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David Wilson Fairbanks

Divorce and separation Attorney at Overland Park, KS

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 11 years
    Kansas - KS 11 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    45%
    90% of my entire practice focuses on Family Law related issues, including Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Grandparent Visitation. Half of my family law cases consist of current Divorce actions and the other half involve Post-Decree issues.

  2. Family
    45%
    90% of my entire practice focuses on Family Law related issues, including Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Grandparent Visitation. Half of my family law cases consist of current Divorce actions and the other half involve Post-Decree issues.

  3. Estate planning
    10%
    The fastest growing area of my practice consists of Probate and Estate Planning cases. I handle Wills, Trusts, Conservatorships, Guardianships and a wide range of probate-related issues for my clients.

I handle family law, probate and estate matters in Kansas and Missouri. My primary practice area is divorce. I am a trial attorney with an emphasis on crafting a resolution outside of the courtroom before putting the decision in the hands of a judge. But when push comes to shove I provide my clients with a competitive edge at trial. I have been selected  as a Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021; National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 Attorney Award – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022; National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 – 2015, 2016. I donate my time by serving as a member of the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas. 

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Location

Fairbanks DeMarco, LLC
11020 King St.
Suite 100
Overland Park, KS, 66210

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Posted by Amy | March 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best possible experience
I hired David Fairbanks to represent me in an ongoing, ugly grandparents visitation civil case in which I was the respondent. I had already been represented (poorly), and then also completely “ghosted” by the first lawyer I had hired for this same case a year before. She had done a sad, cliche thing that makes people not trust lawyers in general - took my money, solved nothing, then just randomly disappeared and refused to respond to countless calls, emails, etc. Needless to say, I felt completely drained, frustrated and not at all optimistic, but I knew I still had to do something. So I took a recommendation and put the tiniest sliver of trust I had left in David. I also have lived out of state for over a year so he had the extra daunting tasks of having to jump in way late to the case, and to conduct everything from an entirely different state and time zone. He really didn’t miss a beat though. I was initially just pleasantly surprised that he was able to sift through what seemed like piles of garbage baggage from the previous messes and poor handling by both my own vanished counsel as well as the petitioner’s counsels’s insane tactics. David remained cool, calm and collected, as he navigated that nonsense, carried my case through many motions, another lengthy mediation session AND even all the way through an actual trial with a judge, which I understand is not terribly common with these types of cases as most people are much more reasonable than my nightmare of a family member. The trial was overwhelming for me as I just wanted this to leave me alone already, and I was just doing my best to protect the best interests for my young child (I’m a single mother, with no support and this whole miserable experience could easily have shattered me completely if I hadn’t had the great fortune to find David as it was coming to a complete boiling over time). I greatly appreciated the time he took to get a true sense of me, my personal history and the case overall. He gave me a lot of confidence because I “knew” I had been doing the right thing, but the insane amount of emotional abuse had begun to wear me down and I really was beginning to doubt anyone would EVER hear me, much less understand and actually advocate for me and my child. I was, thankfully, wrong - David did all of that and more - he completely took over and handled all the heavy lifting. I felt comfortable speaking with him openly, and I could relate to his demeanor easily as he was professional yet kept it clear, realistic and down to earth. He even made me laugh a few times which I thought was impossible by that point! MOST importantly, however, he WON the case at trial - completely slayed really - it looked as though he could have run circles around the other attorney, and the judge ruled completely in my favor, as well as ordered attorney fees paid/reimbursed to me in full by the petitioner. I would recommend him to anyone, without hesitation. If you find yourself or any loved one in a situation and need an honest, respectful, and truly superior family law attorney, this is who you hire. Thank you, thank you David (and Dottie who is his office manager, and is a gem of a human as well!!)
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
So helpful in my divorce
I highly recommend using David if you find yourself needing a divorce lawyer. He was so patient with me and even consulted with me for free while I was deciding to even file or not. Once I did file, he was responsive and compassionate to answer all of my questions and concerns. I knew he was trustworthy and would fight for me and my sons. My situation was complex and he crafted a creative solution that helped me get what I needed and deserved. I cannot thank him enough. I've sent several friends to him as well.
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Posted by Eric | May 24, 2019
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Trusted Advisor
David Fairbanks assisted my wife and I with our estate planning. As parents of young children, we were uncertain about what to do and nervous about securing our future, as well as our children’s future, in the event something were to happen. Mr. Fairbanks was wonderful throughout the entire process- he was professional, thorough and took the time to discuss all our questions. He not only took care of everything at present, he gave us advice for adding/updating our plan as certain life events take place. We are incredibly pleased with Mr. Fairbanks’s services and highly recommend him every chance we get.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Custody Case
I have worked with several lawyers in the past and always felt very uncomfortable when meeting with them. Mr. Fairbanks is very down to earth and always made me feel at ease around him. He was very detailed in all his work and assured me anytime I felt uneasy about upcoming events in my case. Custody disputes/cases can be very stressful. The thought of losing time with your child that you love more than anything in the world can cause worry and stress. Mr. Fairbanks went over everything with me and what could possibly play out and made sure I was very aware of what could or could not happen next. We had some strange circumstances that arose days before our trial and he even took the time to call me on a weekend to go over the situation. He had spent time to make phone calls to people to help find answers to remedy "the situation". He was very confident in what the outcome of our case would be and worked very hard to make sure that outcome happened. I was originally referred to Mr. Fairbanks from a friend who had used him and she highly recommended him. I was not disappointed! I had 6 witnesses that were a part of my case and they all talked about what a good experience it was and how he seemed very personable and was easy to talk to. I have probably rattled but it's hard to sum up and put into words how amazing Mr. Fairbanks was. I went into the case despite knowing what a great dad I was still worried about losing time with my son. No custody case is ever a great experience but he was ahead of the opposition at every moment and when curve balls were tossed he knocked them out of the park. I walked away with getting my son close to 87% of the time! I was totally blessed to have Mr. Fairbanks representing me and have referred him to many others. Thank You for everything you did for my son and I
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Posted by Aaron | May 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Fairbanks did an excellent job with my estate planning. He was very knowledgeable on the subject, explained things in great detail, and I would highly recommend him. I've sent friends for family law, childcare worksheets, etc. and they've been very pleased. He doesn't simply tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. A true fiduciary.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney! Very professional, strong in the courtroom, and willing to fight for his clients rights.
David represented me through a difficult divorce and child custody battle that lasted almost two years. I faced an uphill battle from the beginning because of many repeated false allegations against me. I always wanted equal rights as a parent and David helped me get this. David was always quick to respond to any questions I had about case related issues. He is very accessable to his clients. During divorce, things can get very drawn out and there are times when things can become very stressful. David is very good about focusing on the things that are most important and he is able to provide peace of mind and reassurance throughout the process. He worked with the GAL and opposing counsel to ultimately find a middle ground that worked well for our family. He saved us a great amount financially by using negotiating strategies to ultimately get me the things I felt were most important. With David's help, I now have frequent time with my daughter and have equal say in decisions regarding our child. I appreciate all David did to assist me and my family during a difficult time.
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Posted by John | January 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce and family matters
David is a very knowledgeable Attorney in Family Law. He is a very straight forward and caring person. While with David I felt like my situation was personnel to him. He always gave me the best advise and was always able to weigh risk vs benefits. I have recommended him to family and friends. When he was dealing with my family member the best possible solution was made for a very difficult situation. Without his help, my family member would not have any time with his child. If you are looking for someone to stand up for you, hire David!
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Posted by Shane | December 5, 2014
Misdemeanor Expungement
Excellent experience. David was thorough, honest, answered questions quickly, and set realistic expectations for my case. Exactly what he believed would happen happened. He never guaranteed it, but always based his answers upon his experience. I could not have asked for a better experience dealing with a bad experience. Thank you, David for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2014
Very professional and helpful. Great Lawyer.
David was as professional and helpful as anyone could ask for. He was very clear and concise as to what the charges against me entailed, and the result of the case was the best case scenario for me. He was always prompt to inform me of any updates concerning my case, responsive to any and all questions I posed, and he made me feel very comfortable and confident letting him handle my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for excellent legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2014
Outstanding
David was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and responsive in communication. I was very satisfied with the handling of my case (dismissed) , and would recommend David to anyone who is looking for great counsel at a very reasonable price. 5 stars from me
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fairbanks DeMarco, LLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Norton Hare, LLC
  • 2012 - 2022
  • Law Clerk
  • Beam Ward, Kruse, Wilson, Wright & Fletes, LLC
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Johnson County District Court, Division 6
  • 2010 - 2010
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Education

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Kansas State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Associations

  • Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Ellison Moot Court Competition - Top Oralist
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • 2011
  • National Moot Court Team
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • 2011
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Overland Park Divorce and separation Lawyer David Wilson Fairbanks
David Wilson Fairbanks
Divorce and separation Attorney
Overland Park, KS
Licensed for 11 years