James R. Wyrsch is President of the law firm, Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C., in Kansas City, Missouri, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. at Georgetown University and L.L.M. in Trial Practice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
An advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America and the American Bar Association, Mr. Wyrsch is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Bar Association and a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Instructions and Charges and the Sub-Committee to Draft Model Criminal Instructions for the District Courts of the Eighth Circuit. He has been special public defender for the State of Missouri, a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, and a member of the Missouri Bar Task Force to Revise Missouri Evidence Restated. Mr. Wyrsch is the author of the book, Missouri Criminal Trial Practice (with S. Hunt and A. Nugent), and his articles have appeared in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Journal of the Missouri Bar, ML/USA Journal, and The Champion.
He is the recipient of the Sean OBrien Freedom Award from the Midwestern Innocence Project, and he has been named Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal.