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John Shaw has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in a variety of commercial, product liability, and securities matters.  He has also been selected as national and regional counsel by both product manufacturers and securities broker dealers.  He has handled disputes before FINRA, AAA, and CFTC, as well as regulatory matters before the SEC, FINRA, and state securities commissions.

John is a frequent lecturer on mediation and arbitration and has been on the faculty for the fall and spring conferences of FINRA and regional and national seminars for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.  Best Lawyers in America has named him 2017 Kansas City Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement and 2019 Kansas City Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Securities.

John received his B.A. (1973) and M.A. (1977) in English Literature, and his J.D. (1977), all from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He was a Casenote and Comment Editor of the Missouri Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif.  He remains active at the University where he is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board to the Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the Missouri 100 Advisory Board to the President of the University.  He was the 2003 College of Arts and Science commencement speaker and received the College of Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.

His outside interests include literature (from T.S. Eliot to T.S. Garp), music (from Rockabilly to Rachmaninov), and enough exercise to fight a reasonable battle against entropy and age.  His latest hobby is serving as a laborer for his wife Cynthia’s gardening efforts.

Education

  • University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 1977)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Casenote and Comment Editor of the Missouri Law Review
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A. and M.A., English Literature)

Court Admissions

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

Bar Jurisdictions

  • Missouri, 1977

Professional Memberships/Community Involvement

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Strategic Advisory Board to the Dean of the MU College of Arts and Science
  • Missouri 100 Advisory Board to the President of the University of Missouri
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Compliance and Legal Society
  • National Society of Compliance Professionals
  • Federal Bar Association Chapter of W.D. Mo. and D. Kan., President 2016-2017
  • Bench Bar Committee, D. Kan.
  • Federal Practice Committee, W.D. Mo

Distinctions

  • 2003 MU College of Arts and Science commencement speaker
  • MU College of Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005
  • Missouri/Kansas “Super Lawyer” in securities litigation
  • “The Best Lawyers in America” in four categories
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy),
    • Litigation – Securities
    • Litigation – Products Liability Defendants
  • “The Best Lawyers in America”
    • 2017 Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) “Lawyer of the Year” for Kansas City, Missouri
    • 2019 Litigation Securities “Lawyer of the Year” for Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ingram’s “Best Lawyers in Kansas City”