John M. Parisi

Partner Since 1994


Kansas City, Missouri





John began at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman in 1989 as an associate after graduating with his law degree from University of Missouri at Kansas City; five years later he accepted a promotion to partner. Since becoming a lawyer John has dedicated his practice to representing people that are gravely injured. He has been privileged to handle a wide variety of cases during his legal career and has successfully brought to conclusion complex cases both for individual clients and as class actions.

John has spent the past 26 years practicing in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, False Claims Act (Qui Tam) cases, environmental law, and consumer class actions. John has obtained substantial recoveries for his clients in a wide variety of cases, including personal injury, defective drugs, defective products, negligent health care, and environmental contamination. John has also represented a number of whistleblowers that have recovered millions of dollars to the United States Treasury.

Prior to obtaining his law degree, John was an archaeologist for ten years. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Anthropology in 1978 and from the University of Kansas with an M.A. in Anthropology in 1983. As an archaeologist, John conducted numerous 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, he has utilized the research and practical skills he developed as an archaeologist to the benefit of his clients. Although he enjoyed being an archaeologist, he primarily became a lawyer to help people whose problems exist in the present, rather than focusing on the lives of those in the past.

Recent Cases

John and Scott Nutter represented a man who sustained injuries as a result of a lumbar epidural steroid injection for low back pain. The client developed an abscess, deep tissue infection and MRSA meningitis. Due to the extent of the infection adjacent to his spinal cord, he was diagnosed with arachnoiditis/cauda equina syndrome, and was disabled. Unable to continue in constant physical and emotional pain, he unfortunately ended his own life. A wrongful death suit was brought in Johnson County, Kansas, on behalf of his family, and tried by a jury where they won a $2.88 million verdict in March of 2014.

John represented one of the plaintiffs who sustained significant burn injuries in the natural gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2014, the case was successfully resolved.

In October of 2013, John and Lynn Johnson represented an 85-year-old woman from Franklin County, Missouri who sustained multiple orthopedic injuries resulting from a head-on collision near Sullivan, Missouri. The client moved right to try to avoid the teenager’s vehicle, the two hit head on — entirely in the client’s lane of traffic. She had to be extricated from her car and flown to St. Louis for emergency care. John and Lynn helped her litigate her claim against the driver and his employer, and won a $2.2 million jury verdict.

John has extensive experience in representing plaintiffs in consolidated and class action cases.  For example: John served as co-counsel in the In re GM Corporation Dex-Cool Litigation, Case No.  MDL-03-1562-GMP (S.D. Ill.) and in related state court actions concerning Dex-Cool, including Gutzler v. General Motors, Case No. 03CV208786 (Jackson County Missouri Circuit Court) where the trial court certified a class of Missouri residents whose vehicles contained Dex-Cool antifreeze.   The total value of the settlement was in the millions of dollars.

John also served as lead counsel in a case resulting from a tire failure and rollover of a 15 passenger church van near Salina, Kansas.  He represented the families of the two individuals who were killed, as well as two of the passengers who were seriously injured.   After extensive litigation, each of the four cases, filed in Jackson County, Missouri, settled for confidential amounts.

John was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the Robert Courtney litigation in the Jackson County Missouri Circuit Court.  Robert Courtney was a Kansas City pharmacist who diluted chemotherapy and other prescription medications in both Kansas and Missouri for over 10 years.  The case settled against the two drug companies involved for approximately $70 million.

John served as co-lead counsel in a class action for ground water contamination near Joplin, Missouri. The case was certified as a class action in the Newton County Missouri Circuit Court resulting in a total settlement of over $12 million, including the installation of a permanent drinking water system for the local residents.

John has represented a number of whistleblowers in fraud cases brought pursuant to the Qui Tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  John served as lead counsel in a whistleblower case involving fraudulent billing for respiratory therapy provided in skilled nursing facilities across the United States.  After intervention by the government, and the defendant’s bankruptcy, the respiratory therapy portion of the case settled for $24 million.

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, St. Louis, B.A. in Anthropology, January 1978
  • University of Kansas, M.A. in Anthropology, May 1983
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, J.D. with distinction, May 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

John is dedicated to improving the legal community and believes that lawyers have a duty not only to their clients, but also to the civil justice system and their community. He currently serves on a number of bar association committees and leadership positions. He also served as a commissioner and chair of the Kansas Lawyers Victim Compensation Fund and actively serves as an Investigator for the Johnson County Bar Ethics & Grievance Committee. John is a past President of the Kansas Association for Justice and former Chair of the Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section and past member of the Board of Governors for the American Associate for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America).

  • American Bar Association – Member, 1989-Present
  • American Association for Justice – Member, 1989-Present
    • Solo Practitioner and Small Firm Section – Member, 2000- Present; Vice-Chair, 2004-2005; Chair, 2005-2006
    • Board of Governors, 2003-2006; 2006-2014
    • Qui Tam Litigation Committee, 2000-Present
    • Political Action Committee, 1999-Present
    • Nursing Home Litigation Group, 1999-2010
    • Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1999-2000
  • Commissioner for the Kansas Client Protection Fund, Appointed by Kansas Supreme Court, 2002, 2008; Chair 2007-2008
  • Earl O’Conner Inn of Court, Johnson County, Kansas – Barrister, 1992-1994; Master, 1999-2002
  • Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, Jackson County, Missouri – Barrister, 1994-1996
  • Johnson County Bar Association – Member, 1989-Present
    • Ethics and Grievance Committee, 2000-Present
  • Johnson County Barristers – Member, 1997-Present
  • Kansas Bar Association – Member, 1989-Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – Member, 1989-Present
    • Nursing Home Committee, 2000-Present; Vice-Chair, 2001-2002
    • Tort Law Committee, 1999-Present; Vice-Chair, 1999-2000; Chair, 2000-2001
    • Environmental Law Committee – Member, 1990-Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice (formerly Kansas Trial Lawyers Association)
    • Member, 1989-Present
    • President, 2002-2003
    • President Elect, 2001-2002
    • Vice President of Legislation, 2000-2001
    • Executive Committee Member at Large, 1993-1994; 1999-2000; 2005-2006
    • Secretary, 1998-1999
    • Vice President of Education, 1997-1998
    • Vice President of Public Affairs, 1995-1996
    • Treasurer, 1994-1995
    • Board of Governors, 1991-Present
    • Legacy of Justice Foundation Board of Directors – Member, 2002-2005
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1997-2010
    • Legislative Committee, 1997-2010
    • Amicus Committee, 1998-2003
    • Eagles Committee, 1998-2005
    • Medical Malpractice/Products Liability Sections, 1993-Present
    • Nominating Committee, 2003-2007
  • LEAP Foundation – Board Member, 2001-2007
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys – Member, 1989-Present
  • Missouri Bar Association – Member, 1989-Present
  • Public Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice), 2001-Present
  • Kansas State Coordinator, 2008-Present
  • Kansas Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Lawyer Member, 2014-Present
  • Wyandotte County Bar Association – Member, 1989-2001
  • National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, 2009-Present

Peer Recognition, Honors and Awards

  • UMKC Law School
    • Law Review 1986-1989
    • Moot Court Board 1988-1989
    • National Moot Court Team 1988-1989
    • Order of the Bench and Robe 1989
    • Order of the Barristers 1989
    • American Jurisprudence Award, International Law, 1988
    • American Jurisprudence Award, Remedies, 1989
  • Thomas E. Sullivan Memorial Award, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, December 4, 1998
  • Kansas Association of Justice Distinguished Service Award, December 3, 2010
  • ATLA Wiedeman & Wysocki Award, July 17, 2001
  • ATLA Wiedeman & Wysocki Award, July 23, 2002
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis, Alumni Professional Achievement Award, November, 2003
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated, 1994 – Present; Preeminent Law Firms
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Preeminent Attorneys, Top-Rated Lawyers in Personal Injury, 2013-2015
  • Outstanding Lawyers of America, 2003-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2015
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Best Lawyers, Best Attorneys in Missouri, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Missouri, 2008-2013
  • Top Missouri Lawyers, 2005, 2006
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas, 2007-2013
  • Kansas and Missouri Super Lawyer, 2005-2015
  • Best of the Bar, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in Kansas City, 2010- 2015
  • Appellate Advocacy Judge, UMKC Appellate Advocacy Program, 1990-Present
  • Missouri Association of Professional Archaeologists, 1980-Present
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 10%, 2011- 2014


John has presented over 50 legal seminars to local, state and national organizations on a variety of legal topics, including: Voir Dire, False Claims Act, environmental law, trial skills, medical legal topics, electronic medical records, depositions, jury instructions, demonstrative evidence, discovery, civil procedure, and insurance coverage disputes.

Published Works

“Ringing the Bell on Concussions,” American Association for Justice, Trial Magazine, August 2012

“Demonstrative Evidence”, edited by Patricia W. Iyer and Steven Applebaum. In, Nursing Malpractice, Fourth Edition, Vol. 1, Foundations of Nursing Malpractice Claims Lawyers and Judges Publishing Co., 2011

“Practicing in an Era of Tort Reform,” ATLA Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Practitioner Newsletter, Spring, 2005

“Fighting Fraud in Long Term Care, The Use of the False Claims Act to Prevent Nursing Home Fraud and Patient Abuse,” in Nursing Home Litigation: Pretrial Practice and Trials, 2nd Edition, Edited by Ruben J. Krisztal, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2003

“The Preparation and Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Nursing Home Cases,” with Patricia W. Iyer and Stephen Appelbaum. In Nursing Home Litigation: Pretrial Practice and Trials, 2nd Edition, edited by Ruben J. Krisztal. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2003.

“Holding a Case Together After an Expert Flakes Out,” in TRIAL- Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, September 2003.

“Trial Exhibits: Legal and Strategic Considerations” with Patricia W. Iyer and Stephen Appelbaum. In Medical-Legal Aspects of Pain and Suffering, edited by Patricia W. Iyer. Lawyers and Judges Cooperative Publishing Co. 2003.

“Trial Exhibits: Preparation and Use,” with Patricia W. Iyer and Stephen Appelbaum. In Medical-Legal Aspects of Pain and Suffering, edited by Patricia W. Iyer. Lawyers and Judges Cooperative Publishing CO. 2003

“The False Claims Act in Nursing Home Litigation,” In, Nursing Home Law Letter, July 19, 2002.

“The Preparation and Use of Demonstrative Evidence In Nursing Home Cases” with Patricia W. Iyer and Stephen Appelbaum. In, Nursing Home Litigation: Pretrial Practice and Trials, edited by Ruben J. Krisztal. Lawyers and Judges Cooperative Publishing Co., May 2001

“Demonstrative Evidence” with Patricia W. Iyer and Stephen Appelbaum. In, Nursing Malpractice, Second Edition, edited by Patricia W. Iyer. Lawyers and Judges Cooperative Publishing Co. January 2001

“A Weapon Against Nursing Home Fraud and Abuse,” in TRIAL- Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, December 1999.

Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, September 1996, “Settlement of a Personal injury Case; Some Issues to Consider.”

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