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Up & Coming Honorees: Ben T. Friesen, 30

Attorney, Kuckelman Torline Kirkland, Overland Park

ben-friesenPractice Areas: Personal injury, business contingency

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

 Ben Friesen is known for his competitiveness and dogged determination in the courtroom. He loves being in front of a jury, but it’s his ability to connect with clients that colleagues say makes him stand out — whether he’s handling a multi-million dollar verdict or something smaller.

In July 2017, Friesen first-chaired a bench trial that resulted in a $7.5 million judgment for a child injured in a rollover crash that killed the child’s mother. More recently, he won a $500,000 settlement for a client who experienced facial numbness due to nerve damage sustained in a car crash. The simple act of eating breakfast with the client displayed the extent of the man’s injuries due to his difficulty in eating, and it helped Friesen to build a successful case.

Friesen’s work in civil cases earned attention from the criminal court community. He also jumped at the chance to try cases as a special assistant district attorney in Atchison County, Kansas, in an effort to gain as much trial experience as possible. When he’s not in front of a jury, Friesen enjoys soccer and volunteering with The Rachel House and serving on the UMKC Law Young Alumni Board.

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

My daughter, born in September.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

My Grandpa Friesen got his cancer medication from Robert Courtney. In 2002, Robert Courtney pleaded guilty to intentionally diluting patients’ cancer medicine. I was 13 and couldn’t understand why a person would do that. I’m on a mission to expose wrongdoers through civil trials, and restore some measure of justice to the victims and their families.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I was once deputized as a police officer in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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