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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
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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
• Insurance issues
• Investment/broker disputes
• Unfair business practices
• Wrongful Death

Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
J.D. (2008) | Law Degree
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Honors: Cum Laude, Marvin Rich Scholarship
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Drake University
J.D. (2004) | Finance
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Honors: Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar
Activities: Golf Team
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Professional Experience
Shareholder
Polsinelli PC
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Shareholder of 850 person law firm based in Kansas City, Missouri
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
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
Awards
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
Member
- Current
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KCMBA
Member
- Current
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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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Fees
  • 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.
Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Languages
  • English
Legal Answers
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?
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.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Foster Wallace, LLC
4700 Belleview Ave. Ste 304
Kansas City, MO 64112
Telephone: (816) 249-2101
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Sunday: Open 24 hours