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David Oliver has tried a variety of complex business dispute cases in both state and federal court in Missouri and Kansas as well as in other parts of the country. He works regularly with attorneys from across the county whose clients find themselves in lawsuits in the Kansas City area to help their clients succeed. He and other attorneys in the firm know the judges and magistrates who handle these cases, and David provides valuable insights and assistance on local practice.

David tried one of the few class action lawsuits that have been tried in Missouri. That trial involved taking issues to the Missouri Court of Appeals as well as the Missouri Supreme Court. He regularly handles temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction matters in both state and federal court in the Kansas City area.

David understands that clients do not relish the time, expense, and unpredictability involved in handling complex business disputes in the courtroom and that our clients expect efficient work. He assembles lean trial teams that know how to handle discovery issues efficiently. He deals professionally with opposing attorneys which the judges in our area appreciate and expect.

David counsels clients on how to avoid business disputes. Lawsuits are a last resort and clients should understand how to avoid them.  He is certified as a mediator and serves as a special master/discovery commissioner in cases.

David invests time in the community where the firm practices law. He is known and respected in the business and civic community. His civic activities include serving as a board member of AlignED; board member of MRIGlobal; board member of William Jewell College; board member of DeLaSalle Charter High School; board member of the UMKC Trustees; board member of Teach for America – KC; advisory board member Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas; and advisory board member of the AUP+D Department at UMKC. He is on the board of The Francis Family Foundation and is a trustee of the Murphy Charitable Fund.


  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1977)
  • Haverford College (B.A., with honors in History, 1974)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Bar Jurisdictions

  • Missouri, 2000

Professional Memberships/Community Involvement

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Alliance for Childhood Education
  • MRIGlobal
  • UMKC
  • Teach for America – KC
  • Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas
  • AUP+D Department, UMKC
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum
  • The Francis Family Foundation
  • Murphy Charitable Fund


  • Recipient of The Whittaker Award in 1998, from The Lawyers Association of Kansas City
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Chambers USA;
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation
  • Named a Super Lawyer for Business Litigation by Super Lawyers