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				Brooks
				D.
				Kevin
Insurance Coverage Litigator

Kevin Brooks

Member in Kansas City

Kevin Brooks focuses his practice in insurance coverage as well as bad faith and extra contractual liability. Throughout his career, he has provided clients guidance in some of the nation’s most challenging jurisdictions, including Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Georgia, Nevada, Minnesota, and Arizona.  He advises on coverage determinations, but also handles bad faith and garnishment actions in a broad range of first-party and third-party claims that often have an element of potential extra contractual exposure.

Kevin has experience defending high-stakes tort actions, including personal injury and wrongful death, professional liability, construction defect, product liability and trade secret matter across a variety of industries.  He handles all aspects of civil claims and lawsuits from notice of claim through trial and appeal.  He has first-chair jury trial experience and experience arguing in appellate courts. Kevin serves on the board of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers and is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law.

Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • University of Missouri, B.J. Journalism, 2001

Memberships & Activities

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Amicus Brief Committee, 2018-present
    • Board of Directors, 2019-present
    • Trial Academy Instructor, 2015

Awards & Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2022

Community Involvement

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City - Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy

Cases

  • Granados v. Wilson, 505 P.3d 794 (Kan. App. 2022)
  • Shelby v. Oak River Ins. Co. 2018 WL 2013043 (W.D. Mo. 2018), aff’d, 763 F.Appx. 588 (8th Cir. 2019)
  • Smith v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2017 WL 3168566 (E.D. Mo. 2017)
  • Schmidt v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2016 WL 7219552 (W.D. Mo. 2016)
  • Forsberg v. N.R. Hamm Contractor, LLC, 369 P.3d 342 (Kan. Ct. App. 2016)
  • Talbert v. Progressive Northwestern Ins. Co., 2014 WL 334747 (W .D. Mo. 2014)
  • Gear Automotive v. Acceptance Indem. Ins. Co., 709 F.3d 1259 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • ABC Seamless Siding & Windows, Inc. v. Ward, 398 S.W.3d 27 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013)
  • Lambi v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 2013 WL 490778 (8th Cir. 2013
  • Heacker v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 676 F.3d 724 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • Pro Service Automotive, LLC v. Lenan Corp., 469 F.3d 1210 (8th Cir. 2006)
  • Russell v. Clapp, 201 S.W.3d 99 (Mo. App. W.D. 2006)

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