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Rick Holtsclaw, Mediator, KANSAS CITY, Missouri.

Rick Holtsclaw

Holtsclaw Firm
8955 Northwest Hillsboro Road
Tel: 816-221-2555
Cell: 816-739-7333
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Recognized to Missouri Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation
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  • Practice Commenced20012
  • # of MEDS (as of 23/7/24)1000
  • # of ARBS (as of 23/7/24)10
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Rick Holtsclaw is the principal and owner of Holtsclaw Firm, LC. He concentrates his practice in civil cases involving serious bodily injury or death. Rick has expanded his practice to include serving as mediator and arbitrator in civil litigations.

Rick graduated from the University of Missouri in 1982 and from UMKC School of Law in 1985 and began his legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor for Jackson County Missouri in the Sexual Assault Unit. Upon leaving the prosecutor’s office after having tried approximately one hundred cases as an assistant prosecutor, Rick joined a Kansas City law firm which primarily handled Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) cases.

In 1999, Rick formed the Holtsclaw Firm, dedicated to handling general civil practice matters which included, among others, catastrophic personal injuries, FELA, business disputes, trucking cases, products cases, and nursing home cases. While licensed in seven states, Rick has tried hundreds of jury trials in the Kansas City area and throughout the central United States.

In 2007, Rick completed a multi-day mediation course at the University of Missouri School of Law and was certified as a mediator. Rick has mediated and/or arbitrated various types of civil cases in both state and federal courts which include, among others, wrongful death, auto accidents, slip & falls, employment issues, business disputes, products liability, real estate disputes, trucking and bad faith insurance.

Rick has also frequently served as a neutral for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and has served as Special Master for Jackson County judges.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Natural Disasters
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital
  • Wrongful Death


  • B.S.B.A., University of Missouri, 1982
  • J.D., UMKC School of Law, 1985

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Western District Mediation & Assessment Program
  • Chair, Missouri Supreme Court Regional Disciplinary Committee
  • Missouri Supreme Court Regional Disciplinary Committee
  • KCMBA Business Tort Litigation Committee
  • Board of Director, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
  • A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble Peer Review
  • U.S. News and World Report “Best Lawyers”
  • Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Listed in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers


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