Grant L. Davis

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Kansas City, Missouri

Davis, Bethune & Jones, L.L.C.
Grant L. Davis
Davis, Bethune & Jones, L.L.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Professional Liability; view more

Licensed in Missouri since: 1987

Education: University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023
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Davis, Bethune & Jones, L.L.C.

1100 Main Street
Suite 2930
Kansas City, MO 64105 Visit website


Grant L. Davis has devoted his legal career to standing up for the rights of clients who have been harmed due to the negligent or intentional acts or omissions of other parties. The co-founder of Davis, Bethune & Jones, L.L.C., he practices out of the firm’s offices in Kansas City, Missouri, and he provides aggressive representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area. Admitted to practice in Missouri since 1987, Mr. Davis is also admitted to practice in Arkansas and Kansas and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

During his distinguished career, Mr. Davis has been able to obtain billions of dollars in compensation for his clients through jury verdicts as well as through settlements that he has negotiated out of court. He has worked on both individual lawsuits as well as class actions and mass tort litigation, and the cases that he has handled have included defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, truck and other motor vehicle collisions, and aviation accidents. Outside of the personal injury area, Mr. Davis has had significant experience in business and farm-related disputes, and his track record in those matters has been just as successful.

Mr. Davis has received a significant amount of positive recognition from his fellow attorneys for the high quality of his work and the results that it has produced. Among his many honors and awards are an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Davis has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America on many occasions, and that organization has named him Lawyer of the Year for his successes in mass torts, product liability and personal injury litigation.

*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

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Construction Accident, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Legal Malpractice, Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice - Other, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1987, Missouri

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • LEAP Program (Lawyers Encouraging Academy Performance) – “King of Court” Award – Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School – Adjunct Professor of Law
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Executive Board Member of Missouri Trial Lawyers Association – 2000-2007
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Invited to be a member of Inner Circle of Advocates: a very exclusive group of plaintiffs lawyers. You must be invited and have over 50 jury verdicts. You also must have numerous large jury awards. Grant has a jury verdict for $2.2 Billion and litigation ending in a $750 Million settlement. The largest railroad crossing verdict of $160 Million and many other 8-figure jury verdicts. , 2019
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School Courtroom – Recognition of DBJ for Outstanding Alumni Support and Contribution
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $145 Million Settlement in a mass tort case involving 1,750 clients. , 2021
  • Dugan vs. Hyatt $177 Million verdict., 2022
  • Nye v. BNSF Railway Co. $14,813,000 verdict. Nature of Litigation: Wrongful death; railroad crossing collision (Lead) Case Number: CJ-2009-743 Court: District Court of Pontotoc County, Oklahoma Honorable Tom S. Landrith (retired) Co-counsel: George Braly and William Speed; 201 W. 14th Street, Ada, Oklahoma 74820 Opposing counsel: George Mullican; 15 E. 5th Street, #2200, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103 Dates of trial: 12/2/2013 – 12/17/2013, 2013
  • McCormack v. Capital Electric Construction Co. Verdict was $30,000,000.00. Top verdict in Jackson County, Missouri in 2003., 2003
  • Kemp v. Kansas City Southern R.R. Co. Settlement of $37,500,000.00. The settlement occurred during the second day of jury deliberations following an eight-week trial., 2006
  • Magnuson v. Ramage jury verdict was $9,500,000.00. Largest wrongful death verdict in St. Louis County, Missouri history., 2007
  • Bayer Crop Science Liberty Link Rice Litigation (2009) $750 million settlement.  This was the largest reported settlement in Missouri for the year the cases settled.    , 2009
  • Metheny v. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (2010) $20,000,000.00 verdict. Largest jury verdict against a hospital or doctor in Arkansas history., 2010
  • Abengoa v. Chicago Title (2011) $48,000,000.00 verdict. This was the top verdict in Missouri in 2011. , 2011
  • Johnson, et al. v. Solaris Power Services, LLC (Lead) $44,782,979.00 judgment , 2016
  • Knight v. BNSF Railway Co. (Lead) $9,000,000.00 and punitive damages, 2019
Representative Clients:
  • Named lead counsel for plaintiffs steering committee for dozens of cases filed against the NSF and Amtrak for the Mendon, MO derailment, which killed or hurt more than 150 people. , 2022
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, The Best Lawyers® in America, Best Lawyers®, 2023
  • , The POWER List for Personal Injury Law 2022, Missouri Lawyers Media, 2022
  • , The POWER List: Personal Injury, Missouri Lawyers Media: THE POWER LIST, 2021
  • "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Kansas City-MO, Best Lawyers®, 2018
  • Top Verdict in Jackson County, Missouri – 2003 (McCormack v. Capital Electric – $30 Million), Top Verdict
  • In recognition of outstanding efforts and achievements in the field of law. , Attorney of the Year, Top 100 Lawyers, 2023
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly – Up and Coming Lawyer – 2000 (Earning “a place among some of the most respected and feared lawyers in the state.”), Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Top Verdict in Missouri and Top 3 in the Country – 2002 (Hayes v. Courtney – $2.2 Billion), Missouri
  • Global Directory of Who’s Who honor as “Top Lawyer” – Lifetime Member – “In recognition of hard work, dedication and contributions to the legal profession.”, Who’s Who
  • 2010 (Metheny v. Arkansas Children’s Hospital – $20 Million), Largest Medical Negligence case in Arkansas history
  • (Magnuson v. Ramage – $9.5 Million) 2007, Largest Wrongful Death Verdict in St. Louis County
  • Recognition by Super Lawyers as of of the “Top Lawyers”, Super Lawyers
  • Top 10 Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas, 2008, KC Magazine’s Super Lawyers
  • Character, Professionalism, Ethics and Courtroom Success – 2012, Tom Strong Award
  • President of Missouri, 2008, Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011 (Abengoa v. Chicago Title – $48 Million), Top Verdict in Missouri
  • 2012 (In re Genetically Modified Rice – $750 Million), Top Settlement in Missouri
  • Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury Litigation – 2012, Best Lawyers in America
  • Lawyer of the Year – Mass Tort Litigation – 2013, Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013 (Nye v. BNSF – $9.6 Million), Top Wrongful Death Verdict in Oklahom
  • Lawyer of the Year – Mass Tort Litigation – 2015, Best Lawyers in America
  • Lawyer of the Year – Product Liability Litigation – 2016, Best Lawyers in America
  • Power 30 – 2020, Power List
  • Defender of Justice Award – 2015-2016, Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • 100 of the Best Plaintiff Lawyers in the U.S., Inner Circle of Advocates

Office location for Grant L. Davis

1100 Main Street
Suite 2930
Kansas City, MO 64105

Phone: 816-643-3674

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