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Richard Watts Morefield

Personal injury Attorney at Overland Park, KS

5.0   19 reviews

also known as Rick Morefield

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  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 36 years
    Missouri - MO 37 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    35%
    My personal injury practice includes motor vehicle, trucking, motorcycle, brain injury, premises liability, municipal and political subdivision liability, restaurant liability and product liability cases.

    38 years

  2. Brain injury
    20%
    I have been regularly representing clients with traumatic brain injuries for roughly 24 years. I find the work extremely rewarding and interesting. Many of my clients had no idea that their memory, balance, light sensitivity, pain, and other problems were related to their head trauma. I try to make sure our clients are receiving appropriate medical care and treatment as we go through the litigation process.

    31 years

  3. Litigation
    20%
    My business litigation practice includes fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference and other business disputes.

    38 years

  4. Wrongful death
    20%
    No amount of money can make up for the death of a loved one. Even so, obtaining justice can help emotionally and financially. I have walked alongside my clients through these difficult situations.

    38 years

  5. Mediation
    5%
    I have represented clients in the mediation process for approximately 20 years. I have also obtained training to serve as a mediator and assist others in resolving their disputes. I am on the approved neutrals list for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. I am currently accepting work as a mediator in business litigation and personal injury litigation matters.

MY GOAL IS TO HELP YOU GET YOUR LIFE BACK WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN HARMED. CALL ME AT (855) 973-0127 EXT. 1.

For more than 30 years, Rick Morefield has handled lawsuits ranging from multi-million dollar business disputes to relatively simple auto accident cases.  He has helped individuals and businesses obtain justice in cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, breach of contract, fraud, breach of partnership agreement, defective products, motorcycle wrecks, auto wrecks, trucking wrecks, and premises liability (injuries on dangerous or poorly maintained property). His focus is on helping those who have been most seriously harmed by the wrongdoing of others.

Rick began his career at a large Kansas City area law firm and primarily represented the interests of large corporations and insurance companies in business litigation, insurance litigation and tort defense. He soon realized that his heart was with those who have been seriously injured. In 1993, he was one of the founders of a firm that represented primarily individuals and small businesses.  In 2014, he started the law firm of Morefield Speicher Bachman, LC along with Andrew Speicher and Stan Bachman. Morefield Speicher Bachman, LC focuses on helping individuals and business get justice when they have been wronged by the carelessness, negligence, or bad conduct of others.

What makes Morefield Speicher Bachman, LC unique is that the firm not only provides high-quality legal representation to individuals and businesses, but it also provides pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney.  The firm is committed to providing assistance through legal aid services and also provides free legal assistance in the areas of freedom of speech and religion. 

Because the pursuit of justice is so important to him, Rick also gives back through involvement with the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) where he is a past Chair of the 2000 member Litigation and Trial Practice Committee and serves as an editor of The Brief, the TIPS quarterly law magazine. He has also served as an instructor at the American Bar Association / American Board of Trial Advocates Trial Academy where he had the privilege of teaching trial skills to less experienced lawyers. Rick is a frequent instructor at continuing legal education seminars for other lawyers. He served for many years on the elder board of his local church, plays guitar in the worship band, and frequently teaches adult education classes.

Rick has received numerous recognitions from legal organizations. He has been recognized as a Missouri and Kansas SuperLawyer every year since 2005. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in personal injury   has received the Top 10 Attorney Award (Kansas) from the National Academy of Personal injury Attorneys and he is listed as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Kansas) by the National Trial Lawyers, and was selected by America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. 

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, fly-fishing, and trying to master Kansas City-style barbecue on his backyard smoker.

 

 
 
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Awards

Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
2020

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Morefield Speicher Bachman LC

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by Gail | December 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
review for my attorney
I would like to state that if you need a lawyer Rick Morefield is the way to go. He worked with my family in the loss of my daughter. He was so compassionate and understanding and such a very hard worker. Our case lasted over 7 years due to covid and he did not once give up on us even though he was not getting paid for all of the work that he was putting in for us. He came up with all kinds of strategies to win our case. Rick took time to explain legal terms with us and made us aware of what he was doing and how he planned to win our case. I was very impressed on how knowledgeable he was about the law. He was very easy to get in touch with and would call you back quickly, I would not hesitate to use him again if needed.
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Posted by Rhonda | November 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Rick Morefield is an excelllent Attorney
Rick Morefield was a phenomenal attorney and i would certainly recommend his expertise again and again. It was a long journey but he seen it through with a victory overall!! What i like the most, he was dedicated and devoted to our family as his clients. He kept us updated the entire 6 years and he is the best at what he does!! Thanks Rick Rhonda Guess
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Posted by sarah | October 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
#1 Attorney for sure
There is so much that I can say about Rick and his team but nothing would express my gratitude level towards them. Rick is so caring and intelligent. He puts everything he has towards helping get the best outcome for his clients. He doesnt look at what is best for him at all, he purely cares for his clients. He was with me from day one in the hospital, he kept in touch with me throughout the entire case and it was not a 30 day situation. It took me 2 years due to the level of my injuries and having to end my medical care so we could see just how much I could gain back after my car accident. He was there for me when I needed to cry, when I needed to yell and everything in between. He was my voice of reason and knowing that my cases are over now I am more heartbroken just knowing that I will not have that constant contact as I have grown so fond of him. I know we will keep in touch because he is such a caring person. Watching him work during mediation, come up with scenarios and charts to help explain things so that you get the best outcome was amazing to see, he is the smartest person I have ever met. If you are looking for a firm that actually cares about you and will do whats best for your family then he is your attorney. He is 1000% better than any review could ever say.
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Posted by Abreham | July 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer.
Richard Morefield successfully handled my wife's accident case. I am so grateful to all who worked on my wife's case. I recommend Richard Morefield. God bless you!!
Response from Richard Morefield August 15, 2022
Abrehem, It was a pleasure working with you and your wife. Thank you for the opportunity to help.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Above and beyond
I was searching high and low for help with a legal issue I was having and called Mr. Richard. He wasn’t able to help me himself, but he talked with me and spent time with me, in hopes I could create a plan to move me forward. Many of the attorneys I spoke with told me they would call me back and never did or sent me a letter telling me that, as we discussed, they couldn’t help me (which never happened). I guess my point is he was honest, authentic, and I left the phone call knowing there are human-beings in the world who care what happens to strangers.
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Posted by Cinda | August 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I have used Mr. Rick Morefield twice now and have to say I was very pleased. One case was a fatality accident where I lost my husband and the other case was regarding a Financial Company not investing my money correctly and in both cases I came out on top. I would highly recommend Rick and his firm.
Response from Richard Morefield August 31, 2021
Cinda, Thank you so much for the kind review. I'm grateful I could help.
Posted by Alexis | December 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional service + reliable attorney!
Working with this lawyer was a wonderful experience for our organization. We're a non-profit that was faced with an unexpected situation and Richard guided us through with ease. He was knowledgeable, quick to respond, and very professional. Our board was so pleased with the help we received from Morefield and his office. He exceeded our expectations and we would refer him to anyone needing a rock-solid, wise, and reliable attorney. Thank you for your help, Richard!!
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Response from Richard Morefield January 6, 2021
Thank you Alexis. It was a privilege to help your organization.
Posted by Jonathan | December 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and organized!
Rick and his whole team were always so helpful. They got things done faster than expected and always explained things well.
Response from Richard Morefield January 6, 2021
Thanks, Jonathan. I appreciate your kind review.
Posted by Adrienne | October 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Refer to a Friend
My personal experience was above my expectations. The professionalism and time spent with attention to detail made all of the difference with my case and outcome. Thank you for all your teams hard work.
Response from Richard Morefield January 6, 2021
Thank you Adrienne. I enjoyed working with you.
Posted by Yatziri | August 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
My first time having Rick as my attorney, I can highly recommend him. He is very helpful, efficient, knowledgeable, caring, truth-worthy, professional, and friendly. Always very detailed and making sure I understood the process and keeping me updated on my case. Very content with his work!
Response from Richard Morefield January 6, 2021
I am glad I could help you with your case. It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Katie | June 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience From Start to Finish!
With this being the second time using Rick as my attorney, I can confidently say that he and his team are wonderful to work with from start to finish. They were extremely professional and polite and answered every question and/or concern I had (and I had a lot) promptly, while putting in the time and effort to ensure that I understood the process step by step. Rick is trustworthy, honest and very knowledgeable which made me feel confident in his ability to resolve my case. He was able to get me an excellent outcome while also honoring my desire to avoid having to appear in trial. I can honestly say that I recommend Rick to every family member or friend that is looking for legal help and will continue to do so. Thank you, Rick!!
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Response from Richard Morefield June 25, 2020
Thank you Katie! It was a privilege to help you with you case.
Posted by Kyle | February 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
MSB is a fantastic choice if you are ever in need of their services. Rick Morefield and his team were absolutely fantastic to work with. Rick and Lindsay are very knowledgeable and took the time to teach me how the process worked, listened to my concerns and explained things in a way I could understand (often relating things to real world examples instead of talking in legalese). I highly recommend Rick and now know who to go to if I am ever in need again. Thank you Rick!
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Response from Richard Morefield February 8, 2020
Thank you so much, Kyle! We are grateful for the opportunity to help you.
Posted by Nicolette | July 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rick the Great
I am beyond impressed with the service I was offered by Rick Morefield! He is an excellent lawyer, has a charismatic personality, and has actually become someone that I can trust. That seems like a load for a lawyer but it's true! Thank you so much for being absolutely supportive during this stressful journey. There were many times that I wanted to drop the case but every time I would consult with you, my mind would be at ease knowing that I was taken care of. Here we are, a little over two years later, and we won the case! I am forever grateful.
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Response from Richard Morefield July 22, 2019
Nicolette, Thank you so much for the kind recommendation. I am grateful for the trust you placed in our firm. Rick Morefield
Posted by David | October 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrific attorney
I have dealt with many attorneys in my 67 years including estate, divorce and criminal lawyers, but in my civil case, Rick has been a lot more understanding and caring, he listens so attentively and can figure out solutions to the problems that comes up with doing a great job for us. he is a whizz at negotiating and settling in the best possible solution to his clients problem. His expertise in litigation and civil law was outstanding. He truly did us a great service in our time of need in a no win situation and without him we would have lost everything. We really recommend him, he goes the extra mile for his fee.
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Response from Richard Morefield October 29, 2018
Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm glad I could help.
Posted by Lesa Petri | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
2 years ago my husband was killed by a drunk driver and through MADD I found Morefield, Speicher, and Bauchman. Rick and his partners treated our case with the utmost urgency. The staff was always warm and personable. Rick was always accessible anytime of the day and he resolved our case beyond our expectations. We are very grateful for all Rick has done during this painful process.
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Response from Richard Morefield October 10, 2018
Thank you so much for the kind words. It has been a privilege to help you and your family work through this tragedy.
Posted by Audrey | March 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience working with Rick.
Rick was very helpful to me with my brain injury after a car accident. Being new to the litigation process, I was unsure of what to expect and a little anxious. Rick patiently listened to my concerns and clearly explained the process. He clearly set expectations, so when my case took a few years to settle, I was not surprised with the timeline. Rick and his staff were always patient with me, as I had short term memory loss and had to cover the same things repeatedly. Rick always worked in my best interest and explained his thought process along the way. I'm very happy with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend Rick and his staff.
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Posted by Katie | August 4, 2015
Excellent Experience
I suffered injuries in an accident. I can't thank Rick and his team enough for guiding me through getting compensated. Rick and his staff are friendly, patient and always answered my many questions during this process. I am so thankful that I chose him to represent me. I am extremely happy with the outcome and would highly recommend Rick Morefield to anyone needing legal representation.
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Posted by Bri | June 21, 2015
Trustworthy and Caring
Following a car accident where I sustained an injury, when I was not able to reach a fair outcome with the other driver's insurance company, I reached out for help. An old friend recommended that I contact Rick and I am so glad she did. I felt at ease with Rick from our very first phone call. He never pressured me, he always made sure I understood what was happening, and he wanted me to be actively involved in every aspect of the case. Rick helped all the scary stuff get just a little less scary with his approachable attitude, his sense of humor, and how obviously he cared about me and the outcome of my case. I will always be grateful for the work he did on my behalf. I definitely will recommend Rick to anyone and while I hope I never have the need to utilize his services again, I would do so in a heart beat.
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Posted by Magan | June 10, 2015
Excellent & Personable
I spent many years working closely with Rick on our case. He was respectful and always made me feel like he was diligently working to pursue my best interests. I've worked with a lot of attorneys in my line of work, but Rick was different. I say that because Rick ALWAYS took my calls when he was in the office. I even was able to speak to Rick when he was on vacation (which knowing him as well as I do now, I advise him to quit taking client calls while on vacation unless it's URGENT...which it was not). Rick makes sure to look at the case from all sides & listened closely to my input, which I felt was important, as I'm the one who noticed that there was a issue with the contract in the first place. Rick is kind and honest. Rick is a great trial attorney. He doesn't just jump into things, he bounces ideas of his lawyer friends/coworkers/colleagues before making a move, which means he isn't cocky. A good trait for a lawyer. I wish the case wouldn't have taken so long to settle, but that's how these things go. He was a great choice & I'd choose him a million more times.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-385 per hour
  • Contingency 35%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Morefield Speicher Bachman LC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Shareholder and Director
  • Bottaro, Morefield, Kubin & Yocum, P.C.
  • 1993 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Stinson Morrison Hecker
  • 1986 - 1993

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1986
  • Rice University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • Basic Mediation Training - 2012
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Newton v. Watts
  • Judgment of $6,018,659.56
  • Elias v. Boltz and Cline
  • Verdict of $2.487 million
  • Downey v. McKee, 218 S.W.3d 492 (Mo.Ct.App. 2007)
  • Verdict for plaintiff of $920,000.00.
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Associations

  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Editor, "The Brief"
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and American Board of Trial Advocates
  • National Trial Academy Faculty
  • 2018 - 2019
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Chair, Litigation and Trial Practice Committee
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Task Force on Full Court Funding
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Co-Chair, Task Force on Law Practice Management
  • 2009 - 2011
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Editor in Chief, "The Brief"
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2023
  • Superlawyer
  • Kansas and Missouri Superlawyers
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Kansas
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Kansas
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
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Publications

  • TortSource
  • Efficient and Ethical Management of Electronic Data
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • National Trial Academy
  • Trial Techniques
  • 2022
  • Heartland Paralegal Association Fall Conference
  • The Art of Communication: Getting the Information You Need
  • 2013
  • ABA Annual Meeting
  • "May it Please the Court" Written and Oral Advocacy
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Richard
Litigation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rick since the days of Law School. Since that time, Rick's integrity, depth of countless legal issues, combined with his foremost presence in the courtroom, essentially places him at the pinnacle of countless legal venues. Rick's personal and professional skills place him at the peak of virtually every level. In brief, Rick is a remarkable attorney, inside and out."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is a man of the highest integrity. Whether you are his client, opposing counsel or wearing the black robe as judge, his word is his bond. A zealous advocate, Rick will leave no stone unturned to advance your interests legally and ethically. It is my pleasure to enthusiastically endorse Rick Morefield without reservation to anyone needing an excellent, experienced trial attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick knows his way around the law. Give him a call if you need personal injury help on both sides of the state line."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Morefield is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For over 25 years, Attorney Morefield has been the go to guy for personal injury matters in Kansas and Missouri. I highly recommend him for his professionalism and abilities in his field. A true expert."
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