Attorney Tim McDuffey started Legal Hearsay in 2022. Tim McDuffey is a practicing attorney in the State of Missouri. Tim is a licensed member of the Missouri Bar and the Missouri Bar Association. In 2010, Tim founded the McDuffey Law Firm, LLC. In 2018, the firm took on a partner, Brad Medcalf, and the law firm of McDuffey & Medcalf, LLC was created. Since the law firm’s creation in 2010, McDuffey & Medcalf, LLC has expanded to three (3) locations in Missouri: Lake of the Ozarks, Jefferson City, and Lebanon. The firm has served over 3,000 clients and has recovered over $50 million in verdicts, awards, and settlements for those clients.
Tim grew up at the Lake of the Ozarks, graduating from Camdenton High School. He attended college at Missouri State University on a football scholarship. Tim was an outstanding student-athlete. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in economics and a minor in business finance. He graduated with cum laude honors. On the football team, Tim was selected by his fellow team to be a team captain and played on two conference championship teams. He received honors as an All-Conference and All-American football player. The college honor that Tim is most proud of is his selection by ESPN, naming him to the 1991-92 ESPN Academic All-American Football Team. During his senior year, Tim received Missouri State University’s Virgil Cheek Award, an Award given to the University’s top student-athlete for the school year 1991-92. Tim was also the recipient of Missouri State University’s Arthur Briggs Award. The Arthur Briggs award is presented to the football team’s outstanding student-athlete.
After graduating from college, Tim went to Law School at the University of Missouri. Tim received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri in 1994. In law school, Tim graduated in the top 10% of his law school class. He was honored by being selected to the University’s Law Review. Law Review is an honor that is reserved only for the elite students at the Law School. He was also the recipient of the Law School’s award for top honors for professional ethics.
After law school, Tim went into private and began working on his skills as a trial attorney. As a trial attorney, Tim has also had outstanding success and received numerous awards and honors. Tim’s most famous case was Johnson v. Allstate Insurance Company. The Johnson case was tried to a jury and Tim’s clients were awarded $16.2 Million. The case was appealed to the Missouri Court of Appeals and affirmed. The Johnson case is cited as an authority around the country on Insurance Bad Faith litigation.
Tim has been vetted by Martindale -Hubble and received the highest grade an attorney can receive. For more than 130 years, Martindale-Hubble has been evaluating attorneys for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards through a Peer Review Rating system. Tim received the highest ranking given, a ranking as an AV Preeminent Attorney. AV Preeminent Peer Rated Attorneys are an elite group of attorneys who have received the highest ranking by their peers and judges as having Very High Ethical Standards and an A grade.
In 2015 Tim was voted into the Nation’s TOP ONE Percent of all attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. The National Association of Distinguish Counsel employs an objective, rigorous, multi-stage selection process to find the best attorneys in the country. A blue-ribbon panel of attorneys studies the results provided by the NADC research team. These attorneys, having achieved podium status in their own right by multiple independent organizations, separate and apart from the NADC, are specially positioned with the perspective and knowledge in selecting “Nation’s Top Attorneys.” While considering the information presented to them, they make careful determinations as to who among their peers possesses the background, accomplishments, and prowess to serve as an example to other attorneys. The result is a list of attorneys who are considered truly elite. The result is the identification of the finest lawyers in the country. Tim was deeply honored to receive the honor of being named as one of the TOP ONE Percent of attorneys in the country.
Tim has also been selected to be a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million-Dollar Advocates Forum. This Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. The Forum recognizes those attorneys who have the skills, experience, and accomplishments to have tried and won large and complex jury trial cases. Membership in these forums is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of all U.S. Lawyers are selected to be part members of this forum.
Tim has also been vetted by Lawyer Directory, Avvo. Avvo has ratings, reviews, and disciplinary records for lawyers in every state. Avvo provides ratings on attorneys in an effort to evaluate a lawyer’s background based on their profiles and data collected from State Bar Associations and other Organizations that license legal professionals. Avvo helps people find experienced and ethical attorneys and advises potential clients on any ethical complaints that have ever been filed against an attorney. Tim has a 5-star rating on Avvo and is Avvo rated at 10 out of 10.
Tim is also active in the Missouri Bar. He has served in the past on the Missouri Board of Governors and the Young Lawyers Section Counsel of the Missouri Bar. He has been a guest speaker for the Missouri Bar Associations on the topics of jury selection/voir dire and workers’ compensation. Tim is also an active member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, The Missouri Bar Association, The Camden County Bar Association, and the U.S. District Court.
In his spare time, Tim coaches football at Camdenton High School. Tim has been an assistant coach for the Camdenton Lakers since 2010. During that time, the Lakers have compiled a record of 95-43.