Firm History

We stand on their shoulders.

The trial lawyers of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman carry on the tradition of the legal giants who founded our Firm, Joseph Cohen, Charles Schnider and John Shamberg . These were nationally recognized trial lawyers in the finest tradition – dedicated to the excellent representation of individuals and families who have experienced catastrophic personal injury, economic loss or death as the result of wrongful conduct or defective products. No matter how big or powerful the wrongdoer, and no matter how small or powerless the injured party, these lawyers did battle for their clients in courtrooms all over the region, just as we do now. Joe Cohen and Charlie Schnider were among the founders of The American Trial Lawyers Association (now The American Association for Justice). In 1949 John Shamberg joined the Firm and -- through his vision, skill and determination -- brought it to new levels of sophistication and success.

In 1966 the Firm was reorganized under the name of Schnider, Shamberg & May. This was during the golden age of the development of tort law. During this period Charlie Schnider and John Shamberg pioneered trial techniques, and learned and taught with other master trial lawyers all over the country. They earned a reputation as a regional powerhouse plaintiffs' personal injury firm.

Lynn Johnson joined the Firm in 1970 and Victor Bergman in 1975. Both were trained and mentored as trial lawyers by Charlie Schnider and John Shamberg. John Parisi joined the Firm in 1989. In 1995 the firm name changed to Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman . Lynn Johnson, Victor Bergman, and John Parisi have continued the tradition of attracting and handling high quality and high profile injury and death cases; read our article titled, Shamberg's Firm is Small but Mighty in Trial. Our newest partners – Matt Birch and Scott Nutter joined the Firm in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Each partner has added depth and breadth of imagination and skill to maintain the excellence that our Firm brings to the representation of our clients.

We are proud to say that every partner of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman has spent virtually his entire private practice career here. This means that each has had the advantage of our decades of tradition, each has had opportunities to work on challenging high quality cases, and each has had mentoring by attorneys who have practiced according to the high standards our Firm has always maintained. Today, we have the same focus as always – dedication to the excellent representation of individuals and families who have experienced catastrophic personal injury, economic loss or death as the result of wrongful conduct or defective products.

That is our tradition. Experience pays!

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Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman
2600 Grand, Suite 550
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

816-399-5596 in KC
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