2015|
|The Medicare "Super Lien" and Other Liens Simplified||Liens: Investigation and Resolution||2014|
|Kansas Paralegal Association||Succeeding at Trial||2014|
|Heartland Paralegal Association||Succeeding at Trial||2014|
|Trial Preparation from Start to Finish||Succeeding at Trial||2013|
|Trial Preparation from Start to Finish||Creating a Trial Notebook||2013|
|No-Fault Claims and Litigation: From Start to Finish,||Arbitration and Trial For Plaintiffs||2013|
|No-Fault Claims and Litigation: From Start to Finish,||Plaintiff's Case Intake and First Steps||2013|
|Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish||Taking Your Insurance Claim to Trial and Further||2012|
|Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish||Discovery of the Insurance Case – Quantifying Damages/Loss||2012|
|Insurance Claims: Investigation and Adjuster Negotiations,||The Role of Medical Evidence in an Insurance Claim||2012|
|Medical Malpractice From A-Z||Laying the Foundation; Effective New Client Screening and Intake||2011|
|Insurance Fundamentals for Personal Injury Practice||Discovery in a Coverage Case||2011|
|Insurance Fundamentals for Personal Injury Practice||Negotiating a Settlement with the Insurance Company||2011|
|CLE in the City||Civil Litigation Tools of Social Networking||2011|
|Litigating Bad Faith Insurance Claims||The Plaintiff’s Side of the Table: Negotiation and Litigation Techniques||2010|
|A Paralegal’s Guide to Deciphering Medical Records||Case Reviews and Discussion||2009|
|A Paralegal’s Guide to Deciphering Medical Records||Deciphering Medical Records||2009|