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Bales, Jerome V.

Contact Information:

Name: Bales, Jerome V.
Address: 14717 W. 50th St., Shawnee, KS 66216
Phone: 913-638-6556
Practice Region: Kansas City, KS

Bar Admissions

District of Kansas: 08380 (1974)
Others: Missouri #37330 (since 1985)
In Good Standing: Yes

ADR Experience

Experience: Sample Cases as Mediator:
1. Claim by public university for numerous design and construction defects relating to residence hall
project (15 parties);
2. Wrongful employment discharge and retaliation claim;
3. Claim by public owner for errors and omissions represented by more than 300 change order items;
4. Multi-party dispute between municipality and various contractors regarding construction defects
Lead Mediator Sessions: 95
Co-Mediator Sessions: 0
Counsel for a Party Sessions: 0

ADR Training

Course Info: 1. Mediator Training (2 days), American Arbitration Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1997;
2. American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 16th Annual Spring Conference (After the
Middle Hours Getting to Settlement), Miami, 2014; and
3. Various continuing education seminars on mediation.
Total CME Hours: 0
Approved Mediator for Civil Cases by the State of Kansas: No

Legal Experience

Experience: Jerry has over 49 years of experience handling commercial litigation and construction claims, litigation,
risk management, and contract drafting/negotiation. Jerry also has extensive experience with personal
injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, insurance coverage, arson and fraud. He
frequently serves as a mediator or arbitrator in commercial, construction, insurance, and other
disputes. He has tried more than 100 cases (jury trial, bench trial, and arbitration) and participated in
hundreds of mediations and settlement conferences.
In 2018, Jerry changed his practice to focus on serving as a neutral. Since that time he has not
actively handled litigation matters, although he supports others in his firm handling litgation. Jerry is
currently also associated with Woodworth Snow, LLC as Of Counsel and regularly drafts commercial
and construction contracts.
Active Litigation: 41 Years
0% representing Plaintiffs
0% representing Defendants
0% in Federal Courts
0% in State Courts
Other Experience:  
Education: Rockhurst University, B.S.B.A. 1971 University of Missouri at Kansas City, J.D., with distinction, 1974
Additional Details: AAA Master Mediation Panel (selected by rating committee of advocates and in-house counsel
representing clients in complex, high-stakes disputes).
Arbitration Panels:
o American Arbitration Association
o Construction Arbitrator Master Panel of AAA (top 100 in the country)
o Commercial Arbitration Panel
o Consumer Arbitration Panel
o National Association of Distinguished Neutrals
o AAA Rule R-7 Arbitrator
Presentations (partial list):
Construction Contracts and Various Risk Management Issues (i.e. documentation, emails, dispute
resolution), numerous to date for construction clients.
Mediation and Arbitration Practice Pointers, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2018.
Risk Management Self Performed Remediation by Design Professionals, DPRCG Convocation,
Orlando, Florida, 2017.
Arbitration Issues from the Neutral

Fee Structure

Rate: $450 per hour; one-half of hourly rate plus expenses for travel; and minimum of 8 hours for an out-of-town mediation.