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Larea Annette Griggs

also known as Annette Griggs, L. Annette Griggs

About me

I grew up near Clinton, Missouri but have spent my adult life in the greater Kansas City area.  I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri and then started law school when my daughter was four months old.  After completing law school at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, where I served on the staff of the Urban Lawyer, I went into private practice helping personal injury victims.

I have dedicated my practice to the representation of injured people. That representation comes in many forms, such as helping those injured in car and truck accidents, wrongful death claims, dram shop cases (liquor liability), product liability claims, premises liability cases and lawsuits against insurance companies.

I am also an active member in the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City and am currently serving on the AWL board this year.  I have also spoken at the UMKC Law School to women law students regarding their job search post graduation and promoting the idea of entrepreneurship as an alternative to traditional employment.  I am also a group advisor in the AWLF Practice Development Program which pairs new female law school graduates with a mentor to help ensure their success as new attorneys.  McCollum & Griggs, LLC is a Gold Sponsor of AWL-KC and a sustaining member of their sister organization, the AWLF. 

Additionally, I try to regularly participate in as many worthwhile community projects as possible including Habitat for Humanity, Project ElderCool, Rally for the Cure, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Harvesters, Bishop Sullivan Center, and is active in other bar-related organizations including MATA, MATA Women and the UMKC Inn of Courts. 


Outside of the legal profession, I love spending time with my husband , daughter and extended family.   We are active in our church and numerous community and political organizations.  



University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri

Honors: AmJur Award for Advanced Legal Writing; Urban Lawyer 2000-2001

University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, 1999
Honors: Received Honors for Highest GPA in Undergraduate Class
Honors: Outstanding PACE Graduate Award
Honors: ABW Award
Major:  Liberal Arts


Bar Admissions:


Supreme Court of Missouri, 2001

Supreme Court of Kansas, 2002

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Clay County Bar Association

U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2001


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Practice areas


  1. Brain Injury: 30%
  2. Wrongful Death: 30%
    14 years, 37 cases
  3. Car Accidents: 15%
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
  5. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%



Contingent (33-45%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Adam WIlliam Krause

    Annette is one of the most accomplished attorneys in her field. She has taught me more about the practice of law than any other source including law school! I would recommend Annette especially in cases involving Brain Injuries. She has a passion of not only recovering money for her clients but also getting her clients well.


    Adam Krause Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Judd S Nemiro

    This lawyer is excellent, compassionate and passionate about helping people. I endorse this lawyer.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

1828 Swift, Suite 302
North Kansas City, MO, 64116


KSAuthorized to practice law200210/12/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200101/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Best of the Bar - Personal InjuryBest of the Bar for Kansas and Missouri2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Best of the Bar - Personal InjuryKC Business Journal2011
Up and Coming LawyerMissouri Lawyers Weekly2011
AmJur Award for Advanced Legal WritingUMKC - AmJur Award2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMcCollum & Griggs, LLC2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Women LawyersChair of Judicial Committee2013 - Present
MATA Women's CaucusChair of Women's Caucus2013 - Present
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysBoard of Governors2012 - Present
Hope Haven of Cass CountyBoard of Directors2012 - Present
AWLF Practice Development ProgramAdvisor2011 - 2013
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas CityBoard Member2011 - Present
UMKC Inn of CourtsAdvisor2009 - 2013
MATAMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mendez v. All Star Family Sports Arena, Inc.Settlement
Confidential v. Confidential - DRAM SHOP CASE$4,000,000 settlement
Clough v. Taylor$1,100,000 - settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
AWL LinkChanges to Missouri's Dram Shop Law May Only Be a Shot Away2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UMKC OWLS eventStarting Your Own Law Practice2010