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Larry D. Wright

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Criterion Law, LLC
800 W. 47th Street, Suite 705
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-897-0554
Fax: 1-816-897-0553
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed in Missouri Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Larry Wright, the founding member of Criterion Law, LLC, dedicates his practice to representing injured people and their families. Larry has successfully represented many people who were injured due to motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and slip and falls. Larry has also represented clients in wrongful death cases, dog bites, and in the US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Larry, the youngest in a military family, grew up in Leeton, Missouri and graduated from Leeton High School in 1990. Following his graduation he began his studies at what was then known as Central Missouri State University. After a few semesters and being unsure what he wanted to do with his life he enlisted in and served in the US Air Force on active duty in 1993. After three and a half years on active duty Larry decided it was time to return to college and obtain his degree in political science and public relations. After being honorably discharged from the USAF he continued his service in the Air and Army Reserve from 1996 until 1999. After separating from the military, he attended UCM where, in 1998, he obtained degrees in Public Relations and Political Science. Following his undergraduate studies he interned for the then House Majority Floor Leader and began working at the Beenders Marketing Group.

After working in politics and government for a few years Larry decided to obtain his law degree. Larry began his legal education at the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2000. He graduated and passed the Missouri Bar exam in 2003. He presently owns and operates Criterion Law, LLC located at 800 W. 47th Street, Suite 705, Kansas City, Missouri.

Larry Wright also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, he has published in numerous legal articles, has made many Continuing Legal Education presentations on various topics, and has been named Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal on numerous occasions.

Over the course of his career, Larry Wright has delivered invaluable assistance to clients facing complex legal matters. He understands that physical injuries often cause significant disruption to people’s lives and is committed to helping his client navigate the challenging process of dealing with insurance companies and defense attorneys. Larry works diligently to help his clients receive fair compensation for their loss.

About Larry D. Wright

First Admitted: 2003, Missouri

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Missouri Bar, 2003

Educational Background

  • University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law, 2003


  • 2011 Best of the Bar for Personal Injury, 2012 Best of the Bar for Personal Injury, 2012
  • 2011 Best of the Bar for Personal Injury, 2014 Best of the Bar for Personal Injury, Kansas City Business Journal, 2014
  • 2011 Best of the Bar for Personal Injury, Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal, 2011

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Missouri Legal Aid - Volunteer Attorney Project, 2017


  • Criterion Law, LLC obtained a $675,000.00 Settlement in Trip and Fall / Wrongful Death CaseCivil Litigation - Personal Injury / Premises Liability Co-Counsel - Doug Bradley, Bradely and Bradley, L.C. Location - Jackson County, Missouri Facts: In August of 2013 Plaintiff tripped and fell due to a dangerous defect on Defendant’s asphalt parking lot. As a result of her fall Plaintiff suffered a severe closed ankle fracture and injury to her right knee. The injury required a right ankle internal fixation surgery in September 2013. During recovery from her surgery Plaintiff was immobile and because of her pain and discomfort was prescribed narcotics by her orthopedic surgeon. Plaintiff continued to suffer pain and discomfort into the Spring of 2014 because her ankle had not healed property. This required continued use of narcotic pain medications as well as continued immobility. Plaintiff also suffered from constipation during her recovery following the surgery. In March 2014 Plaintiff’s orthopedic surgeon recommended Plaintiff undergo a second revision surgery. During her evaluation with her surgeon Plaintiff shared her plan to travel, by car with her husband, to North Carolina the following month visit her son’s new family. The surgeon cleared Plaintiff for this travel and planned to schedule the revision surgery upon Plaintiff’s return to Missouri. During the April 20, 2014 drive to North Carolina Plaintiff again became constipated and began suffer from abdominal pain and other symptoms. On April 22, 2014 Plaintiff’s symptoms worsened to the point that her husband contacted a local doctor to schedule an office visit. Upon speaking to a nurse at the doctor’s office Plaintiff’s husband was instructed to take her the closest emergency department. While preparing to leave for the ED Plaintiff began to hyperventilate and became unresponsive. An ambulance was called and Plaintiff was transported to the ED. Plaintiff arrived at the ED in severe respiratory distress, unresponsive, and with severe acidosis. Though extensive efforts were made, Plaintiff’s life, could not be saved and she was pronounced dead on April 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM. The final diagnosis was septic shock, ischemic bowel disease, multi-system organ failure, and cecal volvulus. Cecal volvulus occurs when a colon becomes twisted and cuts off blood supply. Criterion Law retained William F. Stinson, M.D., board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and a professor at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. Dr. Stinson’s expert opinion was the cecal volvulus seen in Plaintiff was likely precipitated by constipation related to immobility and narcotic use. Dr. Stinson based his opinion on the following points: There is an association between cecal volvulus and constipation; Constipation is a frequent problem after orthopedic procedures especially procedures on the lower extremities; Diminished physical activity following after orthopedic procedures is associated with constipation; Narcotics slow the motility of the colon and are highly associated with constipation. All claims were resolved by mediation in December 2016. The $675,000.00 settlement is subject to confidentiality regarding the identity of all defendants as well as defendants’ liability insurance carrier., 2017
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Office Location for Larry D. Wright

800 W. 47th Street
Suite 705
Kansas City, MO 64112

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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