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Overview

Kip helps corporate and individual clients navigate government investigations, including those with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Kip has extensive knowledge responding to federal grand jury subpoenas and other compulsory requests for documents. From corresponding with clients to determine the relevant custodians, to leading the teams responsible for collecting and reviewing the relevant data, Kip is adept at responding to these compulsory processes.

He also represents company executives during internal investigations and leads such investigations for corporations. Following those investigations, Kip advises clients on next steps to include self-disclosure processes and benefits of cooperation with the government regulator.

Although clients may view investigations or litigation as worrisome, Kip is known for putting them at ease. Even when investigations have positive client outcomes, Kip sees opportunities to put better policies in place, mitigating risk going forward. Clients appreciate that in addition to providing optimal legal strategies and solutions, Kip communicates clearly and reassuringly—always focused and responsive.

In his commercial litigation practice, he represents clients large and small across multiple industries on complex matters including:

  • Class actions
  • Business disputes
  • Product liability
  • Consumer protection
  • Labor and employment

In addition to his corporate work, Kip dedicates significant time to the firm’s Human Trafficking Legal Clinic, representing victim witnesses in both federal and state investigations. Many victims of human trafficking face criminal charges of their own due to the actions they were forced to take, and Kip defends them in these situations, as well as in related child custody disputes. He finds it truly rewarding to help these individuals achieve legal vindication, confirming they weren’t at fault for the unspeakable crimes committed against them.


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Recognition

  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2020

Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
    • Advocacy Certificate
    • Kansas Law Review, Staff Editor
  • B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point
    • Economics

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metro Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association

Clerkships

  • The Hon. Daniel D. Crabtree, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas


*Contact Kip to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Kansas City office.
Experience
  • Secured favorable outcome for chemical distributor by negotiating federal felony criminal charges to one misdemeanor charge.
  • Drafted motion successfully dismissing class action complaint against a retail warehouse club.
  • Defended elected official against bribery and other allegations. Negotiated satisfactory resolution for client.
  • Represented CEO and CFO of international manufacturer during audit committee's investigation in conjunction with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation, which closed without charges against the executives.
  • Represented mid-level executive of international media conglomerate during all phases of SEC investigation, resulting in no liability for client.
  • Assisted service member in successfully remaining in U.S. Army, with allegations that would lead to dishonorable discharge dismissed on lack of grounds.
  • Obtained honorable discharges for four service members in individual administrative proceedings concerning alcohol or drug use stemming from deployment-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other issues.
  • Conducted factual investigation for negotiation with IRS on behalf of medical support services provider regarding an investigation into allegations of improper income tax withholding. IRS declined to take action against the provider.
  • Conducted factual investigation and prepared defense presentation to the DOJ related to allegations of healthcare fraud against a medical laboratory. DOJ declined to prosecute the lab following our team's presentation on behalf of the client.
  • Managed defense of personal injury matter from the initial responsive pleadings through discovery and depositions of fact and expert witnesses to negotiation favorable settlement for defendant less than one-third of plaintiff's demand.
Outside the Office

Kip’s choice? A day at the zoo.

His very young son is an animal lover, so their go-to spot is the Kansas City Zoo. Kip also enjoys golfing and coaching his son's T-ball team. A former rugby player, Kip has retired his cleats, but remains an avid fan of the game.

Community Leadership

A former U.S. Army Captain, Kip supports recovering service members and their families and caregivers.

From 2006 to 2014, Kip served as an officer in active duty infantry units. After his honorable discharge, he began volunteering with military organizations, such as the Military Bowl Foundation, where he served as a junior board member from 2018 to 2020. The junior board’s primary function is fundraising for Patriot Point, a recreational retreat for recovering service members and families.

Kip also values giving back to the legal community, volunteering as a mentor for his alma mater, the University of Kansas School of Law. He provides guidance to current students on future opportunities in criminal law.

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