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James Wyrsch

Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C.
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James Wyrsch
Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C.
Kansas City,

James R. Wyrsch is President and Shareholder of Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian, P.C. Mr. Wyrsch specializes in white collar crime and complex civil litigation matters. He has litigated cases both at the trial and appellate level throughout the United States. Mr. Wyrsch has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout his extensive career.

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1966
  • U.S. District Court - District of Kansas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Missouri, 1966
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1972
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1983


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

LL.M. in Trial Practice – 1972

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia

J.D. – 1966

Honors: Barristers Council, 1965-66

Honors: AMJUR prizes for best grades in corporations and contract seminar classes

Honors: Phi Delta Phi

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

B.A. – 1963

Honors: Dean’s List; Wrangler Society

Honors: Associate Editor, Notre Dame Scholastic

Honors: Vice-Chairman, Dean’s Arts and Letters Advisory Council

Published Works

Co-Author of Missouri Criminal Trial Practice, Harrison Law Books, 1994

Legal Problems of Franchisees and Franchisors, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Continuing Legal Education, 1980

Intrabrand Competition – Pricing Restrictions, published in Legal Problems of Franchisees and Franchisors, a Practical ‘Nuts and Bolts’ Short Course, UMKC/CLE, 1979

“Franchise Termination, Cancellations and Non-Renewals – Injunctive Relief,” Third Annual Franchise Law Seminar, UMKC/CLE, 1981

Co-Author: Considerations in the Use of Evidence Obtained from Experimental Investigation of Speech and Voice: Constitutional and Other Considerations, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 606, 119, 1990

Co-Author: Criminal Intent and Due Process, The Champion, Vol. 25, 10, 1991

Co-Author: A Brief Summary of Federal Mail Fraud for Mailing List Users and Suppliers, ML/USA Journal, Pg. 4, July, 1988

Contributing Editor, Missouri Criminal Law “Voir Dire” (co-author) and “Post Trial Motions”, Missouri Bar Association, 1977

Post Conviction Remedies (co-author), Missouri Bar Association, 1995

How to Effectively Protect Your Record in Civil Cases – Offers of Proof and Constitutional Questions, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Continuing Legal Education, 1985

Co-Author: The Missouri Mens Rea Requirement: New Missouri Supreme Court Opinion & How the Requirement Has Changed, 66 UMKC L.Rev.499, 1998

Bifurcated Jury Trials in Non-Capital Criminal Cases, Journal of the Missouri Bar, Vol. 61, No. 1, January-February, 2005

Wyrsch has published a number of other articles. For a complete listing of these publications, see the Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C. listing in Martindale Hubbell online at:

Represented Cases

U.S. v. Wells, 519 U.S. 482 (U.S. Mo. 1997)

U.S. v. Tucor Intern, Inc., 189 F.3d 834 (Cal. 9 1999)

U.S. v. Burgess, 175 F.3d 1261 (Fla. 11 1999)

Andrews v. American Tel. & Tel. Co., 95 F.3d 1014 (Ga. 11 1996)

Mical Communications, Inc. v. Sprint Telemedia, Inc., 1 F.3d 1031 (Kan. 10 1993)

U.S. V. Goodman, 984 F.2d 235 (Neb. 8 1993)

Mobil Oil Corp. v. Clark, 652 F.2d 2 (Mo. 8 1981)

U.S. V. Denmon, 483 F.2d 1093 (Mo. 8 1973)

Sinclair Oil Corp. v. Dymon, Inc., 988 F.Supp. 1394 (D. Kan. 1997)

Matter of 636 South 66th Terrace, Kansas City, Kan., 835 F.Supp. 1304 (D. Kan. 1993)

State of Missouri v. Derenzy, 89 S. W.3d 472 (Mo. banc 2002)

Classes & Seminars

Adjunct Professor, teaching Criminal Trial Techniques course, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School

Master of the Inn, Kansas City Bar Association Inns of Court, 1984 – 1988

Member, Faculty, Mid-America Regional, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1991 – 1992

Lecturer, The Scope of the Attorney-Client Privlege for In-House Counsel, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1998

Lecturer, Missouri College for Trial Judges and University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, Seminars on New Missouri Criminal Instructions and Charges, 1988

Lecturer, various topics, participated on a number of occasions (1979 – present), including lectures on Discovery in Criminal Cases, Updates on Case Law, Grand Jury Representation, Missouri’s Wiretap Law, and Defenses Under the New Missouri Criminal Code, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Lecturer over last several years on various topics including Price Discrimination for meetings of lawyers at various national meetings of the Service Station Dealers of America

Lecturer, Southwest Missouri Chapter, Institute of Internal Auditors, 1992

Lecturer, Annual Survey of Criminal Law, Missouri Bar Annual Convention, 1984

Lecturer, 1977 Criminal Practice Institute, Kansas Bar Association

Lecturer, An In-Depth Look at Defending the High Profile Client, National Lawyers Association, July 28, 2005

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (State Chair 2004-2006)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (named Life Fellow 2002), 1992 – Present
  • Fellow, Missouri Bar Foundation, 1997 – Present
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1990 – Present
  • Recipient, Joint Service Commendation Medal, 1969
  • Listed in all editions of “The Best Lawyers in America” (Criminal Defense)
  • Named White Collar Practitioner of the Year for 2013 for the Kansas City area.
  • Who’s Who in Kansas City Law by the Kansas City Business Journal, 1991 – 1994
  • Named “Best of the Bar,” Kansas City Business Journal, 2002 – Present
  • Listed in World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers (Euromoney Publications), 1995
  • Recipient, UMKC Law Foundation Service Award, 1991 – 1992
  • Recipient, Practitioner of the Year Award, UMKC School of Law Alumni Association, 2002
  • Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in the Midwest; Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America (1st Edition); Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who Legal, the Int’l. Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers
  • Senior Counsel, College of Master Advocates and Barristers
  • National Directory of Criminal Lawyers
  • Named a Lawyer of the Year 2001 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Dean of the Trial Bar Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2002
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2004
  • Charles M. Shaw Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
  • Chosen as one of Ten 2005 Kansas City Legal Leaders of the Year by The Daily Record
  • Named as a Kansas/Missouri Super Lawyer in 2005 – Present (Top Ten in Both States)
  • Named as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA 2004-08
  • Who’s Who in American Education
  • Liberty and Justice Legacy Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, 2007
  • Named “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark, “America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys,” 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kansas City Bar Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, 1993 – Present
  • Sub-Committee to Draft Model Criminal Instructions for the District Courts of the Eighth Circuit, Member, 1986 – Present
  • Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Procedures in Criminal Cases, Member, 1983 – Present
  • Kansas City Chapter, Christian Legal Society, Member (Secretary/Director, 1991, President 1994)
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society, Membership Chairman, Western District of Missouri, 2002 – 2006
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society, National Membership Vice-Chair, 2006 – 2007
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society, National Membership Chair, 2007 – 2008
  • Member of Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, 1975 – 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, Member, Federal Practice Committee, 1985 – 1988
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City Advisory Counsel, Legal Assistants Programs, 1985 – 1988
  • Access to Justice Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers, State Chair (2002- Present)
  • Access to Justice Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers, National Vice-Chair, 2009 – 2010
  • Circuit Court Advisory Committee, Jackson County, Missouri, Former Member
  • Special Public Defender, State of Missouri, 1985
  • Missouri Bar Evidence Task Force to Revise “Missouri Evidence Restated” (2nd Ed. 1993), Member
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Recipient, 2011 Sean O’Brien Freedom Award from the Midwest Innocence Project
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Former Member of Board of Directors and Member of Finance Committee

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