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James R. Wyrsch

James R. WyrschPresident

James R. Wyrsch was named a recipient of the 2011 Sean O’Brien Freedom Award from the Midwestern Innocence Project. It is the fourth time in the history of the organization that this award has been given. Previous recipients include the author John Grisham.

James R. Wyrsch, J.R. Hobbs, Stephen G. Mirakian, Marilyn B. Keller, Charles M. Rogers, J. Justin Johnston, Nathan J. Owings, and David S. Bell were named as “Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers,” published by Law & Politics. The attorneys are chosen by a combination of a survey of lawyers, a panel review, and a research process, including interviews, independent research, data verification, and a good standing review and are limited to 5% of the licensed attorneys in a state. James R. Wyrsch and J.R. Hobbs were named in the “Top Ten” Super Lawyers and Marilyn Keller was named in the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the combined states of Missouri and Kansas.

James R. Wyrsch and J.R. Hobbs were named as among the “Best of the Bar” by the Kansas City Business Journal. Both are included in the “Best of the Bar 10-Year Nominee.”

James R. Wyrsch and J.R. Hobbs were selected for inclusion in the 2011 publication “Business Crime Defense,” published by Who’s Who Legal, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; the firm has also been included 2011 publication of Who’s Who Legal, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C., was named as the “Missouri Business Crime Law Firm of the Year” by the London publication, Corporate INTL.

James R. Wyrsch and J.R. Hobbs were included in the 2011 publication “The Best Lawyers in America” in the categories of both Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; J.R. Hobbs has also been included in the category of Commercial Litigation; and Charles M. Rogers has been included in the category of Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar.

Best Lawyers also named J.R. Hobbs as the “Kansas City, MO Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.

U.S. News and Best Lawyers named Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian among the best law firms and ranked the firm in Tier 1, Kansas City, Missouri, in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Governmental Investigations, and Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Litigation. Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian was also ranked in Tier 2 in the area of Litigation – Eminent Domain and Condemnation.

Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C., was included in the 2011 Client’s Guide of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, included as a Leading Firm in Band 2 in Litigation: General Commercial (Kansas City and Surrounds) with key individuals in the firm being James R. Wyrsch, J. R. Hobbs, and Keith E. Drill; James R. Wyrsch and J.R. Hobbs have been included as Leading Individuals in Band 1 for Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations.

James R. Wyrsch has been inducted in Boston, Massachusetts, as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

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: Council of Barristers, 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: www.Martindale.com

Representative 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)

Representative Clients

  • Magazine Distribution Industry
  • Roofing Industry
  • Trash Hauling Industry
  • Moving and Storage Industry
  • Telecommunications Industry
  • Real Estate Marketing Industry
  • Insurance Industry
  • Petroleum Industry
  • Securities Industry
  • Outdoor Sign Industry


  • United Missouri Bank, Kansas City, Missouri


  • 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

For a more complete listing of the seminars conducted, see the Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C., listing in Martindale Hubbell online at: www.Martindale.com

Honors and 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

For a more complete listing of professional associations and memberships, see the Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C., listing in Martindale Hubbell at: www.martindale.com

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Army, Captain, 1966 – 1969


  • Phi Delta Phi

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