Michael C. McIntosh

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Independence, MO

Schaffer, McIntosh & Effertz
14701 East 42nd Street
Independence, MO 64055
Phone: 816-373-5590
Fax: 816-373-2112
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005, 2008 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas: Family Law (40%), Criminal Defense (40%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Attorney Profile

Dividing his practice between family law and criminal defense matters, Michael C. McIntosh is an attorney at Schaffer, McIntosh & Effertz P.C. From the firm's offices in Independence, Missouri, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Mr. McIntosh has been admitted to practice before all Missouri state courts since 1979.

In his family law practice, Mr. McIntosh provides advice and counsel to people whose marriages are ending and are accordingly having to deal with property division, child custody and visitation, and spousal and child support. He often helps them come to an accord on these matters by playing a role in negotiations, but he is a forceful courtroom advocate on their behalf when litigation proves to be necessary. Mr. McIntosh also assists clients whose marriages have already been dissolved and who are now seeking to have existing parenting and support court orders modified or enforced.

Mr. McIntosh represents other clients who have been accused by the state with the commission of misdemeanor or felony offenses. A significant portion of his cases in this regard have involved driving under the influence of alcohol, but he has broad experience in defending against other charges as well. Mr. McIntosh has been able to obtain positive results through dismissals, acquittals and the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution. His successful track record in both of his practice areas has earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mr. McIntosh is a member of several other professional groups, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Family Law
  • 40%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005, 2008 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About Michael C. McIntosh

Admitted: 1979, Missouri


  • 1993-Present, The Best Lawyers in America
  • Past President, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers- Missouri Chapter

Bar/Professional Activity

  • 1993-Present, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • National Colleges for DUI Defense
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
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Office Location for Michael C. McIntosh

14701 East 42nd Street
Independence, MO 64055

Phone: 816-373-5590

Fax: 816-373-2112

Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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