Litigation, Fidelity & Surety
It’s a role he relishes, he says, because of his inclination to confront complex legal issues with straight forward practical solutions.
“I thrive on clients counting on me in critical situations,” Shane said. “It is rewarding to win a result that exceeds clients’ expectations.”
Shane joined Levy Craig in 2010, after working at a large Kansas City, MO, law firm. He has first-chaired jury and bench trials in Missouri and Kansas, and has argued cases before appellate courts in both states. Shane has developed particular expertise in handling insurance, surety, and fidelity issues, a skill honed through representing clients from individuals in personal cases to Fortune 100 corporations in national litigation.
Based on that experience, he says, “I treat every case with a combination of personal attention and sophisticated legal analysis.”
Won one of the fifteen largest plaintiff verdicts in Missouri in 2014.
Won one of the ten largest defense verdicts in Missouri in 2013.
First-chaired a jury trial in Wyandotte County, Kansas, winning a verdict of zero percent liability and $0 damages in the client’s favor.
Successfully settled director and officer liability and fidelity bond claims on behalf of FDIC.
Took dozens of depositions, including numerous plaintiffs’ depositions, as part of nationwide chemical exposure litigation.
Defended nearly 200 claims in the largest bankruptcy in U.S. historyat that time.
Wrote, argued and won summary judgment motions for clients in Missouri and Kansas.
Represented players as a NFLPA-certified contract advisor.
Member, Fidelity Law Association
Member, Fidelity Surety Law Committee
President, Missouri Brain Injury Advisory Council, 2013-2014. Appointed by Governor and confirmed by Senate in 2011.
President, DEBATE Kansas City, since 2014
Board of Directors, DEBATE Kansas City, since 2011
Participant, Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court (2011-12)
Certified Contract Advisor, National Football League Players’ Association (2006-2008)
Member, American Bar Association, since 2004
– YLD Alternative Dispute Resolution Vice-Chair (2012-2013)
– YLD Torts, Trial, & Insurance Vice-Chair (2010-2011)
– Arts, Entertainment, & Sports Law Chair (2008-2009).
Co-Presenter, “Top 10 Mistakes When Making Performance and Payment Bond Claims,” ABA Webinar (May 26, 2016)
Co-Author, “Beauty is Only Skin Deep: Selected Issues Regarding Building Exterior and Interior Finishes,” presented at FSCL Mid-Winter Meeting (Jan. 2016)
Co-Author, “Financing the Principal,” in Bond Default Manual 212 (Mike F. Pipkin, Carol Z. Smith, Thomas J. Vollbrecht, and J. Blake Wilcox eds., 2015)
“Strict Liability and Used Car Dealers After the Crysler and General Motors Bankruptcies,” Journal of the Missouri Bar, Jan.-Feb. 2010, at 14
“Head Case: An Agent’s Guide to Protecting Their NFL Clients From Concussions and Associated Risks,” 76 UMKC L. Rev. 3, 699-709 (2008).
“The House that Consensus Built: Consensus Building in Stadium Construction,” 38 Urban Lawyer 4, 1087 (2006).
Co-Author, The Debate Handbook Guide: Policy Debate Research Tools (1998-1999).
J.D. with honors, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX 2004
-Editor of the Texas Law Review
B.S. in Political Science magna cum laude with general honors, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 2001
-National Parliamentary Debate Association National Champions (2000), All-American (2001)
Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine in Missouri and Kansas for Surety and Business Litigation, 2011-2017.
Selected in The Best Lawyers in America, 2016
DEBATE Kansas City Volunteer of the Year, 2013-2014
Named “Up and Coming” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2011.
Kansas, United States District Court for the District of Kansas, 2005
Missouri, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2004
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