John R. Boyd



Workers’ Compensation
Personal Injury
Traffic Violations/DUI Defense


Bachelor of Art in History (‘91)
University of Missouri Columbia

Juris Doctorate (‘94)
Oklahoma City University School of Law


AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (2006 – present)
National Football League Players Association, Panel of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys (2012 – present)
Missouri Bar Association (1995 – present)
American Association of Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) (1995-present)
Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (formerly Workplace Injury Litigation Group, Inc.) (1995 -present)
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (Board of Governors 2004-2014)
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association


United States District Court – Western District of Missouri
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals


Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell (Peer Review Rated by Lawyers and Judges)
Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers (2005 – present)
2009 President’s Award – Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group
2010 President’s Award – Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group
2012 Presidential Service Award – Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group
MO/KS Super Lawyers

Lawyers in Missouri, KC Magazine (2012)
AVVO “Superb – 10″ Rating

The oldest son of Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish founding member, John B. Boyd, J.R. has been practicing law since 1995. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1994 from Oklahoma City University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Missouri Columbia in 1991, where he was an active member of the Gamma Kappa chapter of the DeltaTau Delta Fraternity.

J.R. is a Fellow in the 2016 class of the College Of Worker’s Compensation Lawyers and he is licensed before all Missouri courts; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.  He has been a member of the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) since its creation in 1995, served as President from 2011-2012 and is currently Vice-President.  In addition, J.R. is a member of the national AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and in 2012, joined the panel of attorneys for the National Football League Players Association representing professional athletes in various legal matters.

He has conducted presentations and was a featured speaker about workers’ compensation issues at numerous national, regional and local events throughout the United States, including Hawaii, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Nevada, and others.

J.R.’s peers have recognized him for several consecutive years as a Missouri Super Lawyer, and in 2012 as a Top Attorney in Missouri as ranked by KC Magazine.

A native of Blue Springs, Missouri, John has two wonderful daughters and his newest companion, Hank the English bulldog. He is an avid comic book fan (35+ years) and enjoys outdoor activities including camping, hiking, fishing and hunting deer and turkey.

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.
— Will Rogers, Cowboy/Actor/Philosopher


Do you have a favorite quote?

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” —Will Rogers, Cowboy/Actor/Philosopher

“To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” —Sun Tzu

How you got to where you are today?

Core values instilled by my parents, grandparents, Boy Scouts and appreciation for those who came before me and who sacrificed so much to give me a better life.

Why are you the best at what you do?

In order to succeed in this field, you have to establish a reputation as someone who fights tough cases and doesn’t balk at the tactics of employers and their insurers. You simply have to learn how to defeat those tactics of defense lawyers and their clients. Once you figure that out, your clients will be happy and you will have helped a family facing tough times.