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Product liability defense litigator

Michael McMullen

Member in Kansas City

Mike McMullen has more than 30 years of experience defending products cases on a nationwide basis. He represents manufacturing, propane, marine, insurance, and transportation industry clients in catastrophic accident cases across the United States. Mike has investigated accidents and defended cases in 37 states, including achieving numerous defense verdicts and summary judgment rulings. Mike’s extensive experience and tenacious approach have often negated lawsuits before they could be filed against his clients.

In court, Mike has obtained defense verdicts in fire and explosion fatality trials and summary judgment rulings in carbon monoxide brain damage and other serious personal injury cases. Mike also conducts company safety audits to help his clients limit potential exposure and maximize safety for their customers. He writes for and speaks to industry groups on consumer safety and industry practice issues.

Outside the courtroom, Mike is actively involved in the arts. His black and white photography decorates the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association office and is offered for sale through the KCMBA with a percentage of proceeds benefitting local bar community programs. His courthouse series of photographs are on permanent display at the Jackson County courthouse in downtown Kansas City.

Representative Experience:

  • Defense verdict in wrongful death house fire case, Cincinnati Federal Court.
  • Defense verdict in wrongful death commercial business explosion case, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Defense verdict in commercial business propane release case, claiming multi-million-dollar business loss.
  • Defense verdict in wrongful death of disabled child, Cleburne, Alabama.
  • Summary Judgment ruling in nightclub kitchen fire burn case, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Summary Judgment ruling in carbon monoxide brain damage personal injury case, Charleston, West Virginia.


  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • University of Missouri School of Law, J.D., 1985
    • R. Jack Garrett Prize for ATLA Trial Competition
  • Stanford University, B.A. History, 1981

Memberships & Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Boat and Yacht Council
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Propane Gas Defense Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2018-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Kansas City Metropolitan Area, 2019-present
    • Commercial Litigation (2022-2023)
    • Litigation  Insurance (2023)
    • Personal Injury Litigation  Defendants (2022-present)
    • Product Liability Litigation  Defendants (2019-present)
  • Volunteer Attorney Project Pro-Bono Award

Community Involvement

  • Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Homeless Outreach - Board of Directors
  • Kansas City Tomorrow Civic Leadership - Alumni
  • ARTS KC Now Showing Program - Participating Artist
  • Eagle Scout & Former BSA Troop 10 Assistant Scoutmaster


  • The Whole World Just Goes Slow Motion, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine (2023)


  • Mike is a frequent presenter to industry groups on consumer safety and industry practice issues.

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