Just Released! Kansas City, MO’s Best Lawyers

Grant L. Davis has been again recognized by The Best Lawyers in America.

Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for:

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Kansas City-MO (2018)
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, Kansas City-MO (2016)
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Kansas City-MO (2015)
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Kansas City-MO (2013)
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Kansas City-MO (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

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Scott Bethune Earns Prestigious Cornerstone Award

Stetson University College of Law awarded its Cornerstone Award to DBJ partner Scott Bethune during its regional Educating Advocates Teaching Advocacy Skills conference on Dec. 7 at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The Cornerstone Award recognizes exceptional members of the advocacy teaching community who work ceaselessly to create learning opportunities for the profession. Cornerstone Award recipients are recognized for their outstanding commitment to protecting the right to trial by jury, developing training opportunities for trial lawyers, and supporting the legal profession in all manners.

Stetson’s annual Educating Advocates conferences bring together leading advocates from around the country to share ideas, sharpen skills, and learn the nationally renowned Stetson Method of advocacy.

Read more about the award here.

DBJ Support Helps UMKC Law Program Thrive

UMKC School of Law’s nationally ranked Advocacy Program continues to compete at the highest levels and DBJ is thrilled to be a financial supporter helping to facilitate that success.

The success of the Program is enabling student teams to compete in prestigious competitions, including three teams from the program advancing to national trial competitions in spring, 2017.  Two UMKC teams placed in the top four in the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition and the American Association of Justice competition.

UMKC Law Professor Rafe Foreman recognizes the role DBJ and other alumni donors play in the success of the program.

“It would be impossible to obtain national notoriety for our program and the law school without the generous support of our advocacy program donors. Their support has made a critical difference for our students and the program,” says Foreman.

DBJ partner Scott Bethune is committed to the program and has been a leader in the effort to secure alumni support.

“I give back not just to see the program rise in the rankings, but as an alumnus, I’m committed to the program’s success. Many of the major trial lawyers in Kansas City are UMKC alums. I met my law partners and many of my life-long friends at UMKC. The school’s success makes me proud.”


Read more about the Program’s success and DBJ’s role in developing outstanding future attorneys here.

DBJ Gift Helps UMKC Prep New Lawyers


Just as the UMKC School of Law laid the foundation for their legal careers, Grant Davis (J.D. ’87), Scott Bethune (J.D. ’88) and Tom Jones (J.D. ’88) are hoping their contribution to the E.E. (“Tom”) Thompson Courtroom renovation project will lay the foundation for future graduates to contribute to their alma mater.

The trio, who formed the DBJ law firm in 2001, didn’t hesitate when the Law School sought donations for the $2.3 million project. The firm’s $200,000 gift named Litigation Hall in the courtroom entrance.

“Our goal is to provide opportunities for law students who eventually go to practice, hopefully in the local community, and contribute back to the School as alumni,” Bethune says.

The updated courtroom features state-of-the-art technology, including a large-screen, rear projection video monitor equipped to display documents and video images simultaneously, and equipment to record multiple actions that can be played back, edited for classroom discussion or broadcast via the Internet.
The new courtroom is tri-functional, serving as a working courtroom complete with a jury (and, if needed, the ability to be used for mock and legally binding trials), a classroom and an auditorium for public functions. “The courtroom, built in 1979, needed to be updated and rearranged,” Bethune says. “With the renovations, the new facility will enhance UMKC’s relationship with the Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District and is anticipated to renew working relationships with the Circuit Court through its use as a working courtroom.”

Some of the major technology enhancements include a contemporary audio system (recording, conferencing and presentation), video evidence presentation system (for the display of advanced visual media) camera coverage and a large rear-projection video screen. Bethune explains, “It’s more like the courtrooms practicing lawyers use, and will better prepare students. “UMKC provided us with the foundation and tools to go out and make a difference in people’s lives,” he adds, “so we’re proud to invest in the future of Kansas City’s legal community.”

DBJ Gift Completes Spence Challenge

At LAWMO’s Fifth Annual Justice For All (JFA) Luncheon in May, 2003, guest speaker Gerry Spense pledged to donate $15,000 to LAWMO, if donors contributed $30,000 in new gifts. In addition to contributing $5,000 to sponsor the JFA Luncheon, DBJ stepped forward in December 2003 with a $9,000 gift to complete the Spence challenge. Grant Davis on meeting the the challenge: “It’s so important for lawyers to give back to the community. There’s no better way than to support LAWMO in helping people who need legal assistance.” Thanks to Gerry Spence, the law firm of DBJ and over $21,000 in new gifts from supporters, LAWMO’s three-year, $1.5 million JFA campaign was given a $45,000 boost.

Scott Bethune Recognized by Missouri Bar Association

The Missouri Bar Association recognized DBJ partner Scott Bethune for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the continuing legal eduction of Missouri lawyers through their CLE programs.

Read more about Scott’s recognition in the Missouri Bar Association online publication ESQ here.

Scott Bethune Receives Pat Kelly Service Award

Scott Bethune is a tireless advocate for the UMKC School of Law and the Law School Foundation. Scott and his firm, Davis, Bethune and Jones, have generously supported several major initiatives at the law school including the advocacy program and renovation of the E.E. (Tom) Thompson Courtroom. He has served as the Vice President of Development for the UMKC School of Law Foundation. Through the years, he has also served the bar community in a variety of prominent roles, including this year as President of KCMBA.  He is an exceptional ambassador representing the best of the UMKC School of Law in Kansas City and beyond.