Thomas W.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Business Disputes
  • Securities/Financial Fraud Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation


  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D.
  • Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, B.A.


  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District of Kansas
  • U.S. District, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Thomas W. Wagstaff

Tom Wagstaff is a founding partner of Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP.  He received his undergraduate degree in 1968 from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  He received his J.D. degree in 1972 from the University of Kansas School of Law.  Upon graduation, Tom became associated with the law firm of Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary & Lombardi where he later became a partner and practiced law for 25 years.

In 1997, Tom and his partner Tom Cartmell, formed the firm of Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP where he has been practicing ever since.  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 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.  He 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 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saint Luke’s Health System and President of the Board of Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.