John Adams Christiansen

John Adams Christiansen

Sole Practitioner
Kansas City, Missouri

For more than a quarter century, John Adams Christiansen has helped injured people obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries. Using his well-developed litigation skills, he serves clients throughout the Kansas City metro area.

As a plaintiff’s attorney, Mr. Christiansen focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation. He also provides effective representation in general civil litigation matters.

Awards, Accolades And Accomplishments

Mr. Christiansen has received considerable professional recognition for his accomplishments in the legal profession. This includes:
• AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell
• Kansas City Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” for 2013 through 2016 (as voted by other attorneys)
• Handled well over 100 trials
• Taken and defended more than 1,000 depositions

Mr. Christiansen’s litigation experience is reflected in other ways as well. For example, he has handled over 2,000 workers’ compensation cases. He has guided clients at every stage of the legal process, from initial advice and counsel, to possible litigation, trial, and, where necessary, on appeal.

Role In State Government And Professional Organizations

In addition to his private practice experience, Mr. Christiansen has worked in state government and in the law school setting. He is a former Assistant Attorney General of Missouri and a former adjunct professor at UMKC.

Mr. Christiansen is also active in bar associations, particularly the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. He served as chairman or co-chairman of the workers’ compensation and appellate practice committees for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation Law - both Missouri & Kansas
  • Contracts
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Traffic Violations
  • Personal Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Missouri Human Rights Act
  • Auto Accidents
  • Slip & Falls
  • Fatal Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Appellate Law
  • Municipal Court

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1991
  • Kansas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. - 1992
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Law Review: University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, 1989 - 1991
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.G.S.
    • Major: English (Creative Writing)


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-KC, 1996 - 2002
  • The Essentials of Missouri Practice, Missouri Bar Association, 2006 - 2007
  • 2010 Workers' Compensation Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar and UMKC Law School, 2010 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation 101 & Recent Major Developments, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation Law & Practice, Sterling Education Services, Inc., October 5, 2012 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation Law & Practice, Sterling Education Services, Inc., October 17, 2010 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation Update in Missouri, Lorman Education Services, December 7, 2012 - Present
  • Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation: "The Workers' Compensation Claim" and "Permanent Disability", Sterling Education, June 14, 2013 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Best of the Bar"; The Kansas City Business Journal

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Sustaining Member), Chairman - Work Comp. Comm.; Vice-Chairman - Appellate Practice Committee, 1991 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Missouri Attorney General's Office, Assistant Attorney General, 1993 - 1995


  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Alpha Delta