Professional Liability

The firm routinely handles various Professional Liability matters in litigation, including architects and engineers liability, medical and mental health professionals liability, real estate agents and brokers liability. The firm has defended those professionals in Kansas and Missouri matters working to resolve those cases as quickly as possible due to their impact on those professionals’ reporting and licensing.

Complex Products Liability

The firm’s attorneys have handled a wide variety of product defect claims involving products from heavy industrial equipment to consumer products, including design, safety, and guarding issues, involving all theories of recovery, including consumer protection act, and breach of warranty theories under state and federal law.

Employment Defense

The firm handles all aspects of employer related liability.  This can start with providing advice to employers regarding employee situations, training, etc., to handling employment litigation from the initial demand, administrative proceeding with state or federal agencies, trial and appeal. The firm routinely handles matters alleging discrimination and harassment on the basis of any protected class under state and federal law.

Dram Shop Liability

The firm provides defense of Dram Shop matters (improper service of an individual who is visibly intoxicated) pursuant to Missouri’s Dram Shop statute, and has continued to monitor the status of law related to potential Dram Shop liability in Kansas. The firm has consultants it regularly uses in this area to assist in the evaluation and defense.  

Aviation

The firm routinely defends aviation related matters involving damage to aircraft, personal injury, airport/FBO liability, and aerial spraying property damage claims.  The firm has handled numerous matters involving significant property damage, aircraft loss and personal injury/death claims throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Civil Rights Defense

The firm has developed expertise in various Section 1983 actions involving law enforcement or private security. The matters include excessive force, false imprisonment, personal injury, and deprivation of rights. The firm has litigated matters in both State and Federal Court in this area.

Environmental Litigation

The firm routinely handles all aspects of environmental/toxic tort liability, including defending companies and their employees in negligence and property related claims. The firm also defends routine negligence claims involving property damage or personal injury with environmental companies’ employees in the course of their work for their employer.

Real Estate Agents & Brokers’ Liability

Representation of various commercial and residential real estate agents, and their brokers in defense of professional liability claims.  These can include a variety of matters, including misrepresentation, consumer protection act violation, or professional negligence matters.

Construction

The firm defends clients in construction related matters from designers in professional liability matters (primarily architects and engineers) to the representation of general and subcontractors in various commercial and residential projects.  The firm has experience defending all aspects of construction litigation for projects as simple as single-family homes to large commercial buildings and apartment complexes.

Directors & Officers/Homeowners’ Association

The firm’s experience in this area has been primarily with Board of Directors of for-profit and non-profit organizations, including various businesses and charitable entities, as well as Homeowners’ Associations.  The defense of these matters can potentially involve Class Action defense, depending on the circumstances, and the issues presented. Many times the allegations are breach of fiduciary duty, failure to follow, and/or abide by the bylaws of organization.  These matters can involve unique challenges, including the turnover of the Board and likely volunteer members with little training on their roles as Board members.

Contract Litigation

The firm routinely defends contract-related matters, either pre-suit or in suit. The agreements at issue, to the extent there are any, are usually in place, and the firm’s role comes after there is an alleged breach of that agreement and threat of litigation.

Personal Injury Defense

The firm routinely handles a myriad of matters involving personal injury defense, from general negligence claims, slip and fall, and auto/trucking.  The firm has handled fairly routine injury matters up through complex traumatic brain injury cases involving extensive future treatment, and long-term life care plans. The firm also defends wrongful death matters in Missouri or Kansas with the knowledge of the nuances of those claims under each state’s law.

Premises Liability

The firm has defended numerous premises liability matters involving floors, stairs, railings, parking lots, steps and stoops on both public and private property, including analysis of applicable building codes and requirements, and the involvement of consultants/experts to assist in the evaluation and defense of these matters.  Beyond the typical premises cases. The firm has defended nuisance claims, weather related temporary conditions and public entity premises claims.

Auto & Trucking

The firm regularly defends personal injury and property damage matters, including wrongful death actions resulting from auto or trucking negligence. The firm has expertise in quickly gathering and assessing the critical information related to the accident with trusted consultants to assist in the collection, analysis and reconstruction of those accidents. In addition, the firm handles subrogation matters related to property damage claims as a result of these accidents.