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John Wray Kurtz

Personal injury Attorney at Kansas City, MO

5.0   12 reviews

also known as John W. Kurtz

  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 25 years
    Missouri - MO 47 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1976
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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Phi Beta Kappa. Member, University of Missouri Law Review, 1975-1976. Recipient: Lon Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award, 1982; Pro Bono Publico Award, 1990; H. Michael Coburn Community Service Award, 2...


Hubbard & Kurtz, LLP
1718 Walnut St
Kansas City, MO, 64108-1316
Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P.
1718 Walnut
Kansas City, MO, 64108
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Posted by Jing | July 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super Knowledgeable!
Very knowledgeable, super friendly! Very very helpful! Even my case does not entirely fall into Mr. Kurtz's scope, but Mr. Kurtz was willing to help me and guide me through the maze. He was honest to let me know what he knows and what he is not sure and made excellent referrals. I have complete trust on him. He is very efficient in evaluating my case.
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Posted by Kellye | July 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Hiring a lawyer John Kurtz
I meet John 3 1/2 years ago. My mother was involved in a terrible accident that change her life for the worst but, also changed her children lives. The professionalism of John Kurtz and is staff was remarkable. There was never a time that I didn’t know what was going on with my mother case. Copies of paperwork that was sent out and preparing me every step of the way for what could happen and what to be ready for. There was never a time where I didn’t trust him or his staff to prepare a exceptional case for my mother Roberta L Reid. Mr. Kurtz went beyond and above to making sure my mother would be taken care of. I would recommended Mr. John Kurtz and always be greatful and appreciative for what he has done for my Mother and family.
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Posted by Dana | October 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not JUST an attorney!!
Mr. Kurtz (John) becomes more than an attorney, he becomes a friend. He deeply cares about his clients. He, and his staff, go out of their way to accommodate you and your family. I think of John as a friend, that will always be very dear to not only my heart, but my whole family. I know he impacted my life, but when my girl's speak often about memories with him, I am confident in saying, Mr. John Kurtz is a blessing to myself and my family. I will forever be thankful for everything he did for me. Such a sincere, professional, knowledgeable, yet down to earth type of person. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Kem and Debbie | October 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Malpractice suit
I am writing to recommend John Kurtz, whom I have known for 15 years, as a Lawyer and friend. During that time, John was referred to us from a local lawyer in the year of 2000. My husband had a life changing accident and events, that lead him to be a quadrapalegic. This was a Malpractice suit. John's professionalism, diligent care, and compassion are of the many great characteristics he possesses. He helped us in many ways, including continued support on a personal note. He keeps an on going relationship with clients, also becomes a dear friend. We owe a debt of gratitude to him for his service. We are blessed to have him on our side. Thank you John!
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Posted by Madonna | October 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
John Kurtz
John accepted me as a client in a very complicated case. From our first visit I recognized his professionalism and compassion. It took a number of years to settled our case through which he was diligent in supporting my concerns and investigating all avenues to reach a very positive solution. Besides being an excellent and knowledgeable attorney he has become a very respected friend to me and my family. I have and still will recommend John to anyone that needs professional advice and representation. John Kurtz is one of the finest individuals I have had the honor to know and work with.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful, caring lawyer.
John is everything anyone would want in a personal lawyer. He cared for my family like we were his own. We are so grateful to have him on our side. Before, during and after the litigation we were and are treated like family.
Posted by Teresa | September 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best
John is a very, very wonderful attorney he helped us so much when my husband got hurt. He is very professional but also he knows the pains and suffering you are going through.
Posted by Ashley | September 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded ALL Expectations!!!
Mr. Kurtz exceeded all of my expectations! John gives 110% to his clients. The love and support from him and the office will always be appreciated! When you hire Mr. Kurtz he's not just your attorney. He's family!
Posted by Karen and Kyle | May 10, 2015
Exemplary Service
From our first meeting, he spent over three hours with us, we were impressed by his attentiveness and his compassion. He approached our case with fervor and diligence and made sure we understood the many aspects of our lawsuit. He offered us sage advice...but what he really did for us was help us heal after a difficult ,life changing tragedy. John Kurtz is a true gentleman, knowledgeable about all things, and we highly recommend him!
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Posted by Annette | May 9, 2015
wrongful death lawsuit
John is honest, hardworking, diligent in gathering information and keeping his clients informed. He treats each client with dignity and respect. He asks the right questions and listens carefully to the answers. He takes a personal interest in his clients and their lives. He is passionate about his work. I cannot say enough good things about him!
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Posted by diane | May 8, 2015
mark simmons
john kurtz was the best thing to happen to my life . my son was killed in 2004 by adrunk driver . john made sure that my sons death was handle with the most teander care, ill always be greaatful to him.
Posted by Patricia | May 5, 2015
Wrongful Death
Mr. Kurtz was the attorney recommended to us for our case. He was so kind & understanding of what we had been through. He would meet with us each evening after a full day in court & go over everything that happened & what our next move would be. As many of our friends & family said, "He was our Atticus Finch". God Bless him!!!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Member
  • Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P.
  • 1900 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Popham Law Firm
  • 1981 - 1997
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 1979 - 1981
  • Law Clerk/Bailiff
  • 16th Judicial Circuit Of Jackson County, Missouri
  • 1978 - 1978
  • Attorney
  • Jackson County Juvenile Court
  • 1977 - 1977
  • Coordinator of Santa Fe Outreach Project
  • St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
  • 1976 - 1978
  • Law Clerk
  • John B. Schwabe, II
  • 1975 - 1976
  • Summer Associate
  • Ralph Nader Center for Study of Responsive Law
  • 1975 - 1975
  • Attorney
  • Sidney L. Willens Law Office
  • 1974 - 1974
  • Assistant Director
  • Northwest Missouri Law Enforcement Assistance Council
  • 1972 - 1973
  • Military Youth Worker
  • Palatinate Area Provost Marshal
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Correctional Officer/Counselor
  • Haddam State Correctional Center
  • 1969 - 1969
  • Research Assistant
  • Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center
  • 1969 - 1969
  • Youth Worker/Counselor
  • Red Bird Mission, Beverly, Kentucky
  • 1968 - 1968
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  • University of Missouri School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • MA,
  • 1970
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • AB
  • N/A
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  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 1976 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Dean of the Trial Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Purcell Professionalism Award
  • Missouri Bar Foundation
  • 2015
  • Consumer Champion Award
  • Kansas Association for Justice
  • 2012
  • Congenial Counselor award
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Spurgeon Smithson Award
  • The Missouri Bar
  • 2011
  • Harold Holliday Civil Rights Award
  • Kansas City NAACP Chapter
  • 2010
  • Ethics in Business Award
  • Midwest Christian Counseling Center
  • 2009
  • President's Award
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • 2008
  • Community Leadership Award
  • St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
  • 2006
  • Tom Cochran Community Service Award
  • The Missouri Bar
  • 2005
  • Kansas City's 10 Legal Leaders
  • The Daily Record
  • 2004
  • Man of La Mancha Award
  • UMKC Law Foundation
  • 2003
  • H. Michael Coburn Community Service Award
  • The Missouri Bar
  • 2000
  • Pro Bono Lawyer Award
  • The Missouri Bar
  • 1990
  • Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award
  • The Missouri Bar
  • 1983
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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  • Missouri Trial Attorney
  • The Dangers of Hogtying and Six-Packing Prisoners
  • 1997
  • Missouri Law Review
  • Employment of Criminal Record Victims in Missouri: Restrictions and Remedies
  • 1976
  • Missouri Law Review
  • An Unqualified Poilcy on Public Aid to Non-Public Schools
  • 1975
  • Missouri Law Review
  • Constitutional Problems in Enhanced Sentencing for Dangerous Special Offenders
  • 1975
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Speaking Engagements

  • Kansas City 15 Hour Review of the Law
  • Wrongful Death
  • 2015
  • Annual Law Update
  • Torts & Civil Actions
  • 2015

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Wrongful death Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Mr. Kurtz for many years. He is a lawyer's lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer and highest ethics."
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Kansas City Personal injury Lawyer John Wray Kurtz
John Wray Kurtz
Personal injury Attorney
Kansas City, MO
Licensed for 47 years