Vanessa Gross devotes her practice to civil trial work, splitting her time between the representation of defendants and the representation of plaintiffs. Vanessa routinely handles complex cases in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri and has successfully tried both defense and plaintiff cases to verdict.
On the defense side, Vanessa focuses in the areas of health care provider malpractice and other professional liability cases. 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. On the plaintiff’s side, Vanessa focuses her practice on representing individuals and families of individuals who have suffered personal injuries, as well as insurance bad faith litigation stemming from personal injury actions. She also has worked on complex pharmaceutical and medical device actions, particularly the Pelvic Mesh Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDLs in the Southern District of West Virginia.
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.
Vanessa grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended the University of Florida on a Bright Futures Scholarship and graduated cum laude in 2005. Then, having received a Dean’s Scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University Law School, Vanessa moved to Nashville, Tennessee. After receiving her law degree from Vanderbilt in 2008, Vanessa moved to Kansas City and joined the law firm of Wagstaff & Cartmell.
$6.7 Million Wrongful Death Award
Jon Kieffer and Vanessa Gross represented the family of a young woman who was killed in a two-vehicle collision in rural Kansas. At the conclusion of trial, the woman’s surviving spouse and their three children were awarded over $6.7 million. This award is believed to be the largest reported compensatory damages award for a wrongful death case tried in the State of Kansas. It also is believed to be the largest negligent entrustment award and the largest alter ego award in the State of Kansas.
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Defense Verdict – Alleged Negligent Placement of a Component during a Hip Replacement Surgery
Marc Erickson and Vanessa Gross successfully defended our client, 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 subsequent revision surgeries. After a four-day trial, a Johnson County, Kansas jury returned a verdict in favor of our client.
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J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2008
B.A., cum laude, University of Florida, 2005
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
Kansas Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
American Bar Association