Matthew Gist

SuperLawyers Rising Star 2009-2015

Mr. Gist specializes in the representation of employers in employment discrimination lawsuits and labor disputes.  Mr. Gist has obtained defense verdicts in several jury trials in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions in the State of Missouri.  Mr. Gist has argued several cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District.  He routinely represents private companies as well as cities and counties in employment and personnel matters. 


 Phone: 816.474.8010

Legal Assistant: Jessie Wright




Representative Experience

Midwest Public Risk, MOPERM, City of Independence, Platte County, City of Bates City, Blue Springs, Traders Insurance Co.

Published Decisions

Watson v. CEVA Logistics U.S. Inc., 2010 WL 3385253 (8th Cir. 2010); Henze v. City of Lee’s Summit, 2010 WL 2545841 (Mo. W.D. 2010); Richey v. City of Independence, 540 F.3d 779 (8th Cir. 2008); State ex rel. City of Blue Springs v. Nixon, 250 S.W.3d 365 (Mo. 2008); Lindsay v. Orrick, 491 F.3d 892 (8th Cir. 2007); Grey v. City of Oak Grove, 396 F.3d 1031 (8th Cir. 2005); Hopkins v. City of Independence, 471 F.3d 891 (8th Cir. 2006); Blue Moon Entertainment v. Bates City, 441 F.3d 561 (8th Cir. 2007); Parker v. St. Joseph, 167 S.W.3d 219 (Mo. App. W.D. 2005)

In The News
  • Jessica Shumaker, School district fends off disability-discrimination suit, MISSOURI LAW. WKLY., July 15, 2019, at 6.

  • Missouri & Kansas 2015 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas 2015, at 54.

  • Missouri & Kansas 2014 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas 2014, at 68.

  • Missouri & Kansas 2013 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas 2013, at 68.

  • Missouri & Kansas 2012 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas 2012, at 68.

  • Missouri & Kansas 2011 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas 2011, at 68.


University of Kansas, B.S (1998)
University of Kansas, J.D. (2002)

Bar Admissions

Kansas (2002)
Missouri (2003)
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (2002)
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2004)

United States District Court for the District of Kansas (2002)


Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Personal Interests/Activities

Enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities.



  • Midwest Public Risk, Employment Practices Liability Mock Trial, September 2012

  • City of Nevada, Employment Practices Update, October 2015

  • Midwest Public Risk, Risk Management Training, December 2015

  • City of Independence, Quarterly Supervisor Training, September 2017

  • Platte County, Officeholder Training on Discrimination, Harassment, FMLA, and ADA, April 2017

  • Mid-America Regional Council, Harassment Prevention for Employees / Harassment Prevention for Supervisors, April 2018

  • Platte County, Harassment Prevention, May 2019






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