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Joseph A. Morrey

Joseph A. Morrey

St. Joseph, Missouri

Since graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1977, Joseph A. Morrey has lived in St. Joseph, Missouri, and has been a full-time litigator trying criminal and civil cases throughout Northwest Missouri and the greater Kansas City area. Morrey served as an assistant prosecuting attorney and public defender for six years in Buchanan County before starting his private practice. He has successfully tried over 100 jury trials to verdict. 

Morrey is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell signifying he possesses the highest professional legal ability and ethical standards as determined by confidential peer reviews of lawyers and judges with whom he practices. He has also been designated as a Missouri Super Lawyer, member of the "Top 100" for Missouri by the National Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the “Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. In 2016 Morrey was elected to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar Association representing Northwest Missouri attorneys.

Morrey presently focuses his practice on litigation involving claims for serious personal injury and wrongful death resulting from vehicular collisions, defective products and medical malpractice. He was inspired to start his law firm to best assist individuals and families faced with overwhelming personal, financial and legal issues due to the effects of personal injury or death of loved ones caused by the negligence of others. He is uniquely qualified due to his years of successful litigation experience as evidenced by his exceptional trial record, professional ratings, awards and countless satisfied clients. 

Morrey has an abiding desire to truly understand and appreciate the actual effect his clients' injuries have had on them and their families. This interest and concern inspires him to prepare each case whatever the cost and gives him the strength to put in the effort ultimately required to prevail at trial. He believes in “leveling the playing field” by aggressive investigation and preparation of his clients' cases, resulting in his knowing the case better than the other side. His greatest satisfaction comes from achieving justice in every case in the form of the best possible settlements and jury verdicts for his clients. He considers all of his clients personal friends and genuinely cares about their success and happiness in life. Morrey firmly adheres to the proposition that the trust and respect of satisfied clients remains his best form of advertising.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Personal Injury
  • 25% Wrongful Death
  • 15% Medical Malpractice
  • 5% Products Liability
  • 5% Premises Liability
  • 5% Workers' Compensation
  • 5% Criminal & Traffic Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1977
  • Colorado, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2017


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri - 1977
  • SE MO State Univ., Cape Girardeau, Missouri
    • B.A. cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science & Sociology


  • When Disaster Strikes - Plenary Session Speaker, The Missouri Bar Annual Meeting 2011

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2010 - Present
  • Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Missouri Super Lawyer, Personal Injury Litigation, 2013 - Present
  • Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association, Member, 1977 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member, 2000 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member, 1995 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2014 - Present
  • MOBAR Board of Governors of Missouri, Elected Member, 2016 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Buchanan Co. MO Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Assistant Prosecuting Atty., 1977 - 1980
  • 5th Judicial Dist. of MO Public Defender's Office, Assistant Public Defender, 1980 - 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • St. Joseph Food Bank – Board of Directors, Legal Advisor, 1979 - 1980
  • St. Joseph Food Kitchen – Board of Directors, Legal Advisor, 1979 - 1982
  • St. Joseph Youth Soccer Association – Volunteer, 1979 - 2000
  • KGNM Christian Radio – Board of Directors, Legal Advisor, 2000 - 2008
  • St. Joseph Pregnancy Resource Center – Board of Directors, Legal Advisor, 2000 - 2010
  • The Missouri Bar – Lawyers Assistance Program Volunteer, 2000 - Present
  • The Missouri Bar – Complaint Resolution Mediator, 2002 - Present
  • St. Joseph Christian School – High School Track Coach, Volunteer, 2003 - 2011
  • Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph, MO – Board of Directors, Legal Advisor, 2004 - 2012
  • Salvation Army of St. Joseph, MO – Board of Directors, Member & President , 2006 - 2014
  • St. Joseph Christian School – Legal Advisor to School Board, 2007 - 2011
  • City of St. Joseph, MO – Planning & Zoning Commission, Member & Vice Chairman , 2008 - 2013
  • MO Assn. of Trial Attys. Emergency Response Team – Volunteer & Co-Director, 2008 - Present
  • Uptown St. Joseph Advisory Committee – Board of Directors, 2010 - Present
  • City of St. Joseph, MO – Zoning Board of Adjustment, Substitute, 2016 - Present
  • The Missouri Bar – Free Legal Answer Program, 2017 - Present
  • The Missouri Bar – Disaster Legal Service Volunteer, 2017 - Present


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