Tim Dollar

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Kansas City, Missouri

Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe, LC
Tim Dollar
Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe, LC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Missouri since: 1984

Education: University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe, LC

1100 Main Street
Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105 Visit website


It’s no surprise Tim Dollar is considered one of the top trial lawyers in America. He has tried more than 286 jury trials, has won hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients and orchestrated major company and legislative policy changes that make our world safer.

This includes cases he tried as a special prosecutor for the Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutor’s Office. Tim is so effective that Jackson County has continued to contract with him for important homicide cases each year since 1986.

Some of his most noteworthy cases include the Precious Doe case, KC Wolf case, Bresette vs. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport case and many more. When it matters most, Tim Dollar is the man you want to be your voice of change.  

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Bad Faith Insurance, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1984, Missouri

Professional Webpage: https://dollar-law.com/attorneys/tim-dollar/

  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys - 2021, America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators – 2019-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2004-2021
  • Super Lawyers, Top 100 in Missouri/Kansas and Top 50 in Kansas City, 2005 - 2020
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly – Icon Award, 2020
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly – Power 30, 2020
  • Ingram’s – Top 50 Missourians – 2019
  • Top Verdicts & Settlements, Missouri Lawyer's Weekly - 2019
  • Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal, 2004-2015, 2018-2019
  • Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award by the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, 2018
  • Top 100 Verdicts, Verdict Search, 2017
  • Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Attorney Award, Missouri Bar Foundation, 1996
  • AV Rating by Martindale Hubble
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County - Missouri Bar Ethics Committee, 2000 - 2006
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys - Member (1992-Present), Executive Committee (2002-2012), Vice President (2010), President-Elect (2011) and President (2012)
  • Missouri Bar - Member and Judicial Nominating Commission, 1984
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City – Adjunct Professor, 1987-2006
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Member, 2000 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association - Member, 1986 - Present
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Alumni Foundation -  Member and Board of Directors, 1999 - Present
Educational Background:
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1981
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • (Opening Statement) Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, "Non-Traditional Ways to Work a Case:  Voir Dire to Persuasion", 2010
  • Missouri Bar/Solo & Small Firm Conference, " Making the Most of Your PI Case", 2010
  • Office of the State Court Administration, MO, "Pre-Trial Conference in Complex Litigation Cases", 2010
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law – CLE, “Changes to the Rules of Evidence Rules 103, 701, 702, 703, 803, & 902”, 2001
  • Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, "Ethical Dilemmas Encountered In Litigation Practice", 2010
  • Interstate Truck Litigation Group - AAJ, "Driver Deposition Strategy", 2010
  • Trial Judge Education Committee – CLE, “Advanced Trial Skills: Complex Litigation”, 2010
  • Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention – CLE, “Ethical Issues in Mediation for Lawyers", 2007
  • Missouri Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Conference - CLE, “Grab Your Case by the Horns: Hot Tips for Getting a Rope Around Traffic Accident & MIST Cases”, 2007
  • Kansas City Metro Bar Association – “Breakfast at the Bar” series, “Business Development: Choosing and Keeping the Right Clients”, 2007
  • Lorman Education Services, “Trucking Litigation & D.O.T. Regulations Seminar”, 2006
  • ATLA Conference, Montreal, Canada, “Nursing Home Litigation”, 2005
  • Clay County Bar Association – CLE, “Technology in Court”, 2002
  • MATA Annual Convention - CLE, “Nursing Home Litigation: Practical Considerations of Filing, Discovery & Trial”, 2001
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law – CLE, “Taking the Deposition of the Other Side’s Experts”, 2001
  • Opening Statements & Closing Arguments, Kansas City Missouri Bar Association CLE, Motions Advocacy, 1999
  • "Combating the Risk of the Procedure Defense in Medical Malpractice Cases", 1997
  • Trial Advocacy - Instructor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1984
  • Trial Advocacy - Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1985
  • Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Cross-Examination of Defendants in Homicide Cases, 1990
  • Kansas City, Missouri Bar Association CLE, Damages in The Medical Malpractice Case, 1991
  • The Prosecutor's View, University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1989 - 1992, Pornography and The First Amendment
  • Specialty Seminars, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, Litigation Specialty Seminar, 1993
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Capital Litigation from a Prosecutor's Viewpoint, 1993
  • Association of Insurance Special Investigators, Overland Park, Kansas, The Use of Examinations Under Oath in Insurance Fraud Investigations, 1995
  • Kansas City Missouri Bar Association CLE, Taking, Defending and Using Depositions, 1999
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City - Adjunct Professor
  • Annual Conference for Legal Nurse Consultants, Role of The LNC in Nursing Home Negligence, 2000
  • Effective Use of Written Discovery, 2000
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Combatting the Risk of the Procedure Defense in Medical Malpractice Cases, Risk if Procedure Defense, 1997
  • $30.5 Million Settlement - Largest Settlement Paid on a Single Claim by a Company The Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri issued its opinion in the case of Holdeman, et. al. v. Stratman, et. al., affirming the 2016 jury verdict of $37.5 million against Stratman, obtained by the law firm of Dollar, Burns & Becker, L.C. Holdeman was rendered a paraplegic when Stratman blocked I-435 by placing his car in neutral on the interstate, while planning to exit. Holdeman, traveling behind Stratman, was forced to slow and was subsequently rear-ended by a semi-tractor and trailer. Stratman was insured for his liability through an Allstate Insurance Company policy that had limits of $100,000. Plaintiffs and Stratman alleged Allstate acted in bad faith by failing to protect its insured when it failed to settle within policy limits, potentially exposing Allstate to liability for the entire judgment. Dollar Burns is pleased to announce that Allstate has now reached a settlement with Holdeman requiring Allstate to pay $30.5 million. This ends the litigation between Holdeman and Allstate. Stratman’s independent claims of bad faith will proceed., 2018
  • State V. Dominique Marchbanks Guiltily/Murder Second, 2018
  • Foster V. L-3  $61 Million Settlement, 2017
  • Vasquez/Perales vs. Prime, Inc., et al.  $38 Million Settlement, 2017
  • Holdeman v. Stratton, et al. $37.5 Million, 2016
  • John D. Wixom, III v. Deffenbaugh Industries, $18 Million, 2013
  • Anthony Jones and Lester Pruett vs. Rand Construction - $36.3 Million Judgment, 2013
  • Stephen King v. Richard D. Crites, et al., Circuit Ct. of Green County, 2012
  • Slattery vs. Estes Express Lines - $40.8 Million Recovery, 2011
  • W.W. Transport, Inc. v. Gem City Ford, Inc., et al., Eastern Dist. Of Missouri, 2009
  • State v. Harrell Johnson, Guilty / Murder First, 2008
  • Schorey v. Tolin, St. Louis County, Missouri, 2007
  • State V. Eddie George Guilty/Murder First, 2008, 2018

Office location for Tim Dollar

1100 Main Street
Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105

Phone: 816-876-2600


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

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