James D. Boggs

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Kansas City, Missouri
Upon graduation from Mizzou which he attended on a physics scholarship, Jim Boggs sought admission to the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School, as it was one of the very few law schools in the geographical vicinity that had a night law school program.  Upon admission to that law school, he succeeded.  His grades earned him the ability to become a member of the UMKC Law Review and to become the business editor of that publication.

Upon his graduation from law school, he began practicing law in the county in which he had lived from age three, as an associate in the Witt & Shafer Law Firm.  He quickly gained trial experience as both a retained and an appointed attorney.  In fact, he defended three people accused of murder in the first three years of his practice.

Jim would tell you that he was born to be a trial attorney and there is nothing in life more pleasurable to him than standing in a courtroom and trying a case.  He has represented persons accused of murder in the United States Supreme Court, and has represented numerous injured persons whose lives have been shattered by the negligence of others, and has represented numerous clients going through the family collapse of a divorce.  He has represented numerous judges and lawyers in the Kansas City area when their lives are impacted by crisis.

He has been honored by his profession in many ways.  He has been a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys since 1982, and that body of trial lawyers from across Missouri elected him to their executive committee for thirteen years, and to their presidency for the year 2002-2003.  The Missouri Bar Association has seen Jim serve on their Board of Governors, which is the body that oversees all of the attorneys in the state of Missouri.   The Missouri Supreme Court has appointed him to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee.  The purpose of that committee is to ensure that litigation in the state of Missouri is proceeding with fairness to both Plaintiff and Defendant and at the least cost possible.  Jim has served on that committee for two decades.
The Kansas City Missouri Bar Association awarded to Jim the Cordial Counselor Award.  While clients might be cautious about retaining any attorney that is referred to as “cordial” the purpose of the award is to honor an attorney in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area who has the ability to disagree without being disagreeable.  In other words, the award is awarded to attorneys who are striving to find solutions in litigation rather than continuing to find problems.  Jim also received the President’s Award from the Missouri Bar Association for his dedication to the profession, which primarily entailed being a lecturer at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys wishing to be trial lawyers or wishing to be better trial attorneys.  This culminated in Jim’s involvement, at the request of the Missouri Bar, as a lecturer at the Missouri Bar Trial Advocacy College and its implementation as one of its two founders.  Jim has also been honored by the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys with its Outstanding Service Award for his service on its Executive Committee and serving as President.

In addition to his time serving his profession, he has also provided pro bono, or free, legal services to the community with a very special emphasis on victims of abuse.
If there is any adage that would describe Jim’s approach to the practice of law, it would be this:  Win.  Winning means being better and working harder than your opponent.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Family Law
  • 25% Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1975


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D.


  • Lecture at the Missouri Bar Trial Advocacy Institute, Missouri Bar

Honors and Awards

  • KCMBA for Professional Gallantry, 2007
  • Missouri Bar President's Award for Service to the Profession, 2002
  • President of Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, 2002-2003