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David Bell

Criminal defense Attorney at Kansas City, MO

5.0   70 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 25 years
    Missouri - MO 26 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About David

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DAVID BELL IS A TOP-RATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN KANSAS CITY WITH SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN CRIMINAL MATTERS AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL. HE SPECIALIZES IN HELPING GOOD PEOPLE NAVIGATE THROUGH A BAD SITUATION. CALL 816-844-6916.

HELPING GOOD PEOPLE NAVIGATE A BAD SITUATION

Empathy assists David Bell in being able to better understand his clients and their circumstances. It ensures that they are not only being provided with the legal guidance they need but also with the emotional support they require. It helps to establish respect and trust, and to achieve the best outcome possible.

Mr. Bell has significant experience in criminal matters at the local, state and federal level. When combined with his educational background and other life experiences, Mr. Bell is uniquely situated to help individuals and companies with investigations and charges that could result in serious personal and professional consequences.

​After obtaining his business and tax law degrees, Mr. Bell worked as a tax and estate planning attorney. Combining his desire to help people with his love of the law, Mr. Bell then served as a trial attorney with the Missouri Public Defender’s System in Jackson County, Missouri. After representing thousands of clients in matters ranging from misdemeanor assault to first-degree murder, Mr. Bell joined the Firm in 2007 where he is now a shareholder.

​While Mr. Bell continues to represent clients in local and state courts, he has leveraged his business background to develop a significant white-collar practice in both Kansas and Missouri federal courts.

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Location

Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, PC
1200 Main, Suite 2110
Kansas City, MO, 64105

Reviews

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Posted by Mason | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer !
He’s kind, informative and always available when you need him. Day or night, he’s a phone call or text message away and looking out for your best interest. Thank you so much David for your fantastic work.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Facing a Felony Charge
My husband travels to K.C. for work every week to the same place of business and has done so for twenty years. He is known and respected there. However, upon arriving at work one week last year he found himself in a compromising predicament. He is required to show proper identification when entering. He did so as always except the color of the identification card changes from week to week and he had the previous weeks color. He was approached by a hot head security officer that told him he was not authorized to be there because of the color of the badge. To make a long story short it escalated unnecessarily from there and my husband was asked to leave. When my husband didn’t leave and asked for management to rectify the situation the officer took things into his own hands. The officer proceeded to pepper spray and assault him. My husband then reacted to defend himself. He was arrested and facing a felony charge. We had no idea who to contact in the area for counsel as neither of us had dealt with any sort of legal issues in the past and we are from another state. We were very happy to have been referred to David Bell from another colleague. David was very professional and spent a great deal of time with us when we initially met for our first consultation. He was obviously very well connected in his field as he was making calls while we were going thru the details of the case on our first visit. He was very down to earth and laid out the best and worst case scenario for my husbands case. Although David is very qualified and a very good attorney he did not take advantage of us financially, as he very easily could have. He treated us like old friends and I will never forget what he said when we got ready to leave from our consult. He said, “now, on a personal note, you two go home and do what you do, I’m going to take care of this.” David did just that! Not only did my husband get the charges dropped but it was done so in a very reasonable time frame. We are definitely back to doing what we do! We have all the confidence in the world in David’s genius skills and he definitely knows and practices the law at a high level! We would highly recommend David to anyone facing trouble in the K.C. area!! Amazing attorney!!
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Posted by Kyla | February 29, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Blessed
When looking for an attorney I reached out to some friends of mine who also happened to be attorneys with years of experience. David came HIGHLY recommended and has a stellar reputation in the legal community. He listened , the was kind, and never once made me feel that I was just a number or a dollar amount, out of line for asking questions, or that me asking questions was an inconvenience for him. He was patient and answered all of my questions with consideration. He put me at ease and made sure I understood everything. He made this process so unproblematic and smooth. I don’t know what I would have done had I not met him. He has me for life and I will without hesitation recommend him to anyone looking for representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best Criminal Defense lawyer
I spent over 10 hours doing research to find the best criminal lawyers in Kansas City, I talked to a handful via phone and immediately after talking to Mr. Bell knew he was the lawyer I was going to hire. He got back to me quickly and happily set up a meeting fast. His education from the top business school and incredible law school confirms what you need to know about his intellect. Mr. Bell is wildly intelligent but most importantly has a wonderful demeanor. From the moment I hired him I felt looked after which made everything less anxious on my side. He handled my case with a strong presence and I feel like it couldn’t have been settled any better. I could have hired any lawyer in Kansas City to defend me and I’m glad I hired Mr Bell. 10/10 recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer with a heart!
Sometimes horrible things happen to good people due to the corrupt justice system! David sees right through the dirt to the truth! David will hold your hand, comfort you and fight for you!! David advocates for the weak, lost, heavy hearted and wrongly accused! If you need the best, look no further! You found him!!
Posted by Brandon | December 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine, Intelligent, Insightful and Honest. Great Lawyer
David's expertise, thoroughness, and knowledge of the law helped me navigate through a tough USDA investigation. He is a very down to earth guy and very easy to work with. David meticulously gathers and studies the documents and evidence of the case. He made sure he understood every detail of the situation and then helped me avoid being charged of any wrongdoing. He is easy to reach and always returns calls or emails. After working with David, I would truly consider him a friend and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in a need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped during an incredibly hard time!
I was looking for David’s services while navigating through a horrible divorce where false allegations really were affecting me. I was extremely happy with how he handled my situation. He listened, was able to ease my mind quickly, and was able to take care of the situation quickly. He was a pleasure to work with and I’d recommend him to anyone in a tough legal situation that needs a remedy quick!
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Posted by Maria | November 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional, Committed & Caring
David's expertise and responsiveness in and out of the courtroom were exceptional. He and his team were there for us every step of the way. In December 2017 my son was involved in a federal criminal case. I was devastated and confused. After reaching out to friends and acquaintances, David was recommended to us as the best criminal lawyer in Kansas City. I called David’s office, and he immediately returned my call. I explained the situation and he calmly and honestly explained what I could expect. His office promptly set up a first-in-person formal meeting, where he sat down with my daughter and I, explaining in detail the severity of the situation, and what we should expect at the upcoming proceedings. He made us feel like we were part of the team, and we felt safe and comfortable with him handling my son’s case. From the first meeting, inter-state transfer, incarceration, multiple court proceedings, and years later, final sentencing, David always handled my son’s case as if it were his only case. He always took our calls or called me with any changes, and kindly explained, reassured, and prepared us for upcoming proceedings, anticipating and answering any questions. During the COVID pandemic, David was able to work through the court system, and my son was released during that period, which gave us peace of mind. David is exceptional, very professional, knowledgeable, but also kind and caring. We are very fortunate to have had David represent my son and see us through a very difficult situation. David is committed to the continued success of my son and encouraged us to reach out with any needs. We highly recommend David and his team. We are very grateful for their assistance and support.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful Consultation
I did not end up needing to officially hire David for counsel. However, he offered a very helpful consultation for a situation that was creating a lot of stress for me. His experience and knowledge gave me peace of mind. I highly recommend David.
Posted by D & M | November 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer Who Genuinely Fights For You
We consider ourselves fortunate to have been introduced to David Bell. David is straightforward, honest, and truly studied all aspects of our case to secure the best outcome. David made us feel he was genuinely invested in our case. Through his perseverance, David convinced the District Attorney to dismiss the charges, and are extremely thankful for his dedication and hard work.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Lawyer David's experience and professionalism is very extensive. I recommend it for any case
Posted by Emily | September 10, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A lawyer for the people
David was so kind and courteous but also extremely down to earth. He was really well informed on my situation and he made me feel confident and eased so much of my anxiety. David's will be the name I recommend to anyone who is looking for a criminal defense lawyer for any reason.
Posted by Jared | September 10, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceeds all expectations.
I recently consulted with David Bell over potential charges that I was facing. After speaking with me briefly over the phone, he agreed to come in to his office on a sunday to meet with me. We sat down and spoke about my situation and he took the time to listen without ever making it feel rushed. He offered his insight and experience in dealing with similar situations. After our meeting was over he informed me that is was unlikely for any charges to arise and that reserving legal council was not necessary, making no effort to push me into hiring him for services. David is a genuine and honest person, not like some of the stereotypes you often hear about lawyers wanting to hit you for 100 different fees and charges. He gave me several hours of his time at no cost as well as some very helpful information and guidance for my situation. If I ever need to seek legal council for any reason in the future he will have my business. I would recommend his services to any and everyone potentially needing legal council.
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Posted by Emily | June 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Everything you want in a situation you don't want to be in
I live in Wisconsin and found myself needing to hire a lawyer on behalf of a close friend in Kentucky regarding an accusation made in Kansas. I found David highly rated on an online attorney directory, and he lived up to all of his excellent reviews. Being from out of state, I was completely unfamiliar with this legal process. David took every opportunity to explain every step of the way, answering all of my questions and making me feel totally comfortable. He was very organized, respectful, personable, and communicative, everything you'd want from an attorney when you find yourself in a potentially compromising situation. He managed expectations properly as well, making sure we always understood what the next step was going to be and how long it was going to take. Ultimately, David got my friend's case dropped, something we are all eternally grateful for. We are all very thankful we chose to hire David and would absolutely seek him out if we ever find ourselves in need of a KC attorney again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
I have never had a lawyer before and David made me feel very comfortable and he was able to resolve my situation quickly. He was always available and responded quickly to any questions or concerns I had. I would highly recommend David to anyone in a tough situation.
Posted by Jake | May 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Bell untangled a brutal and messy IRS Criminal Investigation for a young US immigrant, husband, and brand new father
It was two weeks before my firstborn child would be born, and I received a knock at my door from two IRS CID Agents who were concealing firearms and had the gold badges and the whole sha-bang. I am 26-years old, and a new immigrant to the US. During my time of a pending Green Card, I became successful as an entrepreneur and was given incorrect tax advice by a nationally-known and reputable company which ultimately led to me not filing personal tax returns when I had an obligation to, as well as writing off things I never knew I wasn't meant to write off. It was really terrifying. Looking online, the odds of being charged and indicted while in this specific scenario are literally a coin toss at best, innocent or not, and then I can kiss goodbye to my 20s as a young husband and father. Once the IRS CID Agents recommend for prosecution, IRS fact sheets will tell you that it is a 90% chance that you are going to prison. I knew I was innocent, and David spent endless hours of his time listening to my defense. In this situation, I knew I NEEDED legal council, and David was the guy. A friend of a friend referred me to David, and within 20-minutes of the IRS CID Agents leaving my home, David Bell picked up the phone, told me to take a deep breath, and to take care of my heavily pregnant wife while he takes care of the IRS. Can you imagine the sigh of relief? From there, that was the last of my communication with them, and now it is completely reversed back to civil. Why? Was it an easy case? No. I unknowingly owed backtaxes that would amount to me being imprisoned for 8+ years according to the sentencing table. This was NOT a small matter. I have scores of employees and livelihoods on my shoulders to take care of, too, and David knew I had a business to run and a family to see to, and he literally made it go away. I can't put it any other way. Sounds simple? No, you see David was willing (and did) get on an airplane with another team member and plead to the IRS for my defense and cause to face-to-face. He said he could do this via phone or video, but willingly offered to travel for me, and that was the option I chose, and he did it in the dead of winter, knowing the risks of being stuck in the middle of a snowstorm week. He did get stuff. They were issuing subpoena after subpoena, and it was brutal. David didn't back down. David, on JANUARY 2nd, one day after his family New Year's celebrations, went on the offense and convinced the IRS Criminal Investigation Division of my innocence. They questioned, and tried to find holes in his genius defense, and off of the top of his head, even in a 2-day delayed snow storm which threw off his whole schedule, he had answers on the fly completely memorized and completely factual. He even rented a car and drove from St Paul to Kansas City because his flight was cancelled due to weather and he needed to get home to defend another client's case. He literally drove half way down the country for another client, and flew into a storm for me, figuratively and literally. If this doesn't speak volumes, I do not know what will. David is your man, no matter your situation, and the actions he took proved that. Most lawyers talk, but David works, and he works relentlessly. I am still blown away and I am still digesting the news. David, I owe you big time. You have given me my family, a future with my daughter, and hope to keep my business thriving after 5-years of building it with crooked tax advice. David's involvement with me didn't stop in the criminal side. All throughout the process, he connected me with civil-level geniuses who helped me get caught up on taxes, prove a good effort to the IRS, and act as my council to abate all of the unfair penalties and interests they put on my account. If CID knocks your door, and you know that you have not intentionally committed a crime, David is your man. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with him. David, you are family to us and we love you. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Work & Experience
I can't speak enough to David's sensitivity in our initial consultation - as someone with their first engagement with court under a wrongful charge, I was incredibly nervous and unsure of what to expect out of this process. David was able to provide me full clarity of any potential route that might happen as a result of the how the case progressed with respect to the sensitivity of my experience. I felt completely supported by David throughout the process which was an invaluable feeling considering the circumstances.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We highly recommend David Bell
We hired David Bell to assist us when one of our contracted artists was wrongfully arrested for accidentally driving with his headlights off. The artist was ultimately handcuffed and arrested. He was given a DUI even though his blood alcohol was below the legal limit. It was a very traumatic event for the artist who was arrested, as well as for the other artists he was with at the time (all of whom work for our company). The event was discriminatory and abusive on behalf of the KCPD (the artist is black and gay, and everyone who witnessed the event noted the unnecessary cruelty and abusiveness of the police officers). With David and Sheena's help, the case was dismissed and our artist's record has been cleared. I can't thank David and Sheena enough for their care and work on this case.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, Smart, Responsive
David is a fantastic attorney. He handled our son's case with care and concern. He was very responsive to our questions and never made us feel like we were bothering him. He helped our family navigate through a very difficult situation, ending with no charges being filed. I would highly recommend David to anyone who needs a thoughtful, effective defense attorney.
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Posted by Julie | January 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
David Bell is an excellent attorney. Not only did he go above and beyond the call, he did with determination, skill and patience. His level of expertise and knowledge of the law gave me the confidence that my case would be resolved in the best way. He’s always available and easy to talk/work with. It’s no doubt he’s deserving of “Super Lawyer” as he’s clearly a KC best.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian P.C.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Judge
  • City of Mission, Kansas
  • 2010 - 2019
  • Trial Attorney
  • Missouri State Public Defender's Office
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Morrison & Hecker
  • 1997 - 2001
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Education

  • New York University
  • LL.M
  • 1997
  • New York University
  • JD
  • 1997
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In the Interest of [Redacted]
  • Family Court case dismissed and Children's Division Decision Overturned.

Associations

  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Charles M. Shaw Trial Award
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2007
  • 16 Up and Coming Lawyers
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE By the Hour
  • Criminal Law Update
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Criminal Law Update
  • 2015
  • American Justice
  • Criminal Justice System
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse David
White collar crime Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave has a well deserved reputation among the Criminal Defense Lawyers in Kansas City as a well prepared and excellent trial attorney. He has been practicing for over 20 years and has the requisite experience to handle any situation. I would hire him to represent my son"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a knowledgable attorney with unmatched experience in his field. Would highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I consider David not only a great attorney, but also a mentor and friend. He is always available to help other attorneys in the community. He fights for his clients no matter the circumstances. I highly recommend David."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer One tough opponent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David Bell! You got a criminal problem- David is the man. David fights for his clients with excellent results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Over the years, both as an appellate attorney for the Missouri State Public Defender and in my current practice, I have read transcripts of many of David's trials. David is a tough, focused, thorough, and absolutely tireless advocate at trial. I have also talked to David about many of his cases, and have observed firsthand his professionalism and dedication to his clients. David's reputation as an excellent attorney is well earned."
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Criminal defense
Kansas City Criminal defense Lawyer David Bell
David Bell
Criminal defense Attorney
Kansas City, MO
Licensed for 26 years
Free Consultation
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