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Civil defense litigator

Michael Shunk

Member in Kansas City

Michael Shunk defends individuals, insurance carriers and other corporate clients in cases involving personal injury, contract and commercial disputes, construction defect, insurance bad faith and insurance coverage issues. He also has a long track record of successful appellate work. He is a co-chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group.

Michael obtained his law degree from the California Western School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Kansas. After graduating from law school, Michael returned to the Kansas City area, where he began his career by serving as law clerk for Hon. William F. Mauer at the Jackson County Circuit Court.

Michael has successfully tried many cases in Kansas and Missouri, and has argued appeals before the Missouri Supreme Court as well as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, as well as the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri.


  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • California Western School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Kansas, B.S.J.

Memberships & Activities

  • ALFA International
    • Steering Committee Member, Insurance Practice Group 
  • Baker Sterchi Insurance Coverage Practice Group, Co-Chair
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers


  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Miller
    425 S.W.3d 146 (Mo. App. 2014)
  • Becerra v. Unified Gov't of Wyandotte County/Kansas City
    324 F.Supp. 974 (D. Kan. 2004)
  • Briggs v. Aldi, Inc.
    218 F.Supp. 2d 1260 (D. Kan. 2002)
  • Buchanan v. Cont'l Cas. Co.
    990 P.2d 172 (Kan. App. 1999)
  • Carlson v. K-Mart Corp.
    979 S.W.2d 145 (Mo. 1998)
  • Century Fire Sprinklers, Inc. v. CNA/Transp. Ins. Co.
    87 S.W.3d 408 (Mo. App. 2002)
  • Combest v. Bd. of Trs. of Lawrence Mem. Hosp.
    2201 P.3d 2 (Kan. App. 2009)
  • Harris v. Stickleber
    55 S.W. 3d 858 (Mo. App. 2001)
  • Heckadon v. Universal Underwriters Ins. Co
    586 S.W.3d 789 (Mo. App. 2019)
  • Kaskutas v. Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co.
    438 S.W.3d 526 (Mo. App. 2014)
  • Lewellen v. Universal Underwriters Ins. Co.
    574 S.W.3d 251 (Mo. App. 2019)
  • Northwest Ark. Masonry, Inc. v. Summit Specialty Prods.,
    31 P.3d 982 (Kan. App. 2001)
  • Overbey v. Franklin
    558 S.W.3d 564 (Mo. App. 2018)
  • Perez v. Unified Gov’t of Wyandotte County/Kansas City
    432 F.3d 1163 (Mo. App. 2005)
  • Perez v. Unified Gov’t of Wyandotte County/Kansas City
    548 U.S. 905, 126 S. Ct. 2971 (2006)
  • State ex rel. Stickelber v. Nixon
    54 S.W.3d 219 (Mo. App. 2001)
  • Williams v. Bellerive
    628 S.W.3d 694 (Mo. App. 2021)
  • Wrinkle v. Norman
    366 P.3d 664 (Kan. App. 2016)