HOPKINS MEDIATION

The Right Mediator for the Right Case

9233 WARD PARKWAY
KANSAS CITY, MO
816-421-7900

  LLM IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION - "BEST OF THE BEST" - KCMBA AWARD WINNER

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            40 YEARS  REPRESENTING PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS IN CIVIL LIGITATION

About
Bill Hopkins graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, and after nearly 40 years of practice, went back to the Law School. After two years of handing a docket of sixty cases and juggling day and night classes in Columbia, he earned his LL.M in Dispute Resolution, with honors, from the Mizzou Program recognized as one of the top ADR programs in the nation.

He began his law career with the Lathrop Law firm and was trained and supervised by Joseph E. Stevens, Jr. who later became a judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.  He took leave from Lathrop and took a position with a television and film company in Los Angeles as Vice President of Development.  The company produced and marketed the Academy Award nominated film, "Give em Hell, Harry!", "Richard Pryor-Live In Concert," a Broadway play, "Knockout" and produced a production of the "Ballet Gayane" which was filmed-live in Riga, Latvia, U.S.S.R.  

After taking the California Bar, he associated with a Redondo Beach law firm specializing in product liability, drug, medical device, and pharmaceutical liability cases, at the same time writing teleplays for several network television shows and was a story consultant for others.

Upon his return to Kansas City, he became a partner in the Hubbell Law Firm, later he became a partner of Ron Stites. Later he began an eight-year association with Missouri State Senator, Harold Caskey.   They operated a general practice firm with offices in Bates County and Jackson County, Missouri.   While with Senator Caskey, he handled the personal injury docket, litigated and defended cases for small business owners, land owners, estates, self-insureds, and casualty insurers.   For the past two and a half years, he's returned to solo practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

In his varied and diverse practice, he's represented clients in State and Federal Courts in 20 States, and in nearly every county court on the western side of  Missouri.  He's respresented clients in the smallest of cases, including some he felt worthy enough to handle on a pro bono basis, and cases involving catastrophic damages with values and recoveries in the millions of dollars, some of the cases receiving headlines in local newspapers, some reported in the national media. 

His reputation among his peers is well known:  affable and accommodating, but as well a skillful and innovative tactician and strategist, and a well prepared, articulate and effective advocate for his clients.

It is this vast experience, training and knowledge, coupled with his personality, demeanor and character that he brings with him as a mediator - all of which may make him the right mediator for your case.

 


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