I am a trial attorney with 23 years of courtroom experience and an uncanny ability to communicate to jurors the suffering caused to my clients and their families by the negligence and gross negligence of others. I hold the two largest personal injury jury verdicts in Buchanan County History: $9,000,000 in 2015 for a developmentally disabled client who was raped by her caregiver's husband and a $7,215,000 verdict in a medical malpractice case against Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri for the wrongful death of my client due to a failure to train its nurses or to enforce simple safety rules regarding the placement and care of IV's. In 2016 I obtained a $7,000,000 verdict in a wrongful death case involving the death of a camper at Lake Down Under Campground.
I represent victims of medical malpractice; victims of crime that could have been prevented by property owners and employers in providing adequate security in environments where they know crime has occurred; victims of abuse of government power; victims of dangerous drugs; victims of dangerous products and people injured in trucking, automobile and machinery accidents.
If you want an attorney who is passionate about justice, cares about the people he represents, isn't afraid to take on difficult cases or fight corporate giants and has mastered trial skills with proven results give me a call. We can discuss, at no charge, whether you have a case.
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1995||10/24/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Ten Verdicts in Missouri||Missouri Lawyers Weekly||2017|
|Top Ten Verdicts in Missouri||Missouri Lawyers Weekly||2015|
|Attorney||The Bird Law Firm, P.C.||2004 - Present|
|Attorney||Shughart Thomson & Kilroy||2001 - 2002|
|Attorney||Watkins Boulware Lucas Miner Murphy & Taylor||1995 - 2002|
|Assistant National Bank Examiner||Office of the Comptroller of the Currency||1990 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys||Member||2014 - Present|
|Charity Zeredatha Lodge #189||Member||2008 - Present|
|St. Joseph Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Missouri Pilot's Association||President||2004 - 2010|
|City of St. Joseph, Missouri Aviation Board||Member||2002 - 2005|
|Drake University Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Missouri, Columbia||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|Sullwold v. Heartland Hospital||$7.2 Million Jury Verdict for my clients|
|Stanley v. Beck||$7.5 Million Judgment|
|Doe v. Progressive Community Services et al.||$9 Million Jury Verdict|
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