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				Mirakian
				R.
				Christopher
Civil Defense Trial Lawyer

Christopher Mirakian

Member in Kansas City

Christopher R. Mirakian is a Member with experience representing individuals, companies, and insurance carriers in the areas of complex civil litigation and insurance defense. His litigation experience involves defense of liability claims involving personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, products liability, and construction disputes.  In recent years, Christopher has defended a number of highly complex and highly publicized premises liability actions involving the alleged failure to provide security against the criminal acts of third parties. 

His litigation experience involves defense of liability claims involving personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, products liability, and construction disputes. In recent years, Christopher has defended a number of highly complex and highly publicized premises liability actions involving the alleged failure to provide security against the criminal acts of third parties. Christopher is also well versed in the insurance litigation arenas of “bad faith” and extra-contractual claims against insurers for breach of contract and statutory vexatious refusal to pay.

Christopher has tried several first-chair and second-chair jury trials in Missouri and Kansas and is experienced in managing all facets of litigation, including the preparation of pleadings and discovery, creating litigation strategy, drafting/arguing complex motions and briefs, taking and defending depositions, representing clients in arbitration and mediation, and in working closely with clients and carriers at every stage of dispute, from litigation strategy to trial.

He prides himself on accurately and thoroughly analyzing complex facts, advising clients of the strengths and risks of their case; developing effective and efficient strategies for success and to reduce risk; and, ultimately, vigorously defending the client through trial if resolution of the claim is not possible.

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 2008
    • Emphasis in litigation
    • Published journalist, Law Review
    • Journalist, Urban Lawyer
  • Kansas State University, B.S., Business Management, 2005

Memberships & Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Litigation Skills Committee
  • IADC Trial Academy Graduate
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Associations
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City
    •  Former President, Young Lawyers Section
  • Missouri Bar Association

Publications

  • Gonzales v. Carhart: A New Paradigm for Abortion Legislation, UMKC Law Review, Volume 77, Number 1, p. 197 (Fall 2008)
  • NBI - Litigation: Preparation Tips and Hearing Strategies (2021)

Results

Defense Strategy Significantly Reduces Client's Damages

In a two-week jury trial in Oskaloosa, Kansas at the end of October and the beginning of November, 2018 (Donna Huffman v. Meier's Ready Mix and Leo Merando), the plaintiff claimed defendant's loaded cement truck t-boned her at 65 mph causing her vehicle to be knocked off the highway and land in a ditch. There was no dispute that she had a traumatic brain injury. However, there was...

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