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Sullivan, Kent

Contact Information:

Name: Sullivan, Kent
Address: 1201 Walnut, Suite 2900 Kansas City, MO 64106-2150
Phone: 816-691-2743
Fax: 816-412-9329
Practice Region: Kansas City, KS

Bar Admissions

District of Kansas: 07402 (1971)
Others: Missouri Bar #46573; year of admission 1995
In Good Standing: Yes

ADR Experience

Experience: I serve regularly as mediator in a range of matters involving commercial disputes, railroad controversies, including crossing accidents and FELA claims, employment disputes and professional negligence claims and trust disputes. In preparing for the mediation conference I bring to bear my considerable experience in diligently studying the submitted materials. I formulate my own assessment regarding the parties' strengths which are then explored throughout the conference. It is my objective to aid the parties to dispassionately evaluate the available option of settlement versus the potential of litigating the matter.
Lead Mediator Sessions: 105
Co-Mediator Sessions: 0
Counsel for a Party Sessions: 5

ADR Training

Course Info: University of Missouri -- Columbia School of Law - Mediation Training for Civil Cases, March 26-27, 2009 Kansas Bar Association -- In the Trenches, November 21, 2008, Topeka, Kansas Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association -- Adopt the Uniform Mediation Act?, September 4, 2008, Kansas City, Missouri University of Missouri -- Columbia School of Law -- Institute on Negotiation, March 16 & 17, 2006, St. Louis, Missouri Association of Attorney-Mediators -- Annual Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and CLE, September 19, 2003, St. Louis, Missouri Kansas Bar Association -- Innovations in Alternative Dispute Resolution, February 21, 2003, Wichita, Kansas Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Foundation -- Alternative Dispute Resolution, April 12, 2002, Overland Park, Kansas American Arbitration Association -- Arbitrator II Workshop, March 12-13, 2002 The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association -- Employment Practice, the EEOC and Alternative Dispute Resolution, August 27, 1999 University of Missouri Law School and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution / a Training Workshop on Mediating Civil Cases, August 19 - 20, 1999 (Approved for 16.0 Kansas CLE Hours) American Arbitration Association -- Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop, April 29, 1999
Total CME Hours: 12
Approved Mediator for Civil Cases by the State of Kansas: Yes

Legal Experience

Experience: My practice is focused in complex litigation including in recent years a series of anti-trust cases. I have handled matters in federal and state courts across the country trying a number of cases to verdict. Within my firm I have for many years been one of three persons responsible for its day-to-day management, overseeing its litigation practice. A growing percentage of my professional time involves serving as a mediator or arbitrator. These assignments have covered a range of controversies including complex commercial matters, railroad litigation involving crossing accidents and FELA claims, employment cases, professional negligence case and trust disputes.
Active Litigation: 38 Years
35% representing Plaintiffs
65% representing Defendants
60% in Federal Courts
40% in State Courts
Other Experience:  
Education: J.D., University of Kansas, 1971 Order of the Coif Associate Editor, Kansas Law Review B.A., Business Administration, University of Kansas, 1967
Additional Details: Best Lawyers in America for Alternative Dispute Resolution (2008-09) Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation (2009) The Supreme Court of the State of Kansas, Approved Mediator (Core/Civil) Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri -- Designated Neutral Federal District Court for the District of Kansas -- Approved Mediator The Missouri Bar -- Rule 17 Listed Neutral/Mediation, general civil

Fee Structure

Rate: Time spent in preparation for and participation at the mediation conference is billed at $350 per hour. For conferences outside Kansas City my actual expenses incurred are billed to the parties. Any unproductive travel time is billed at $175 per hour.