Richard W. Morefield

Richard W. Morefield

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Overland Park, KS

Morefield Speicher Bachman, LC
 | 11814 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66221
Phone: 913-839-2808
Fax: 913-839-2807
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

As one of the founding members of Morefield Speicher Bachman, LC, Richard W. Morefield is dedicated to representing clients in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well as throughout Kansas and Missouri. He focuses his practice on business litigation, wrongful death, and personal injury, handling cases that include the following issues: brain injuries; car, truck and motorcycle accidents; dangerous or defective products; and a wide variety of business disputes.

In 1983, Mr. Morefield graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and legal studies. He earned a full merit-based scholarship to The University of Kansas School of Law and graduated in 1986. While in law school, he was a member of the school's national moot court team. Later, Mr. Morefield pursued additional training in mediation through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is on the list of approved mediators for the United States District Court for the Western District of  Missouri.

Litigating on behalf of someone who has been injured requires strong legal skills as well as compassion, and Mr. Morefield gives both of these to his clients. Following law school, he gained valuable experience representing insurance companies and large corporations allowing him to bring a unique perspective to the plaintiff cases he now handles. Through his commitment to pursuing justice he has obtained many settlements and verdicts for his clients, including a nearly $2.5 million award in a wrongful death suit that is one of the area's largest verdicts.

Mr. Morefield's successes have earned him the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2013, The National Trial Lawyers inducted him into its distinguished invitation-only Top 100 Trial Lawyers organization, which limits membership to a select number of attorneys from each state. In 2014, he was named one of the “Top 100 Litigation Lawyers” in the State of Kansas by the American Society of Legal Advocates. In 2015, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys named him one of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in the State of Kansas.

In an effort to share his experience with others, Mr. Morefield has spoken to his peers on many occasions and has given lectures on tort law, trial techniques, trial advocacy and appellate advocacy. In 2019, he will serve on the faculty for the TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy in Reno, Nevada. He will be training less experienced lawyers in how to succeed in the courtroom. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and Kansas state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Throughout his career, Mr. Morefield has provided leadership in several organizations, including the Lawyers Association of Kansas City, where he served as president, and the American Bar Association where he has served in a variety of leadership roles.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

About Richard Morefield

Admitted: 1986, Kansas

Professional Webpage: https://www.msblawkc.com/team/richard-morefield/

Honors/Awards:

  • To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration.  Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state. , Selection to America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2019
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • One of the Top 10 verdicts in the Kansas City area - a verdict of $2.487 million in a wrongful death case
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, One of the "Top 100 Litigation Lawyers" in the State of Kansas, 2014
  • AV by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys - Kansas, 2015, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Member, School's National Moot Court Team, University of Kansas, 1986
  • Awarded a Full Scholarship to law school, University of Kansas, 1986

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • Co-chaired the Law Practice Management Task Force
  • ABA/TIPS Adviser to Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Unsworn Declarations
  • ABA representative for the Missouri Bar YLS
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  •  “Video: Career Choice Series: Trial Lawyers: Working Both Sides of the “v.”, 2017
  • Chair, Litigation and Trial Practice Committee, American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Kansas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • President, Lawyers Association of Kansas City-YLS
  • Co-Chair of ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Taskforce on Fair Court Funding., 2014
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • ABA/TIPS Section Conference, Los Angeles, California:  Hey That Tweet Helps My Case: Presenting Social Media, Electronic and Demonstrative Evidence at Trial, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Missouri
  • Former Officer - American Bar Association-YLD
  • Editor, "The Brief", quarterly law magazine published by ABA/TIPS, 2019
  • President, Lawyers Association of Kansas City, 2004 - 2005
  • A Five Star Review: Navigating the Pros and Cons of Crowdsourced Media for Your Clients and Firm, sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Law and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association., 2017
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • ABA/TIPS and ABOTA National Trial Academy Faculty, National Judicial College, Reno, NV. , 2019
  • Council Member, ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section 2007-2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Allied Attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Elder on the Session for Covenant Chapel Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Editor-in-chief of the quarterly law magazine The Brief 2006-2008
  • Lecture, Missouri Tort Law, Trial Techniques, Kansas Workers' Compensation Law, and the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto on Oral and Written Advocacy in Trial and on Appeal, 2011
  • Speaker, Louisiana Association for Justice's Master's of Trial Seminar on the topic "The Art of Advocacy: Lessons from Preachers"
  • This panel of in-house insurance counsel and senior outside trial counsel provided attendees with client management and practice insights designed to help them obtain, retain and grow their insurance defense practice. The panel also shared insights on the types of activities that will make outside counsel an indispensable partner to the in-house counsel in the successful defense of their matters., So you Want to Enhance Your Insurance Defense Practice? Tips for Becoming a Valuable Partner to In-House Counsel, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2015

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Settlement > $1,000,000.00 wrongful death dram shop case, 2018
  • Settlement >$1,000,000.00 wrongful death in auto collision, 2017
  • Settlement of $650,000.00 collision of auto with client on motorcycle, 2016
  • Settlement of $200,000.00 in underinsured motorist claim, 2016
  • Cinda Elias v. Harold Boltz and Daniel Cline, M.D., In the Circuit Court of Clay County, Missouri, Case No. CV105-007692CC.  Rick Morefield was lead counsel in this wrongful death case and medical malpractice case.  Cinda Elias and her husband were riding their motorcycle when they were struck from behind by defendant Boltz.  Defendant Boltz had a seizure while driving his SUV. Ms. Elias's husband was killed in the collision and Ms. Elias suffered serious personal injuries. Defendant Boltz was a patient of defendant Cline, who was treating Mr. Boltz for a seizure disorder.  The jury rendered a verdict for Ms. Elias against defendant Boltz for $2.4 million. This was one of the top 10 jury verdicts in the Kansas City area for 2010 according to Ingram's magazine., 2010
  • Downey v. McKee, 218 S.W.3d 492, Mo.App. W.D., January 23, 2007 (Jury verdict of $925,000.00 in favor of client for breach of oral partnership agreement and interference with contract).  Rick Morefield was lead counsel for Mark Downey in his lawsuit regarding defendant's breach of an oral partnership agreement.  After Mr. Downey worked for over a year in the partnership to build a golf course, the defendant ejected Mr. Downey from the partnership without compensation.  

Educational Background:

  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • Rice University, B.A. in Economics and Legal Studies, 1983

Industry Groups

  • Food Service
  • Municipal Corporations And Municipalities
  • Other
  • Trucking
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Office Location for Richard W. Morefield

11814 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66221

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Last Updated: 7/1/2019

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