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Wade Kerrigan

Wade Kerrigan


Wade’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of technology and e-commerce, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions for clients in the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry.

He provides sophisticated legal and business guidance that helps strategically plan corporate alliances, technology development and intellectual property protection.

Wade works on many technology-related transactions, including agreements related to software licensing, software and web development, application service provider (ASP) transactions, and joint ventures. He also provides clients with general advice in the intellectual property and e-commerce areas, including trademark, copyright and Internet matters. In addition, he has worked on these matters for healthcare companies:

  • Assisting CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo., in a strategic affiliation with Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, Mo.
  • Guiding SCL Health System’s sale of Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., to California-based Prime Healthcare Services.
  • Working on information-technology transition issues for the sale of Family Health Partners to Coventry Health Care.

Wade has delivered more than 30 presentations to clients and other attorneys on intellectual property, advertising, technology and software development and licensing.

Wade leads the firm's Practice Specialty Centers and serves on the firm’s Diversity Council.




  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2021
  • Ingram's magazine, “40 Under 40,” 2008


  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law
    • with high distinction
    • Iowa Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • A.B., Harvard University
    • cum laude


  • Missouri
  • Kansas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Law Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
2023 Pro Bono Achiever
  • Assisted CoxHealth, based in Springfield, Mo., in completing an affiliation transaction with Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, Mo. The intricate transaction involved not only a name change — Cox Medical Center Branson — but a restructuring of the parties’ governance structures, including the designation of CoxHealth as the sole corporate member of Skaggs (in place of a previous board of trustees that comprised more than 100 local community leaders). This major strategic addition to the CoxHealth system, which consists of five hospitals and more than 84 clinics in 24 communities, was a primary initiative for the client during the past two years.
  • Helped guide the completion of SCL Health System’s sale of Providence Medical Center and Saint John Hospital to California-based Prime Healthcare Services. The sale was completed April 1, 2013, less than three months after Prime Healthcare was selected as the preferred bidder in a nationwide auction process conducted by Citigroup Inc., during which time all negotiations, due diligence, licensing, regulatory approvals, transitional information technology support arrangements and other prerequisites were completed or obtained.
  • Advised Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo., on regulatory and compliance matters and on medical staff and physician relationships.
  • Handled trademark, software and licensing matters for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., regarding pediatric genetic testing.
  • Worked on information-technology transition issues on behalf of Children’s Mercy Hospital in the sale of its managed-care business — operating under the name Family Health Partners (FHP) — to Coventry Health Care, which runs a nationwide managed-care business headquartered in Bethesda, Md.
  • Negotiated appearance agreements for DERMAdoctor on QVC cable shopping channel.
  • Protected nationally recognized trademarks and other intellectual property matters for several publicly traded and privately held clients.
  • Represented clients on intellectual property and technology matters in mergers and acquisitions.
  • Represented multiple emerging-technology companies with respect to private securities placements and corporate structuring.
  • Counseled clients on Internet law issues, including web hosting, development and terms of use.
  • Worked on several joint venture and joint development agreements for clients.
  • Represented a telecommunications company in an initial public offering (IPO), several acquisitions and the sale of all the company’s stock.
Community Leadership
  • Harvard/Radcliffe Club of Kansas City
  • The Main Street Corridor Development Corporation (MainCor)
  • Midwest Dramatists
  • Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Youth Group, Senior Warden, Vestry
  • Saint Paul's Episcopal Day School, Board of Trustees