John M. Parisi

John M. Parisi

Partner since 1994
Kansas City, Missouri
866-484-8966 (Toll Free)

I began as an associate with Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman in 1989, and became a partner in 1994. I practice in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, false claims act, (qui tam) cases, nursing home abuse cases and environmental law.

Prior to obtaining my law degree in 1989, I was a professional archaeologist for ten years. I conducted numerous archaeological excavations of historic Euro-American and prehistoric Indian Sites, primarily in Missouri and Kansas and participated in an archaeological survey for prehistoric sites in the Republic of Egypt in the Western Sahara Desert. As a lawyer, I have utilized the research and practical skills I developed as an archaeologist to the benefit of my clients.

Although I enjoyed being an archeologist, I became a lawyer primarily so that I could help real people whose problems exist in the present, rather than focusing on the lives of those people who lived in the past. Since becoming a lawyer I have dedicated my practice to representing seriously injured clients. I have been privileged to handle a wide variety of cases during my legal career. I have successfully brought to conclusion complex cases both for individual clients and as class actions. I have obtained substantial recoveries for my clients in a wide variety of cases, including defective drugs, defective products, negligent health care, and environmental contamination. I have also represented a number of whistleblowers that have recovered millions of dollars to the United States Treasury.

I am also committed to improving the legal community. I believe that lawyers have a duty not only to their clients, but also to the civil justice system and their community. I currently serve on a number of bar association committees and leadership positions. I served as a commissioner for eight years and was elected Chairman the last year for the Kansas Lawyers Fund for Client Protection (LFCP or The Fund).  I am a Past President of the Kansas Association for Justice.

I am married to Ellen Suzanne Goldman, also a lawyer, and I have two children, Laura and Julie. My interests outside the law include prehistoric North American archeology, music, traveling and bicycling.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • False Claims Act (Qui Tam Cases)
  • Nursing Home Abuse Cases
  • Environmental Law

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1990
  • Kansas, 1989


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri - 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Johnson County Bar, Disciplinary Committee
  • Kansas Association for Justice, Past President

Pro Bono Activities

  • Commissioner, Kansas Lawyers Fund for Client Protection (LFCP or The Fund)

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