John J. Gates

John J. Gates

Gates Westering, LLC

Recognized since 2021

Kansas City, Missouri

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

Litigation - Insurance

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John handles a wide variety of legal issues ranging from disputes between business owners to personal injury lawsuits to non-compete allegations to defective construction claims to interpreting insurance policies. It is his broad practice that enables him to see all sides of a client’s problems and help develop effective solutions.

He has litigated a number of high-exposure wrongful death and personal injury claims from workplace accidents, product defects, trucking accidents, and insufficient security, but he also handles cases with less severe injuries in the areas of premises liability, automobile accidents, and property damage. Aside from his business and personal injury practice, John handles insurance claims, defective construction, and non-compete matters.

With regard to insurance claims, he performs coverage analysis and litigates bad faith claims, declaratory judgment actions, subrogation claims, and equitable garnishments. John’s defective construction cases involve the design, materials, and construction in residential and commercial projects.

John has tried several high-exposure jury trials in Missouri and Kansas, including two of the largest defense verdicts in Missouri in the last fifteen years. He has also obtained dismissals in large-loss personal injury and commercial litigation cases.

Contact & Links
  • 701 East 63rd Street, Suite 350
    Kansas City, MO 64110
  • University of Kansas, J.D., graduated 2000
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., Philosophy, graduated 1997
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri, 2000
  • Kansas, 2001
  • Kansas Bar Association - Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association - Member
  • The Missouri Bar - Member
Court Admissions
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • W.D. of Missouri
  • Dist. of Kansas

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Insurance
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants


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