Michael J. Mohlman


Mike represents individuals and families who have had harm thrust into their life unnaturally. Mike was born and raised in the Kansas City area and graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1988. He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend college at Harvard University. At Harvard, Mike made the Dean’s List and was the starting left guard for the football team. After graduating from Harvard in 1992, Mike worked in Boston for three years before returning to law school at the University of Kansas.

University of Kansas Law, ’98 – Top Five Student in His Class

Mike graduated from KU Law in 1998 as one of the top five students in his class. It was at KU that Mike met his current law partner Rachel Smith.
After law school, Mike worked for some of the largest law firms in Kansas City, where he spent several years defending cases involving car wrecks, tractor-trailer crashes, medical malpractice and nursing home neglect. He was also very involved in insurance coverage litigation to determine the scope of an insurance company’s obligations under its insurance policies. This experience gave Mike an insight into the tactics insurance companies use to defend, delay and deny serious personal injury cases.

Representing Injury Victims

In 2002, Mike joined The Sly James Firm, where he stopped defending insurance companies and limited his practice to representing injured individuals. Mike practiced with Sly James until 2011, and ultimately became a partner at the firm. He was able to help his clients obtain many six and seven figure verdicts and settlements.

Smith Mohlman Injury Law, LLC

After Mr. James was elected Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri in 2011, Mike formed Smith Mohlman Injury, LLC, where he continues to represent people injured in automobile collisions, tractor-trailer wrecks, nursing homes and other personal injury cases.

Honors and Awards

Mike is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. The Trial Lawyers College is the most prestigious and selective trial advocacy program in the United States, and it is dedicated to training lawyers who are committed to obtaining justice for regular individuals against large corporate interests and insurance companies. At the

College, Mike spent three weeks in the mountains of Wyoming working on advanced trial techniques with Gerry Spence and some of the best trial lawyers in the country.

Mike is also a graduate of the Keenan Trial Institute. The Trial Institute’s mission is to give trial lawyers the system they deserve to win cases, to protect our community and to deter wrongdoers by holding them accountable.-

Mike has been rated as one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in the State of Missouri based on client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA). AIOPIA is an impartial third-party attorney rating service recognizing excellence in fellow practitioners. AIOPIA looks for attorneys that have achieved unparalleled success, but most importantly have done so for the benefit of their client.

Mike is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers group. The Top 100 is an invitation only group composed of premier trial lawyers. Membership is extended to only a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.

Before that, Mike had been invited to join The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 – an invitation extended only to attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results and leadership as young trial lawyers.

Mike has been named a Missouri and Kansas “Super Lawyer” every year since 2009 – an honor limited to only 5% of the lawyers in a given jurisdiction. He has also repeatedly been selected by the Super Lawyers publication as one of the top 100 lawyers in both Missouri and Kansas, and one of the top 50 lawyers in the Kansas City area.

Mike has also been named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list, which recognizes outstanding lawyers throughout the Kansas City area as chosen by their peers. Mike is frequently asked to speak to other attorneys on topics regarding litigation strategy and trial practice. He has been asked to get involved in cases all over the United States, and he has tried cases in both state and federal courts throughout the country.

Civic Involvement

In addition to his legal practice, Mike is very involved in the community. Mike is a co-founder of the Smith Mohlman Kids Foundation, a foundation dedicated to promoting the safety of children in our community. A portion of every fee earned by Smith Mohlman LLC, is donated to the Kids Foundation.

Mike is also on the board of Gilda’s Club of Kansas City. Gilda’s Club offers a comprehensive and professional program of support and education for people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

Mike is the former Chair of the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of the Heartland (MHAH) – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with mental illness through advocacy, education and support.

Mike is also the former president of Missouri Watch, a consumer rights organization dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals from wealthy special-interest lobbies.


Outside of work, Mike tries to spend as much time as he can with his wife Jodie and his children: Samantha, Zachary and Elise.