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About Our Firm

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Shipman & DeHardt, PC

Shipman & DeHardt, PC, represents clients facing criminal law, civil law, probate law, and family law matters throughout the Kansas City metro area in Missouri. Our husband and wife attorney team has handled a wide range of civil disputes and criminal defense matters through trial proceedings and settlement negotiations during their legal careers.
Both lawyers regularly receive confident referrals and positive word-of-mouth from clients and peers in the legal community. Co-founder Jill Shipman-DeHardt has received a BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for professionalism and ethics. They proudly serve Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding areas.

Representation for a Successful Case

Many attorneys call themselves bulldogs in the courtroom. An aggressive lawyer can sometimes be ideal, but not every case requires an endlessly aggressive approach. Our attorneys are always prepared and willing to fight for clients, but our firm believes in giving their clients something more:

  • Thorough preparation: Even cases that will be settled out of court should be given trial-ready attention through the legal process. Opposing parties, whether they are disputing business partners, former spouses, or criminal prosecutors, need to know your case will be defended to the fullest extent possible. We make sure no important detail is overlooked.

  • Direct communication: You should not be left in the dark when it comes to your own case. We let our clients know what is being done to help them through every stage of the process. They can call our office and speak directly with their lawyer. Information is not lost in translation between paralegals or inexperienced associates.

  • Creative insight: Not all cases always come down to guilty versus not guilty verdicts. A win can sometimes mean lessening a charge, negotiating alternative sentences, or dealing with pretrial or post-conviction matters. Jill and Jay take pride in the innovative methods they use to help clients achieve favorable results. Even when the facts are built against you, there is typically something that can be done to help.

  • Genuine concern: Our firm’s clients are dealing with highly personal issues that can influence the rest of their lives. We are personally invested in helping them protect and build a bright future for themselves and their loved ones.

You will not just be a case file to us. You are a person with a name and a story that deserves to be heard.

Put Legal Strength on your Side

Contact our office to discuss your case directly with an experienced lawyer. We are here to help by putting experience and skill on your side. To arrange a meeting, call our Lee’s Summit office or use our confidential email form.

AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent®, and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.