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Scott C. Gyllenborg

  • Partner

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Sex Offenses
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Drug Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Expungements


Scott Gyllenborg is vice president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), representing 5,000 members in a nine-county region around Kansas City, Missouri. He is past president of the Johnson County Bar Association (JCBA) with its 1,700 members. Scott served 11 terms as a chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the JCBA. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Johnson County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Johnson County Bar Association. He has served as Chairman of the association's Herbert W. Walton Annual Bench/Bar Conference. In 2012, Scott was the chairman of the Kansas Bar Association Annual Meeting/Joint Judicial Conference.

Scott is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the American Bar Association and its Criminal Justice and Litigation sections; the Kansas Bar Association and its Criminal Law Section; The Missouri Bar; and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and its Criminal Law and Federal Court Advocates committees. He is a Master of the Inn of the Earl E. O'Connor American Inn of Court and has served as a director of the Inn. Scott is a member of the panel of attorneys qualified by the United States District Court judges for the District of Kansas to represent accused persons under the federal Criminal Justice Act. He was a member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents member and served on its Membership Committee.

Scott is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, and the bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1988 and is a Sustaining Member of the American Bar Foundation. Scott is a Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation, the Johnson County Bar Foundation, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Scott is a Life Member of the Tenth Circuit Historical Society.

For every year since 2005 – when the selection was first available - Scott has been selected by his peers to the Super Lawyers list in a poll conducted by Law and Politics magazine, which asks 23,000 Kansas and Missouri lawyers to nominate the best attorneys they have personally observed in action. Only five percent of all the lawyers in Kansas and Missouri are named to the list of Super Lawyers. Scott has been selected for Criminal Defense and DUI/DWI.

In 2007, Scott was elected to the Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission by a vote of the 3,000 members of the Tenth Judicial District of Kansas. The commission nominates to the governor of Kansas candidates for appointment to the Johnson County district court bench.

From 2007 to 2013, Scott was an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, teaching Trial Advocacy to second and third-year law students. He is a regular speaker at continuing legal education (CLE) courses in criminal law and criminal procedure.

From 1996 to 2012, Scott was the City Prosecutor for the City of Mission Hills, Kansas.

In addition to his activities in the legal profession, Scott is engaged in his local community. He remains involved with his alma mater, The Barstow School, an independent co-educational day school founded in 1884 in Kansas City, Missouri. Scott served Barstow as a trustee of the school, as a member of the alumni association board of directors, and as a class representative for the Class of 1974. He was chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Barstow Board of Trustees during the capital campaign that funded the design and construction of the current Lower School. He has been a member of the Jayhawks for Higher Education Committee of The University of Kansas and the Leawood Chamber of Commerce. Scott has served on the board of directors of the Olathe Arts Alliance and the Olathe Region United Way.

From 1994 to 2001, beginning with the televised murder trial of OJ Simpson, Scott was the weekly on-air legal analyst for FOX 4 TV in Kansas City, Missouri.

Scott and his wife have four children and live in Leawood, Kansas.

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1988
  • Missouri, 2006
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2006


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • J.D. - 1988
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Effective Assistance of Counsel to Alien Criminal Defendant Under Sixth Amendment After Padilla, UMKC Law Review, 79, 2011

Representative Cases

  • State v. Maxon et al., 32 Kan. App. 2d 67, 79 P.3d 202 (2003), 2003866785

Classes / Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law in Trial Advocacy, University of Kansas School of Law, 2005 to 2013

Honors And Awards

  • Boss of the Year presented by Johnson County Legal Professionals
  • Selected to Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member, Present
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Member, Criminal Justice Section
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member, Criminal Law Section
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA), Member, Criminal Law Section, Present
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA), Member, Criminal Law Committee
  • Kansas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Johnson County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • International Mensa and American Mensa, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan, Federal Court Advocates Section, CLE Committee, 2009
  • Kansas City Metropolitan, Membership Committee, Co-Chairman, 2010 to Present
  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court (Master of the Inn)
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Membership Committee
  • American Bar, Ethics, Gideon & Professionalism Committee
  • The BarLetter, Co-Editor, 2005-2010, Editor, 2010-2017; Membership Committee, Chairman, 2009-2017
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA), Chairman, Annual Meeting and Joint Judicial Conference, 2012
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), Sustaining Member; Member of the Criminal Law Committee; Former Chairman of the Federal Court Advocates Section; CLE presenter
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation – Fellow, Vice-President of the Board of Directors
  • American Bar - Litigation and Criminal Law Sections
  • Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Member and CLE presenter

Past Employment Positions

  • Johnson County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1988 to 1991
  • Watson Ess Marshall & Enggas (later Watson & Marshall), Associate, 1991 to 1996
  • Norton Hubbard Ruzicka & Kreamer, Founding Partner, 1996 to 2000
  • Scott C. Gyllenborg, P.A., President,, 2000 to 2004
  • Gyllenborg & Dunn, P.A., 2004 to 2012
  • City of Mission Hills, Kansas, Prosecuting Attorney, 1996 to 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Midwest Innocence Project, Board of Directors, 2008 to 2015
  • Olathe Arts Alliance, Director, 1992 to 1994
  • The Barstow School, Trustee, 1997 to 2003
  • Project Uplift – Delivering meals, clothing and necessities to the homeless in Kansas City


  • English