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Virginia I. Stevens Crimmins

Contact Information:

Name: Virginia I. Stevens Crimmins
Address: Crimmins Law Firm, LLC, 214 S. Spring Street, Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-974-7220
Fax: 855-974-7020
Practice Region: Kansas City, KS

Bar Admissions

District of Kansas: 20617 ()
Others: Missouri: 2001 Illinois: 2002
In Good Standing: Yes

ADR Experience

Experience: During the past five years, I have had substantial experience in the realm of alternative dispute resolution. Specifically, I have mediated more than 30 different cases as counsel for a party, including individual business and employment matter, as well as complex, multi-party business disputes, class actions and collective action. Additionally during the past five years, I have been the lead of co-lead attorney on more that 15 individual arbitration cases. In addition to my experience as a practitioner, I have started expanding my practice as a provider of alternative dispute resolution services, including as a mediator and arbitrator. In 2018, I took Mediation Training for Civil Cases with the University of Missouri and became a member of the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Arbitrators. I am on the list of approved mediators for the United States District Court of the Western District of Missouri and have been a volunteer mediator with the Seventh Judicial Court in Clay County, Missouri since 2018. Additionally, I serve as an arbitrator on the AAA's Employment Panel of Arbitrators, and also serve as an arbitrator for FINRA and the Better Business Bureau.
Lead Mediator Sessions: 12
Co-Mediator Sessions: 1
Counsel for a Party Sessions: 17

ADR Training

Course Info: Mediation Skills Training and Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Training, Community Mediation Center, March 23, 2013, 40 hours Medication Training for Civil Cases, University of Missouri, Columbia MO, January 10-12, 2018, 21.7 hours (2 hours of ethics) AAA ADS 01 - Award Writing: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, American Arbitration Association, August 14, 2018, 1.8 hours AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, August 20-21, 2018, 16 hours Auto Line Arbitrator Training, Better Business Bureau, March February 26, February 28, March 5, and March 7, 2019, 6 hours total (1.5 hours each session) AAA ACE 20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, American Arbitration Association, Recorded September 23, 2019 by AAA; watched recording on February 12, 2020, 1.0 hours AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, American Arbitration Association, October 14, 2019, .6 hours BBB Auto Line Arbitrator Training Refresher Course, Better Business Bureau, December 10, 2019, 1.5 hours Financial Industry Regulatory Agency, Dispute Resolution: Basic Arbitrator Training, FINRA, January 26, 2020, 3.0 hours Technology Options and Tips for Mediation During COVID-19, Association of Missouri Mediators, April 3, 2020, 1.0 hours Leveraging ADR to Strengthen Your Client's Enterprise, American Bar Association, June 10, 2020, 1.6 hours AAA's Adoption of Initial Employment and FLSA Discovery Protocols, American Arbitration Association, October 7, 2020, .75 hours Term Sheets and Releases: Avoiding Pitfalls in Mediation, Association of Missouri Mediators, January 8, 2021, 1.2 hours
Total CME Hours: -
Approved Mediator for Civil Cases by the State of Kansas: No

Legal Experience

Experience: During the past five years, my legal experience has primarily been as a litigator in federal court, state court, and arbitrations, although I have started expanding my alternative dispute resolution practice. I started my career at Spencer Fane in the business litigation section where I primarily defended businesses in commercial disputes, including business torts, property disputes, contract claims and insurance issues. I also worked on class actions, employment and educational matters. In 2005, I joined Steuve Siegel Hanson LLP where I practiced until 2012. At Stueve Siegel Hanson, I continued to represent businesses, however, my practice expanded to more plaintiffs' cases, including on behalf of individuals and businesses. Additionally, I began handling more class and collective actions, including serving in the co-lead counsel role in the MDL styled, In re Bank of America Employment Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2138. In 2012, I founded the Crimmins Law Firm. Since opening my own practice, I have continued to represent both business and individuals, including corporate executives, professionals and hourly workers. These cases include matters relating to business disputes, non-compete/restrictive covenant agreements, trade secrets, consumer fraud, shareholder disputes, product liability, as well as employment matters. Over the past five years, I have had substantial opportunities to represent business executives, and professionals (e.g., doctors) in contract negotiations (e.g., separation agreements) with their former, current and prospective employers. I have also had the opportunity to co-author, the Missouri Chapter of Wage and Hour Laws, A State-By-State Survey published by Bloomberg BNA and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. I also will occasionally speak at CLEs on employment law matters. In my efforts to provide ADR services, I am an Arbitrator with the AAA, BBB and FINRA. I have conducted two arbitration hearings (as the arbitrator), and currently have other open arbitration matters where I am serving as the arbitrator.
Active Litigation: 19 (September 2001 to present) Years
60% representing Plaintiffs
40% representing Defendants
70% in Federal Courts
30% in State Courts
Other Experience: I have also handled all facets of litigation, including serving as class and collective action counsel in local and nationwide matters, as well as filing and prosecuting charges with the EEOC, NLRB, and Missouri Human Rights Commissions.
Education: Georgetown University Law Center, (JD - 2001); Agnes Scott College, (BA in International Relations and French - 1998).
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Fee Structure

Rate: My hourly rate for mediations in $375 an hour. I am also willing to negotiate a daily flat-rate with parties.