Kenneth B. McClain, II

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Independence, MO

Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, PC
 | 221 West Lexington Avenue, Suite 400
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-836-5050
Fax: 816-836-8966
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Kenneth B. McClain has had many high-profile cases during his career, including multimillion-dollar settlements for clients suffering from popcorn lung disease as the result of exposure to diacetyl vapors from microwave popcorn.

    As a partner in the firm Humphrey, Farrington & McClain P.C., Mr. McClain focuses on personal injury, asbestos and toxic tort. Serving clients nationwide, Mr. McClain also represents clients locally in the Kansas City metro area, including the cities of Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas), Independence, Liberty, Lexington, Blue Springs, Gladstone, Raymore, Raytown, Belton, Harrisonville and the counties of Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray.

    Mr. McClain graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Bar Library, YMCA, Metro K.C. East Region and Child Placement Services.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%General Litigation
    • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts
    • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020

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    About Kenneth McClain, II

    Admitted: 1982, Missouri

    Professional Webpage:


    • Community Service Award Distinguishing Service Award, Independence Chamber of Commerce, 1999
    • Hometown Hero's Award – Revitalizing Independence Square, Jackson County Historical Society, 2003
    • Distinguished Service Award, Graceland University Alumni Board of Directors, 2004
    • Lawyer of the Year, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2005
    • Community Service Award Distinguished Service Award, Independence Chamber of Commerce, 2006
    • Citizen of the Year, Truman Heartland Foundation, 2007
    • Cultural Arts Coalition of Eastern Jackson County, Outstanding Cultural Development in Independence, Missouri, 2009 
    • The Pitch's Best Developer for work on reviving Independence Square, The Pitch, 2010
    • Founder's Award, Salvation Army, 2012
    • Lung Advocate Award, American Lung Association, 2012
    • Power 100, Kansas City Business Journal, 2014, 2015 and 2016
    • Distinguished Non-Alumnus Award, University of Missouri School of Law, 2016
    • Martindale/Hubbell Rating: AV
    • "Best Lawyers in Kansas City", Ingram's
    • "Best Lawyers in America", U.S. News and World Report
    • "Best of the Bar", Kansas City Business Journal
    • Missouri Lawyer of the Year, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2005
    • Top Plaintiff Verdict, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2010 and 2013

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Member Bar of Newfoundland and Labadour, Manitoba,and Ontario.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Missouri, 1982
    • Supreme Court of the United States of America
    • Supreme Court of Missouri
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
    • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
    • U.S. Federal Courts, 1982

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member Board of Trustees, The State Historical Society of Missouri
    • Board of Directors Member, Truman Library Institute
    • Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Apportionment of Damages in Fair Representation Suits University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 5, 1982
    • "Cost Recovery Litigation: Abatement of Asbestos Contamination," Am. Jur. Trials, V. 40:317
    • Author: "A Proposal for Apportioning Damages in Fair Representation Suits", Mich. J. of L. Ref., V. 14, N. 3, p 497, 1981
    • Editor, Journal of Law Reform, 1981-82

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • $14.25 million, The National Law Journal, 1991
    • $19.7 million, The National Law Journal, 1993
    • $90 million, The National Law Journal, 2000
    • $15 million, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2002
    • $20 million, Missouri Lawyers Weekly Top 100 Verdicts, 2004
    • $22 million, Missouri Lawyers Weekly Top 100 Verdicts, 2005
    • $15 million; $15 million (2) – Missouri Lawyers Weekly Top 100 Verdicts Top 100 Verdicts, 2005
    • $15 million, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2008
    • $7.9 million, Verdict Search, 2009
    • $30.4 million, Missouri Lawyers Weekly & Verdict Search, 2010
    • $32.25 million, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2010
    • $28 million, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2013
    • $20.6 million, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
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    Office Location for Kenneth B. McClain, II

    221 West Lexington Avenue
    Suite 400
    Independence, MO 64050

    Phone: 816-836-5050

    Fax: 816-836-8966

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