Kansas City, Missouri
Phone: (816) 931-0048
Fax: (816) 931-4803
Stephen R. Bough grew up in Republic, Missouri and attended Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University), where he met his wife, Andrea. After completing law school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the UMKC Law Review, Steve served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Scott O. Wright.
Steve has dedicated his practice to the representation of injured people. That representation comes in many forms, such as personal injury suits, product liability claims, medical malpractice lawsuits and class action litigation. Steve is active in numerous bar organizations and has previously served as the President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, the Board of Directors of the KCMBA, the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar Association. Steve is currently on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Board of Governors of Missouri State University and serves as a Commissioner on the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority.
Steve serves as an adjunct professor at UMKC Law School, teaching the course of “Federal Jurisdiction” and “Trial Advocacy II.” Additionally, he serves on the Professor Robert Downs Scholarship Committee, an endowed scholarship at the UMKC Law School. Steve has been the President of the UMKC Law Alumni Association and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the UMKC Law Foundation. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s Citizen Academy
Due to his community involvement, Steve has won many awards, including twice receiving the KCMBA Young Lawyers President’s Award, UMKC Law Foundation’s Decade Award, KC Legal Leaders Award, Missouri & Kansas Top 100 Super Lawyers, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “Kansas City’s Finest Young Professionals” award, Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under 40″ designation, MS Corporate Achiever and has been honored twice with a resolution by the Missouri House of Representatives for accomplishments in the legal field and for public service projects. He has also received the American Trial Lawyers Association “Making it Happen” award, the Daily Record’s “Legal Leader of the Year” designation, Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers” award and the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” designation.
The Missouri Bar Foundation presents awards to individuals who have helped improve the state’s justice system. The most prestigious award for trial advocacy in the state is the Lon O. Hocker Award. The award is given annually to a lawyer who has demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy. Steve was honored to receive this award in 2005.
Speaking at Continuing Legal Education seminars and writing for legal journals is an important part of the practice of law. Steve has addressed lawyers in both of these areas for:
- The Missouri Bar
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
- Missouri Bar Trial Institute
- The Daily Record
- Missouri Bar Journal
- Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Outside of the legal profession, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and children, Ashley and Grant. They are active in their church, where they both serve as Elders, numerous community organizations and in Jackson County politics.