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Jonathan Laurans

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Law Office of Jonathan Laurans
The 1609 Law Building, 1609 West 92nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: 816-421-5200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2021
Licensed in Missouri Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Appellate, Criminal Defense, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

Jonathan Laurans has 30 years of vast experience defending individuals and corporate clients in criminal cases and representing them in civil matters in Missouri and Kansas, and around the country. Mr. Laurans concentrates his practice on criminal and civil appeals, and pursuing post-conviction relief for the wrongfully convicted, or excessively sentenced. He also litigates a wide variety of disputes in state and federal trial courts throughout the region, including defense of banking and lending institutions in various civil cases and regulatory matters.

Mr. Laurans has won appeals in the Kansas Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He has won numerous habeas corpus and post-conviction petitions, including the release from prison of the former lieutenant governor of Kansas.  In the past two-and-a-half years alone, Mr. Laurans won 6 appeals and post-conviction cases.  Between 2010 and 2016, Mr. Laurans successfully advocated three other habeas corpus petitions, two of which set aside lengthy sentences both in excess of 25 years, as well as an appeal overturning an obstruction-of-justice conviction.  He also convinced a federal judge to overturn a faulty mortgage fraud conviction within only weeks of the jury's verdict, avoiding the client a costly and lengthy appeal.  And in another case, he successfully lobbied for the setting aside of a $16.9 million dollar criminal forfeiture for two different clients, co-defendants in the same case.

Mr. Laurans has been called upon to share his expertise as a speaker and writer at continuing legal education programs for the bar.

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About Jonathan Laurans

First Admitted: 1992

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers); Arizona Bar; Texas Bar; Missouri Bar; Kansas Bar; Federal Bar; KACDL (Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)

Educational Background

  • JD, Cum Laude, Washburn University School of Law, 1992;  MPA, Midwestern State University, 1989;  BA, Political Phiolosophy, University of Dallas, 1987

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed in Missouri, Kansas, Arizona and Texas, as well as numerous federal district and appellate courts throughout the country.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Missouri Criminal Practice, Third Edition, Volume I, Chapter 1:  "Arrest", Author, The Missouri Bar


  • AV Rating (2005-2021), Martindale-Hubbell, 2005


  • In this series of videos, I offer information about what to consider when looking to hire competent counsel, and I also explain some basics about criminal defense and appellate practice., Tips for Hiring an Attorney, 2014
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Office Location for Jonathan Laurans

The 1609 Law Building
1609 West 92nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64114

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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