Academy Member Inducted 2022

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Hon. Victor Howard, Mediator, Kansas City, Missouri.

Hon. Victor Howard

Jay Daugherty Mediation & Arbitration Services
4717 Grand Avenue
Suite 830
Kansas City, MO 64112
Tel: (816) 931-6300
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Recognized to Missouri Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced 
  • # of MEDS (as of 19/6/24)400
  • # of ARBS (as of 19/6/24)35
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Judge Victor Howard left the Missouri Court of Appeals to dedicate himself exclusively to providing mediation and arbitration services.

Judge Howard was one of Missouri’s highest rated judges according to Missouri Bar surveys. Recipient of “Judge of the Year” award by the Association of Women Lawyers and selected Best Western District Appellate Judge by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. (Attorney vote).

Judge Howard has conducted hundreds of mediations and is a member of the American Arbitration Association as both an arbitrator and mediator.

Judge Howard, formerly served as Circuit Judge in Clay County and as President of the Clay County Bar Association. He retired from the Missouri Court of Appeals after serving as a Missouri Judge for over 25 years. He served as Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeals from 2008 to 2010.

As a trial judge in Clay County Judge Howard presided over more than 100 jury trials. In his work on the Court of Appeals, Judge Howard conducted numerous appellate mediations and authored over 1,400 opinions.

Judge Howard has utilized his extensive experience in a fair and impartial manner to facilitate the resolution of difficult legal problems. Judge Howard is a presenter on Mediation and Zoom Mediation.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Law- Juris Doctor

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court Judicial Committee on Civic Education
  • Mo Bar Judicial Committee on Children and the Law
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association- Appellate Law Committee- Co Chair Bench/Bar Conference
  • Clay County Bar Association (Former President)
  • Platte County Bar Association
  • American Judges Association (Former National Delegate)
  • Chair, Appellate Judge Education Committee (Supreme Court appointment)
  • Coordinating Commission on Education in the Judicial Branch (Supreme Court appointment)
  • Former Law Clerk for Jackson County Circuit Judge
  • Adjunct Professor teaching law at colleges and Military Officers (Major and above) at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth

Rates Information

Hearing:     $395/HR

Study:          $395/HR

Travel::          $195/HR

Cancellation  $1,950 per day

Cancellation Period:  14 days

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