Kirk R. Presley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Presley & Presley, LLC
 | 4801 Main St., Suite 375
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-931-4611
Fax: 816-931-4646
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%)
Attorney Profile

As founder and principal of Presley & Presley, LLC, Kirk Presley serves the area of Kansas City, Missouri, focusing exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has been representing plaintiffs for nearly 35 years, with an emphasis on general aviation and insurance bad faith litigation, with 100 percent of his practice devoted to Plaintiff's litigation. He is admitted to practice law in Missouri and California, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri.

Mr. Presley received his Bachelor of Arts at Drury University in 1980, and then went on to earn his Juris Doctor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 1983. While building his excellent personal injury reputation, he served on the UMKC Law Foundation as a trustee and vice president of development, and has served on Drury University’s Board of Trustees. He has also received the Law Foundation's President's Award and the Pat Kelly Service Award.

His experience as a successful trial attorney has given him the opportunity to author articles in a variety of publications, including The ATLA Aviation Section Newsletter and Trial Magazine. Mr. Presley has been included in The Best Lawyers of America* since 2009, and has received the peer-rated honor of AV-Preeminent** from Martindale-Hubbell.

The charitable contributions and community service activities Mr. Presley has been involved in include serving as president and board member of the Bacchus Foundation; being elected LEAP Foundation Mardi Gras King for 2005 (Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance) to raise money for Operation Breakthrough that benefits at-risk children; and serving on the board of directors for the fundraising branch of the UMKC Law Foundation.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

**AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Aviation and Aerospace (20%): Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Insurance Coverage (20%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability, Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance


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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018

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About Kirk Presley

Admitted: 1983, Missouri

Professional Webpage:


  • Pat Kelly Service Award, 2012
  • Law Foundation's President's Award, 2007
  • Drury University's Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service in 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation Since 2009
  • Chosen Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal, 2002 to Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past Chairman, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Litigation Group, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Product Liability and Aviation Sections, American Association for Justice
  • President, The Bacchus Foundation, 1991 – 1992
  • Board Member, Secretary, The Bacchus Foundation, 1988 – 1989
  • Board Member, The Bacchus Foundation, 1986 – 1992
  • Member, National Fire Protection Association
  • Past Chairman, Tort Law Committee
  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 1994
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, The Missouri Bar
  • Member of Aviation and Product Liability Sections, American Association for Justice
  • Sustaining Member, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1983
  • California, 1990
  • Missouri, 1983

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Trustee, Board of Directors, Drury University, Springfield, Missouri. Alma Mater
  • Trustee, Board of Directors of the UMKC Law Foundation – UMKC Law School Alumni and Fundraising Branch
  • Trustee and Board of Directors for the LEAP Foundation, Elected LEAP Foundation Mardi Gras King, 2005
  • Former President, Board Member, Bacchus Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Carbon Monoxide: Stalking the Silent Killer, Trial Magazine
  • Closing Argument (Chapter 11), Missouri Trial Tactics Handbook, 1986

Representative Clients:

  • Johnson v. Allstate Insurance Co.
  • Purtell v. Cunningham, 1396 CC 068083
  • Augspurger v. MFA Oil Company, 940 S.W. 2d 934, Mo. Ct. of Appeals, 1997
  • Lowery v. Horvath, 689 S.W. 2d 625, Supreme Ct. of Mo., 1985

Educational Background:

  • Drury College, Springfield, MO, B.A., 1980

Industry Groups

  • Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association
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Office Location for Kirk R. Presley

4801 Main St.
Suite 375
Kansas City, MO 64112

Phone: 816-931-4611

Fax: 816-931-4646

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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