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Michael S. Foster

Michael S. Foster

Fighting for the Rights of Our Clients in Kansas City and Beyond
  • Personal Injury
  • Kansas, Missouri
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Biography

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
• Truck Accidents
• Dog Bites
• Motorcycle Accidents
• Wrongful Death

Practice Area
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    In almost 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
Kansas Supreme Court
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Missouri
The Missouri Bar
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8th Circuit
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U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
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U.S. District Court, Eastern & Western Districts of Missouri
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Partner
Foster Wallace, LLC
- Current
Shareholder/Trial Attorney
Polsinelli PC
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Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
J.D. (2008) | Law
Honors: cum laude, Marvin Rich Scholarship
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Drake University
B.B.A. (2004) | Accounting & Finance
Honors: cum laude, Presidential Scholar
Activities: Golf Team
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Awards
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Kansas City
Expertise.com
Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Kansas City
Expertise.com
Best Car Accident Lawyers in Kansas City
Expertise.com
Best Truck Accident Lawyers in Kansas City
Expertise.com
10.0 Superb Rating
Avvo
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
2019-2022
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers
2019
Legal Champion
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Pro Bono Publico Award
Missouri Bar Association
Largest Plaintiff Wins
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Professional Associations
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Member
- Current
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Kansas Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Missouri State Bar Association  # 61205
Member
- Current
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Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Member
- Current
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Publications
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
Foster Wallace, LLC
Mulitstate Consumer Class Actions
For the Defense
Cryptocurrency Class Action Lawsuits: A New Frontier
Polsinelli Class Action Alert
Issuers of Tokens: Beware, Class Action Lawsuits Are Coming
Polsinelli Financial Technology and Regulation 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
Red Flags Part III: Director and Officer Liability
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXX, No. 6
Speaking Engagements
1983 Civil Rights Literacy, United States District Court for Western District of Missouri CLE
Civil Trial Technology, United States Western District of Missouri Annual CLE
Prisoner Litigation, United States District Court - Western District of Missouri CLE
Websites & Blogs
Website
Foster Wallace, LLC Website
Blog
Foster Wallace, LLC Blog
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered
Q. I was hit by a semi; & receiving pain management & treatments. Insurance wants to settle. What is the value of my injury
A: Unfortunately, this is impossible to answer without reviewing your medical records and bills, the police report, etc. You may also have future medical issues that need to be addressed for which you should be compensated for. Again, every case is different and depends on a lot of different factors.
Q. I'm I was a very bad car wreck I. Is 25k all I can sue for its the max on my ex girlfriends insurance.
A: You can always sue for more but you may not collect on it. If you don't have any underinsured motorist coverage under your policy and the driver who is responsible for your injuries only has $25,000 of insurance, there's a good chance (there are a few exceptions to this in the event the insurance company screws something up) the insurance company will only be on the hook for $25,000.00.
Q. my landlord rented a shop on the same property as the house that i rent to people that ran an appliance repair shop.
A: Depends on a lot of things. How open and obvious was it. Should you have noticed it? Was landlord on notice of the issue?
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Contact & Map
Foster Wallace, LLC
4700 Belleview Ave. Ste 304
Kansas City, MO 64112
Telephone: (816) 320-6810
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours