Jim Griffin

Contact Info


Merry E. Morales

Practice Focus

Business & Commercial Litigation

Product Liability Litigation

Health Care Litigation


J.D., University of Virginia Law School, 1983

B.S Economics, cum laude, Kansas State University, 1980


Missouri Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America, in each of the following areas:

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants

Chambers USA, General Commercial Litigation (Band 1)

Best of the Bar, Benchmark Litigation, Kansas City Business Journal

Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, Missouri and Kansas

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

A versatile attorney, Jim Griffin has litigation experience on both the plaintiff and defense side, giving him a broad perspective and skill set. This versatility in a wide variety of industries including financial institutions, health care, agriculture, real estate and manufacturing, helps to provide insight and a unique evaluation approach to any case. 

He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has received the prestigious ranking as a “Band 1” trial lawyer by Chambers USA, and has been consistently recognized in Best Lawyers in America in several areas, including bet-the-company litigation. In 2013, Chambers USA aptly noted that clients prize Jim “for his determination to win cases as well as his excellent trial presence.”

“I am motivated by a desire to perform excellent work – to properly analyze complex cases, determine the best course of action and execute the strategy. Everything else follows from that.”

Jim has been the lead lawyer in more than 30 jury trials, many bench trials, and several multi-week arbitrations in Missouri, Kansas, and other states. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1983. He spent the first 30 years of his career with a local AmLaw 200 firm, Husch Blackwell LLP, where he served as its head of litigation and mentored young trial lawyers.


  • First chair trial lawyer in over 30 jury trials, two multi-week arbitrations and numerous bench trials.
  • Litigated a wide variety of complex contract and fraud claims in a wide variety of industries.
  • Successfully managed class actions involving real estate closing practices, retail fees charged customers, medical monitoring (asbestos), insurance claims practices, airline ticketing practices, natural gas measurement, municipal bond fraud, tax preparation software and others.
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The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.

1100 Walnut Street, Suite 1950
Kansas City, MO 64106
P: 816 / 268-9400  F: 816 / 268-9409