Vanessa H. Gross


Phone Number: 816.701.1163

4740 Grand Avenue Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64112

In Brief

Received largest reported compensatory damages award for a wrongful death case tried in the State of Kansas

Successfully tried both plaintiff and defense cases to verdict

Represented hundreds of injured plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and/or product liability cases

Vanessa Gross devotes her practice to civil trial work, splitting her time between the representation of plaintiffs and the representation of defendants. Vanessa routinely handles complex cases in state and federal courts and has successfully tried both plaintiff and defense cases to verdict.

On the plaintiff’s side, Vanessa focuses her practice on representing individuals and families of individuals who have suffered personal injuries and/or wrongful death. In addition to single-plaintiff cases, she has represented hundreds of clients involved in complex pharmaceutical and medical device actions throughout the country. Such work has included representation of clients who have been injured by products such as Talcum Powder, Roundup, Zantac, and Pelvic Mesh Repair System products.

On the defense side, Vanessa represents hospitals, doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare providers in malpractice matters. In addition to cases in active litigation, she represents physicians in matters pending before the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts and the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and represents dentists before their respective Dental Boards.

Vanessa’s experience also includes appellate work, including briefing before the appellate courts in both Kansas and Missouri, as well as oral argument before the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Notable Litigation

  • $2.5M Jury Verdict in Florida Pelvic Mesh Trial

    Brandon Henry, Sarah Ruane, Vanessa Gross, and Nate Jones obtained a $2.5 million verdict against Coloplast, Corp. following a jury trial in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.  The jury found that Coloplast’s Novasilk pelvic mesh device, which was used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, was defectively designed, that Coloplast failed to warn of the risks of the Novasilk mes

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  • $6.7 Million Plaintiff Verdict

    At the conclusion of trial, Jon Kieffer, Vanessa Gross and Adam Davis obtained a $6,723,021.00 damages award on behalf of the family of a young woman who had been killed in a two-vehicle collision. The case was filed by the surviving husband on behalf of himself and their three young children. The defendants in the case were the driver of the other vehicle, as well as the driver’s parents and thei

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  • Defense Verdict – Hip Replacement Medical Malpractice

    Vanessa H. Gross and her partner successfully defended a local orthopedic surgeon in a jury trial in which the plaintiff alleged that negligent placement of a component during a total hip replacement surgery caused subsequent dislocations and revision surgeries. After a four-day trial, a Johnson County, Kansas jury returned a verdict in favor of the client.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2008
  • B.A., University of Florida, 2005