- Meet James
“At DBJ we are able to combine our experience and resources to bring each client the personalized attention that is needed to get them the results they deserve.”
James Stigall comes from a long tradition of lawyers and is carrying his own torch since becoming a member of the DBJ team. James’ father and mother are both attorneys in the Kansas City area, as was James’ grandfather before he passed. As a young child he remembers hearing stories of his grandfather fighting for the rights of victims of terrible tragedies at both the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and in civil practice. Growing up, his father would bring him to work on Saturdays where he would see firsthand the work ethic needed to win cases and bring people the closure and justice they deserve. His mother works at one of the most prominent defense firms in the nation. This has afforded him the opportunity to learn from people on both sides of the law and observe not only the work ethic, but also the experience and resources needed to vigorously fight for our clients.
James took this work ethic and improved on it while attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. James was a scholarship athlete their while playing on the University of Missouri’s football team. After graduating, he decided to focus his efforts on law school and attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City. There he was a member of the Dean’s List each semester, interned for several judges, and graduated in 2012.
When James graduated from law school he had a tough decision whether to join the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office or enter the civil law forum. James ultimately decided to hone his skills as a trial attorney at the Jackson County prosecutor’s office, where he handled hundreds of cases and tried more than 20 violent crime cases.
As a member of DBJ, James brings his experiences from the prosecutor’s office and the stringent work ethic passed down from his parents and grandfather.
James handled over 200 cases as Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor from August, 2012 to August, 2016. He specialized in fighting for justice for the victims of homicides, robberies, assaults, and vehicular cases. While at the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, James spent time as a member of the General Crimes Unit, the Vehicular Unit, the Homicide Committee, the Homicide Pager Rotation and was the sole prosecutor handling Animal Abuse Cases. As an assistant prosecuting attorney, it was James’ duty to respond to crime scenes, charge cases, and fight for the rights of those victims up to and through the trial. James’ trial experience consists of over 20 jury trials ranging from homicides to vehicular fatalities, in addition to handling over 150 pleas of guilt.
Prior to working at the prosecutor’s office James interned with several Judges, including Federal Judge Brian Wimes, current Court Of Appeals Judge James Welsh, and former Circuit Court Judge Jay Daugherty. It was from these amazing judges that James experienced and learned how to handle all aspects of cases, from initial filings to jury trials.
Patrick B. Hall Trial Attorney of the Year for Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office – 2015
University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law – Dean’s List
University of Missouri – Kansas City Law Review and Urban Lawyer
Kansas City Missouri Bar Association
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys