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I have been practicing primarily in the field of workers' compensation since 1995.  Our firm is know both statewide, and nationally, for our efforts on behalf of the injured worker and his/her family.  We represent the Missouroi AFL-CIO, numerous IAFF, IBEW, CWA, UAW, IAMAW, USW unions, as well as Trade Councils, federations, etc.  Our passion is helping the working men and women of our country.  


Outside of work, I am a very devoted family man and father to my children.  I am an avid outdoorsman, having been hunting since my early teens.  I love to deer and turkey hunt, with many wall hangers for both.  I also am an avid fisherman, especially in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) around and near Ely, Minnesota.  My interest and love of that area, began in 1983, as a young Boy Scout.  My father and I, as well as other family members, have been traveling there for 30 years, to enjoy the pristine wilderness and wildlife, as well as world class fishing.


I am also an avid historian, especially of military history.  I have a vast collection of military art, signed by WW2 veterans who served in various branches of the US Armed Forces, the British Army/RAF, as well as in the German Army/Luftwaffe.  


Lastly, I have a profound weakness for single malt scotch and good single barrel bourbons and whiskey.  


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 78%
    21 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    21 years
  3. Employment: 2%
    21 years



Hourly ($150-250/hour), contingent (25%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish, LLC

221 W. Lexington Ave., Suite 200
PO Box 1099
Independence, MO, 64051


MOGood Standing, Active199501/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Presidential Service AwardWorkers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top AttorneysKC Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
President's AwardWorkers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
President's AwardWorkers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBoyd & Kenter, P.C.2005 - Present
PartnerBoyd & Kenter, P.C.2000 - 2005
AssociateBoyd & Kenter, P.C.1995 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Injury BoardN/A2011 - Present
Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy GroupPresident1995 - Present
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysBoard of Governors1995 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A1995 - Present
Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy GroupImmediate Past President (2011-2012)1995 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oklahoma City University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Missouri, ColumbiaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LERA 65th Annual MeetingWorkers' Compensation: Recent Developments2013
Annual MeetingWorkers Compensation & Federal Legislative Update2013
California Applicants' Attorneys Associationworkers' compensation2012