Steve Gorny is the founding member of The Gorny Law Firm. He graduated magna cum laude from the Washburn University School of Law in 1994, where he served on the Law Review as Assistant Comments Editor for the Washburn Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, he earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
In 2006, Steve and a former partner obtained the seventh largest trial verdict in the United States, and the largest non-punitive wrongful death verdict in Missouri history. In addition, following two years of dedicated representation, Steve led the trial team that obtained a verdict of $6,000,000 to help a church secretary and her family after the negligence of others deprived her of the use of her legs. In another case, after a week long trial, a jury found in favor of Steve’s client and awarded the largest medical negligence verdict in Cole County, Missouri. Steve is a member of the Multi-Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to attorneys who have obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than one percent of US lawyers are members.
In the Community
Steve is very active in local charities and his community. He is a current Executive Committee member and former President of the Mid-America Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The LLS named him its 2003 Robert McKinney Volunteer of the Year, its 2007 Team-in-Training Volunteer of the Year, and in 2008, bestowed upon him the prestigious Amy Fithian Award for his many years of dedication and service to The Society. He is currently on the board of Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports, an agency that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find housing, career, and personal development opportunities.
A life-long runner, Steve has run numerous marathons and ultra-marathons in support of charitable causes. Throughout 2006, he ran one 26.2-mile marathon each month to raise more than $35,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2009, he completed a 100-mile ultra-marathon to benefit The LLS in honor of a family friend battling the disease. In 2012, he ran across the State of Kansas, a total of 234.7 miles, to raise more than $85,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in honor of his father who suffers from the disease.
In the Legal Community
Steve is well regarded within the legal community. He has been invited to speak locally and nationally on a variety of topics, with a particular focus on collisions involving trucks and other commercial vehicles. Steve has published numerous articles, book chapters and papers designed to assist other lawyers with their practices.
Steve is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the American Association of Justice and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and was inducted as the new President of the MATA in June 2018. Steve also serves MATA’s community outreach branch as the chairman of Missouri Trial Lawyers Care and was given a Volunteer Service Award in 2018 for his years of serving as chair of MoTLC. He is also a member of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group and The Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Steve has been selected to the prestigious Best Lawyers in America every year since 2009. He has been selected as a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer every year since 2006. He has been named to Kansas City’s Best of the Bar, and is listed as a Top 100 Attorney in Missouri and Kansas and a Top 50 Attorney in Missouri.
Steve is admitted to practice before the Missouri Supreme Court, The Missouri Court of Appeals, the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Why I Became a Trial Lawyer
When I was sixteen years old, my assistant principal came to my science class and asked me to follow him to the school office. When there, I encountered my mom and instantly knew something was wrong (no I was not in trouble – I was a model student!). They sat me down and my mom told me that something had gone wrong during my grandfather’s routine surgery to remove a colon polyp. We left school and went home and packed our bags. We traveled to visit my grandfather in the hospital where he remained in a coma. He existed in that coma for more than two months when doctors confirmed for my grandmother and parents that my grandfather Adam would never again have normal brain function. They made the painful decision to let him go. About three months after my grandfather died, my grandmother was sitting on her front porch when a young, professional looking man approached the house. He asked if she was Adam’s wife. She confirmed that she was but that her husband was not home because he had passed away. The man informed her that he understood that because he was the anesthesiologist during my grandfather’s surgery. He confessed to my grandmother that he had made a serious error during the operation and that his mistake had put my grandfather in the coma from which he never recovered.
When I was twenty years old and an avid runner, I was taking an afternoon jog through my hometown. I had a green light to cross an intersection and proceeded into the street. The next thing I knew, I was on the hood of a truck, then flung backwards into the street. Apparently, its driver was making a right turn on red and looked to his left to see if any traffic was coming. Of course, he did not bother to look to his right to see if any pedestrian traffic was coming. I ended up in the hospital with a severely hyperextended back and cuts and scrapes all over my body and severe bruising of my sternum and ribs.
These two events ? seeing how the carelessness of others robbed a family of a loved one and caused significant physical and emotional pain – solidified my desire to be a trial lawyer and counselor of law. Those of us at my firm recognize that when you call, you are not doing so to share a happy story. Instead, somebody’s actions have caused pain and heartache to you and your loved ones and you are looking for someone to guide you through those circumstances and bring about some semblance of justice. We take great pride in answering those calls and helping to bring about a fair, compassionate solution to the problems you are facing.