R. Keith Johnston

R. Keith Johnston

(816) 421-6620




“Everyone in the firm, attorneys and staff, works as a team to get the best result for our clients.”


When R. Keith Johnston takes a case, he isn’t just a lawyer, pushing a case through the court system. He is your strongest advocate. At the core, Keith believes in the law and its ability to help people.  From tough-minded representation of corporate clients in complex business disputes to helping a couple adopt a 10-year old from a troubled home, Keith has built a competent and caring practice that has protected his clients’ rights and livelihoods.


While his decades-long practice has focused on business and commercial litigation, Keith has prosecuted and defended a diverse range of cases, for companies both large and small, including, among others, securities law, insurance law, corporate law, bankruptcy law, products liability, real estate, fraud and contract liability.


Having worked in the business world for more than 10 years before working his way through University of Missouri−Kansas City School of Law, Keith understands the importance of finding practical resolutions to complex commercial litigation.  Nevertheless, he won’t hesitate to take a case to trial if it’s in the best interest of his client and the case’s outcome.


He has litigated many cases through both the trial and appellate levels during the 20-plus years he has been practicing law, in addition to attending numerous depositions, arbitrations, and hearings on numerous procedural, discovery, and dispositive motions for summary judgment or motions to dismiss.

Significant Representations

Represented a case that resulted in an appellate opinion reversing the dismissal of class action lawsuit. The original lawsuit asserted claims for violation of the Missouri Second Mortgage Loans Act. The opinion effectively overturned years of case law and related banking regulations that had incorrectly held that the federal Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 completely preempted claims for violation of state usury laws.


Obtained a federal injunction in a nationwide interpleader action involving multiple claims relating to the funding of a multiple employer welfare benefit plan. The injunction and related orders in this interpleader case materially assisted in the ultimate settlement and resolution of numerous claims asserted throughout the country against our client.


Litigated a case that led to an order approving settlement of class claims for violation of the Missouri Second Mortgage Loans Act against loan servicers. Our firm obtained much better than expected results for our client class members in terms of monetary relief from a bankrupt debtor


Obtained final judgment dismissing fraud claims against our client, a life and annuity company.

Early dismissal of unfounded claims helped our client avoid significant further litigation.


Represented a case that helped a caring couple adopt a 10-year old child from troubled home.


Resolved complex property disputes concerning the rights and obligations of a home association and property owners that arose from mistakes in land records.


Practice Areas


Business Litigation

Civil Litigation

Class Action

Commercial Litigation

Personal Injury

Product Liability



J.D., with distinction, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1990

  • Order of the Bench and Robe
  • Associate Articles Editor, UMKC Law Review
  • Legal Research and Writing – Honors
  • Annette Moore Scholarship Award
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the Study of:
    o Commercial Transactions
    o Secured Transactions
    o Property Law
    o Civil Procedure
    o Estates and Trusts
    o Land Use PlanningB.A., with distinction, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1975 

    Honors & Awards

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

    Outstanding Scholarship – Study of History

    Outstanding Scholarship – Study of Philosophy



    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

    Missouri Bar Association


    Bar Admissions



    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

    U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas



    Fairway Kansas Planning Commission


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