J.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, 1998
B.A., University of Kansas, December 1994
Member, Construction Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
American Bar Association
Member, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Missouri & Kansas Bar Associations
Johnson County Bar Association
Member, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
Martindale-Hubbell BV Rated
Named 2011 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine
Practice & Activities
Jeff maintains an active construction litigation practice which includes representing clients on payment issues, mechanics liens related litigation and general construction defect cases.
Jeff handles all types of personal injury, business and commercial litigation for numerous companies, both large and small, through both insurance coverage and directly for those companies.
Representative Cases & Results
Karshner v. Dickinson Theatres. Jeff was counsel for Dickinson Theatres in this premises liability action alleging a dangerous condition in a movie theatre. The plaintiff alleged the theatre lighting was not adequate to illuminate a series of varying sized steps within the theatre. The plaintiff alleged she suffered a knee and ankle injury which required surgery and prevented her from working as a registered nurse. The case was tried to a jury in Jackson County, Missouri. In closing arguments plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award five million dollars for plaintiff’s injuries and disabilities. The jury returned a defense verdict finding no fault on any party.
Alsation Land Company v. Walton Construction, Advantage & Exteriors v. Bratton Corporation. Jeff represented Walton Construction Company, a large general contractor, in connection with a defective construction claim being made by the plaintiff pertaining to a large office building in Vallejo, California. Specifically, plaintiff alleged that the exterior system of the building needed to be completely torn off and replaced. This case involved significant legal issues including, but not limited to, indemnity clause provisions between Walton Construction and its subcontractors Advantage Building & Exterior Systems, Inc. and the Bratton Corporation. A significant amount of discovery has took place in this matter, including the depositions of over 20 witnesses and experts that have been taken all over the country.
Phoenix Building Group v. Cordish Company, et al. Jeff represented a medium sized general contractor named Phoenix Building Group in connection with the construction of the 801 Chop House restaurant located in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Specifically, Phoenix Building Group was not paid its entire contract value for this project and, therefore, he filed a mechanic’s lien in excess of $600,000.00 to recover money it was owed under the contract between Phoenix and Prime Cut, L.L.C., the owner of 801 Chop House. The lien included money owed to over 14 subcontractors. A petition to foreclose the mechanic’s lien was filed in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. After a lengthy mediation with the plaintiff and between Phoenix and its subcontractors, the parties agreed to a settlement whereby Phoenix and its subcontractors were paid nearly their entire amount of their contract value.
Water District No. 1 of Johnson County, Kansas v. Trinity Excavating & Construction, et al. Jeff represented Key Construction Company per the request of Key’s insurer Travelers in connection with the construction of a Value Place Hotel in Johnson County, Kansas. This case involved numerous payment, lien and defective construction issues that arose as the result of the construction of this hotel. Numerous fact witness and expert depositions were taken. Ultimately, the matter was resolved by way of mediation with the owner paying 100% of the outstanding contract amount to Key Construction and a minimal amount being paid to Water One principally by Key Construction’s subcontractors.
BBSSI v. Walton Construction, et al. Jeff represented Walton Construction in connection with the construction of the Lenexa City Center Development located in Lenexa, KS. The Lenexa City Center Project involved the construction of a large office complex that was stopped because of financing issues. Jeff filed liens in excess of $1 million on behalf of Walton to recover money it was owed under its contract with Shawnee Village Associates, L.P.
Articles & Presentations
“Contractual Risk Transfer: How Good Contracts Can Keep More Money in Your Pocket,” Travelers MO/KS Claims Academy June 2011
MO/KS Case Law Update; Travelers Construction Claims Unit, 2011
Handling Construction Defect Claims in Kansas and Missouri; Travelers Construction Claims Unit, February 2010
Overview of Missouri Tort Reform Statutes, Raytown, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, August 2005