John Kitchin

Identify the mission, and then figure out how to complete the mission with the understanding that what may have worked yesterday may not work today.


John Kitchin is a reputable trial attorney, and brings more than 25 years of legal experience to Kansas City.

Over the years, he’s been a part of over 25 jury trials, along with several hundred bench trials and hearings.

John was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas, and graduated with a BBA in Finance. He then went on to St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri where he earned his JD in law.

Before starting Kitchin Law Firm, John gained more experience outside of being an attorney. He served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Lawyer, and was honorably discharged as a Captain.

After the Marines, he held the position as Assistant District Defender in Johnson County, KS. As Assistant District Defender, he handled over 550 felony criminal cases. He was then given the opportunity as managing attorney for one of the largest traffic law firms in the state of MO.

Located in Leawood, KS – John Kitchin actively practices in handling traffic violation and criminal defense cases throughout Kansas and Missouri and is rated by Blogger Local as the #1 Kansas City criminal defense attorney.

Where did the idea for Kitchin Law Firm come from?

Instead of using the word idea I believe a better word that applies to my situation is the inspiration, and the inspiration for the Kitchin Law Firm, LLC is my family because I created the Kitchin Law Firm so that I can provide for the needs and wants of my family.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

I don’t have a typical day.

I wake up around 4:00 AM, say a prayer and work until 6 AM. Afterward, I make sure my wife and son wake up for work and school and drive to work.

After doing the above I could do any of the following:
(1) appear in multiple courts throughout the course of the day beginning at 7:30 AM and ending at 7:00 PM.
(2) Conduct legal research.
(3) Draft legal documents and file these documents with the applicable court.
(4) Respond to clients telephone calls and emails.
(5) Draft letters and emails to the prosecutor’s requesting plea offers and counteroffers.
(6) Provide quotes to prospective clients via telephone, email and in person.
(7) Manage client electronic files.

A productive day is to provide a service that gives some benefit to a client of mine.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Identify the mission, and then figure out how to complete the mission with the understanding that what may have worked yesterday may not work today.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Providing a service that’s a benefit to my clients which leads to these clients giving me a positive review which leads to more clients hiring me.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

An understanding that I will make mistakes, learning from mistakes that I have made in the past and becoming better from learning from mistakes that I have made.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Understand that when you try something that’s new you will have fear, but use that fear to motivate you to complete the mission whatever the mission is.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

I have been trained to be a killer and to lead others to kill. I need to clarify this because I’m not a killer, but I received training to kill when I served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Never let disappointments interfere with your goal of creating a successful business.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Immediately respond to prospective client’s request for services and for a quote. Prospective clients are shopping around for price and how my service can help them, and since they are shopping around I need to get this information to them as fast as possible.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

I’ve only been an entrepreneur for a little over a year, and while I admit I have made mistakes and have had setbacks I have not had a failure because my business is still in existence, and have the will and desire to see it through.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

For handling amendments of client’s traffic tickets to non-moving violation all a client has to do instead of going to court is to take less than 10 minutes to hire my firm over the telephone, and after they do timely deliver their fine and court cost money to my office to pay for the amendment of a moving violation ticket to a non-moving violation. By doing this the client can maintain a clean driving record which keeps car insurance costs down and prevents the suspension of a driver’s driving privileges.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

My wife’s birthday dinner. Because every day with her is a blessing.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?


It’s a document management service company that’s out of the state of Alabama. This document management service allows me to do the following: (1) I prepare legal documents and letters and maintain form documents and letters. (2) Keep client contact information. (3) Email documents to client’s and to courts. (4) Keep track of important dates for my clients. (5) Keep information about prosecutors and courts.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

The Bible.

If everyone follows the teachings of the bible the world would be a better place.

What is your favorite quote?

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill.

Key Learnings:

  • Failure is not an option.
  • What’s really important is faith and family.
  • Life is full of disappointments, but what’s important is not the disappointment, but how you respond to the disappointment as you move forward with your life.