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Kirk J. Goza

Kirk Goza has been trying lawsuits and managing significant pieces of litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants throughout the country for over thirty years. Prior to starting Goza & Honnold, LLC, Kirk was a partner at a nationally recognized products liability defense firm where he was head of the firm’s tort section and specialized in medical malpractice, products liability, and pharmaceutical litigation.

In 2005, Kirk along with his long-time friend and law partner Brad Honnold started Goza & Honnold, LLC. Kirk wanted to use the trial skills and the knowledge that he had honed as a defense lawyer to provide unique representation to those who had been seriously injured and were often most in need of help. Kirk’s primary focus for the last ten years has been plaintiffs’ personal injury, medical malpractice, medical device and pharmaceutical drug, products liability and complex litigation. In that regard, Kirk and Brad have represented thousands of clients in several national litigations including Vioxx, Bextra/Celebrex, Fleets Phospho Soda, Trans Vaginal Mesh, DePuy ASR, Zimmer Durom, Pradaxa, Fosamax, Actos, and Power Morcellator.

Kirk has been recognized by his peers and judges for his trial skills. In 1993, based on the recommendation of State Court Judges, Kirk received the Lon O. Hocker award as one of the three outstanding young trial lawyers in Missouri. Ten years later, in 2003, Kirk became a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers. In 2009, Kirk was inducted into the International Society of Barristers, and in 2013, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Admission to both organizations is based on recognized trial skills. Kirk now dedicates his trial skills to helping and protecting those who have been harmed by the negligent acts of others.

Kirk is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, served on the Board of Directors and is a past president of the organization’s Western Missouri/Eastern Kansas chapter. Kirk is “Board Certified” as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (Missouri has no approved certification process). Kirk has been listed on numerous occasions in the “Best Lawyers” in America, “Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers,” including being named one of Missouri’s top ten lawyers in 2013 and 2015.

Kirk willingly shares his experience with other lawyers and is a frequent writer and lecturer on the topics of trial practice and technique. Kirk understands that not every case should be taken to trial and there are times when alternative dispute resolution serves an important purpose. In that regard, Kirk is frequently called upon to act as a mediator in high profile cases.

Kirk is actively involved in the community and in the past has served on numerous charitable Boards and organizations including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Foundation Workshop and Youth Service Alliance of Greater Kansas City. Kirk and his wife, Shirley, also a lawyer, met while both were at KU law school. Kirk and Shirley have three children.


  • Kansas Federal Court
  • Kansas State Court
  • Missouri Federal Court Western District
  • Missouri State Court
  • Ninth Circuit


  • Top 50: 2018 Kansas City Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2018 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2017 Kansas City Super Lawyers
  • 2016 Missouri Kansas Top One Hundred Super Lawyers
  • 2015 Missouri Kansas Top Ten Lawyers Super Lawyers
  • 2014 Missouri Kansas Top Ten Lawyers Super Lawyers
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (inducted 2013)
  • 2010 Missouri Kansas Top Ten Lawyers Super Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers (inducted 2009)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (inducted 2003)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Missouri State Committee 2009
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Missouri State Committee 2006
  • 2004 Board Certified Trial Advocate National Board of Trial Advocacy (Missouri has no mechanism to approve certification programs) re-certified 2009.
  • Member The Academy of Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
  • Selected The Best Lawyers in America, 2001-2009
  • Kansas City 2002-2009 Best of the Bar
  • Admitted 1995 American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 1993 Lon O. Hocker Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy Skills (awarded by Missouri Bar Association upon recommendation of Missouri judges and trial lawyers)
  • Martindale Hubbell A.V. Rating
  • 1990 Who’s Who of Emerging American Leaders
  • 1989 Who’s Who in American Law


  • 2009-2014 American College of Trial Lawyers State Committee
  • 2008 KCMBA Board of Directors Member At Large
  • 2007 Chairperson KCMBA Finance Committee
  • 2005 Chairperson Leukemia Society Ball
  • 2004 President ABOTA
  • 2004 Auction Chairperson Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • 2003 Nominating Committee KCMBA
  • 2003, 2004, 2005 MemberAt-Large Board of Directors Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2003 Board of Directors Kansas City Bar Foundation
  • 2003 President-Elect ABOTA
  • 2002 Treasurer Board of Directors ABOTA
  • 2001 Secretary Board of Directors ABOTA
  • 2001- 2003 Legal Advisor to The Kansas City Bar Foundation
  • 2001-2004 Vice-President of Board of Directors Foundation Workshop (A sheltered workshop providing jobs for adults with special needs.)
  • 2000 – 2004 Board of Directors Youth Service Alliance of Greater Kansas City, Inc. (Supports over 150 schools that encourage young people to engage in community service.)
  • 1998 Chair KCMBA Tort Law Committee
  • 1997-Present Board of Directors Foundation Workshop
  • 1996 Co-Chair KCMBA Tort Law Committee
  • 1994-95 Legal Advisor to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 1992 Delta Upsilon Alumni Board of Directors
  • 1989 KCMBA/YLS Bench Bar Planning Committee
  • 1985 Co-Chair KCMBA Medico-legal Hospital Committee, (Revised Interdisciplinary Code and Health Care Provider Complaint Committee)
  • Past Member YLS/KCMBA Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Past Member KCMBA Volunteer Attorney Project
  • Mr. Goza is a member of the American Trial Lawyer’s Association, Missouri Bar Association, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.


  • Associate Editor and Staff Member of University of Kansas Law Review, 1980-82.
  • Recipient 1981-82 Robert E. Edmonds Award in Corporations and Securities Law (highest award given to corporate and securities student).
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (upper 10 percent of class only).
  • American Jurisprudence Award (highest grade given) — Business Associations I & II.
  • National Spanish Honor Society of Sigma Delta Pi
  • Co-Captain KU Rugby Football Team
  • Delta Upsilon Social Fraternity


  • Co-Author Missouri Bar Deskbook, Health Care Providers (2005)
  • Co-Author: Missouri Bar Deskbook, Liability of Health Care Providers (1997).
  • Co-Author: Pleadings 57 UMKC Law Review 736 (1989).
  • Co-Author: Missouri Bar CLE Appellate Practice and Extraordinary Remedies (chapter supplement on mandamus).
  • Author: Comment Securities Regulations: Reliance As An Element in a Section 12(2) Action 30 Kan.L.Rev. 599 (1982)


  • Plaintiffs Strategies For Maximizing Reasonable Value for Medical Services After the ACA, Lenexa, Ks. NBI sponsor (1/29/2015)
  • Mass Tort Conference Panel Discussion, MCM Services, Lenexa, KS (September 10, 2014)
  • Finding, Choosing and Working With Experts, Missouri Bar, Jefferson City  (November 22, 2013)
  • Winning Strategies in Medical malpractice Cases, Dealing With Experts, Missouri Bar, Independence, Mo.  (October 11, 2013)
  • Moderator, Lessons of 1000 Trials, Westin, KC,MO., ACTL and MOBar (May 2, 2013)
  • Admitting Technology Based Exhibits and Other Evidentiary Issues, Kansas Joint JudicialConference (June 15, 2012)
  • Voir Dire Civil Jury Trial Demonstration, KCMBA, UMKC (April 8, 2010)
  • Voir Dire, Civil Jury Trial Demonstration, KCMBA, UMKC (Feb. 9, 2009)
  • Winning With Experts, Trial Demonstration) Missouri Bar, Marriot Hotel, Kansas City, Mo. (June 26, 2008)
  • War Stories From Leaders of the Local Trial Bar Lawyers Association (April 9, 2008)
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers, Trial Advocacy Seminar, Closing Argument JCCC (June 1, 2007)
  • Solo and Small Firm Conference, Getting Started and Keeping It Going, KCMBA, (October 13, 2006)
  • Effective Direct and Cross- Examination Of Lay and Expert Witnesses, MOBAR and AmericanCollege of Trial Lawyers, Kansas City (June 15, 2006)
  • Direct Examination of the Expert Witness MoBar CLE Kansas City, MO (June 16, 2006)
  • KCMBA Plaintiff’s Opening Statement in a Pharmaceutical Case, (February 10, 2006).
  • Jury Selection An American College of Trial Lawyers Presentation, Columbia, Missouri(November 29, 2005)
  • KCMBA, Cross-Examination Do’s & Don’ts (October 28, 2005)
  • MoBar Annual Meeting, Collateral Source, Changes under Tort Reform Statute (September, 2005)
  • American Trial Lawyers, Opening Statement, Causation In a Birth Trauma Case ( Toronto,Canada , July 23, 2005)
  • MATA Trial Tips Seminar, Persuasion in a Birth Trauma Case, Kansas City, MO (May 6, 2005)
  • ACTL, Trial Skills for Public Interest Lawyers, Cross-Examination and Demonstrative Evidence,Cape Girardeau, MO (April 29, 2005)
  • ATLA’s Litigating Catastrophically Insured Infant Cases Seminar, Persuasion in Birth Trauma Cases, Atlanta, GA (February 25-26, 2005)
  • UMKC, Civil Jury Trial Demonstration, (June 11, 2004)
  • KCMBA, Effective Techniques of Cross-Examination, (June 28, 2002)
  • MATA, Representing Your Client – A Perspective of What the Other Side Looks for in Cases, (June 21, 2002)
  • ABOTA, Masters in Trial, Trial Demonstration, (September 28, 2001)
  • Medical Protective, Risk Awareness, (October 5, 2000)
  • ABOTA, Masters in Trial, Trial Demonstration, (September 29, 2000)
  • KCMBA, Techniques for Effective Cross-Examination, (June 20, 2000)
  • Medical Protective, Malpractice Prevention-Beyond the Basics (October 12,1999) KCMBA, Rain Making and Practice Development (February 25, 1999)
  • KCMBA, Federal Lifesaver, Voir Dire Issues In Federal Court (August 29, 1998)
  • Medical Protective Company, Risk Management for Medical Office Professionals (July 23, 1998)
  • KCMBA Techniques for Effective Cross-Examination (June 24, 1998)
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon Daubert 1998: An Update on the Federal Court’s Standard for Admissibility of Expert Testimony, Panel Discussion (June 18, 1998)
  • American Hotel & Motel Association, Instructor, Hospitality Law
  • UMKC Mastering The Medical Malpractice Case — Obstetrical Malpractice and Birth Trauma Litigation (October 3, 1997)
  • KCMBA, How To Conduct The Purposeful and Strategic Cross-Examination (June 25, 1997)
  • UMKC Practicing Law Institute, Examining The Expert Witness- Evidence and Technique, The Interactive Courtroom (May 30, 1997)
  • Clubhouse Inns Training Workshop Employment Discrimination & Sexual Harassment In The Workplace (May 1, 1997)
  • ABA National CLE Program Advisory Committee, The Experts Analyze Bad Baby Cases (April 18-19, 1997, San Francisco, CA)
  • KCMBA, Personal Injury Cases: A Practical Approach – Jury Selection Strategies (April 17, 1997)
  • KCMBA, Effective Motions – Motions in Limine, (June 27, 1996)
  • KCMBA, How to Conduct the Purposeful and Strategic Cross Examination, (May 24, 1996) Medical Protective Company, Malpractice Prevention – A Lawyer’s Perspective, (May 22, 1996) Greater Kansas City Medical Managers Association and HFMA, Medi-Vision 2000 Seminar, Medical Malpractice – Exposure Control, (April 5, 1996)
  • KCMBA, Fair and Reasonable Damages, (April 28, 1995)
  • Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, P.C., Update on Labor and Employment Law, Jury Verdicts and What they Mean, (April 21, 1995)
  • KCMBA, Fair and Reasonable Damages, (June 16, 1994)
  • KCMBA, Depositions, (June 15, 1994)
  • OMIC, Risk Management Seminar (Westin Crown Center, June 4, 1994).
  • UMKC, The New But For Test For Causation in Missouri (May 6, 1994).
  • KCMBA, Comparative Fault (May 21, 1993).
  • National Osteopathic Health Conference, Mock Trial (April 15, 1993).
  • UMKC Medical Malpractice Seminar; Direct and Cross-Examination of The Expert Neuroradiologist — Trial Demonstration (September 25, 1992).
  • MATA’s Trial Advocacy Seminar (March 6, 1992)
  • Second Annual Defense Tactics Institute, What Makes an Effective Cross-Examination of Both Non-Experts and Experts (February 27, 1992)
  • Fourth Annual Valuation & Settlement Negotiations Seminar, Medical Malpractice Defendant (November 22, 1991)
  • Dealing with Experts — UMKC/KCMBA 1991 Medical Malpractice Seminar (September 6, 1991)
  • Preparation for Trial; Discovery; Motions, UMKC 15 Hour Review of Law (June 28, 1991)
  • MATA’s Basic Trial Series Pleadings: Stating the Cause of Action, the Answer, Affirmative Defenses, Motions to Dismiss (February 22, 1991)
  • UMKC Medical School , Depositions (April 17, 1990)
  • Workshop, Jury Selection, Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Medicolegal Cases, 30th Anniversary Conference of the American College of Legal Medicine (March 14-17, 1990, Orlando, Florida)
  • MATA’s Medical Malpractice Seminar, Case Investigation: A Defense Perspective (March 9, 1990)
  • Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses UMKC/KCMBA 1989 Litigator’s Tutorial (November 10, 1989)
  • Trial Aspects of Liability — A Defense Perspective — UMKC/KCMBA 1989 Medical Malpractice Seminar (September 27, 1989)
  • Co-Chairperson UMKC/KCMBA 1988 Medical Malpractice Seminar (September 7, 1988)
  • KCMBA Bench Bar Presentation, Our Day In Court (May 14, 1988)
  • UMKC School of Nursing , Mock Trial, Nursing Practice and the Law (1986)
  • Kansas City Claims Association, Luncheon speaker on Tort Reform (1987)


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