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Michael Wesley Hanna

Criminal defense Attorney at Raytown, MO

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Ever since I can remember, I've always enjoyed helping others. Growing up I always knew I wanted to find a profession that would allow me to have a positive impact on my community and effect change in a positive way. As someone who has dealt with being siteless all of my life, I understand being in a position of needing help from time to time. I also understand the impact it can have when someone selflessly offers their time and efforts to help you better yourself. Ultimately, that's what led to me pursuing a career in the legal profession. I also knew that my blindness wouldn't prevent me from being able to do my job, but would instead allow me to empathize with those in need and offer my help and support.

My journey into the legal profession began back in 1978 when I graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Law. After passing the Missouri state bar that same year, I knew almost immediately that in order to best serve my clients, I would have to start my own firm. So I gathered what little money I had after law school and opened the doors to the Michael W. Hanna Law Office in 1979. After nearly 40 years, I've been able to grow my practice into one of the most reliable and successful law firms in Western Missouri. During that time I've worked both as an independent attorney and as a municipal judge, picking up extensive knowledge and experience that I try to use to my clients' advantage to help them succeed.

I’ve always had a desire to help those in need, and I’m lucky to have a job that allows me to do that on a daily basis.


Focusing On Values

I originally set out to become an attorney because I felt like it would provide me with the opportunity to help those who need it most. One of the biggest advantages of running my own firm means that I have the ability to personally manage my caseload and provide all of my clients with the personalized, one-on-one attention that they deserve. With a focus on family law and criminal defense, I've had the opportunity to help countless clients through a wide variety of legal issues, both big and small. From child custody battles and complex divorce cases to misdemeanor drug cases and serious felony charges — and everything in between.

I initially set out to focus on family law and criminal defense because of the impact that that these case types can have on a person when they don't have adequate legal help and support. Facing a criminal charge or a complex family issue can be one of the most difficult things to get through, especially if you don't have the legal support you need. That's why for over four decades I've been working with individuals and families across Jackson County, Missouri to provide the very best in legal counsel and representation so I can help my clients put their legal issues behind them and help them move forward with their life.

Whatever the challenge, I can help.
At the end of the day, I'm committed to doing whatever I can to make sure the needs of my clients are taken care of at every turn. I will work tirelessly to defend your rights, and I always make myself available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have along the way. I aim to not only provide a solution to all your legal needs, but to also provide a sense of relief and peace of mind throughout the entire process. Whether you need trusted legal representation, or simply a legal expert to provide guidance — I'm happy to help you in any way that I can.

Licensed for 44 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 01/01/2023

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

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Michael W. Hanna Law Office
10408 E. 63rd Terrace
Raytown, MO, 64133


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Posted by Mallari | April 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
I hired Mike Hanna for a child custody case. My case was settled Jan 2020. This was my second child custody case and I needed someone that knew what they were doing and would fight for what I wanted. I had a consultation over the phone with Mike and I just knew after speaking with him that he was the one I was choosing. He is honest, he doesn’t sugar coat anything, and he will tell you how it is. He knows what he’s doing and he will fight for you. I highly recommend Mike as an attorney. If I ever need an attorney again, he’s the only person I’ll call.
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Posted by Beth | April 15, 2020
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Best Lawyer in the KC Area
Mike is a great lawyer. He is very straight forward and honest, and that is hard to find the the legal business. He tells it like he sees it, he doesn't sugar coat the truth. He is straight with you in goals and what the probable outcome of your case will be. He is honest in what he thinks can be achieved and what can't, and if he can't help you he will recommend someone who can. He has a vast expanse of legal knowledge and experience. One thing that sets him apart is that he deals with his clients directly. If you call the office you will talk with him or he will call you back. He gives out his personal cell number in case of emergencies and answers at all times. He is a hardworking man and will fight his hardest for you. Even if your case doesn't go as planned, rest assured that Mike worked tiresly, tried every avenue, and did all that could be done. His legal team is also phenomenal; I could write a whole separate page on just how wonderful his paralegals, Jan and Anny, are. They are also very knowledgeable and experienced in the law and procedures. They also work tirelessly on your case. The two of them will know your case forwards and back and will help with anything. Mike and his team are the best in the Kansas City area, both in the court room and out. I wouldn't recommend anyone else to help navigate you in your legal needs.
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Posted by Karisa | April 11, 2020
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Best lawyer in town
Mike has helped me with several cases. He helped me with my dog case when I stayed in Raytown and everything went in my favor. Then years later Mike worked my divorce case and then came back and worked my child custody case which lasted for a couple of years. I came out on top for that stressful experience. Mike is very professional and cares about his clients. So I have referred Mike to several people and just recently I referred him to my cousin, who will be using him for her divorce. So I say Mike Hanna is the best lawyer in town not for what he did for me, but what his records show what he has done for so many others.
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Posted by Jared | April 11, 2020
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Rinker case
Mike is very knowledgeable and well versed in his field. He took on my case and handled it better than the previous counsel I had. Would recommend mike to any one in my situation.
Posted by Karen | November 8, 2013
Mike Hannah lawyer
Mike Hanna took care of me I had a speeding ticket and no insurance with me. I would have lost my license and I didn't have the money to pay the tickets. Mike corresponded with my boyfriend and within a few hours he had my court day moved back. And he got it fixed for me. He was very reasonable and very reliable. Thank you Mike. And now I will recommend him to everyone I know
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Michael Hanna
  • 1979 - Present
  • Municipal Judge
  • City of Raytown
  • 1980 - 2000
  • Instructor
  • Longview Community College
  • 1980 - 1980


  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976


  • Missouri State Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Raytown Emergency Assistance Program
  • President
  • N/A
  • Raytown Park Board
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Raytown Kiwanis Club
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Raytown Park Board
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Raytown Kiwanis Club
  • President
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Missouri Association of Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges
  • Board of Directors
  • 1980 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020

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Raytown Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Wesley Hanna
Michael Wesley Hanna
Criminal defense Attorney
Raytown, MO
Licensed for 44 years