Benjamin, Kimberly Attorney

Kimberly Benjamin is a trial lawyer and partner with her brother Chris Benjamin at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC in Belton, Missouri, where she practices primarily in the area of criminal defense and personal injury for plaintiffs. Kim attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and then law school at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Since becoming a lawyer in 1996, she has participated in more than 60 jury trials, 100 bench trials and has handled hundreds of serious felonies, including over a dozen murder cases. Her most well-known case, which made national news, was from Lafayette County where all the men in a family were accused of 20-year old sex crimes against the children. Ultimately after years of hard work, and shortly after the judge granting her client released from jail on his own signature after 2 1/2 years, she earned a dismissal of all charges against her client. She had been asked to speak at national seminars about this case, most recently in Las Vegas, Nevada at the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center (NCADRC).

Kim graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (TLC) in October 2000 at the Thunderhead Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming, where lawyers learn trial skills from the renowned Gerry Spence himself. She is now a member of the faculty at TLC and teaches the Gerry Spence trial methods all across the United States. Kim is on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), serving as President from April 2013-2014; and is an active member of the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice, which focuses on DWI defense; and the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).

Kim has been honored with the distinction as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers (NTL) and as a Top 100 DUI Attorney by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD). Kim has written a chapter for the Missouri Bar DWI desk-set and has spoken at various seminars on legal issues involving criminal and DWI defense for The Missouri Bar, MACDL and the Missouri State Public Defender System.

8019 E. 171st St. Belton Missouri, 64012
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Last updated 2020-04-11

Specialties of Benjamin, Kimberly Attorney:
  • Accident Lawyers
  • Arbitration & Mediation Services
  • Arbitration & Mediation Services Attorneys
  • Attorneys
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Disability Lawyers
Accident Lawyers: The word accident is not a technical legal term with a clearly defined meaning. Speaking generally, but with reference to legal liabilities, an accident means any unintended and unexpected occurrence which produces hurt or loss. But it is often used to denote any unintended and unexpected loss or hurt apart from its cause; and if the cause is not known the loss or hurt itself would certainly be called an accident. The word accident is also often used to denote both the cause and the effect, no attempt being made to discriminate between them.
Arbitration & Mediation Services: Arbitration is an alternative means of setttling a dispute by impartial persons without proceeding to a court trial. It is sometimes preferred as a means of settling a matter in ordert to avoid the expense, delay, and acrimony of litigation. There is no discovery and there are simplified rules of evidence in arbitration. The arbitrator or arbitrators are selected directly by the parties or are chosen in accordance with the terms of a contract in which the parties have agreed to use a court-ordered arbitrator or an arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association. If there is no contract, usually each party chooses an arbitrator and the two arbitrators select a third to comprise the panel. When parties submit to arbitration, they agree to be bound by and comply with the arbitrators' decision. The arbitrators' decision is given after an informal proceeding where each side presents evidence and witnesses. Arbitration hearings usually last only a few hours and the opinions are not public record. Arbitration has long been used in labor, construction, and securities regulation, but is now gaining popularity in other business disputes.
Arbitration & Mediation Services Attorneys: Arbitration is an alternative means of setttling a dispute by impartial persons without proceeding to a court trial. It is sometimes preferred as a means of settling a matter in ordert to avoid the expense, delay, and acrimony of litigation. There is no discovery and there are simplified rules of evidence in arbitration. The arbitrator or arbitrators are selected directly by the parties or are chosen in accordance with the terms of a contract in which the parties have agreed to use a court-ordered arbitrator or an arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association. If there is no contract, usually each party chooses an arbitrator and the two arbitrators select a third to comprise the panel. When parties submit to arbitration, they agree to be bound by and comply with the arbitrators' decision. The arbitrators' decision is given after an informal proceeding where each side presents evidence and witnesses. Arbitration hearings usually last only a few hours and the opinions are not public record. Arbitration has long been used in labor, construction, and securities regulation, but is now gaining popularity in other business disputes.
Attorneys: A lawyer is a person who practices law, as an advocate, barrister, attorney, counselor or solicitor or chartered legal executive. Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems, or to advance the interests of those who hire lawyers to perform legal services. The role of the lawyer varies greatly across legal jurisdictions, and so it can be treated here in only the most general terms.
Criminal Defense Lawyers: A criminal defense lawyer, is a lawyer (mostly barristers) specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case.
Disability Lawyers: Disability law is largely regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, housing, education, and access to public services. The ADA defines a disability as any of the following: "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.", "a record of such impairment." or "being regarded as having such an impairment." While alcoholism is included as a disability, other socially undesirable behavior is excluded from the Act. For example, sexual behavior disorders, compulsive gambling, and pyromania are all excluded. The ADA, however, does not list all impairments covered. The ADA further requires that reasonable accomodation be made so as to provide individuals with disabilities equal opportunities. Agenices and departments charged with enforcement of the ADA include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Justice.

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