Michael L. Belancio

Senior Associate
Michael Belancio is a trial and appellate lawyer who focuses his civil practice on defending business owners in complex premises liability litigation and insurance carriers’ bad faith lawsuits as well as defending clients in class actions. Michael also has an active criminal defense trial practice.
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Michael Belancio has 25 years of experience throughout the trial and appellate courts of Missouri and Kansas and has prepared several writs to the United States Supreme Court.  He practices both criminal and civil litigation, and is highly skilled where the two cross paths, such as failure to protect from third party criminal acts, police/jail misconduct and malicious prosecution. He spends much of his time in complex litigation, including defending insurance companies from claims of bad faith practices.  In Michael’s criminal defense trial work, he regularly defends clients charged with felonies that are facing lengthy imprisonment as a result of the alleged crime.

Among his awards, since 2008 Mr. Belancio has been consecutively selected by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in the area of appellate advocacy and has been named several times as “Best of the Bar” in the Kansas City Business Journal.

Professional Affiliations

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Awards & Achievements

  • Best of the Bar – Kansas City Business Journal – Appellate, Criminal Litigation and Civil Litigation  2006, 2007, 2011
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers – Appellate and Personal Injury 2010-2023 inclusive


  • Indictments, Information and Grand Jury Proceedings 1 Mo. Criminal Practice and Procedure, Section 4 (Supp. 2001), co-authored with Charles E. Atwell.
  • State and Local Regulation of Cigarette Advertising Journal of Legislation, 23 J. Legis. 1 (1997), assisted with Edward O. Correia.



  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. 1998
  • Westchester University of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1995
  • Judicial Clerkship for the Honorable Charles E. Atwell

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Missouri Supreme Court
  • Kansas Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas