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Chris is a partner whose practice focuses on litigation matters, including business litigation, construction law, general civil litigation, and real estate litigation. He has litigation, trial, and appellate experience in Kansas and Missouri state and federal courts. Chris has also represented clients in arbitration and currently serves as an arbitrator himself for the American Arbitration Association. In addition to litigation, Chris assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of construction and real estate agreements.


Prior to joining Woodworth Snow, LLC, Chris worked more than a decade – including the last seven years as a partner – in a large Kansas City-based law firm. Before entering private practice, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marco Roldan in the Jackson County Circuit Court. During law school, Chris volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate representing children in the Jackson County Family Court and clerked for Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Chtd.


Chris lives in Overland Park with his wife and two children. He volunteers at the international and regional level for Phi Gamma Delta and serves on numerous boards and with associations throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.


Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Mediation & Arbitration Neutrals

Activities and Memberships

  • Arbitrator – American Arbitration Association
  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court, Board Member, 2018-Present
  • Johnson County Bar Foundation, Trustee and Fellow
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Leawood Chamber of Commerce
    • Board Member, 2019-Present
    • Executive Committee, 2020-Present
    • Board Chair, 2023
    • Young Professionals Committee Member, 2016-2018
    • Young Professionals Chair, 2019
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, 2011-2012
  • Young Professionals Board of Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Past Secretary

Honors and Recognition

  • Received highest attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent
  • Selected to Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch, 2020-2024
  • Selected to Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List for Litigators, 2018-2023
  • Selected for Missouri / Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017-2023
  • Selected as a member of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Up & Coming class, 2019
  • Phi Gamma Delta Haynes Award (for most effective Section Leader), 2014
  • Ball State University Graduate of the Last Decade Award, 2012

Bar Admission

Missouri – 2009

Kansas – 2010

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas



  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, J.D. – 2009
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Law Review
    • Moot Court Executive Board
  • Ball State University, B.S. – 2006
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Vice President of the Student Government Association
    • Vice President of the Interfraternity Council
    • President of Phi Gamma Delta

Chris L. Kurtz