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John Joseph Westerhaus

Employee benefits Attorney at Kansas City, MO

5.0   1 review
  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 11 years
    Kansas - KS 9 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2012
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2015
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About John

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John has B.B.A. degrees in Economics and Business Management from Washburn University (Topeka, KS), a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law, and a LL.M. from University College London (UCL). He is a member of the American, Kansas, and Missouri Bar Associations, and is a member in good standing of the Missouri (2012) and Kansas (2015) bars.


While in law school, John worked for a year as an intern to David J. Waxse, a Magistrate Judge for the United States District for the District of Kansas in Kansas City. While at UCL, he studied under Dr. Cheryl Thomas, a noted judical studies scholar, and wrote his dissertation on judicial analytics.


Prior to law school, John worked in both retail and food-service management, logistical operations, and human resources departments, and in a wide variety of environments including Fortune-500 companies, mid-sized firms, and small companies.


John is an Eagle Scout and native Kansan.



--Kansas Jayhawk athletics

--Playing and refereeing recreational soccer (Level 8 referee)

--Reading political-, world-, and business-related news, as well as non-fiction writing

--Continuing education (Coursera, EdX, MIT OpenCourseware)



Arnold Newbold Winter & Jackson, P.C.
1100 Main St Ste 2001
Kansas City, MO, 64105


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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2013
Review John J. Westerhaus
In December 2012 I had a frightening encounter with my next door neighbor, and I was very concerned both about erroneous claims made by the neighbor regarding the property boundary as well as multiple unwarranted and truculent actions that my neighbor has directed toward me for the past several years. I was quite fortunate to make contact with Mr. Westerhaus. He was a very astute listener during our initial consultation, and was very compassionate and concerned, and did agree to draft a demand letter addressing the boundary dispute and my neighbor's actions toward me. He was very straightforward about what could and could not be accomplished with such a letter. Mr. Westerhaus examined all the extensive documentation I provided to him, preformed in depth online research concerning the property information and reviewed all applicable state laws, answered all my questions about the law as it related to my situation, and made any changes to details as I requested to make the document absolutely accurate. The final draft was well written in very straightforward easily understandable language, and was authoritative and firm but not aggressive or intimidating, effectively addressing both the boundary dispute and the most egregious incidents. The letter clearly stressed my desire to live peacefully as neighbors yet leaving future legal options open for me as the situation warrants. I would very highly recommend Mr. Westerhaus to anyone who needs the service of a very compassionate, knowledgeable and detail oriented attorney. His fees were very affordable and reasonable for the excellent quality he provided me in this limited service rendered. I have no doubt that any litigation that he would be retained to perform would meet the same high standard.
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Arnold, Newbold, Winter & Jackson, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Abstractor
  • Collective Brands (via Kelly Services)
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Counselor & Attorney
  • Law Office of John J. Westerhaus
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Statutory Researcher
  • Kansas Board of Pharmacy
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Intern to U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • 2011 - 2012
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  • University College London
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2013
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Washburn University
  • BBA - Bachelors of Business Administration
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Niere v. Schoch


  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Earl E. O'Connor American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Business Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Business Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Induction
  • The Order of Barristers
  • 2012
  • Dean's Honors
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • 2012
  • Certificate: International Law
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • 2012
  • Certificate: Business/Transactional Law
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • 2012
  • International Intellectual Property
  • CALI (Top Paper)
  • 2012
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • CALI (Top Paper)
  • 2011
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1996
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  • University College London -- Faculty of Laws LL.M. Programme
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
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"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Business Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Westerhaus' advice is spot on; as shown by the answers he has posted, he takes the time to answer questions in a common sense manner and plainly addresses legal issues. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Westerhaus is one of the most exemplary and extraordinary attorneys that I have encountered in 24 years of practice. Despite being a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney for nearly two and a half decades, I continue to learn valuable information from his posts every day. I would highly recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There are many qualities of a proficient business attorney. These include, among others, a keen intellect, thorough consideration of the client’s business goals, and the means to explain the legal issues in a clear and understandable manner. Mr. Westerhaus’ analysis of legal questions on this site indicates that he has the qualities of a fine business attorney. I gladly endorse this attorney."
Business Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Westerhaus is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional repuation. He is a credit to the legal profession and I highly recommend his legal services."
Business Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse this lawyer and I'm proud to be the first to do so at Here's why. Most folks come out of law school dry as a bone, with no sense of humor and even less understanding of how to apply "law book" law to real world problems. That's not John. I love his candid, straight answers to the questions at He shows that he does not just know the law extremely well, but he also understands thoroughly the practical application of it to the everyday problems that people have. That is something that few young lawyers have and a lot more could use. And his blog website is an interesting read too. If you need a lawyer or have a question about Business Law, he is your answer. You can pay a lot more and buy a lot of $500 words from a lawyer who hasn't had to deal with your problems, or you could hire John and get straight and quick answers to your questions and some solid help solving your legal problems instead of fancy words and big legal bills. Be smart, hire John."
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Kansas City Employee benefits Lawyer John Joseph Westerhaus
John Joseph Westerhaus
Employee benefits Attorney
Kansas City, MO
Licensed for 11 years