James Wyrsch

Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C.
One Kansas City Place
1200 Main Street, Suite 2110
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-221-0080
www.whmlaw.com


Born
Springfield, Missouri, February 23, 1942

Admitted to
Bar 1966 Supreme Court of Missouri
1966 U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
1971 U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
1972 U.S. Supreme Court
1974, 2016 U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
1974 U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
1978 U.S. Court of Military Appeals
1979 Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals of the United States
1982 U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
1983 U.S. Tax Court
1984 U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
1986 U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
1990 U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1998 U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
1998 U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
2007 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
2009 U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
2010 U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
2012 U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Education
University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1963); Dean’s List; Wrangler Society; Associate Editor, Notre Dame Scholastic; Vice-Chairman, Dean’s Arts and Letters Advisory Council
Georgetown University (J.D., 1966)
Phi Delta Phi
Member, Counsel of Barristers, 1965-1966
Recipient: Am Jur Prizes for Best Grades in Business Organizations Contracts
University of Missouri-Kansas City (LL.M. in Trial Practice, 1972)
Service Record Captain, U.S. Army, 1966-1969 (Recipient, Joint Service Commendation Medal, 1969)

Publications
* “Legal Problems of Franchisees and Franchisors,” University of Missouri-Kansas City, Continuing Education, 1980
* “Intrabrand Competition – Pricing Restrictions,” published in “Legal Problems of Franchisees and Franchisors, a Practical ‘Nuts and Bolts’ Short Course,” UMKC/CE, 1979
* “Franchise Termination, Cancellations and Non-Renewals– Injunctive Relief,” Third Annual Franchise Law Seminar, UMKC/CLE, 1981
* “Termination of Franchise and Franchisee’s Immediate Remedies,” Fourth Annual National 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,” The Language Scientist as Expert in the Legal Setting: Issues in Forensic Linguistics; The New York Academy of Sciences, 1990
* “New Law Provides Tools to Crack Down on Organizations,” Kansas City Star, December 31, 1991
* Co-Author, “Missouri Criminal Trial Practice,” 1994
* Co-Author, “The Missouri Mens Rea Requirement: New Missouri Supreme Court Opinion & How the Requirement Has Changed,” 66 UMKC L. Rev. 499, 1998
* Author, “Bifurcated Jury Trial in Non-Capital Criminal Cases,” Journal of the Missouri Bar, Vol. 61, No. 1, January-February, 2005
* Co-Author, “Making the Record in the Trial Court,” Journal of the Missouri Bar, Vol. 64, No. 6, November-December 2008

Teaching and Lectures
* Adjunct Professor, Criminal Trial Techniques, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, 1981-Present
* Special Public Defender, State of Missouri, 1985
* Teaching Attorney, Kansas City Bar Association Inns of Court, 1984-88
* Member, Faculty, Mid-America Regional, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1991-1992
* Lecturer, various topics, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, participated on a number of occasions (1979- Present), including lectures on Discovery in Criminal Cases, Updates on Case Law, Grand Jury Representation and Defenses Under the New Missouri Criminal Code, Being an Ethical Criminal Lawyer in a Sex Abuse Case
* Lecturer, “The Scope of the Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel,” Toronto, Ontario Canada, 1998, ABA Convention
* Lecturer on various topics including Price Discrimination for meetings of lawyers at various national meetings of the Station Dealers of America
* Lecturer, Missouri College for Trial Judges and University of Missouri-Columbia Law School Seminars on new Missouri Criminal Instructions and Charges, 1988
* Lecturer, 1977 Criminal Practice Institute, Kansas Bar Association
* Lecturer, Southwest Missouri Chapter, Institute of Internal Auditors, 1992
* Lecturer on Criminal Law, Missouri Bar “Bridge the Gap” Program, participated on several occasions, 1973-1980
* Lecturer, “Annual Survey of Criminal Law,” Missouri Bar Annual Convention, 1984
* Lecturer, Missouri College for Trial Judges, on subject of Instructions, 1984-85
* Moderator, “Improving the Criminal Justice System,” National Lawyers Association Annual Convention, 2003
* Participant, The Daily Record Roundtable, “Court Rule Opens Jury List,” 2003
* Lecturer, “An In-Depth Look at Defending the High-Profile Client,” National Lawyers Association Annual Convention, 2005
* Lecturer, “Confronting Crawford: Handling Hearsay Exceptions in Criminal Cases,” MoBar Annual Meeting, September, 2008

Accomplishments & Organizations
* Notre Dame Club of Kansas City
* Georgetown Club of Kansas City
* Missouri Bar Association, Vice-Chairman Criminal Law Committee, 1978-79
* Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Chairman Criminal Law Committee, 1978-79; Antitrust Committee, 1982; Chair, Business Tort/Franchise/Anti-trust Committee 1998; Member, Finance-Investments Committee, 2008-09
* Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Secretary, 2007-08; Vice-President 2008-09; President 2009-10
* American Bar Association, 1968-Present
* Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1992-Present (State Chair, 2005-06; Member, Access to Justice Committee, 2002-07, National Vice Chairman, Access to Justice Committee, 2007-08; National Co-Chair, Access to Justice Committee, 2008-10); Federal Criminal Procedure Committee (2011-16)
* Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2008-Present (Missouri State Co-Chair 2014-present)
* American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
* National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
* Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Secretary, 1982; Director, 1983)
* Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Procedures in Criminal Cases, 1983-Present
* Judicial Selection Committee for U.S. Magistrate, Western District of Missouri, 1985
* Federal Practice Committee, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1985-88
* University of Missouri-Kansas City Advisory Counsel, Legal Assistants Programs, 1985-88
* University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Foundation Service Award, 1991-92
* Fellow, Missouri Bar Foundation, 1997-Present
* Sub-Committee to Draft Model Criminal Instructions for the District Courts of the Eighth Circuit, 1986-Present
* Program Committee, Judicial Conference for U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1989)
* Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, 1975- 2000
* Panel of Arbitrators, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1985-91
* Kansas City Chapter, Christian Legal Society (Secretary/Director, 1991; President, 1994)
* Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1990-Present
* Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
* Member, Circuit Court Advisory Committee, Jackson County, Missouri, 1998
* Circuit Chair, ABA Section of Litigation Criminal Litigation Committee, 2006
* Member, National Lawyers Association (Chairman, Criminal Law Committee, 2003)
* United States Supreme Court Historical Society, Missouri Membership Co-Chairman, 2002-2006; National Membership Vice-Chair, 2006-2007; National Membership Chair, 2007-2008
* Member, Missouri Bar Evidence Task Force to Revise Missouri Evidence Restated (2nd Ed. 1993)
* Member, University of Missouri Kansas City Law Litigation Advisory Committee, 2008-present
* Listed in all editions of “The Best Lawyers in America” (Criminal Defense)
* National Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers
* 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 Business
* Who’s Who in American Education
* Who’s Who in Kansas City Law by Kansas City Business Journal, 1991, 1994
* International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, and International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
* Chambers USA-America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
* Best Lawyers in America-Criminal Defense, Corporate Counsel Publication
* Lawyer of the Year 2001 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly (One of Nine)
* Dean of the Trial Bar Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2002
* Practitioner of the Year Award, UMKC School of Law Alumni Association
* Charles Shaw Trial Advocacy Award, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
* Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2004
* KC Legal Leader of the Year 2005 by The Daily Record (One of Ten)
* “Best of the Bar,” Kansas City Business Journal (numerous editions)
* Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar; also Top Ten Lawyers, Missouri and Kansas
* “The Annual List,” the nation’s top attorneys in business practice areas (litigation), 2010 Super Lawyers
* Liberty and Justice Legacy Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, 2007
* Listed in “Guide to The World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers,” Euromoney

Publications
* Named “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark, “America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys,” 2008-10
* Senior Counsel, College of Master Advocates and Barristers
* Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (Selection Committee, Thomas A. Mesereau Cup)
* 2009 Outstanding Alumnus Award, St. Agnes Springfield Catholic High School
* 2011 Sean O’Brien Freedom Award, The Midwestern Innocence Project
* Named “White-Collar Lawyer of the Year (Criminal Defense)” for 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri, by Best Lawyers
* Elected to Lifetime Membership status, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation Board of Directors 2012
* Member, Board of Directors, Kansas City Federal Court Historical Society, 2015, Vice President 2019-
* Member, National Association Distinguished Counsel, 2015 to present
* Listed in 2016 in the category of White-Collar Crime in “Expert Guides” The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers by Euromoney Publications
* America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
* Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
* Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
* America’s Top 100 Lawyers (Missouri) High Stakes Litigators
* Martindale Hubbell AV Rated