Free Consultation: (816) 249-2101Tap to Call This Lawyer
Michael S. Foster

Michael S. Foster

Fighting for the Rights of Our Clients in Kansas City and Beyond
  • Personal Injury, Products Liability, Consumer Law ...
  • Kansas, Missouri
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial MediaResponsive Law

Michael Foster is the 2018 Pro Bono Publico award winner given by the Missouri Bar Association for outstanding character and pro bono commitment. Michael is also the 2018 Legal Champion given by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. He is a former shareholder at one of the biggest law firms in the country and resides in the Kansas City area with his wife Melissa and their two children.

Michael has a well-honed ability to see the big picture and quickly narrow options to a best possible solution. From growing up in a family of attorneys, this legal intuition comes to him naturally. His father was a noted Wyandotte County, Kansas, attorney for 40+ years, and his uncle is a district court judge in Johnson County, Kansas. Four other aunts and uncles are attorneys or former judges who have or are practicing in Kansas or Missouri. Michael grew up in the Kansas City area and is a former Division 1 college athlete and a Kansas City Star All-Metro Team selection in high school. This collective background has contributed to Michael’s unrelenting drive to compete and win.

As a former partner at one of the biggest laws firm in the country, Michael has successfully represented some of the most noteworthy national clients in their toughest legal battles, and recently won the largest jury verdict in United States history for a prisoner secondhand smoking case that led to a statewide ban on prisoner smoking.

Michael relishes time in the courtroom, and fights on behalf of local and regional plaintiffs who have experienced adverse situations due to liability, negligence or wrongdoing. He has been on both sides of the court and knows how the most aggressive defense firms approach cases. This insider’s knowledge enables Michael to craft winning legal strategies for his clients, whether their matters are large or small, in multiple types of litigation:

• Personal injury
• Car Wrecks
• Insurance issues
• Investment/broker disputes
• Unfair business practices
• Wrongful Death

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Consumer Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    In most all cases, I don't get paid unless you win.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Absolutely zero obligation, I don't get paid unless you win.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Kansas Supreme Court
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
The Missouri Bar
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
8th Circuit
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
  • English
Professional Experience
Polsinelli PC
Shareholder of 850 person law firm based in Kansas City, Missouri
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
J.D. (2008) | Law Degree
Honors: Cum Laude, Marvin Rich Scholarship
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law Logo
Drake University
J.D. (2004) | Finance
Honors: Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar
Activities: Golf Team
Drake University Logo
Rising Stars distinction
Super Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers
Legal Champion - 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Pro Bono Publico Award
Missouri Bar Association
Largest Plaintiff Wins
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
For scoring the second largest settlement in Missouri worth $56 million dollars.
Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar  # 61205
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Articles & Publications
Anatomy of a Personal Injury Claim: A Guide to the Legal Process in Kansas and Missouri
Foster Wallace, LLC
What Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know About Your Kansas or Missouri Car Accident Claim
Michael Foster and Brian Wallace
Mulitstate Consumer Class Actions
For the Defense
Cryptocurrency Class Action Lawsuits: A New Frontier
Polsinelli Class Action Alert
This Article Will Self-Destruct: Your Employees’ Use Of These ESI-Destroying Apps Could Subject You To Sanctions
Polsinelli Financial and Fiduciary Litigation Alert
Speaking Engagements
United States Western District of Missouri Annual CLE - Civil Trial Technology , United States Federal Court - Continuing Legal Education Presenter , Jefferson City, Missouri
Presented to other lawyers on how to use trial technology to assist them in Court. This function was put on by the United States Federal Court for Western District of Missouri
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. How much does insurance usually pay out for a broken feumur?
A: It is too bad they didn't have homeowners insurance. Your question is a hard one to answer though. The answer depends on the cost of her medical treatment, the age of your daughter (was she working and cannot?), the length of time she'll be treating for her injuries, her pain and suffering, how she heals, etc. Every case is different and there is no secret formula for determining what a case (or bone) is worth. A lawyer would be better able to advise you on what a case is worth after she is done treating and after talking to her doctors.
Q. husband injured in fall on stairway in his sisters house (broke arm) Can she be sued without his consent or knowledge?
A: Usually the only way to sue is with his consent unless he has a guardian ad litem or some person appointed by the court to act in his best interests if he is not in a good mental state. You can learn more at
Q. if someone is involved in a head on crash in a work vehicle on the job and it was not the workers fault
A: He would likely have to hire an attorney to go after the other driver. You may also have a workers compensation claim.
View More Answers
Contact & Map
Foster Wallace, LLC
1501 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Telephone: (816) 249-2101