John F. Edgar

John F. Edgar

Partner
Location:
Kansas City, Missouri
Phone:
888-352-0338
816-399-5158
Fax:
816-531-3322
Email:

John F. Edgar is one of the founding partners of Edgar Law Firm LLC. The Firm was founded in 2002 to provide clients with the responsive, personal service they need in high-stakes, complex litigation.

Edgar is well known for his work in complex and class action litigation in courts throughout the country. Clients turn to Edgar counting on his courtroom skills in high-profile litigation where the last thing the client needs is a large law firm charging massive hourly rates.

For example, Edgar has served as plaintiffs' lead counsel in a multitude of successful, highly publicized class actions against some of the largest corporations in the world: Chrysler, General Motors, Microsoft, Bank of America, and British Petroleum, to name a few. In fact, one such case in which Edgar served as co-lead trial counsel, concluded after one of the longest jury trials in the history of the United States. Edgar has successfully prosecuted cases in the areas of commercial litigation, environmental, products liability class actions, securities class actions, employment class actions, antitrust class actions and consumer class actions.

Edgar began his practice in tobacco litigation and other mass torts including asbestos. As Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, his team assisted the Missouri Attorney General's office in recovering over $6 billion dollars in its cost recovery lawsuit against various tobacco defendants. This successful experience resulted in Edgar serving as co-lead counsel in several class actions in the State of Nevada arising from tobacco smoke exposure, as well as environmental contamination cases across the country.

Edgar serves in key leadership roles throughout the legal and business communities and serves on the Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. He is a former Board member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

John F. Edgar was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He currently lives in Leawood, Kansas with his wife Keiko, and his three children Isabella, Emma, and Deya. Edgar enjoys spending time with his family and playing an occasional round of golf.

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Protection
  • Complex and Commercial Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Business Torts
  • Wage/Overtime
  • Antitrust
  • ERISA
  • Fraud

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Juris Doctorate - 1996
    • Honors: AAJ National Trial Team
  • University of Kansas
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Honors: Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity
    • Major: Communications/Public Speaking
    • Major: Psychology

Representative Cases

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America
  • Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice , Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Past President
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Past Board Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors
  • Missouri Bar Association, Member
  • Kansas Bar Association, Member
  • Kansas Association for Justice , Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, Graduate
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Tomorrow Class of 2001
  • Kansas City Symphony Society
  • Midwest Innocence Project – Board of Directors