Michelle R. Stewart

Michelle R. Stewart

Member - Overland Park Office

913.661.2904Fax: 913.345.4832

Ms. Stewart is a leader in the litigation practice group and is the Member in charge of the firm’s Kansas City office. She has been in practice since 1999 and focuses her practice on litigation in employment, construction and legal malpractice/professional negligence matters. She has significant trial experience in state and federal courts in both Kansas and Missouri. In addition, she acts as employment counsel for multiple businesses and governmental entities, advising them on matters ranging from compliance with federal and state employment statutes to creation of personnel handbooks.

Michelle also argues cases in front of both the Kansas and Missouri Courts of Appeal. In 2003, she was named one of the up and coming lawyers in Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Michelle was included in the elite group of Kansas and Missouri Rising Stars in employment litigation in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and has been named a Super Lawyer consistently since 2012. In 2010, Michelle received the David A. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in appellate practice. Beginning in 2011 through the present, Michelle was named one of the Best Lawyers in Kansas City by Ingram’s Magazine.

Michelle is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and serves on the Membership Committee as State Liaison for Kansas. Membership in FDCC is limited to 1400 members world-wide and candidates go through a selective nominating process. She is also an Associate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership in ABOTA is by invitation only and achieving the rank of Associate requires twenty (20) jury trials as lead counsel. Michelle is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel Of America.  The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.


  • Washburn University, J.D., 1999
    - Dean’s Honors
    - Order of Barristers
    - Moot Court Council
  • Kansas State University, B.A., History, 1996




  • Kansas State Bar
  • Missouri State Bar
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • American Bar Association
  • Litigation Section
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Member
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Employment Law Steering Committee - The E Communications Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • 2010 Recipient of the David A. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star 2008, 2009 and 2011
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2013 - Present
  • Best Lawyers 2013 - Present (Civil Rights Law)
  • Best Lawyers in Kansas City 2011 - Present
  • David A. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award 2010
  • Glaser ex. rel. Glaser v. Emporia Unified School District No. 253, 271 Kan. 178; 21 P.3d 573 (2001).
  • John a Brough, et. al. v. Ort Tool and Die Corporation, Et. al., 149 S.W.3d 493 (Mo. App. W.D. 2004).
  • Burgett v. Hoyt, 174 S.W.3d 555 (Mo.App. W.D. 2005).
  • Dunn v. First Nat. Bank of Olathe, 111 P.3d 1076 (Kan.App 2005).
  • Clay County, Missouri
  • The City of Liberty, Missouri
  • West Bend Insurance Company
  • MDCFC Operations, Inc.
  • Hanover Insurance Company
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • General Star Insurance Company
  • United Fire & Casualty Insurance Company
  • Girard National Bank