John M. Waldeck

Attorney at Law

John Waldeck has focused his practice on defending clients in civil litigation matters. He has been involved in litigating a myriad of matters from routine premises claims to complex liability and catastrophic injury cases. He routinely represents insurance companies and their policyholders in both state and federal courts throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Mr. Waldeck was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He now makes his home in a suburb of Kansas City with his wife, Jenny and their two children, Betsi and Robert.

Practice Areas

  • Architecture & Engineering Liability
  • Aviation & Airport Defense
  • Catastrophic Injury Defense
  • Construction Defense
  • Employment Liability
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Liquor Liability – Dram Shop
  • Products and Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Specialty Risk Defense

Admitted to Practice

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • 8th & 10th Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Emporia State University – B.S., B.A. 1990
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School – J.D. 1996 (with distinction)
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law Review

Representative Clients

  • Berkley Risk
  • Berkley Specialty Underwriting Mangers
  • Gallagher Bassett Services
  • Markel
  • Munich Re America
  • Nationwide E&S Specialty
  • NSI, A Division of West Bend
  • Old Republic Aerospace | Old Republic Insurance Group
  • Skyward Specialty Insurance Group
  • RSUI Group, Inc.
  • Vela Insurance Group
  • Western Litigation
  • Western National Insurance Group
  • Western World Insurance Group

Professional Associates & Activities

  • IADC: Trial Academy
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • MODL Trial Academy (Faculty)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of Defense Counsel
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel