Thomas W. Wagstaff


Thomas W. Wagstaff

Founding Partner

In 1997, Tom Wagstaff and his partner Tom Cartmell, formed the firm of Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP. Tom has practiced in the area of civil trial work with an emphasis on medical malpractice, products liability, and business litigation.

Over the course of his career, Tom has tried close to 100 cases to a verdict. For the past several years, Tom has served as a mediator in both tort and business law disputes with excellent results in obtaining settlements.

Tom is a generous and committed contributor to the practice of law. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In 2009, he served as president of the Western Missouri and Kansas Chapter of ABOTA. He has frequently participated in ABOTA’s Masters in Law Program.

Tom is a frequent speaker at seminars in Missouri and Kansas on trial techniques and discovery strategy. Tom has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2002 for his work in personal injury litigation. He has also been selected each year as one of “The Best of the Bar” in civil litigation by members of the local Bar since the inception of that award.

Tom has served on the board of directors of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Tom has been active in many community affairs having served on the board of the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Crippled Children’s Nursery School. He is currently chair of the board of directors of Saint Luke’s Health System and president of the board of Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

Significant Representations

Some representative results that Tom has obtained on behalf of clients include the following:

$1 Million Jury Verdict – Auto Pedestrian Accident Affirmed on Appeal
Tom Wagstaff, Tom Cartmell, and T.J. Preuss obtained a plaintiff’s verdict against the City of Kansas City, Missouri, on behalf of the family of Chen Pei, a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who was tragically hit by a car at 53rd and Troost while using a crosswalk to cross Troost.
Read about this case.

Practice Areas

Business Disputes

Intellectual Property Litigation

Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury

Securities & Investments Litigation

Prior Work Experience

Partner, Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary & Lombardi


J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1972

B.S., Williams College, 1968

Honors & Awards

Best of the Bar, Business and Litigation, Kansas City Business Journal

Best Lawyers in America, 2002−2014

AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell




U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Organizations

American Board of Trial Advocates

American College of Trial Lawyers

Crippled Children’s Nursery School

Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Saint Luke’s Health System, Board of Directors

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Board of Directors