Scott J. Vorhees

Scott J. Vorhees

Joplin Injury Attorney
Joplin, Missouri
(417) 206-0100

Scott worked his way through college at a personal injury law firm and saw firsthand how people have their lives destroyed because of the careless acts of others, so he made his life’s mission to help people. With a passion for the Constitution and Justice, and recognizing that insurance companies and big corporations are too often not held accountable for the harms they cause, Scott chose a career as a trial attorney.

This choice has allowed him to carry out his passion on a daily basis. People come to Scott with tears in their eyes and fear in their hearts because their lives have been shattered and they do not know what to do, but Scott’s favorite part of his job is seeing that helplessness and hopelessness changed to happiness. “When I visit with someone who’s had their world crumble around them,
they don’t want me to sit and cry with them. They want me to show them the path to make their lives better.”

Scott’s mission of helping people goes beyond law. His involvement with numerous non-profits, including the Jasper County Diversion Court and the United Way’s Circles program, has helped countless people get to a better place in their lives. Scott is also an avid reader, distance runner and powerlifter. Scott competes in both on a regular basis and says that competition, like law, is all about the mindset. “Whether it’s running or lifting or practicing law, I think that the mental aspect has to be there if you want to really achieve high performance at anything.” Behind the scenes, helping Scott to consistently get to a better place in his life, are his daughters, who know that Dad makes things better when bad things happen to folks and are very proud of his success. Their support in Scott’s mission means more to him than any amount of money or jury verdict.

“When medical bills pile up, people need to know they have someone on their side. I like knowing that I make a difference in the lives of others. I enjoy knowing that I will speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and I will fight for those who need a champion. ”

Areas of Practice

  • Dangerous Premises
  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Serious Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2000
  • Oklahoma, 2002
  • Arkansas, 2007
  • Kansas, 2011


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2000
  • Missouri Southern State College
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1996
    • Major: English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys, 2011 - 2013
  • Super Lawyers; Personal Injury Plaintiff: General & Medical Malpractice, 2013 - 2015
  • Rising Star, 2010 - 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers "10 Best Under 40" Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Board of The Alliance of SW MO
  • Jasper County Juvenile Services Advisory Board, President
  • Wildwood Homeowner's Association, President
  • Circles Board
  • Ascent Recovery Residences Board

Pro Bono Activities

  • Advisory Board for the Jasper Co. Diversionary Court
  • Business Partner with joplin schools
  • Volunteer with the United Way