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Civil defense litigator

Douglas Hill

Member in Kansas City

Douglas Hill is an experienced litigator, managing a diverse civil defense practice that includes product liability, professional negligence, industrial and job site injuries, and general business litigation. He frequently represents manufacturers, retailers, architects, engineers, contractors, and individuals facing claims for professional malpractice, breach of contract, and general negligence. He is aggressive in pursuing his clients’ legal defenses, but always with an eye toward finding the quickest and most cost-effective path to a favorable result.

Doug handles and oversees all stages of legal disputes, from the initial fact investigation to the ultimate resolution, whether that be through settlement, dispositive motion, trial, or appeal.  He has deposed hundreds of fact and expert witnesses, won numerous jury trials, and briefed and argued cases before appellate courts, including the Missouri and Kansas Supreme Courts.  In addition to traditional civil litigation, Doug has also defended multi-million-dollar arbitrations and regularly negotiates settlements through private mediation. 

An accomplished writer and editor, Doug previously served as Senior Articles Editor for the Science and Technology Law Review and has served on the editorial boards of several other academic publications.


  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., with honors, 2007

Memberships & Activities

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • Member, Construction Community
    • Member, Construction Claims Magazine Committee
    • Member, Construction Claims College Conference Committee
  • DRI
  • Earl E. O'Connor American Inn of Court
  • IADC Trial Academy Graduate
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Member, Construction Law Committee
    • Member, Court Procedures and Practice Committee
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Propane Gas Defense Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Kansas City Metropolitan Area, 2021-present
    • Personal Injury Litigation  Defendants (2021-present)
    • Product Liability Litigation  Defendants (2021-present)

Community Involvement

  • Debate-KC Lawyers-in-the-Classroom - Volunteer
  • Garfield Elementary, Kansas City, Missouri - "Lead To Read" Volunteer
  • Youth Sports Coach


  • Co-Author: You Get What You Asked For and That’s a Cold Hard Fact: The Continued Erosion of Arbitration Clauses, The Transportation Lawyer Journal, Vol. 20, No. 4 (February 2019)


  • Defending Workplace Injury Claims in Kansas and Missouri, CLE presentation
  • Taking and Defending Depositions of Design and Construction Experts, CLE presentation


Baker Sterchi Secures Summary Judgment through Extraordinary Writ from Missouri Supreme Court

Baker Sterchi recently obtained summary judgment in the Missouri Supreme Court for their client, despite the trial court's initial refusal to recognize and hold that their clients were immune from civil liability. The win was accomplished through an extraordinary writ of prohibition sought from and issued by the Missouri Supreme Court, ordering the trial judge to reverse and vacate her original order and enter summary judgment in favor of Baker Sterchi's clients.