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Denise Kirby

DUI and DWI Attorney at Kansas City, MO

5.0   74 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 10 years
    Missouri - MO 29 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About Denise

Learn Denise’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. DUI and DWI
    100%
    Teaches DWI defense. Has passed the NHTSA training in DWI Detection and the Administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.

    30 years

WHEN FACING A DWI CHARGE, YOU NEED A RESPECTED, KNOWLEDGEABLE, EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY WHO WINS.

I've lived in the Kansas City area most of my life, and I have practiced law in Kansas City since I graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. 

I am the President of the Missouri DWI Institute and the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice. I'm Co-Chair of the Missouri DWI Institute Summer Series, a DWI training seminar that teaches attorneys how to better defend DWI cases. My peers have selected me as one of very few "Super Lawyers" in the area of DUI/DWI Defense in the states of Missouri and Kansas for many years running. I am Co-Chair of The Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar (2017-20) and have served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and as a member of the MACDL DWI Committee. I was named Best DWI/DUI Attorney by the Kansas City Star in 2023.

When something is wrong with my car, I have no idea whether I can tust the mechanic. I imagine it feels that way to clients looking to hire a lawyer. When interviewing an attorney, ask many questions about his or her experience with your type of situation. Ask what they do to better their skills and knowledge and to keep up with the law and science of DWI. What courses have they attended recently? Are they asked to speak at legal seminars to teach other lawyers DWI defense? Do they try cases? Importantly, DO THEY WIN? Don't be afraid to ask these questions. You're hiring someone you will be trusting with your future.

 

 

 

Location

Law Offices of Denise Kirby
Two Pershing Square Building
2300 Main St., Ste. 900
Kansas City, MO, 64108

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I got charged with DWI and Denise Kirby got my case dismissed after winning a Motion to Suppress
I got charged with a DWI in September, 2022. I hired Denise Kirby and she started by calling me and getting all the information she needed from me asap. She was very impressive with how she handled the case and she constantly kept me in the loop with what was going on. After watching the video of my arrest, she filed for a motion to suppress and won that, which resulted in the case being dropped. She came to court incredibly prepared and had a counter for everything the prosecutor said. Overall, watching Denise handle this case was very impressive and I would highly recommend her to anyone in this situation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust me, she’s worth every penny! DWI review
Denise came highly recommended to me and I really can’t thank my friend enough for this. I was pulled over and found myself in a big pickle, I was arrested and received a DWI. Denise not only won my license hearing but got my DWI amended to a lane violation with no probation. I’ve never heard of this outcome, but this woman got it done with her expertise and thorough examination of all footage. She’s one of the most thorough lawyers I have ever worked with and any questions I had were always answered quickly. Thank you for lifting that million pounds off my shoulders Denise, and I will ALWAYS have her number handy for any of my friends or family in need of help.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Denise is without a doubt the best!
I was charged with a 6 th DWI. I had retained an attorney that had came highly recommended and had a good reputation for being able to handle that kind of situation. Needless to say half way through the case things weren’t going in a good direction and I was looking at loosing my job, my freedom for a significant amount of time and my license for the rest of my life and was told by that attorney that I should be thankful and that it was a great deal. I had decided to get a second opinion on what my options were and I discussed my case with Denise. Denise was able to point out other legal ramifications that would have taken place if I would have accepted the offer that the other attorney had brought to me. I ended up terminating the other attorney and going with Denise. Denise got the charges dropped from a class B felony DWI to a careless and imprudent. I kept my job, my life and my license. If you want an attorney who will be on your side and talk with you like a real person and has the expert knowledge of how the law works with DWI cases then Denise is your best choice here in the Kansas City area. I will always be thankful I chose her to represent me because without her I would have lost everything. Thank you Denise.
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Posted by Loren | May 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer! Highly recommend
Denise was absolutely amazing! She got my DUI case dismissed! I had other attorneys tell me I would have to do programs and they would be on my record and several basically seemed like they were no help. She got my cases completely taken care of and I kept my license!! If you are dealing with any DUI case I would strongly recommend her. Glad I didn’t trust my cases with anyone but her!
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Posted by Dustin | December 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer money can buy
Searching fora DWI layer isn’t pretty and it isn’t fun. Most will find it scary, having seen Denise’s reviews and her achievements I put faith and trust into her and reached out. Not once did I question my decision after getting in contact. Denise thoroughly laid the steps she would take and how the process should play out. Denise asked the necessary questions and responded in detail every day along the way. My case was not pretty nor was it a easy win (although she made it seem that way). I was pretty much caught red handed and took the wrong steps during my arrest. Denise won my refusal hearing and all charges including my DWI, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and careless driving were all dismissed. I mean it with all my being I owe her more than money. She saved my future literally and I could not have asked for better representation. A+++ . I will recommend her to family and friends if need be and I recommend if your reading this to trust your gut and Go with Denise.
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Posted by Chris | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can’t recommend enough.
I spoke with several friend and family attorneys. Each time I walked away with the impression that all they could do is help with the filings and going through the motions of dealing with a DUI. Denise was the only person I spoke with that gave me confidence that my DUI was something we could beat, and that there would be as minimal interference with my life as possible. The longer I worked with Denise, the less stress I felt about my DUI. That alone was invaluable. Denise Kirby not only made the entire process as stress free as possible, she was also able to get both charges brought against me dropped; a possibility I could never imagine with any of the other attorneys I’d spoken with.
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Posted by J | March 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Astonishing Performance!!
Wow! Where to begin..... I made some bad decisions that could have potentially have huge impacts on my life and career. I was on on 4th alcohol driving incident, with the last one causing damage to other people's property. I needed a lawyer who would mitigate the consequences so I could get back to leading a normal life. Denise was that lawyer.... From the initial consultation I felt that she truly did know what she was doing. She was upfront, honest and reassured me that she would do everything in her power to ensure that this did not completely ruin my life. The entire case drew out an entire year with Denise not backing down and using her professional acumen to ensure that I got the results that I felt comfortable with. End of that day, I got an SIS (record will be cleared of anything after probation). This is an amazing result considering my record and the accident that damaged another person property. Do not hesitate to hire her, she is skilled, caring, upfront, honest and she is the best at what she does.
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Posted by Abbie | December 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Denise, the best lawyer in the game for a DUI.
My DUI was in Kansas City, Missouri. The officer who pulled me over was higher up in the DUI Task Force but my situation was suspicious from the beginning. I was told I had a light out in the back of my car when I did not and was forced to do a sobriety test with heels on. A personal reference took my case at first that was a lawyer who didn’t specialize in DUI law. They thought that fighting the charges wouldn’t be a good idea since I did eventually blow at the station. I felt deep down there was more that could be done due to the circumstances and I wanted to at least try and fight the charges. I did my research and found Denise from her fabulous reviews. After I reached out, she was quick to get back with me and was very eager to hear the details of my case. She was immediately willing to defend me and the results were better then I could have ever expected. The complete process took a little over a year due to covid and the court pushing back hearing dates but she was able to win my license hearing last Summer. I never lost my license or received a breathalyzer. Last month, my criminal case concerning my DUI was decided and Denise was able to get three tickets including my DUI charge dismissed and completely taken off of my record. If you want a lawyer that will listen to you and fight to get the best possible outcome, Denise is the Lawyer for you!
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Posted by Allen | September 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Greatest DWI attorney ever!
I hired Denise to help me after I received a dwi. She was a true lifesaver. I had already hired a lawyer in my hometown who was doing the best he could, but I wanted better. Denise helped me with the administrative hearing on getting my license back. My first attorney told me that I might loose my license for ten years, and that he just wasn’t for sure; not to mention interlock on my car too. I saw that Denise had won several administrative hearing trials where most attorneys won’t even attempt them. She went to bat for me, and was I ever grateful. She took the case found evidence where the cop had lied, and showed the judge the evidence and gave them the choice. We won the trial and I had my license back in the mail shortly after that. She even followed up after the trial with the department of revenue for me. I can’t say enough good things about her. She is very professional. I would say the best in the state! Thanks again Denise forever grateful!
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Posted by Daniel | March 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cannot Recommend any more highly!!
During a difficult and confusing time, Denise was incredibly professional from the moment I called. She and her team assisted in clearing up immediate confusion and provided endless support over the phone as well as answering any and all of my questions in real time. Throughout the case, Denise won a Motion to Suppress, resulting in the complete dismissal of my criminal DWI charge, and she won my license hearing on appeal. Denise not only delivered on the request but she helped put a smile back on my face knowing I had the best defense in KC! Thank you Denise!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST ATTORNEY IN KC!
If you find yourself in the same trouble I was in-do not call any other law firm in KC - CALL DENISE! She is amazing! She not only calmed me down (because I was terrified), she kept me well informed and answered all my questions. The best part of all: Denise got my DWI case dismissed and won my licensing hearing. Trust me - Denise Kirby is the real deal in KANSAS CITY!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Denise is the best.
I was charged with DWI and a lane violation and my BAC was .141. After reviewing the video and documentation, Denise was able to get both of my charges completely dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent outcome
I was falsely arrested and charged with a DWI because I refused the breath test. Denise got the charge completely dismissed and won my license hearing (took away my license for refusing the breath test) at trial. She was able to efficiently point out to the young officer all of the mistakes he made before the arrest. He admitted to all of them and I feel like someone else will get a fair chance if pulled over by him in the future. I believe he learned a lesson.
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Posted by Jay | June 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney there is DWI Dismissal
Denise Kirby was able to get my DWI completely dismissed and all I received was pleading guilty to a lane violation with a small fine and no probation.
Posted by Jon | May 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Service!
My legal experience with Denise was unbelievably amazing. After explaining my conviction, Denise was precise and detailed on formalizing the steps it would take in managing my case. After reviewing police records and video evidence, Denise diligently worked through my DWI arrest case, aligning with the courts and prosecuting attorney to amend my DWI to a C&I without having to serve probation. I couldn't be happier with the outcome and my life returning to normal without the stress that comes with a situation like this.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DWI on a side by side
I got a DWI on a side by side, this was going to be my 3rd in my life. They were trying to charge me with a class E felony, I was looking at going to prison for 4 years. I hired Denise 5 days after I got arrested. I looked around and talked to a lot of other lawyers, but she is the only one to take time out of her day to really talk to me, and talk me through the process. She fought for me every chance she could. She got my case down to a class a misdemeanor and I only have to server 10 days in jail. I can’t thank her enough.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best!
If you want real results and come out in a better situation, Denise is your guy. Everyone else gave false hopes but were certain regarding retainer. There’s a reason why Denises’ focus is DUI/DWI,She wins…
Posted by Janice | June 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Outcome
Denise handled my husband’s DUI case with such precision and experience that we didn’t regret hiring her for one minute! Her price was comparable to others, but she waited patiently for us to save the money. In the meantime, she took care of anything that needed to be addressed with the courts. We ended up paying a reasonable court cost and my husband got his license back! We highly recommend her!
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Response from Denise Kirby June 9, 2022
It was a pleasure to work with you both. I was glad to be able to get his DWI amended to a lane violation and win his license hearing. I wish you both the best!
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A very satisfied client
She never failed to put her best foot forward in my defense , she took everything I said I needed to happen into consideration when advising me of the case and where we stood , got the results I asked for and I would recommend her services to anyone who needed a first class defense .
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Denise if you get a 1st, 2nd or even 3rd DWI
Denise was very responsive when I had questions about my case. She always took the time to make sure my questions were answered and gave me realistic expectations on my outcome. She works very hard, early until late, every day for her clients. I was up against my third DWI and thought the worst. She was able to negotiate a judgment that was very fair and much better than I thought I could ever have gotten. I highly recommend Denise!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Denise Kirby
  • 1996 - Present
  • Associate
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Mo/Overland Park, Ks
  • 1994 - 1996

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Missouri State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Department of Revenue License Hearings
  • Won

Associations

  • Missouri DWI Institute
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DWI Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Missouri Society for Criminal Justice
  • President
  • 2006 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best DWI/DUI Attorney in Kansas City
  • Kansas City Star
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer - DUI/DWI Defense
  • Super Lawyers - voted by peers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer - DUI/DWI Defense
  • Super Lawyers - voted by peers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer - DUI/DWI Defense
  • Super Lawyers - voted by peers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer - DUI/DWI Defense
  • Super Lawyers - voted by peers
  • 2019
  • President's Award
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 - Criminal Defense Law
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • "10 Best Attorneys" Criminal Law in Missouri
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • "10 Best Attorneys" DUI/DWI Law for Missouri
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Missouri's Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys - Missouri
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Criminal Law Attorneys - Missouri
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • Top 100 DWI Attorneys
  • National Association For DUI Defense
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 DWI Attorneys
  • National Association For DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Criminal Lawyers in MO based on Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 DWI Attorneys
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • NHTSA Certified to Administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 2014
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Publications

  • DWI Law & Science
  • Challenging Prior Convictions in the Criminal Case
  • 2015
  • DWI LAW AND SCIENCE
  • Challenging Prior Convictions in the Criminal Case
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • 24 Hour NHTSA SFST Training for Lawyers
  • The DWI Legal Environment
  • 2022
  • The Missouri DWI Institute Summer Series
  • The Criminal Basics of DWI Defense
  • 2020
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • Winning Administrative License Hearings: Using Their Records Against Them
  • 2019
  • Bernie Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • Seminar Co-Chair
  • 2019
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • Challenging Prior DWI Convictions in the Criminal Case
  • 2018
  • Bernie Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • Seminar Co-Chair
  • 2018
  • Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • DWI Defense
  • 2017
  • Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • Practicing in Municipal Court post-Ferguson
  • 2017
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • How to Win Administrative Hearings Using Only the Records
  • 2017
  • Bernie Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • Program Co-Chair
  • 2017
  • The 2017 Criminal Code Revision
  • The 2017 Criminal Code Revision
  • 2016
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • Program Moderator
  • 2016
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • Defending Against the Use of Prior Convictions for Sentencing Enhancement
  • 2015
  • Defending Drug Cases in State Court, Part II
  • Issues in Choosing a Jury - Voir Dire; Cross Examination
  • 2015
  • Defending Drug Cases in State Court, Part I
  • Motions to Suppress in State Court Drug Cases
  • 2015
  • Missouri DWI - What You Need to Know to Protect Your Client
  • Challenging Prior Convictions in Criminal DWI Cases
  • 2014
  • DWI Law and Science Seminar
  • Program Moderator
  • 2014
  • DWI Law and Science Seminar
  • Challenging Prior Convictions in Criminal DWI Cases
  • 2012
  • What You Need to Know - Kansas City Municipal Court
  • Kansas City Municipal Court
  • 2011
  • Municipal Court Update - Defense Forum
  • Criminal Defense in Municipal Court
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Denise
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Denise is a national leader in DUI & DWI defense. As a fellow attorney I know I can count on her to help me think through difficult issues in my case. Her clients are fortunate to have her on their side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Denise's reputation is unmatched. She is an excellent trial attorney who strives for great results for all of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Denise has done groundbreaking work in defending clients in felony DWI charges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I consulted with Denise on a very complicated case involving prior offenses. She walked me through the proper motion to keep the charge from becoming a felony. It was successful. She knows what she is doing, and is known as a lawyer's lawyer. She has also been a featured speaker at our annual DWI seminar"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best and brightest in the state, Ms. Kirby is well-versed in DUI and criminal defense law. She thoroughly researches every potential issue in each case, offering her clients uniquely tailored, well-crafted defenses. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is one of the best criminal defense lawyers on the western side of Missouri."
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Kansas City DUI and DWI Lawyer Denise Kirby
Denise Kirby
DUI and DWI Attorney
Kansas City, MO
Licensed for 29 years
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