nicholas dudley kansas city dwi lawyer
Attorney Nicholas J. Dudley

Contact


  • Position: Partner
  • Office: Kansas City
  • Phone: (816) 895-7070
  • E-mail: ndudley@hdtriallawyers.com

Education


  • University of Minnesota Law School , J.D. 2010
  • Universtiy of Missouri, B.A. 2006
  • Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Trial Academy

Bar Admissions


  • Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

Mr. Dudley’s practice is focused on criminal defense, consumer fraud, and employment discrimination. Dudley represents people across western Missouri, regularly practicing in Jackson, Clay, Platte, Cass, Bates, and Lafayette Counties.

Dudley defended the largest identity theft and forgery prosecutions in Missouri history and regularly defends clients accused of everything from murder to traffic infractions. Dudley’s typical criminal defense cases include felony and misdemeanor DWIs, firearms cases, and fraud issues.

In civil practice, Dudley has successfully represented clients in disputes with automotive dealers, financing companies, fraudulent sellers, and discriminatory employers. Dudley has written extensively about predatory and unfair practices in order to expose common scams and educate consumers.


A Closer Look


I'm a Blue Belt under Dustin 'Clean' Denes. Jiu Jitsu has influenced and helped my law practice by teaching me how to fight out of bad positions. In my line of work, the opposition is always bigger, more powerful, and better funded. For example, in criminal cases the government has the resources of the police, an entire office of prosecutors, and the power and influence of an entire state. Often times the judge is a former prosecutor and jurors want to be tough on crime. Most of my clients cannot afford to outspend the state of Missouri. Even if I worked around the clock, I could never put as many man-hours into the case as an entire prosecution staff and police unit. But I can put in more time and effort on the RIGHT issues in the case. The key is focusing resources where they are most effective and using the opponent's strengths against it.

I'm an occasional USPSA production division shooter. Shooting influences my legal practice by reminding me to keep chasing better performance at each stage of the process. In USPSA competitions, competitors like me are trying to shave tenths of a second off of their times. While target shooting, I am trying to squeeze every ounce of performance out of myself, my equipment, and my ammunition. It starts by hand building a firearm that is up to the task. Then it takes weeks of crafting, testing, and developing ammunition tailor-made for the gun. Finally, good target shooting requires focus and skill taking the shot - and that takes lots of practice. In the end, the lesson for my law practice is to strive to do better at each stage of the process while focusing on the details.

My newest hobby is indoor soccer. I am a novice soccer player, but the sport is already teaching me valuable lessons and having an impact on my life. Skill is important, but effort is critical. Nobody wants to play with someone who doesn't run. It is the same in law. I promise all my clients an independent investigation of the facts. That takes effort that many lawyers are unwilling to provide, but it is the engine that drives a case to the best outcome.

While attending the University of Missouri, I won two national championships in collegiate debate (which is one more than Jeremy Hollingshead in case anyone was wondering).


Awards and Recognitions


  • Avvo 10.0 Superb rating
  • Super Lawyers Magazine: Missouri and Kansas Rising Stars 2016, 2015
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Lawyers Under 40

Seminars Taught


  • Gun Law in Missouri – Title I, Title II, and Ethical Considerations in Representing Gun Owners 2016
  • Firearms Law: What You Need to Know 2016
  • Developments in Firearms Law – The Effects of Suspended Imposition of Sentence on Firearms Rights 2015