Firm Bio February 2014

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    Chris Tillery moved to the Midwest as a teenager from New Orleans, Louisiana. He obtained his law degree from the University of Kansas in 2006. Prior to joining the Firm, Chris served as a law clerk in the 10th Judicial District Court of Kansas. While working for the Honorable Thomas Sutherland and other district court judges, Chris gained valuable experience in all areas of civil law, from research and analysis of complex business disputes to legal writing in the form of both memoranda and draft opinions.

    Since joining the Firm as an associate in 2008, Chris has represented a variety of business and commercial clients as defense counsel in the areas of business and commercial litigation, employment discrimination and retaliation, construction defect and design error, medical malpractice, products liability and premises liability. He has extensive case management experience in all stages of litigation, including written discovery, pre-trial and post-trial motions, and direct and cross examination of witness testimony at deposition or at trial. He also has broad familiarity with all aspects of dispute resolution, including pre-suit negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and pre-trial settlement conferences.

    Chris lives with his wife, Amy, and their three young children in Overland Park, Kansas.

    1100 Walnut, Suite 1950 Kansas City, MO 64106

    T: 816.268.9412 F: 816.268.9409 Practice Focus: Business Litigation Construction & Design Labor & Employment Medical Malpractice Product Liability

    Representative Experience:

    Achieved favorable settlements and pre-trial dismissals as co-counsel representing employers in federal and state discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment claims.

    Achieved several pre-trial dismissals as lead counsel representing large area grocery store chain in premises liability cases in Kansas and Missouri.

    Currently serving as co-counsel representing national EPC company and surety in Miller Act action brought by excavation and earthwork subcontractor seeking additional compensation for work performed on project as Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia.

    Co-defense counsel for product manufacturers and insurers in fire losses and product liability cases involving claims of defect in design, manufacture and warnings of various industrial and consumer products such as Christmas trees, lawnmowers, bathtubs, and spray-booths.


  • Achieved favorable settlement as co-counsel representing local engineering firm in $600,000 lien claim for engineering and survey work.

    Served on a team that achieved pre-trial dismissal of $200,000 personal injury action against client that involved heavy equipment injury.

    Co-defense counsel for physicians and health care facilities in professional malpractice claims throughout Missouri and Kansas.

    Co-counsel on successful defense of national and publicly-traded engineering firm in arbitration seeking $20 million in damages arising from alleged errors in HVAC system design.

    Awards & Recognitions:

    Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012-2013

    Professional Associations & Memberships:

    Earl E. OConner American Inn of Court

    American Bar Association

    Johnson County Bar Association

    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

    Kansas Bar Association

    Missouri Bar Association

    Publications & Presentations:

    Co-Author: Chapter 10-Midwest Region, 2012 & 2013 Construction Law Update (Aspen Publishers), 2012-2013

    Presenter: Kansas and Missouri Premises Liability Primer, 2011

    Presenter: Medical Malpractice and Negligence Overview (K.C. Area Rehabilitation Management Forum), 2011

    Presenter: Navigating the Social Media Maze: How to Use Facebook, MySpace and Twitter as Litigation Tools, 2011


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  • Admissions:

    Kansas Supreme Court

    Missouri Supreme Court

    United States District Court for the District of Kansas

    United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

    United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri


    J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2006

    B.A., History, Emporia State University, 2002

    The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.



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