Bautista Allen, LLC
José M. Bautista is a partner at Bautista Allen. While his current practice extends to different areas of tort litigation, José has represented families and individuals injured in railroad grade crossing collisions for most of his career. Before starting his own firm, he was an attorney with a renowned Kansas City law firm with a national practice in railroad litigation.
Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly has highlighted the results of José’s work on several occasions, including his $3 million settlement of a private crossing collision case involving a local construction worker in 2005. His articles on railroad litigation have been published by the national plaintiffs’ attorney organization, the American Association for Justice (AAJ), where he served in 2010 as the Chair of the Railroad Law Section, the youngest in the Section’s history. From 2009-2011, his peers recognized him as a “Rising Star” of the legal community, and in 2010, the Kansas City Business Journal named him “Best of the Bar.”
José achieved his undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis and his law degree at St. Louis University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Prior to entering the private sector, he served as a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office in Madison County, Illinois and as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Michael W. Manners in Jackson County, Missouri. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas, various U.S. District Courts in the midwest, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. He is also an active member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), and the 2012 President-Elect of the Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City (AABAKC).
Born and raised in Makati, Philippines, and formally educated in the U.S., José approaches the cases of his Filipino and Asian American clients with an understanding of our culture, traditions and heritage. He is married to fellow attorney, Julie Oswald-Bautista. They live in Westwood Park, Missouri with their twin sons, Benjamin and Nicolas.