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James Frickleton

James Frickleton


Clients look to Jim Frickleton as an attorney who is able to understand both sides of the courtroom and how they work. “It’s important to put together a resolution that works for everyone – a battle isn’t won when the other side loses completely, “ said Frickleton. “I find ways to lead the opposition toward solutions that are beneficial to my clients without burning bridges, but knowing that if a case must be tried, we will do anything within the bounds of the law to win.” That same creativity and determination have made Frickleton an expert in cases that require complex civil litigation. “I love learning about new cases.”

Frickleton uses his legal knowledge to serve outside of the courtroom. He has written and lectured to professional groups on the state and national levels and been the president of both the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and the association’s foundation (KCMBF). Frickleton has also worked as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the UMKC Law School and been President of the law school’s Foundation. He is a long-serving member on the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions.

Jim and his wife, Julie, live in Leawood, Kansas. He has three children – two sons, Patrick and Sam, and a daughter, Kelly.


1983 – University of Missouri, Kansas City, J.D.
1980 – Southwest Missouri State University, B.A.


Missouri Supreme Court
State of Kansas – All Jurisdictions
State of Missouri – All Jurisdictions
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Federal District Court - Kansas
United States Federal District Court – Western District of Missouri  

American Association for Justice
American College of Trial Lawyers
International Society of Barristers
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
American Board of Trial Advocates – Western Missouri Chapter, Past President
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Past President
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Past President
University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Foundation, Past President
Martindale-Hubbell, 25+ years AV Preeminent Rating  

Advocates for Children’s Mercy Hospital, Board Member
ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter, Board Member
Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Board Member


Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award, 1995
Best Lawyers in America
Best of the Bar, 2004-present
Super Lawyers, 2005-present