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Michael S. Kilgore

Michael S. Kilgore

Independence, Missouri
888-353-0491 (Toll Free)

Michael Kilgore obtained his law degree from the UMKC School of Law in 1995 and went to work as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office. As a prosecutor, Michael gained invaluable experience in Jackson County courtrooms fighting for the rights of victims. Beginning in 2000, Michael served for one year as special prosecutor for the Missouri Attorney General's Office fighting for victims' rights in courtrooms throughout the State of Missouri.

In 2001, Michael entered private practice using his experience in the courtroom to represent people injured by the careless acts of others. Since 2001, Michael has worked as a civil trial attorney representing the interests of people who have been injured. He builds strong relationships with his clients based on respect and trust.

Michael is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas, and is admitted to practice in United States District Courts in Missouri and Kansas. He has contributed to numerous updates on the law for the Missouri Bar Association and lectured on a variety of topics involving trial practice. Michael served as the chair of the Missouri Ethics Commission responsible for enforcement of campaign finance laws in Missouri. In addition to his trial practice, Michael frequently consults with political candidates on campaign finance compliance.

Michael has served as the President of the Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers Association. Since 2010, Michael has been selected as a Top Attorney in Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2011, Michael was selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers.

Michael joined the firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain in 2012, bringing with him seventeen years of litigation experience. Michael is a member of the Kansas City Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers, and the American Association for Justice.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury-Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death-Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents-Plaintiff
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Election Campaign & Political Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Class Actions-Plaintiff
  • Consumer Protection

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1995
  • Kansas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1995


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D.
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers-National Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • Super Lawyers-Personal Injury-Top Attorney in Missouri & Kansas, 2010 - 2012
  • Warrant Officer of the year-Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, 2002 - Present
  • Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2012 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Assistant Prosecutor, 1995 - 2000
  • Missouri Attorney General's Office, Assistant Attorney General, 2000 - 2001
  • The Healy Law Firm, Associate, 2001 - 2002
  • Dollar, Burns & Becker, L.C., Partner, 2002 - 2012

Ancillary Businesses

  • Campaign Finance Compliance


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