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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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Legal Knowledge
5.0/5.0
Legal Analysis
5.0/5.0
Communication Skills
5.0/5.0
Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Brian Wallace
Reviewed by Brian Wallace March 15, 2019
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Michael is an outstanding and effective attorney and has even better character.
Client Reviews
Reviewed by James Smith May 25, 2020
Michael Foster greatly exceeded my expectations. I could not have asked for better representation.
Having Michael Foster work for me was the most important decision I made in regards to my legal needs. His dedication to my case and concern for my well being went above and beyond my expectations. Mr. Foster was able to get the results I deserved. With his legal services I was able to obtain $1.4 million in compensation for the wrongs committed against me, and this was done much sooner than I thought possible. Even after legal proceedings were finished he continued to assist me in matters I needed help with, though not obligated to do so. If legal counsel is needed I would recommend Michael Foster to anyone who has been wronged. You will not find better legal representation.
Reviewed by Judee G. May 16, 2020
There are not enough superlatives to describe my experience with Michael Foster!
I presented Michael with a last minute decision to seek a settlement in a semi-truck accident which had occurred almost two years previously. He was out-of-state with his family when I first contacted him and yet he sprang into action and the case was finalized in a very timely manner. He was quick to respond and keep me informed, explained everything in a clear and concise manner and always made me feel he had my best interests in mind. His legal acumen, professional demeanor and courteous manner were extremely assuring and appreciated. The resolution was more than satisfactory and I am pleased and honored to recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney.
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Summary

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

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Consumer Law
  • Medical Malpractice
Video Chat and Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • RingCentral
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.
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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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Shareholder
Polsinelli PC
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Shareholder of 850 person law firm based in Kansas City, Missouri
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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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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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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. husband injured in fall on stairway in his sisters house (broke arm) Can she be sued without his consent or knowledge?
A: Usually the only way to sue is with his consent unless he has a guardian ad litem or some person appointed by the court to act in his best interests if he is not in a good mental state. You can learn more at www.fosterwallace.com
Q. if someone is involved in a head on crash in a work vehicle on the job and it was not the workers fault
A: He would likely have to hire an attorney to go after the other driver. You may also have a workers compensation claim.
Q. I was in a car accident on 2/20. Guy pulled out in front of me and totaled my car.
A: You need to have a free consultation with a lawyer to discuss your matter. Please find a lawyer who specializes in personal injury and discuss this matte.r
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Foster Wallace, LLC
1501 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Telephone: (816) 249-2101
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