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Abrams, Michael J.

2345 Grand BoulevardSuite 2200Kansas City, MO 64108
Phones: (816) 460-5530
Fax: (816) 292-2001
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Mr. Abrams has dedicated more than 20 years to working for clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters including substantial jury trial practice in federal and state court, appellate practice, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Abrams has extensive experience in all phases of business and contract law, accounting law, insurance matters, real estate, oil and gas disputes, and media and communications law. Mr. Abrams has successfully defended and prosecuted jury and...

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Mr. Abrams has dedicated more than 20 years to working for clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters including substantial jury trial practice in federal and state court, appellate practice, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Abrams has extensive experience in all phases of business and contract law, accounting law, insurance matters, real estate, oil and gas disputes, and media and communications law. Mr. Abrams has successfully defended and prosecuted jury and bench trials involving business torts, fraud, consumer protection claims, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, and professional liability and insurance coverage.

Mr. Abrams chairs the firm’s Business Disputes department.

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Current Employment Position(s)
Partner
Practice Areas
MediaAgribusinessEquineBusiness LitigationGeneral Business & Complex Commercial LitigationProfessional LiabilityClass Action or Multi-Party LitigationTrade Secrets/Covenants Not to CompeteInsurance Analysis and Recovery for PolicyholdersEnvironmentalInsurance Analysis & Recovery for PolicyholdersInsurance
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
Kansas, 1992Missouri, 1991U.S. District Court District of KansasU.S. District Court Western District of MissouriU.S. District Court Eastern District of MissouriU.S. Court of Appeals 8th CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals 10th CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals 3rd CircuitU.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
Other Affiliations
Member, Independent Citizens Advisory Board Regarding Racial Profiling, Overland Park, KansasBoard of Trustees, Johnson County Library FoundationPresident, 2007-2009, Kansas City Chapter, American Jewish CommitteeBoard of Directors, Village ShalomThe Missouri BarKansas Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationKansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions, 1999-2001
Honors
Selected for Benchmark Litigation, the Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2011Selected for Missouri Super Lawyers, 2008-2010Martindale-Hubbell® "AV" RatingPresident, Student Body - Brandeis UniversityOrder of the Barristers1st Place Southeast Regional New York Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, 19912nd Place in Giles Rich Intellectual Property National Moot Court Competition, 1990
Education
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1991
J.D.
Brandeis University, 1988
B.A.
Honors: cum laude
Articles
Published Works
62 Lathrop & Gage Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010Benchmark Litigation Selects Five Lathrop & Gage Attorneys as Litigation Stars, 2010Firm Obtains Success for Bank of America in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 201052 Lathrop & Gage Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, 2008Firm Obtains Success on Constitutional Claim in Missouri Supreme Court, 2008Litigation Newsletter, In-Court Report No. 5 -- Fall 2006, 2006Litigation Newsletter, In-Court Report No. 4 -- Winter 2006, 2006Lathrop & Gage Trial Technology Focus-Litigation Insert No. 4-Winter 2006, 2006Litigation Newsletter, In-Court Report No. 2 -- Winter 2005, 2005Litigation Newsletter, In-Court Report No. 1 -- Fall 2004, 2004Subdivision Proves City Restrictions Unconstitutional, 2003
Office Information
Address
2345 Grand BoulevardSuite 2200Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone
(816) 460-5530
Fax
(816) 292-2001
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