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Overview

The most satisfying aspect of JR’s practice is stepping in when clients don’t know what to do next, taking up a matter they can’t deal with on their own, and resolving it together.

JR has advised Fortune-100 companies, contractors, financial institutions, property owners, manufacturers, construction and real estate companies, commercial landlords, employers, nonprofits, start-ups and others.  His emphasis focuses on litigation, where he pays special attention to his clients' ultimate goals.

Contract claims; business torts; real estate and construction disputes; enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants; and single- and class-discrimination claims are just a few of the kinds of litigation JR has handled to successful resolution and verdicts in state and federal courts.

Taking his legal skills and a desire to support others outside the office, JR is also involved in a variety of pro bono work, including helping found a nonprofit that is curing food deserts in Kansas City.


Services

Recognition

Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2016 and 2017

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • Journal of Dispute Resolution, Editor-in-Chief
  • B.S., University of Central Missouri
    • History and Political Science
    • cum laude
    • Phi Alpha Theta

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • KC Legal
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City (LAKC)
  • Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Missouri Bar
Experience
  • Assisted with utility and manufacturer dispute involving more than $100 million in damages and lost profits.
  • Obtained favorable dismissal of claims and motion to compel arbitration in manufacturer dispute.
  • Routinely represent start-ups and nonprofits with regulatory compliance and litigation.
  • Represented national franchise by managing millions of pages of ESI production in multi-million dollar trademark infringement case.
  • Assisted with representation of nationals candy manufacturer with defense of slack-fill claims under Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA).
  • Represented large financial institution regarding wrongful holdover of commercial properties following foreclosure.
  • Second-chaired bench trial in complex business dispute involving mechanic liens, landlord-tenant issues, and reclamation of collateral.
  • Obtained multiple wins in bench-tried commercial landlord-tenant disputes, including award of special and liquidated damages.
  • Represented national mortgagor with repeated actions brought by pro-se plaintiffs: was granted motion to dismiss in federal court, summary judgments in state court and successfully assisted with appeal of case to Missouri court of appeals.
  • Obtained more than 20 favorable judgments for replevin, recovery of collateral and possession.
  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in case involving gender discrimination, wrongful retaliation and unlawful whistleblowing. Assisted with obtaining favorable settlement in separate and related case involving gender discrimination, wrongful retaliation and tort claims against same client.
  • Team member that assisted with representation of large Kansas City employer in multiple FLSA class actions cases.
  • Managed hundreds of litigation files for national financial institution in dispute involving national fraud conspiracy.
Outside the Office

JR scans The New York Times bestseller list for reading material and dabbles in creative writing. Khaled Hosseini, best known for “The Kite Runner,” is a favorite author. The memoirs “Beautiful Boy” by David Sheff and “Educated” by Tara Westover are his top recent reads along with Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens.”

Community Leadership
  • Kanbe's Market, co-founder, secretary, board member (nonprofit focused on eliminating food deserts in Kansas City)
  • LAKC Young Lawyers Section (YLS):  director and board president (community-focused bar organization with flagship event providing holiday celebration for shelter families)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association YLS, public relations chair
  • Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, committee member and Stephen C. Metzler protégé
  • ArtsKC, fund week campaign manager, 2016-2018