Attorney

Personal Background

Born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, Kevin Wichman is a lifelong resident of Johnson County, Kansas. He is a native son who cares deeply about the quality of life and the rights of residents throughout the region.  His life experiences shaped his dedicated mission to fight for protection and remedies on behalf of individuals in the justice system.

He is a passionate advocate of helping people through the pains of personal injuries and wrongful deaths, and assisting those accused of crimes and violations of the law in court to ensure justice is appropriately served with respect to their legal rights.

From his youth, Kevin was drawn to civic engagement. He was heavily involved in local schools, sports teams, community programs and small business jobs that helped shape his principled worldview today.

Kevin attended neighborhood schools in the Shawnee Mission School District, including Highlands Elementary in Fairway and Indian Hills Middle School in Prairie Village, and finished at St. Agnes in Roeland Park. As one of five children, he observed small business successes and challenges firsthand through his family’s floor coverings firm, which has been in continuous operation in Kansas for over 30 years. He also learned early on the value of fair leases and objective dispute resolutions when he spent time assisting with his mother’s real estate leasing and property management business, which included a portfolio of thirty apartments and duplexes.

Kevin graduated from Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kansas and received a B.S. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He was a member of the state soccer team for Kansas, as part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP), which feeds the national team. At Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, KS, Kevin lettered in soccer, and was on the state championship team for Kansas soccer in Division 1A-5A and the high school conference champion for the Eastern Kansas League.

While in college Kevin played on the K-State University Soccer Club in Manhattan, KS.  During law school in Michigan, Kevin also coached the Club Team of 50 players.

Kevin’s interests stretched beyond academics and sports. He was a front man for a rock band while at Bishop Miege, and a DJ/producer for K-State’s radio station, KSDB FM 91.9 for two years.  The challenges of the music business gave him another perspective on fair (and not-so-fair) business practices for creative artists.

Kevin joined the Chi Deuteron chapter of Phi Gamma Delta / FIJI Fraternity at K-State; He is a member of Kansas City’s  Phi Gamma Delta / FIJI Alumni Group.

A member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, Kansas, Kevin remains very active with related church groups in the region.

Legal Background

Kevin received his law degree from Ave Maria Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2008. During law school, he served as a legal research assistant for Professor Vanessa Rollins, supported a series of cases dealing with breach of contracts and intellectual property (copyright, trademark, and patent) disputes.  He successfully passed the bar in Kansas and Missouri, and has been working in the legal industry for ten years.  Kevin worked as a trial lawyer in association with the Williamson Law Firm, LLC in Kansas City, Missouri in 2011 and 2012 and successfully litigated dozens of cases for them, including the well known Power and Light race discrimination case.

Legal Recognition

Kevin is nationally recognized as one of the most promising young trial lawyers in Kansas and Missouri. He was the recipient for the American Association for Justice (AAJ)’s New Lawyer Division Excellence Award for 2012-2013.  He now serves as one of two young lawyers directly involved in the AAJ, having been appointed to the New Lawyers Division Board of Governors for the state of Kansas.  He is actively involved in the Special Projects Committee, the Public Service Committee, and the Board of Governors Committee,  which selects the Board of Governors from each state.  In these roles he has a broad perspective on national and state trends in personal injury and plaintiff’s legal representation.

Kevin was chosen to complete the selective Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy in 2012-2013. This nine-month course is sponsored by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and taught by senior federal and state judges.  Kevin won his case during the high-profile final mock trial competition and won accolades from judges and attorneys alike for his adept jury trial skills and natural ability in the courtroom.

Kevin opened his solo litigation practice in early 2010. He returned to focus solely on his own practice full-time in 2012. He represents clients and appears regularly in court in front of federal, county, and city judges at the Johnson County Courthouse, Wyandotte County Courthouse, Jackson County Courthouse, Platte County Courthouse, and Clay County Courthouse, and the United States District Courts for Kansas and the Western District of Missouri.  He has successfully handled hundreds of cases in property, business, torts (personal injury), criminal and traffic law, and family and child custody matters.

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • American Association for Justice, New Lawyer Div., Board of Governor, 2013
  • KCMBA, Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy Class of 2013, March 2010 – current
  • Kansas Bar Association, Mock Trial Competitions, Judge, 2011 – current
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, former member
  • Kansas Association for Justice, former member

Awards

  • Super Lawyers  Rising Star Super Lawyer for Kansas and Missouri 2016
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2015, 2016
  • National League of Renowned Attorneys  Top 1% Criminal Attorneys 2016
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction 2016
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 2015
  • American Society of Legal Advocates  Top 40 Under 40 Litigators  2015
  • Avvo Lawyer Rating “Superb” 10.0/10.0 Top Attorney 2014, 2015
  • American Association for Justice, NLD Excellence Award 2012-2013
  • The Missouri Bar, Pro Bono Wall of Fame for 2012, 2013, 2014

Community Service

  • North Kansas City Legal Clinic, Director, 2011 – current
  • Turner High School, Kansas City, KS – Head Varsity Soccer Coach, 2014- 2015
  • Jackson County, Missouri,  Guardian ad-litem  2014 – current
  • WDAF-TV Fox 4 News, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), ‘Ask-the-Lawyer’ Volunteer  2012-current
  • Volunteer Judge, Mock Trial Competitions, Kansas and Missouri. 2011-current

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri – Admitted April 2011
  • State of Kansas – Admitted April 2010

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10 Best Award CLA 2016

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