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Mark Emison


Emison, MarkPractice areas: Personal injury, product liability

Law School: University of Chicago


Few things hit more viciously at the foundations of the law than the thought of a person convicted of a crime he or she did not commit – sometimes simply because the defendant could not afford suitable counsel.

It is a problem Mark Emison is working to solve through involvement in the Midwest Innocence Project, an effort to which he has given many hours of volunteer work.

“He is an active member of bar association groups such as MATA and KCMBA Young Lawyers Section, wherein he regularly advocates his colleagues to take on more pro bono projects,” writes one nominator. “He also handles legal matters for clients who do not have the financial means to garner representation through his law firm’s well-established Pro Bono & Community Service program.”

A former clerk for Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice William Ray Price, Emison began his mission to seek justice from the earliest point of his career through work with the Exoneration Project at his alma mater, the University of Chicago. Today, in addition to obtaining seven-figure verdicts and settlements for personal injury clients, he has also written ground-breaking articles on trucking accident litigation in state and national publications.

What is your most important work at your organization?

Personal injury victims come to our firm in the darkest time in their lives. They’ve either been severely injured themselves or they’ve lost a loved one. The most important part of my job is taking some of the burden off of our clients and working to make a difference in their lives.