John Adams Christiansen

John Adams Christiansen

Sole Practitioner
Kansas City, Missouri
John A. Christiansen has been a trial lawyer and worked in the area of litigation for over 25 years. He is a plaintiff's attorney representing injured people in the areas of personal injury, workers' compensation, employment discrimination and general civil litigation. He has received the prestigious Preeminent Attorney AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell as well as being voted by other attorneys to the prestigious "Best of the Bar" in the The Kansas City Business Journal for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. As a trial attorney, he has had over 100 trials, taken and defended over a thousand depositions (including many expert witnesses), handled over two thousand workers' compensation cases, done both jury trials and judge tried cases in a variety of practice areas, briefed and argued motions on an abundant number of topics, written appellate briefs, argued appellate cases, and counseled thousands of clients. Besides his private practice experience, Mr. Christiansen is also a former Assistant Attorney General of Missouri and a former Adjunct Professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also been active in bar associations, especially the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association where he was chairman or co-chairman of the workers' compensation and appellate practice committees.  

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation Law - both Missouri & Kansas
  • Contracts
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Traffic Violations
  • Personal Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Missouri Human Rights Act
  • Auto Accidents
  • Slip & Falls
  • Fatal Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Appellate Law
  • Municipal Court
  • Divorce & Family Law
  • Estate Planning

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1991
  • Kansas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. - 1992
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Law Review: University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, 1989 - 1991
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.G.S.
    • Major: English (Creative Writing)


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-KC, 1996 - 2002
  • The Essentials of Missouri Practice, Missouri Bar Association, 2006 - 2007
  • 2010 Workers' Compensation Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar and UMKC Law School, 2010 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation 101 & Recent Major Developments, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation Law & Practice, Sterling Education Services, Inc., October 5, 2012 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation Law & Practice, Sterling Education Services, Inc., October 17, 2010 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation Update in Missouri, Lorman Education Services, December 7, 2012 - Present
  • Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation: "The Workers' Compensation Claim" and "Permanent Disability", Sterling Education, June 14, 2013 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Best of the Bar"; The Kansas City Business Journal

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Sustaining Member), Chairman - Work Comp. Comm.; Vice-Chairman - Appellate Practice Committee, 1991 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Missouri Attorney General's Office, Assistant Attorney General, 1993 - 1995


  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Alpha Delta