John R. Campbell, Jr. was not only given his father's name, but also shares the same career. However, John didn't only become a lawyer because that's what his dad was; from early on, he felt a calling to tend to the needs of people in their toughest times. He also knew early that he wanted to start his own law firm right from the beginning, so he majored in business while an undergraduate at the University of Missouri before moving on to earn his law degree from UMKC School of Law in 1978.
The first years of John's practice were tough. He recalls basically starving during the first two years in business, but things picked up due to John's diligence, determination, and his self-stated mission in life: to do his small part in correcting the world's injustice. This made everything worth it, especially since he got to do another thing he always wanted — function successfully as his own boss.
Our firm has undoubtedly reaped the benefits of John's excellent work ethic and altruistic philosophy, but so has the larger KC community. From 1992 to 1998, John served as city council member for the city of Leawood in Kansas, yet even before that he'd been active in the community. Giving back like that, John says, you realize how many people are actually in need.
I see a lot of injustice in the world. The way I view things, I have a responsibility to do my small part in correcting it.