William H. Kariker

Primary Practice Areas

Civil Litigation
Business and Non-Profit Organizations, Governance and Succession Planning
Educational Institutions
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Transactions, Development and Financing
Estate and Trust Administration


Missouri Western State University, B.S., 2004, magna cum laude
Washburn University, J.D., 2010, Dean’s Honors


Kansas Bar, 2010
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2010
Missouri Bar, 2011
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2011


Missouri Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
St. Joseph Bar Association
Kansas City Metro Bar Association

Will became interested in the law early, in a seventh grade legal education class. The following year in his social studies class, he took part in a mock trial in which he defended an abolitionist in the raid on Harpers Ferry and by the time he graduated from high school—first in his class—in Tucson, Arizona his career path was set.

Will studied Government and Public Affairs at Missouri Western State University, graduating magna cum laude, and continued that strong academic career through law school. He was on Washburn University’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team, and graduated with Dean’s Honors.  In addition to serving clients in a variety of practice areas, Will is also a certified Rule 17 mediator, and offers mediation services in civil, non-domestic cases.

Will is married to his wife, Devon, and they have a daughter, Sloane, and a son, Evan. He serves on the Board of the Bartlett Center and of St. Joseph Museums, Inc.  He is also an active member of the Sertoma Club of St. Joseph.

Photo of William H. Kariker “Even the most contentious case can be broken down to its underlying facts, which then suggest what the solution might be. I like trying to find that solution.” – Will Kariker