Tom Bath



  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America; non-white-collar criminal defense and white-collar criminal defense
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubble
  • Super Lawyers Kansas and Missouri Super Lawyers, 2005 – present
  • Top 50 lawyers Kansas City, 2005 – present Missouri & Kansas Superlawyers
  • In 2007-2008 Super Lawyers “Switch Hitter; From Prosecution to Defense and Back Again, Tom Bath is at home on either side of the court room”
  • Chambers USA consistently ranks Tom as one of the top white-collar and government investigations attorneys in the state of Kansas. In 2017, Chambers states,
    “he is excellent and one of the top criminal defense lawyers – he is well grounded in criminal law and does an outstanding job for his clients,” avers one impressed peer.
  • 1992 Kansas Prosecutor of the Year, Kansas County and District Attorney’s Association
  • 1990-1995 adjunct professor, University of Kansas Law School (trial advocacy)


1986-1992 Johnson County, Kansas District Attorney’s Office

1992-1995 Bryan Cave LLP, associate

1996 Bryan Cave LLP, partner

1997-present Bath & Edmonds

Bar Admissions

Kansas, 1986

Tenth Circuit, 1986

Eighth Circuit, 1992

Missouri, 1994

Supreme Court of the United States, 1997

S.D.N.Y., Pro Hac Vice, 2016

Central D of California, Pro Hac Vice, 2017

Tom is one of the State’s premier trial lawyers. With more than 30 years of trial experience, he has handled thousands of cases throughout the State of Kansas. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, widely regarded as a guide to the nation’s best attorneys.

His practice has included appearances in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado and Arkansas. Tom has tried approximately 300 bench trials and over 135 jury trials. Tom has briefed and argued in excess of 50 appellate cases before Kansas and Missouri appellate courts, and the 8th and 10th Circuit Federal Courts.

Tom has been practicing criminal law since 1986 and his practice is divided between Federal and State allegations. His white collar practice includes representation of individuals and corporations on complex matters ranging from health care, tax and bank fraud to allegations brought by nearly every federal regulatory agency including EPA, HUD, IRS and Department of Labor. Tom has also represented individuals in Federal court on matters including public corruption, bribery, bank robbery, narcotics distribution, RICO and prescription fraud. Tom’s state practice includes every type of allegation including embezzlement, securities fraud, narcotics, vehicular homicide, DUI, robbery, sexual assault and murder.

From 1986 to 1992 Tom was an Assistant District Attorney where he prosecuted numerous high profile cases and was recognized in 1992 as the prosecutor of the year in the State of Kansas. Since 1992 his practice has focused on criminal defense. Tom is one of a select few who are asked by the courts (State and Federal) to represent persons charged with capital murder. Tom has been a featured speaker and panelist on numerous state and regional conferences addressing criminal law.

Tom is active in various local and state bar activities. In 2016 Tom was elected by members of the Johnson County Bar to serve on the 10th District Judicial Nominating Commission. In 2015, Tom was elected by the Johnson County Bar Foundation to be one of the 6 lawyer members of the Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates persons for appointment to the office of District Judge. He is a former president of the Johnson County Bar Foundation and was on the Board of Directors for the Johnson County Bar. In 2000 and again in 2004 Tom was elected by his peers to serve on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission where he participated in the nomination of five Supreme Court and eight Court of Appeals candidates.

“Thomas Bath as criminal specialist Bath & Edmonds, PA comes highly recommended as a criminal litigation expert. He handles cases that are as diverse as crime itself, including, for example DUI, capital murder and bank fraud. Interestingly, some of his recent work has involved fraud in an educational context, cracking down on the obtainment of study grants under false pretenses.”


— 2007 Chambers and Partners legal guide