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John (Jack) Norton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Norton & Spencer, P.C.
6000 North Oak Trafficway, Suite 201
Kansas City, MO 64118
Phone: 816-454-5800
Fax: 816-454-5016
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in Missouri Since: 1978
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

A partner at Norton & Spencer, P.C., John (Jack) Norton focuses his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, and with his office located there, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Mr. Norton is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

Mr. Norton's personal injury cases have included medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, construction site accidents, defective products, premises liability and motor vehicle crashes. He has tried well over 150 cases before juries during his career, and he has been able to earn many verdicts in excess of $1 million as well as sizable negotiated settlements. In one case involving a big rig accident, Mr. Norton obtained a $22 million jury award on behalf of a child who suffered severe brain injuries, which was the largest truck accident verdict in the state for that year. His successes have earned him the respect of his fellow attorneys, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Norton has also been named in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

During his career, Mr. Norton has participated in a variety of legal organizations. He is a former member of the board of governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and has held several executive positions with that organization. Mr. Norton's other affiliations have included the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. He received his Juris Doctor with distinction in 1978 from what was then known as the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

*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
  • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

About John (Jack) Norton

First Admitted: 1978

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Seventh Judicial Commission of Missouri, 1986-1996
  • Clay County Bar Association, President, 1988-1989
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Platte County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), President Elect, 1995
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), President, 1996
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), Vice President, 1994
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), Past Executive Board Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), Board of Governors, 1986-1996
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Missouri State Delegate, 1989-1995
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • Member, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Seventh Circuit Judicial Commission of Missouri, 1996

Educational Background

  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, USA, A.B., Major: History, 1974


  • Lon Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award, Missouri Bar Foundation, 1988
  • Super Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers- Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA)- Top 10 Attorneys Award

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Authored chapter in The Missouri Products Liability Handbook on Pretrial Discovery and handling Physical/Mental Examination of Plaintiffs. Handbook widely used among other practicing attorneys as reference or practice guide in Missouri Product Liability cases in 1988., Author, Pretrial Discovery: Physical/Mental Examination of Plaintiff Missouri Products Liability Handbook, Missouri Products Liability Handbook, 1988
  • Direct & Cross Examination of Lay & Expert Witnesses MATA Personal Injury-Winning Trial Strategies & Trial Notes, 1989


  • Ngandu v. Brookfield Tractor- Jury Verdict- $3,500,000.  57% fault to defendant and 43% to plaintiff resulting in a net judgment of $1,995,000 in favor of plaintiff.  The verdict was the 8th highest verdict of 2021 according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly.   Plaintiff's husband was a truck driver who was killed when a combine header fell on him while it was being unloaded from his truck at the dealership.  Plaintiff alleged that Brookfield Tractor was negligent in failing to provide properly rated equipment for unloading the combine header and for failing to provide employee training on safe loading/unloading. These failures caused the header to fall from the telehandler forks during the unloading process and strike Mr. Ngandu in the head, resulting in his death., 2021
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Office Location for John (Jack) Norton

6000 North Oak Trafficway
Suite 201
Kansas City, MO 64118

Phone: 816-454-5800

Fax: 816-454-5016

Last Updated: 8/22/2022

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