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Overview

With a passion for advocacy, Stephen represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters.

Ever since joining the debate team in high school, Stephen knew he excelled at writing and advocacy. However, after obtaining his economics undergraduate degree, he first pursued a career at the Federal Reserve, following his interest in banking. His work at the Federal Reserve trained him in the importance of precision and perfection, but he soon found that he missed opportunities to persuade and advocate, pushing him to enroll in law school. Stephen’s law courses and his experience with moot court—where he achieved a Top Advocate award—confirmed that his future lay in litigation.

After graduation, Stephen clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri for two years, honing his writing skills on complex legal matters. He also had many opportunities to observe effective strategies for both written briefs and oral arguments. Stephen left his clerkship deeply excited to advocate directly for clients, and he now strives in his own legal practice to ensure that strategies are designed to help client’s needs.

Stephen is known for his passion for clients’ cases and for achieving the best results possible. Clients can be confident that he’ll always outwork the opposition.


Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • Ranked third in class of 127
    • UMKC Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
    • National Moot Court Team
  • B.A., William Jewell College

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas (pending)

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Clerkships

  • Honorable Stephen R. Bough, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Outside the Office

Stephen enjoys being outdoors, playing sand volleyball or pickleball or going for a run with his Great Pyrenees Poodle mix, Caesar. He also admits to being a bit of a nerd about board games.

Community Leadership

Stephen volunteers with Operation Breakthrough, a Kansas City organization that provides educational opportunities and tutoring for preschool and elementary children living in poverty.

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