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Bales, Jerome V.
Lathrop & Gage L.C.
2345 Grand, Suite 2800 Kansas City, Mo. 64108

Bar Admissions

District of Kansas:
Bar #8380 (1974)
Missouri #37330 (since 1985)
In Good Standing:

ADR Experience

Handled numerous cases as panel arbitrator or mediator for American Arbitration Association (on the arbitration panel since 1994 and mediation panel since 1997). Also, handled many cases privately as arbitrator or mediator. Mediated cases received from the referral list for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Extensive experience as attorney for parties in both arbitration and mediation (in excess of 100 mediations).
Lead Mediator:
20 times
0 times
Counsel for a Party:
15 times

ADR Training

Course Info:
American Arbitration Association (AAA) Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, Kansas City, Missouri, 4/97; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training, Orlando, 2/02; AAA Construction Mediator Training, Chicago, 5/97 (16 hours).
Total CME hours:
Approved Mediator for Civil Cases by the State of Kansas:

Legal Experience

30 years of experience in the handling of claims and litigation. Current practice emphasizes construction claims, litigation and contracts. Has tried more than one hundred cases (jury trials, bench trials, and arbitration). Before concentrating on construction law, handled a variety of cases, including personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, insurance law and insurance coverage disputes. Experience as arbitrator on three-member panel and as sole arbitrator. Has resolved cases as a mediator involving construction, automobile accidents, insurance disputes, product liability, etc.
Active Litigation:
30 years
30% representing Plaintiffs
70% representing Defendants
20% in Federal Courts
80% in State Courts
Other Experience:
American Bar Association (Construction Forum); Defense Research Institute (Construction Committee); Missouri Bar Association (Construction Law Committee); Kansas Bar Association (Construction Section); Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Construction Law Committee, Chairman - 2003); Johnson County, Kansas, Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees (1998-2001); American Institute of Architects (National Allied Member and Kansas City Chapter, Professional Affiliate Member); Construction Specifications Institute (Professional Member); Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Rating.
Rockhurst University, B.S.B.A. 1971 University of Missouri at Kansas City, J.D., with distinction, 1973
Additional Details:
Frequent speaker and author on ADR and construction law, including: Mold-What’s the Big Deal? Joint Meeting, American Institute of Architects, Association of General Contractors and Kansas Consulting Engineers, 2003; A Road Map to the Standard of Care, 41st Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, Asheville, North Carolina, Victor O. Schinnerer, 2002; What Do You Do When Conditions on the Job Change, Seminar, National Business Institute, Inc., 2000; Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Procedures, Seminar, Construction Specifications Institute, Kansas City Chapter, 2000; ADA Update, Seminar, Wallace, Saunders, et al., 1997; Construction Litigation's Tangled Web: A Case Study: Dillard v. Shaugnessy, Article, The Critical Path, DRI Construction Law Committee, 1997; and Liability of Design Professionals, Annual Meeting, Missouri Bar Association, 1995.

Fee Structure

$250 per hour, which also applies to study and travel time. Deposits required, and unused amounts are refunded, if applicable.

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