Chris Schnieders devotes his entire practice to civil litigation with an emphasis in the areas of complex pharmaceutical and medical device actions, professional liability actions, and personal injury actions.
Chris has worked extensively in the litigation surrounding Prozac, Avandia, Yaz, Bextra, Celebrex and Vioxx. Chris and the firm’s work in all of these litigations has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recovery to our clients.Chris has also successfully represented both defendants and plaintiffs in numerous medical malpractice and other professional liability actions. This representation encompassed all facets of litigation, up to, and including, jury verdict.
Chris’ litigation practice has earned him numerous distinctions, including recognition both as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in the state of Missouri from The National Trial Lawyers and as a Super Lawyer for the state of Missouri every year since 2013. Chris is also AV rated, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards under the peer review system of Martindale-Hubbell, the national legal directory.
Chris is an active member of the American Association for Justice; the Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas Bar Associations; the National Trial Lawyers; and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Chris is a graduate of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Leadership Academy as well as the Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program, and has served as vice chair of the KCMBA Civil Practices Committee. Chris is also a board member of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City, an organization helping academically capable and motivated boys in need to meet their full potential. He has also devoted substantial Pro Bono time to indigent persons faced with family court issues.
Currently, Chris is actively involved in representing children injured by in utero ingestion of Zofran, a drug prescribed off-label for morning sickness in pregnancy, as well as Clomid/Serophene, a drug used to induce ovulation in women wishing to become pregnant. In addition to his products liability work, Chris continues to investigate and represent claims involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death.
Chris has worked on behalf of thousands of injured plaintiffs in some of the largest pharmaceutical and product liability litigations. That experience includes:
- Plaintiff’s Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Discovery committee In re Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2657 (D. Ma)
- Chair of the Discovery committee In re Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2342 (E.D. Pa)
- Plaintiff’s Steering Committee In re Effexor (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2458 (E.D. Pa)
- Member of Science and Daubert committees In re Avandia Marketing Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1871 (E.D. Pa)
- Lead counsel for multiple Discovery Pool cases selected In Re: Accutane Litigation, Case No. 271 (Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Atlantic County)
PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Law Clerk to the Hon. John R. O’Malley, 16th Judicial Circuit of Missouri
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2005
• London Law Consortium
• Externship with Barrister-at-Law, Gray’s Inn
B.A., Political Science and History, Boston College, 2002
HONORS & AWARDS
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2016
Missouri & Kansas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2011-2012
AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Top 100 Trial Lawyers –The National Trial Lawyers
Top 40 Under 40–The National Trial Lawyers
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
American Association for Justice
The National Trial Lawyers
Illinois Bar Associations
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Leadership Academy
Missouri Bar Associations
Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program