Thomas Hershewe

Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe
1100 Main St Ste 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 876-2600

Practice Groups –
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful death

Bio -

Tom Hershewe is one of the Midwest’s leading bad faith insurance litigators. Tom represents insureds who have had their insurance companies abandoned them after another person sued them. Even in cases where the insurance company defends its insured, Tom often serves as the insured’s personal counsel to ensure that the insurance company takes the correct steps to resolve the case.  During his time at Dollar, Burns & Becker, Tom has recovered more than $130 million against insurance companies for their failure to abide by good faith claims handling.


If that weren’t enough, Tom has also handled almost every kind of personal injury case imaginable. He’s been involved with cases pertaining to truck crashes, electrocution, faulty products, and industrial accidents.


Awards and Honors


Best Lawyers In America – 2020

Super Lawyers – 2016-2019

Missouri Lawyers Weekly – Up and Coming - 2019

The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Civil Plaintiffs Attorneys In Missouri 2012 – 2019

Missouri Bar Foundation –  David Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award – 2013


Reported cases


Britt v. Otto, 577 S.W.3d 133 (Mo. App. W.D. 2019)

Holdeman v. Stratman, 556 S.W.3d 46 (Mo. App. W.D. 2018)

Latenser v. Tarmac Int'l, Inc., 549 S.W.3d 461 (Mo.App. W.D. 2018)

Clayborne v. Enter. Leasing Co. of St. Louis, LLC, 524 S.W.3d 101 (Mo. App. E.D. 2017), reh'g and/or transfer denied (May 16, 2017), transfer denied (Aug. 22, 2017)

Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., 448 S.W.3d 818 (Mo. banc 2014) (amicus brief)

Christianson v. Goucher, 414 S.W.3d 584, 587 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013)

Valerie Johnson v. Vatterott Education Center, Inc, 410 S.W.3d 735 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013)

Watts v. Lester E. Cox Medical Center, 376 S.W.3d 633 (Mo. banc 2012) (amicus brief) 


Professional Associations and Memberships


The Missouri Bar, Member

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member, Amicus Committee

The American Association for Justice

Missouri Humanities Council

Operation Breakthrough


Publications and Articles

  • The Missouri Bar Annual Update, 2010- 2012.

  • The Missouri section in Trucking Litigation Damages: A State by State Summary—Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, by Jeff Burns, Tom Hershewe, J.J. Burns, January 2012.

  • COMPLIANCE, SAFETY, ACCOUNTABILITY (CSA): CRASH PREVENTION THROUGH EARLY INTERVENTION, by Jeff Burns and Tom Hershewe, published in Truck Accident Litigation, edited by Laura Ruhl and Mary K. Dooley-Owens, 3rd

  • The Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements signed by a resident or the Resident’s Family Members, by Tim Dollar and Tom Hershewe, Professional Negligence Section, AAJ Newsletter, Volume 18, No. 3, Summer 2012.

  • COMPLIANCE, SAFETY, ACCOUNTABILITY (CSA) by Jeffrey A. Burns and Tom Hershewe, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, AAJ Newsletter, Summer 2013 Newsletter.

  • A Punitive Damage Award as the Consequential Damages in the Insured’s Bad Faith Case, by Thomas Hershewe, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, The Missouri Trial Attorney Winter edition, published on December 16, 2013.

  • Insurance: Hiding in Plain Sight, by Thomas Hershewe, AAJ, Trial Magazine, Winter edition, published on February 6, 2015.

  • Interviewed and cited in Mo. Rev. Stat. Section 537.058, Amendments to: Mo. Rev. Stat Section 537.065, and Their Impact on Bad Faith Litigation, written by Jordan Dollar Winter 2008