AV-rated Boutique Law Firm in Independence, Missouri
Reliable and accessible attorney with 39 years of experience
Furry and Smith PC, based in Independence, MO, is dedicated to providing timely, effective and focused solutions to a variety of legal controversies. Established in 1953, we are a law firm that provides the personalized legal services you'd expect from a boutique law firm, as well as the efficiency and resources you'd find at a large law firm.
Senior attorney R. Scott Smith brings unsurpassed credentials and experience to every case he handles. With his 39 years of experience, he can confidently assess your legal issue to advise you whether it is worthwhile for you to pursue legal action. He has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.
Furry and Smith PC can help you with:
General Civil Litigation
Client-centered legal services
At Furry and Smith PC, we believe that our clients have a right to know what to expect when they enter into a professional relationship with their lawyer. We provide you with the details, likely costs and likely outcomes, and secure your input before any decisions are finalized. We have the skill to handle arbitration, negotiation and mediation when appropriate, but you can also be confident that we are experienced litigators who are prepared to go to trial when that makes more sense.
Our attorneys care about our clients, and we treat their legal matters as we would our own.
Contact an accessible and highly-rated Kansas City, MO attorney today.
Call Furry and Smith PC at 816-252-0577 or contact us online to schedule your intiial consultation.
4215 S. Hocker Drive, Suite 300, Building 5 Hidden Creek Office Park
Independence, MO 64055
General Civil Litigation
Driving while intoxicated
Hit and run
Drivers license suspension
Automobile accidents and injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Commercial vehicle liability
Motor vehicle accidents and injuries
Personal injury defense
Personal injury mediation
Plaintiffs personal Injury
Rental vehicle litigation
School bus accidents
Slip and fall
Third party wrongful death
Traumatic brain injury
Complex and multi-district litigation
Federal civil practice
Breach of contract
University of Missouri at Columbia, J.D., 1973
University of Missouri at Columbia, B.J., 1970
R. Scott Smith was born on June 30, 1947 in Washington, D.C., and raised in Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Christian Brothers Military College. It was during these early years that he performed mammary cancer research under a Ford Foundation Grant to the Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. During his law school tenure, he taught graphic arts in the School of Journalism. Smith's first post-graduate employment was with The Missouri Bar as Field Director of the Citizenship Education Program. He authored and edited books, television shows and newsletters and shepherded an in-service education program in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The program was designed to teach teachers how to teach the basic tenets of law to children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1976, Smith came to Kansas City to become law clerk to a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District. Thereafter, he joined a small plaintiff's litigation firm. He soon moved to a fast-growing insurance defense firm, where he practiced for nearly eight years. During this period he participated in the International Association of Insurance Counsel Trial Academy in Boulder, Colorado and attended the University of Miami Medical Institute for Attorneys-- Orthopedics & Rehabilitation in Miami Beach, Florida. He resigned his partnership position as a lead trial attorney and became counsel to the firm of Birmingham & Furry in 1984. Smith joined the re-named partnership of Birmingham, Furry & Smith in 1986. In 1991 he became managing partner. Throughout his professional life Smith has represented individuals, insurers, insureds and self-insureds in automobile liability, product liability, personal injury, fire and casualty, speedometer rollback, E.E.O.C., financial institution liability cases and bad faith insurance litigation in Missouri and Kansas. He has represented manufacturers in multi-district litigation and represents manufacturers, re-sellers and premises owners in toxic tort multi-party cases in which there are as many as two hundred plaintiffs. Smith has written and lectured locally and nationally on topics as varied as The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship in a Free Society and Vexatious Refusal/Bad Faith Litigation. He had achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell before age 40 and was first named to Who's Who in American Law in 1989 and Who's Who in the World in 1995. He is a member of Defense Research Institute.