While still law school, Vance was selected to be an intern in the Jackson County, MO pros office, 16th judicial circuit. There he got court room trial experience under the guiding hands of well seasoned prosecutors. After graduation, he entered private practice after a stint as an Assistant Public Defender representing indigent clients in felony cases.
In 1978, he began his private practice and soon was litigating before juries in State and Federal Courts in the fields of personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, premises liability and products liability. He has taken medical courses to help him understand the aspects of handling a personal injury case.
In 1991, his law school Dean asked Vance to serve as an Adjunct professor of law in trial practice. He has been a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs to teach other lawyers.
Vance is AV rated and was named a Super Lawyer by his peers from 2008 through the present time. He started Kansas City Mediation and arbitration service and is frequently called on by lawyers and judges to resolve disputes. He has served on many public boards.
Vance enjoyed bike riding as a kid and throughout college. When his children were small, they got mountain bikes and they rode trails together.
Seven years ago, Vance learned about the MS 150 and decided to give it a go. In spite of broken spokes, he was able to finish, and caught the cycling bug in a big way. Soon he was off to RAGBRAI, countless century rides, the KATY trail, and many local social rides.
To give back to the cycling community, Vance joined and became a board member of Kansas City Metro Bicycle Club and has sponsored many events including Tour de Bier and Tour of Kansas City. He is on the advisory committee of Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation and consults with many groups and clubs.
As Vance has ventured to California, Texas, and Colorado for cycling events. He has been seen in his Sprinter van (see home page photo) at Pro races.
With all the bike involvement, representing cyclists became a natural by-product. Vance has represented many cyclists in Missouri and Kansas. Cyclists want a lawyer familiar with riding, bicycles, and the culture of cycling. They also want a well trained lawyer with decades of experience in his field. He meets both those qualifications.
Affiliation with Bike Law, the national network of bicycling lawyers
Peter Wilburn who started Bikelaw.com was looking for like minded lawyers with a passion for cycling. Peter and Vance first met in the spring of 2104 after many calls and emails. They hit it off, and Vance joined the nationwide network.