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Vering, John A.

Contact Information:

Name: Vering, John A.
Address: 2323 Grand Blvd., Suite 1000
Kansas City, Mo. 64108
Phone: 816-265-4109
Fax: 816-474-3447
Practice Region: Kansas City, KS

Bar Admissions

District of Kansas: 14308 (1990)
Others: Missouri Bar # 27391 (1976)
In Good Standing: Yes

ADR Experience

Experience: Have served as an arbitrator or mediator for over 25 years in over 100 disputes.  My experience has primarily been in employment cases but experience also includes commercial cases.  Have also represented employers in numerous mediations. 
Lead Mediator Sessions: 8
Co-Mediator Sessions: 0
Counsel for a Party Sessions: 15

ADR Training

Course Info: U.S. District Court WD Mo. Mediation and Assessment Program (MAP) 2022 Advanced Training; AACE22 Process Essentials for AAA Arbitrators, 2022; ACE21 Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are? 2021; ACE20 Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; ACE18 Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor ~ Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; Attended Advanced Mediator Training sponsored by U.S. District Court WD Mo. on October 27, 2017 (3.7 hours); AAA Addressing the Challenges of Demanding Arbitrations:  Part 2 - The Hearing Phase, the Award, and Beyond, 2017; AAA The Nuts and Bolts of an Arbitration Hearing: Procedure  Evidence and Practicalities, 2016; AAA Avoiding Ten Common Missteps Arbitrators Make ACE10, 2015; AAA Dealing With the Pro Se Party, 2014; AAA Webinar, Employment & Labor Case Law Update What Arbitrators and Practitioners Need to Know, 2013; AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2012; AAA Fundamentals of Effective Mediation Advocacy, 2011; AAA Webinar, Electronic Discovery in Arbitration: What You Need to Know, 2010; AAA Webinar, Will Traditional Litigation Strategies Work in Employment Arbitration ? Ask the Experts, 2009; AAA/Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP/Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC, Changing Practices and Processes in Arbitration, 2008; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration ACE04, 2008; AAA Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties ACE02, 2007; KCMBA, Mediating Disputes under ADR Programs in Local Courts, 2006; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics ACE05, 2006; Baker University, Preventing Impasse, 2006; AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure ACE03, 2005; AAA Ethics in ADR Seminar, 2004; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACE01, 2004; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2001; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, 1999; AAA Employment Arbitrator Training, 1997; Practical Aspects of Mediation, 1995; Kansas Bar Association, Civil Practice Mediation and Arbitration Training, 1995; Lex Mundi, Mediation Training, 1992; University of Missouri, Kansas City/Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Early Assessment and Arbitration Training.
Total CME Hours: 0
Approved Mediator for Civil Cases by the State of Kansas: No

Legal Experience

Experience: Over 40 years' experience as a civil trial attorney including experience representing parties in arbitrations and mediations and over 20 years of experience serving as an arbitrator and mediator, primarily of employment disputes.  Practice in labor and employment area including extensive experience advising clients regarding and litigating cases involving claims of sexual harassment and age, race, disability, sex, and national origin discrimination, wage and hour including class action cases, as well as ERISA cases.  Remainder of practice is in other civil litigation including, but not limited to, breach of contract, breach of non-compete and non-solicit covenants, violation of Uniform Trade Secrets Act, tortious interference with contract, fraud, termination of distributors, products liability, construction, negligence, personal injury, and wrongful death claims.  Served as Chairman of Labor & Employment Comm. of Greater Kansas City Metro Bar Association and Chairman of Federal Courts Comm. of Greater Kansas City Metro Bar Association.
Active Litigation: 45 Years
10% representing Plaintiffs
90% representing Defendants
50% in Federal Courts
50% in State Courts
Other Experience: 45 years spent in civil litigation, primarily employment litigation representing defendants.  Have also represented plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret and non-compete litigation and in contract suits and product liability cases.  Have experience defending claims before EEOC, Mo. and Ks. Comm. on Human Rights, U.S. Dept. of Labor, OSHA and NLRB.
Education: Harvard University 1973 (summa cum laude); University of Virginia Law School 1976 (Editorial Board of Virginia Law Review)
Additional Details: Member National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Elected to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2007-2023), Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers (2003-2022), Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers (2005-2022), Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in America; Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Recognized by Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in the Kansas City Metropolitan area in Labor & Employment (2014-15, 2018 and 2021) and in Litigation-Labor and Employment in 2020. Received Dean of the Trial Bar Award from Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Assoc. 2020, and elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Fee Structure

Rate: $425 per hour; charge half time for travel outside Kansas City Metro area.