Tom Hershewe


Tom Hershewe is one of the Midwest’s leading bad faith insurance litigators. During his time at Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe, he has litigated hundreds of cases and earned millions of dollars for his clients. Tom understands the ins and outs of how insurance companies work, and leverages this knowledge to provide swift justice for his clients.

If that wasn’t enough, Tom has also handled almost every kind of personal injury case imaginable. He’s been involved with cases pertaining to truck crashes, electrocution, faulty products, industrial accidents and more. He is someone you want on your team when the unthinkable happens.

Advocate for Bad Faith Victims

When insurance companies fail to protect and provide for its clients, Tom has his clients’ backs. He knows the last thing people want to do is fight with the insurance companies for what is reasonably theirs. They simply want their insurance to work.

“Victims of bad faith want to focus on getting their lives back to normal, not on legal proceedings,” Tom says. “They appreciate that we can take that off their plate and make sure they are represented properly and the negligent parties are held responsible. We typically meet them on one of their worst days. We do our best to make it better from there. If we can play even a small part in their recovery, it’s a good feeling.”

Tom adds, “We understand that people have been through an ordeal so it’s the least we can do to always be there as a sympathetic listener as well as being an advocate for them.”  He goes on to say, “so if they call us wanting to talk about their case, I make it a point to call them back immediately and talk to them as long as they wish.”


Areas of Practice

Insurance Bad Faith

Insurance Coverage

Catastrophic Injury

Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions



University of Missouri School of Law – Columbia, Missouri

William Jewell University – Liberty, Missouri

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    Professional Association and Memberships

    The Missouri Bar, Member

    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member

    Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member, Amicus Committee

    The American Association for Justice

    Missouri Humanities Council

    Operation Breakthrough

    Awards and Honors

    Best Lawyers In America – 2020-2024

    Super Lawyers – Top 100 in Missouri/Kansas and Top 50 in Kansas City – 2016-2023

    Missouri Lawyers Weekly – Up and Coming – 2019

    The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Civil Plaintiffs Attorneys In Missouri 2012 – 2019

    Missouri Bar Foundation – David Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award – 2013

    Reported Cases

    Britt v. Otto, 577 S.W.3d 133 (Mo. App. W.D. 2019)

    Holdeman v. Stratman, 556 S.W.3d 46 (Mo. App. W.D. 2018)

    Latenser v. Tarmac Int’l, Inc., 549 S.W.3d 461 (Mo.App. W.D. 2018)

    Clayborne v. Enter. Leasing Co. of St. Louis, LLC, 524 S.W.3d 101 (Mo. App. E.D. 2017), reh’g and/or transfer denied (May 16, 2017), transfer denied (Aug. 22, 2017)

    Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., 448 S.W.3d 818 (Mo. banc 2014) (amicus brief)

    Christianson v. Goucher, 414 S.W.3d 584, 587 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013)

    Valerie Johnson v. Vatterott Education Center, Inc, 410 S.W.3d 735 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013)

    Watts v. Lester E. Cox Medical Center, 376 S.W.3d 633 (Mo. banc 2012) (amicus brief)