David R. Morantz is an attorney and partner at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Chtd., where he represents victims of accidents and other forms of negligence. In his practice, he focuses on cases involving transportation, medical negligence, and product liability. He has represented clients in both federal and state courts and has argued cases before the Kansas Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
David served as president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association from 2019 through 2020. In 2013, the association recognized him with the Thomas E. Sullivan Award in recognition of significant promise and commitment as a developing leader for the association. Currently, David is a member of the National Center for State Courts Lawyers Committee. Members of the committee are provided the opportunity to meet with chief justices and various state court leaders to discuss a variety of issues, from jury and judicial reform to judicial independence.
Prior to his career as a trial attorney, David earned a journalism degree from the University of Kansas before going on to work as an award-winning newspaper reporter for The Associated Press and the Omaha World-Herald for about four years. During this time, he was occasionally assigned to cover court proceedings. This sparked an interest in the law, which drove David to return to school to earn his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. In law school, David served as an articles editor on the Kansas Law Review and was honored as a top student in the area of intellectual property law during his final year.
David believes that everyone deserves representation. His firsthand knowledge of how people without representation are treated by insurance companies has informed his practice, and he strives to be the advocate his clients need to obtain fair and just compensation under the law.
David joined Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Chtd. in 2005 and, aside from brief journalism stints in South Carolina and Nebraska, he has always called the Kansas City area home. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, is AV Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® and/or Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ lists every year since 2011.
In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Carrie, and their children, Lucy, Rebecca, and Stanley. He also enjoys coaching and playing soccer, as well as cycling and cooking.
Areas of Practice
- Medical Negligence
- Product Liability Litigation
- University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
- Honors: Top Student in Intellectual Property
- Honors: Teach Reporting/Editing at KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism
- Law Review: Kansas Law Review, Articles Editor
- University of Kansas
Honors & Awards
- Super Lawyers
- Super Lawyers 2020
- Super Lawyers 2018
- Super Lawyers 2017
- Super Lawyers 2016
- Super Lawyers 2015
- Super Lawyers 2014
- Super Lawyers 2013
- Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012
- Super Lawyers Rising Star 2011. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.
- Kansas Association for Justice, Thomas E. Sullivan Award, 2013
- AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale Hubbell, 2014 – Present
- “How Old is Too Old?” Kansas’ Useful Safe Life Statute of Repose, Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, 6, November 2009
- “Beware the Patient Juror,” Journal of Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, XXX, No. 5, p.6, May 2007
- “HIPAA’s Headaches: A Call for a First Amendment Exception to the Newly Enacted Health Care Privacy Rules,”, 53 U. Kan. L. Rev. 479, 2005
- Witness Review: Changes to Depositions Under K.S.A. 60-230(e), Journal of the Kansas Association for Judgment, pp. 15-18, March, 2012
Past Employment Positions
- The Associated Press, Newspaper Reporter
- Omaha World-Herald, Newspaper Reporter
- Student Newspaper, Managing Editor