Stephen Bough, a Kansas City area personal injury lawyer, is dedicated to providing excellent service to his clients and the University, which prepared him well for his career as a lawyer.
Bough graduated with a degree in political science in 2003 and credits political science courses in analytical thought, logical thinking and writing with giving him the foundation he needed to succeed in a career in law.
“Dr. Alice Bartee encouraged critical thinking and challenged my opinions,” said Bough. “Dr. Connor just made you work hard and his tests were difficult. Those professors helped me prepare for law school and the complex nature of the practice of law.”
Bough is a Republic, Mo. native and says that Missouri State has always felt like home. In November 2011, Bough was appointed to the Missouri State University Board of Governors by Governor Jay Nixon. Bough is honored that he is able to serve on the Board of Governors at his alma mater and would like to see several things happen during his time on the board.
“I hope to see MSU hire a top-notch president, continue to form partnerships like the one that was made with the UMKC pharmacy program, and work with students in the Kansas City area to understand the tremendous educational opportunities at MSU,” said Bough.
In addition to the exceptional preparation he received during his time as a political science student, Bough’s fondest memory of the University is meeting his wife, Andrea, also a lawyer and an alumna of the program.
After graduating from Missouri State and completing law school, Bough served as a law clerk for the United States District Court before starting his own firm.
Bough finds it rewarding to help his clients through the legal system and help them start over after a catastrophic injury.
“People who have been horribly injured or who have lost a loved one want to be able to pick up the phone and talk to their lawyer, not be shuffled around,” said Bough. “Having my own firm allows me to provide excellent service to my clients.”
Bough has been recognized by the Missouri House of Representative, received the Lon Hocker Trial Advocacy award from the Missouri Bar and received the “Winningest Plaintiff Lawyer” award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
Bough also served in numerous bar organizations, as the president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, chair of the New Lawyers Committee and Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.