Kansas City Business Attorney | Swanson Bernard

James A. Durbin


James A. Durbin


Jim resolves conflicts for companies and their owners. A veteran trial attorney, he has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including firearms and munitions, food and beverage distribution, flooring and furniture, restaurants, tobacco and healthcare services.

Jim focuses his practice on litigation and mediation. He defends disputes involving contract issues, product liability, premises liability and employment law, including claims related to discrimination, harassment and the enforcement of noncompete agreements. Twice Missouri Lawyers Weekly has recognized Jim for the “Defense Verdict of the Year” for cases of tobacco law.

He frequently finds solutions in settlement and mediation, but when litigation is necessary, clients benefit from Jim’s extensive courtroom experience; he has successfully advocated in state and federal courts throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Practice Areas


  • Missouri

  • Kansas

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

  • U.S. District Court of Kansas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 8th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 10th Circuit


  • J.D., University of Kansas, 1989

  • B.A., William Jewell College, 1986