Cronan, J. Michael

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Contact Information
Cronan, J. Michael
6312 W. 134th Street
Overland Park, KS 66209
Practice Region:
Kansas City, KS

Bar Admissions
District of Kansas:
22323 ()
Member of the Missouri Bar in good standing since 1974; member 10th Cir. 1994; 8th Cir. 1980; U.S. Supreme Court 1986; W.D. Mo. 1974.
In Good Standing:

ADR Experience
I have been involved in a civil personal injury practice primarily in Missouri for the past 35+ years. During that time I have been involved in many mediations or arbitrations primarily as counsel for the plaintiff. I was also a member of the Missouri S.C. Region IV Disciplinary Committee 1994-2002 and a hearing officer on contested bar complaints.
Lead Mediator Sessions:
Co-Mediator Sessions:
Counsel for a Party Sessions:

ADR Training
Course Info:
Principles of Core Mediation (Sept. 17-19, 2009; 24 hrs)-Center for Business & Tech. JCCC Civil Mediation (Oct. 14-16, 2009; 20 hrs)-Center for Business & Tech JCCC
Total CME Hours:
Approved Mediator for Civil Cases by the State of Kansas:


Legal Experience
J. Michael Cronan graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law in 1974. Since that time he has worked continuously in private practice as a trial lawyer in Kansas City, handling cases in metropolitan Kansas City, in central and southern Missouri, and, in Eastern Kansas. In addition to membership in the State Bars of Missouri and Kansas, he is a member of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, The United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Cronan's areas of practice include: automobile, tractor trailer, motorcycle and railroad crossing collisions; insurance bad faith; casualty and fire insurance claims; premises liability (slip and fall cases); ERISA claims; medical malpractice; legal malpractice; products liability; business litigation; civil rights violations; wrongful death; defamation; Federal Employers Liability Act claims; admiralty law claims; and, federal tort claims. His practice in those areas is directly for injured clients or referral and association with other practicing attorneys. In 2001 Mr. Cronan received the UMKC Law Foundation, Man of La Mancha Award for his work in one of the first smoking death cases in Kansas City for the family of a long time smoker of Brown & Williamson cigarettes. The case was tried in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Since 1984 Mr. Cronan has maintained the highest possible rating (a-v) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. He is a former member of the Missouri Supreme Court Region IV Disciplinary Committee (1994-2002) and Disciplinary Hearing Officer. In 2009 Mr. Cronan received the designation of Super Lawyer of Missouri & Kansas by KC Magazine as one of the top plaintiff's personal injury lawyers in those states. Mr. Cronan has tried over 100 jury trials and has been attorney of record in over 15 reported appellate decisions. In 1989 he was successful in urging the Missouri Supreme Court to broaden the law of premises liability in the case of Shiel v. T.G. & Y. Stores, Co., 781 S.W.2d 778 (Mo.banc 1989) to no longer require proof by a plaintiff that the store owner knew of a dangerous condition of its property where that condition was inherently probable from selling in a self-service format.
Active Litigation:
35 Years
90% representing Plaintiffs
10% representing Defendants
35% in Federal Courts
65% in State Courts
Other Experience:
UMKC School of Law, J.D. 1974
Additional Details:
Publications "Missouri's New Arbitration Law—More Than Was Bargained For?", Journal of the Missouri Bar, June 1982 (258-264) "Proposed Federal Product Liability Act", Trial Lawyer's Guide, 1985 (498-523) "Trial of the Century! The Acquittal of Frank James", Missouri Historical Review, January 1997 (133-153) "Lawyer and Witness Vouching", Kansas Association for Justice, 2008 "The Fireman's Rule in Missouri", Manuscript, 2009

Fee Structure
$300.00 per hour for mediation; prep time $200.00 per hour
U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas


U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas