• Meet Wes
  • experience
  • Honors

“It’s like trying to figure out a puzzle and when the pieces come together, your clients win.”

Growing up in Union City, Tennessee, and playing football at Murray State University, Shumate considers himself a Southern boy. It was the opportunity to study law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and work as a law clerk for DBJ that drew Wes to Kansas City.  After spending his first few years of practice near his hometown in West Tennessee, Shumate came to work with the attorneys at DBJ because he admired their work ethic and passion for the cases they took on for individuals.  Wes also saw a chance to enact change, and he liked the opportunity to help people find resolution during trying times.

Wes has recently tried several cases to juries in rural Missouri, Kansas City, Independence and in Iowa, and the one common thread he has found is that great cases are made by great clients.

When juries are allowed to see the truth, they are able to find justice for injured persons.

If Wes isn’t working hard on a case, you can find him spending time with his wife and three kids or training for and competing in obstacle course races.

Wes Shumate has won a lot of big cases for his clients as a trial lawyer with DBJ.  Wes’ ability to craft persuasive legal arguments, communicate with lawyers, judges and juries and effectively navigate the American civil justice system is impressive.  Although he has very diverse practice area ability, Wes has particular expertise in Federal Employee Liability Action (FELA) cases, tractor-trailer accidents, railroad crossing injuries, litigation from automobile crashes and product liability actions.

From early days during his legal education at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Wes knew he wanted to practice plaintiffs injury law.  The ability to help people in dire need drew him into the field, as did the opportunity to have results he earned for those who have been injured make a difference and create change to protect others from similar harm.

While in law school, Wes clerked with DBJ.  After practicing in his native Tennessee following graduation for a few years, Wes returned to Kansas City, where his trial practice work at DBJ has been exemplary.

Wes is active in the legal community as a member of the Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee bar associations, the Kansas Association for Justice, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.  Wes is a graduate of the KCMBA Leadership Academy and holds leadership positions within multiple associations.

Wes has received many legal peer community awards, including being:  AV “Preeminent” Peer Rated through Martindale Hubbell; named a Top 40 Trial Lawyer Under 40 and Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association; Best of the Bar as named by the Kansas City Business Journal; and earning Super Lawyer and Rising Star recognition by Thomson Reuters publications.

Although Wes’ legal success in the courtroom is remarkable, for those who know Wes on a daily basis, it is his down-to-earth approach and easy-going manner – his ability to communicate so well – that make him such a great asset for his clients.  His combination of professional tenacity and deft personal touch make for a powerful combination and have no doubt contributed to Wes’ success on behalf of his clients.

Martindale Hubbell – AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

National Trial Lawyers Association:

  • Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Thomson Reuters – Super Lawyers and Rising Star Recognition

Kansas City Business Journal – Best of the Bar

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association:

  • KCMBA Thomas J. Conway Award
  • Bar Leadership Academy Graduate
  • Civil Court Committee Co-Chair
  • Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP) – Board of Directors