Mary Jo Shaney


Direct: 816.502.4731

Mary Jo serves as a shareholder and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is a trial attorney with experience in both state and federal courts. Her substantive practice areas include land use, zoning, and related constitutional litigation, as well as business and employment discrimination law. She has challenged and defended in court whether certain state and city enactments and approvals affecting property rights and taxes are constitutional. She has defended clients and their business managers in discrimination cases before juries. Her clients range from large and small businesses and retailers, to local landowners and area municipalities.

Mary Jo is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations and has earned admission to the federal courts in the Eighth and Tenth Circuits. She is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, a national fellowship composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. She has been named a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer each year since 2006. She also has been awarded the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating and has been selected for the Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

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Legal Services

  • Business Litigation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Employment & Work Place Law


  • University of Wisconsin, B.S., High Honors
  • University of Iowa, J.D., with Distinction

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 1986
  • State of Kansas, 2010

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th and 10th Circuits
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court of Kansas

Legal Associations & Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Super Lawyer, Missouri and Kansas
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyers Honorary Counsel
  • Highest attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV)

Civic Involvement

  • ReStart, Inc., pro bono legal work for homeless shelter
  • Human Rights Campaign, Member and former Board Member of the Kansas City HRC Board
  • Hope Care Center, Former Board Member

White Goss Client Experience

  • Briarcliff Development Company
  • Carlyle Van Lines, Inc.
  • CBS Outdoor, Inc.
  • Christie Development Associates LLC
  • City of Belton, Missouri
  • City of Chillicothe, Missouri
  • City of Gladstone, Missouri
  • City of Liberty, Missouri
  • Columbia Mall TDD
  • Commerce Bank, N.A.
  • CUNA Mutual Insurance Society
  • Development District Association, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  •, Inc.
  • Harley Davidson Motor Company
  • Heartland Apartment Association
  • Highwoods Properties
  • Home Builders Association
  • Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc.
  • Jackson County Sports Complex Authority
  • James Stowers III
  • Kansas City Life Insurance Company
  • Lamar Company
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • M D Management, Inc.
  • Master Realty Properties, Inc.
  • McBride & Son Homes Kansas City, LLC
  • Murphy-Hoffman Company
  • North American Savings Bank
  • Pinnacle Bank
  • Platte County Economic Development Council, Incorporated
  • Price Brothers Management Company
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Tower Properties Company
  • Union Bank and Trust Company
  • Valley View State Bank
  • Village of Four Seasons, Missouri
  • Zona Rosa Development, LLC