Independence, MO – The law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain in Independence is very pleased to announce that Michael D. Sanders, Esq. has joined the firm’s team of attorneys. Mr. Sanders comes with a wealth of legal experience and a proud record as a public leader. He was elected three times as the Jackson County Executive, serving from 2007 until the end of 2015, and twice as Jackson County Prosecutor in 2002 and 2004. “I am honored to be able to continue to serve the citizens of our community at such a respected and nationally recognized firm,” Sanders said today. “I look forward to working with some of the best attorneys in the legal community.” Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C. specializes in personal injury and business litigation. It has been a fixture of the eastern Jackson County community for several decades and has gained national stature for winning complex tort cases against tobacco companies, microwave popcorn manufacturers and trucking firms. Kenneth B. McClain, partner of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, said there has never been a more successful Jackson County Executive than Mike Sanders. “Mike’s creativity, business acumen and common sense really set him apart in that job,” McClain said. “We are proud that he has found a home at our firm.” McClain said that it is his hope that the experience that Sanders has accumulated will be helpful to a variety of business entities, governmental bodies and utilities so that they can come up with creative services for the 21st century. “But I don’t want people to forget that Mike was a talented trial lawyer before he became prosecutor,” McClain said. “So there are lots of roles he can fill.” Buford L. Farrington, Humphrey, Farrington & McClain’s president, said the firm is pleased have an attorney with the kind of qualifications that Mike Sanders has. “Mike Sanders coming to this firm will allow us to provide excellent legal services in a new area,” Farrington said.
Mr. Sanders, 48, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he set out for law school at Ohio State University. However, after a semester, he volunteered to serve the nation in the military during the Gulf War era. He was a commissioned officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of first lieutenant.
Upon completing his military service, Mr. Sanders resumed his studies and earned his Juris Doctorate from the OSU School of Law in 1994. He served as an assistant Jackson County prosecutor from 1994 to 1997 when he entered private practice. In 2002 he was elected Jackson County Prosecutor and was re-elected in 2004. During his time as Jackson County Executive, the county balanced its budget, lowered taxes three times, gave employee pay raises in nine of the last 10 budget cycles and improved its bond rating. He also was elected Jackson County prosecutor in 2002 and 2004. And he served as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party from 2011 to 2013. He lives in Independence with his wife Georgia and their two sons