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Michael Joseph Mohlman

Michael Joseph Mohlman

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accident, Insurance

About Me

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

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Car Accidents: 40%
    17 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    17 years
  3. Insurance: 10%
    17 years
  4. Trucking Accident: 10%
    17 years
  5. Wrongful Death: 10%
    17 years



Contingent (35-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Charles A. Donahue

    Mike is a terrific injury lawyer, and a first rate guy. He is totally dedicated to his clients and fights aggressively and tirelessly for them. Mike is one of the best-- experienced, successful and caring.


    Charles Donahue Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Randall Richard Sevenish

    I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent lawyer that is highly skilled!


    Randall Sevenish Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Smith Coonrod Mohlman LLC

4600 Madison Ave., Ste 711
Kansas City, MO, 64112-3033



KSAuthorized to practice law199908/09/2015
MOGood Standing, Active199805/28/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2014
"10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in MissouriAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Lawyers in Missouri & KansasMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Super LawyerKansas & Missouri Super Lawyers2013
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2013
Top 50 Lawyers in Kansas CityMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Top 100 Lawyers in Missouri & KansasMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerKansas & Missouri Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerKansas & Missouri Super Lawyers2011
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2010
Super LawyerKansas & Missouri Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerKansas & Missouri Super Lawyers2009
CALI award for excellence - Administrative LawUniversity of Kansas School of Law1998
Order of the CoifUniversity of Kansas School of Law1998
CALI award for excellence - Products LiabilityUniversity of Kansas School of Law1997
CALI award for excellence - Wills &TrustsUniversity of Kansas School of Law1997
CALI award for excellence - Torts IUniversity of Kansas School of Law1996

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSmith Mohlman LeRoy, LLC2011 - Present
PartnerThe Sly James Firm2002 - 2011
AssociateSonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP2001 - 2002
AssociateBlackwell Sanders Peper Martin, LLP1999 - 2001
AssociateShughart Thomson & Kilroy1998 - 1999


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysN/A2002 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationN/A1999 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Missouri BarN/A1998 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
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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Publication NameTitleDate
Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook on Civil ProcedureChapter 17: Rule 57 - Interrogatories and Depositions2013
Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook on Civil ProcedureChapter 18: Rule 58 - Production of Documents and Things and Entry Upon Land for Inspection and Other Purposes2013
Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook on Civil ProcedureChapter 19: Rule 59 - Admission of Facts and of Genuineness of Documents2013


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AUnknown2012
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Harvard UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
The Medicare "Super Lien" and Other Liens SimplifiedLiens: Investigation and Resolution2014
Kansas Paralegal AssociationSucceeding at Trial2014
Heartland Paralegal AssociationSucceeding at Trial2014
Trial Preparation from Start to FinishSucceeding at Trial2013
Trial Preparation from Start to FinishCreating a Trial Notebook2013
No-Fault Claims and Litigation: From Start to Finish,Arbitration and Trial For Plaintiffs2013
No-Fault Claims and Litigation: From Start to Finish,Plaintiff's Case Intake and First Steps2013
Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to FinishTaking Your Insurance Claim to Trial and Further2012
Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to FinishDiscovery of the Insurance Case – Quantifying Damages/Loss2012
Insurance Claims: Investigation and Adjuster Negotiations,The Role of Medical Evidence in an Insurance Claim2012
Medical Malpractice From A-ZLaying the Foundation; Effective New Client Screening and Intake2011
Insurance Fundamentals for Personal Injury PracticeDiscovery in a Coverage Case2011
Insurance Fundamentals for Personal Injury PracticeNegotiating a Settlement with the Insurance Company2011
CLE in the CityCivil Litigation Tools of Social Networking2011
Litigating Bad Faith Insurance ClaimsThe Plaintiff’s Side of the Table: Negotiation and Litigation Techniques2010
A Paralegal’s Guide to Deciphering Medical RecordsCase Reviews and Discussion2009
A Paralegal’s Guide to Deciphering Medical RecordsDeciphering Medical Records2009