Who We Are – About Swanson Midgley LLC
An Experienced Litigation Law Firm
Delbert Haff traveled from Michigan to Kansas City in 1885 and opened a law practice at the age of 26. An equally young and ambitious lawyer from New York named Alba Van Valkenburgh soon joined Haff as a partner. These talented lawyers, and the law firm they founded, became closely linked with the amazing growth of their adopted city.
130 years later, the lawyers of Swanson Midgley are the proud successors to the vision and ambition of those two young lawyers. Times have changed, however. Haff and Van Valkenburgh confidently could serve the various legal needs of individuals and businesses in an era long before computers and instantaneous communication. In today’s era of specialization, abstract legal expertise no longer suffices.
Swanson Midgley believes its attorneys must understand a client’s business and personal needs. Swanson Midgley also recognizes that its clients’ legal needs often extend outside the Kansas City area, and the firm is a proud member of the Meritas world-wide network of law firms, which are firms committed to providing top-quality legal services wherever those services are required.
There is one constant in the ever-changing demands of the law over more than a century: clients must obtain and receive the highest quality legal services to address those changing demands. As the saying goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Meet the Team
The attorneys of Swanson Midgley are legal industry leaders with a long history of prominent attorneys who are invested in the long term well-being of our clients. Among our distinguished attorneys is a Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice, a Missouri Bar Association President, a District Court of Kansas presiding Judge, a member of the Board of Examiners of the Missouri Bar Association and a City Councilmember.
Our attorneys are Missouri and Kansas “Super Lawyers”, are asked to speak at Continuing Legal Education programs, and are prominent lecturers. Our attorneys are also Chamber of Commerce members, Boy Scouts of America Scoutmasters, and recipients of the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award.