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John J. Kitchin, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Sports Law, Labor and Employment Law, Corporation Law, Business Law. Member of Swanson, Midgley, Gangwere, Kitchin & McLarney, L.L.C.


Kitchin, John Joseph was born on March 23, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of John Bernard and Delia Clare (White) Kitchin.


Rockhurst College (Bachelor of Arts, 1954). St. Louis University (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1957).


Worked at Swanson, Midgley, Gangwere, Kitchin & McLarney, L.L.C. (Kansas City, Missouri) specializing in General Practice. Litigation, Corporation, Antitrust, Labor and Employee Relations, Probate, Banking, Real Estate, Sports, Taxation, Insurance, Arbitration and Mediation. Admitted to the bar, 1957, Missouri.

1962, United States. District Court, Western District of Missouri. 1973, United States. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. 1974, United States. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

1975, United States. Supreme Court. 1986, United States. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. 1987, United States. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

1992, United States. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Phi Delta Phi (Magister-President, 1956-1957). Alpha Sigma Nu. Member, Order of Woolsack.

Associate Editor, St. Louis University Law Journal, 1956-1957. Author: "Validity of Reapportionment of City of St. Louis," St. Louis University Law Journal, Fall, 1956. "What Use is a Public Use in Eminent Domain," St. Louis University Law Journal, Spring, 1957.

Chairman, Liquor Control Board of Review, Kansas City, 1971-1974. Member: Kansas City Metropolitan and American (Member, Sections on: Sports. Labor; Antitrust) Bar Associations.

The Missouri Bar (Member, Labor Law Committee). Lawyers Association of Kansas City. Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.

Sports Lawyers Association. National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors. Military: Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corps, USAF, 1957-1961.

Swanson, Midgley, Gangwere, Kitchin & McLarney, L.L.C. has been an active force in the legal community since 1886. The firm has always had a strong insurance defense practice, with particular focus on life and health insurance law and employment cases. In recent years, the firm has represented clients in a number of complex, multiparty litigation matters, including cases involving school desegregation, television antitrust, bankruptcy, directors liability, securities fraud, products liability and RICO claims.

As general counsel for a major intercollegiate athletic association, Swanson Midgley is involved in Constitutional litigation across the country.


Chairman Kansas City Board Liquor Review. Member Avila College Board Councillors, Kansas City, 1972-1990, president, 1989-1990. Trustee Avila College, since 1991.

Member Seton Center, Inc., Kansas City, since 1980, president, 1982-1988. Trustee St. Joseph Health Center Foundation, since 1994. Captain United States Air Force, 1957-1961.

Member American Bar Association, Kansas City Bar Association, Lawyers Association of Kansas City, American Judicature Society, Missouri Bar Association, National Sports Law Institute (board advisors), Sports Lawyers Association, Serra Club (president 1978-1979), St. Teresa Academy Club (president 1976-1977), Rotary.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: golfing, travel, reading.


Married Mary A. Medill, February 15, 1958. Children: Teresa M., Nancy J., John T., Barbara A.