Chris is a founding member of Shank & Heinemann LLC. He has attained an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest awarded. Through statewide voting of peers, Chris was selected as a Missouri and Kansas 2005, 2006, & 2007 Super Lawyer. He represents corporations and individuals both as plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He has significant experience in a wide range of litigation matters, including product liability defense, consumer class actions, real estate disputes, insurance coverage litigation, securities litigation, commercial litigation, and employment claims. Chris serves as national products liability counsel for several major manufacturers.
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Dave is a founding member of Shank & Heinemann LLC. He represents individuals and businesses both as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has significant experience in a wide range of litigation matters, including product liability defense, insurance coverage litigation, appellate practice, business litigation, consumer class actions, and employment claims. He has an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded. Through statewide voting of peers, Dave was selected as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer in 2006 and 2008.
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Katie received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Katie was on the Dean's list, was a member of and published commentor on the UMKC Law Review, and worked as a teaching assistant for the legal research and writing department.
Before beginning her legal career, Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Avila University and spent six years working as an intensive care nurse in the University of Kansas Health System.
Katie joined the firm in 2021 after having worked for the firm as a summer associate and law clerk for two years.
Kendra is a long-time member of the team who has served many roles and currently manages the day-to-day affairs of the office. She is an invaluable asset and a reliable constant, and our firm would not be the same without her.
Mary graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa in December 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Linguistics and Russian Language. She previously spent her time at university as a research assistant in the Linguistics department, and attending and organizing Russian cultural events. She is an avid reader and hobby violinist.
She joined the firm as a paralegal in July 2023.
What sets us apart. Our firm is comprised entirely of counsel who have received behind-the-scenes training as law clerks to some of the most well-respected judges on the federal trial and appellate benches. This experience gives us an unparalleled advantage in navigating the intricacies of case development, litigation strategy and trial execution.
Versatility. Our firm is adept at both prosecuting and defending commercial claims of the highest caliber. We have successfully litigated claims against companies including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Liberty Mutual, H&R Block and Nestle Purina. We also have successfully defended many global insurance companies (such as Allianz, Munich Re and Swiss Re) and the United States operating divisions of several multinational corporations (such as GKN plc, Volvo Truck Corporation and BBA Aviation plc). We deliver exceptional legal services no matter what the stakes or the size of the opponent.
Efficiency. Our firm provides the high-end legal services that our clients demand without the high-end cost because we use a boutique firm model that emphasizes results and productivity over bells and whistles. Like many large firms, we have a national reach; unlike many large firms, however, we provide our legal services at a notable value by eliminating many of the inefficiencies inherent in the large-firm model, which allows us to charge hourly rates that are substantially below most of our competitors.
Results. In the last 18 months, our firm has successfully tried four jury trials, prevailed on dispositive motion practice in six other cases, and settled numerous other matters on terms very favorable for our clients.
Our clients enjoy the same high quality litigation representation found at large firms, but at a more affordable cost and on a more personal level. Our experienced litigation attorneys represent clients in trials, appeals, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and other litigation matters across the nation. We have experience representing clients in many types of matters involving many areas of the law.