Jon Kieffer represents individuals and businesses as plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide. His practice includes products liability, professional liability, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, and business and commercial litigation including business torts.
Jon is a frequent speaker on topics involving civil litigation at both local and national professional meetings. Most recently, Jon was a presenter on topics involving vehicle product liability issues at the semi-annual meeting of the Western Trial Lawyers Association.
Some results that Jon has obtained on behalf of clients include the following:
$6.7 Million Damages Award – Wrongful Death Case
As lead trial counsel, Jon obtained a $6.7 million damages award. This award is the largest compensatory damages award in a wrongful death case reported in Kansas as well as the largest “alter-ego” damages award reported in Kansas, and followed a trial against an oil company and its owners.
Confidential Settlement – Product Liability and Negligence
As lead counsel for two children who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a highway crash, Jon obtained a confidential settlement against U-Haul International and others in a case involving claims of product liability and negligence.
$3 Million Record Settlement – Wrongful Death Case
As lead counsel on behalf of the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit, Jon obtained a record settlement in excess of $3 Million against Penske Truck Leasing and others in a product liability case involving a rental trailer that decoupled on the highway resulting in multiple fatalities.
$1.8 Million Damages Award – Negligent Entrustment
As lead trial counsel, Jon obtained a damages award of more than $1.8 million in a negligent entrustment case against the parents of a driver who killed a young wife and mother, the largest negligent entrustment damages award reported in Kansas.
Trial Verdict – Leads to New Missouri Rule of Civil Procedure
As lead trial and appellate counsel, Jon twice prevailed at trial, and succeeded on appeal, in the landmark case of Johnson v. McCullough, 306 S.W.3d 551 (Mo. Banc 2010). After Jon obtained a unanimous verdict at trial, the adverse party appealed and the trial court ordered a new trial because a juror had failed to disclose during jury selection certain previous litigation experience. On appeal, Jon persuaded the Missouri Supreme Court, en banc, to change a longstanding rule from prior precedents and to require that attorneys now must perform on-line searches during jury selection to determine whether prospective jurors have been involved in prior litigation. As a result of the Johnson decision, the Court promulgated a new Missouri Rule of Civil Procedure, Rule 69.025 Juror Nondisclosure. The Johnson decision topped Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly’s list of the “most important opinions” of 2010. Following the Court’s decision, Jon prevailed again on retrial of the case under the new rule.
Substantial Settlements – Breach of Contract
As counsel on behalf of a corporate policyholder Jon obtained a substantial settlement in an amount twice the liability limits of an excess liability insurance policy in a case involving claims against the insurer for breach of contract, vexatious refusal to pay and bad faith.
As counsel on behalf of a corporate policyholder Jon obtained a substantial settlement against an insurer and its managing general underwriter (MGU) in a case involving claims against the insurer and MGU for underwriting errors and omissions, breach of contract and vexatious refusal to pay under a medical stop-loss excess insurance policy.
As counsel on behalf of the elderly beneficiary of a revocable trust, Jon obtained a substantial settlement in a case involving claims for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty against a large financial institution after the trust was substantially depleted by the beneficiary’s adult son.
Defense Success Against $100 Million Alleged Patent Infringement
As counsel on behalf of a food products manufacturer, Jon successfully defended a patent infringement lawsuit, which was resolved with no payment of money by his client, wherein the plaintiff (a large food products manufacturer) initially sought damages in excess of $100 million for alleged willful patent infringement.
Defense Success on Alleged Agreement Violation
As counsel on behalf of an individual investment advisor, Jon successfully tried and defended on appeal a case involving allegations of tortious interference, conversion and violation of a non-compete agreement in relation to investor accounts valued in excess of $40 million.
Medical Malpractice Settlements
As counsel on behalf of numerous physicians and other health care providers Jon has successfully resolved numerous medical malpractice cases by way of both trial and settlement. Jon also has represented a number of health care providers before their respective professional boards.
Plaintiff Success Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
As counsel on behalf of various plaintiffs injured as a result of taking dietary supplements containing Ephedra, Jon prosecuted and successfully resolved suits against several supplement manufacturers.
Currently Jon is representing plaintiffs in various matters across the country arising out of fatal accidents that resulted from trailer decouplings and trailer sway involving equipment rented by companies including Penske and U-Haul.
Injury & Wrongful Death
Drug and Medical Devices
Nursing Home Injuries/Abuse
Trailer Sway/Trailer Decouplings
Securities & Financial Fraud Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
White-Collar Crime and Complex Criminal Investigation
PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Federal Reserve System, Securities and Commercial Transactions.
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
• Editorial Board, Kansas Law Review
• Outstanding Student Trial Advocate
• First Place, American Judges Foundation National Legal Writing Competition
B.A., cum laude, University of Missouri – Kansas City
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Johnson County Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court