David Bell

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Kansas City, Missouri

Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C.
David Bell
Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in Missouri since: 1997

Education: New York University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012
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Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C.

1200 Main St
Suite 2110
Kansas City, MO 64105 Visit website


An attorney at Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C., David S. Bell focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense matters at the local, state and federal level in Kansas and Missouri. Located in the firm’s Kansas City, Missouri office, he represents clients throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.  Mr. Bell has been admitted to practice before all Missouri state courts since 1997 and before all Kansas state courts since the following year.  He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in Kansas and Western Missouri. He is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics and received a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in 1994.

Mr. Bell’s client base is made up of people who have been accused by the state or federal government with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses. The types of cases that he has worked on since joining the firm in July 2007 have included sex crimes, domestic violence, fraud and other white-collar allegations, and drug possession and distribution. Mr. Bell has been able to get many of these charges dismissed, and he has also obtained numerous acquittals. In some cases, he has negotiated favorable plea bargains with the prosecution. His successful track record and high degree of ethics have earned him a 10.0 “Superb” peer-review rating through Avvo, among other awards and honors.

After graduating from The Wharton School, Mr. Bell pursued his legal education at New York University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1997. He also holds a Master of Laws in taxation from the same institution. Mr. Bell worked as a tax and estate planning attorney before making a career change and joining the Missouri State Public Defender System in Jackson County, where he tried a number of cases and represented 1000s of clients before entering private practice.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law - Federal, Expungement, Sex Offenses, White Collar Crime

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 50% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 1997, Missouri

Professional Webpage: https://whmlawdb.com/

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Named as one of the 16 “Up & Coming Lawyers” by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2006
  • Selected to Super Lawyers as one of the top-rated attorneys in the nation, 2019
  • The Charles M. Shaw Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, March 1, 2007 – Present
Educational Background:
  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Philadelphia, PA, B.S. in Economics, Honors: Magna Cum Laude, May 1994
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, LL.M. in Taxation, December 1997
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Bar Admission, Kansas, 1998
  • Bar Admission, Missouri, 1997
Industry Groups:
  • We work primarily with professionals and their families.

Office location for David Bell

1200 Main St
Suite 2110
Kansas City, MO 64105

Phone: 816-412-0007


5 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012

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Top 100: Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers: 2023 Top 50: Kansas City Super Lawyers: 2023

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