R. Kent Sellers - Lathrop & Gage LLP
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R. Kent Sellers

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 816-460-5405

More than 25 years experience representing clients in a wide array of disputes involving complex legal issues, including contracts and business torts, employment discrimination and civil rights, insurance coverage, ERISA, receiverships, director and officer liability, class actions, federal preemption and intellectual property. Prepared briefs and argued cases before various federal and state appellate courts, including submission of amicus briefs. Experienced in the development and implementation of discovery and motion strategies and case management techniques for complex litigation.
Mr. Sellers was a Law Clerk to The Honorable Joseph E. Stevens, Jr., United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

University of Missouri–Kansas CityJ.D. 1980

Case History

Clay County Realty v. City of Gladstone. —  Represented owner of commercial property long threatened by condemnation under a stalled redevelopment plan. After trial court dismissed the owner''''s claim for damages, obtained discretionary review by the Missouri Supreme Court, which recognized a cause of action for condemnation blight and reinstated property owner''''s claim for inverse condemnation.
Tracey Blue v. Harrah''''s North Kansas City, LLC. — Successfully obtained a reversal of the original $250,000 award for punitive damages for our client in the Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District. The plaintiff brought suit for wrongful detention and arrest while on the client''''s premises. A jury awarded punitive damages but no actual damages. The appeals court held that plaintiff failed to prove his claim for punitive damages and upheld the trial judge''''s decision that the unusual verdict voided the punitive damage award.
Health Care Services of the Ozarks v. Copeland. — Submitted amicus brief on behalf of health care association in case challenging validity of post-employment restrictive covenant. Consistent with amicus position, the Missouri Supreme Court confirmed that not-for-profit corporations are entitled to protect themselves from unfair competition in the same manner as for-profit corporations.

Office Location

2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 2200
Kansas City, MO 64108
United States

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice