Kansas City Business Attorney | Swanson Bernard

James F. Freeman III

 

James F. Freeman III

MEMBER

James helps companies prevent, resolve and mitigate business disputes through planning, negotiation, arbitration and litigation. He acknowledges the Henry Ford quote, “Most people spend more time and energy trying to go around problems than trying to solve them,” and applies it to his practice. During and after a dispute, he examines the underlying issues and works to prevent them from reoccurring.

James frequently speaks to industry groups regarding best practices. He formerly served on the city council of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and spent two years as mayor pro tempore. While on the Public Works Committee, he helped oversee more than 500 public employees and annual budgets of more than $200 million.

Active in the community, James has taught government contract law at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America – Heart of America Council’s Silver Beaver Award, the highest award presented to volunteers.

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • Missouri

  • Kansas

  • U.S. Supreme Court

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

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

  • U.S. District Court of Western Missouri

  • U.S. District Court of Eastern Missouri

  • U.S. District Court of Kansas

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Western Missouri

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Eastern Missouri

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Kansas

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Affiliations

  • Martindale-Hubbell – “AV” rating

Honors and Awards

  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer

  • Robert C. Welsh Volunteer Attorney of the Year, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

  • Heart of America Council’s Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri – Kansas City, 1989

  • B.S., University of Missouri – Kansas City, 1986