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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas, 2007, University of Kansas Law Review
    • B.A., University of Kansas, 2004, Political Science and Communication Studies; with honors; Phi Beta Kappa;
      University of Kansas Woman of Distinction; Student Body Vice President; University of Kansas Recipient of Chancellor's Student Award for Outstanding Leadership
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court

Catherine Bell’s attention to detail, focus on creative solutions, and experience in the construction industry make her an asset to clients and to the firm’s Construction, Energy and Real Estate Litigation practice. Catherine represents engineering procurement and construction contractors, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and owners in a wide variety of construction matters. She has successfully represented clients in multiple jury trials, arbitrations, and mediations, and works with clients to prevent disputes by providing quality advice in project management, contract drafting and negotiation.

Catherine has experience on projects involving power plants, wastewater treatment facilities, pipelines, commercial property, hotels, apartments, condominiums and highways. She has prepared and defended clients in professional liability claims, insurance procurement and coverage issues, payment claims, construction defect claims, delay claims, mechanic’s lien and payment-bond claims, real property disputes, false claims and claims involving public owners. She also represents clients in landlord/tenant disputes involving commercial real estate.

  • Represented a prominent engineering firm in a case in front of a Missouri jury, defended against professional negligence and breach of contract claims in the amount of $17 million. The jury awarded the plaintiff $0.
  • Assisted in trying a case to a federal jury on behalf of a general contractor against the owner and subcontractors on a construction project, winning $2 million in combined jury verdict and court awarded attorney’s fees. The verdict has been upheld on appeal.
  • Represented a prominent engineering firm suing for compensation for breach of express warranty for considerable damage to a power-generating facility.
  • Experience drafting briefs on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in defense of judgments.
  • Significant experience in multiple cases involving wastewater treatment plants and large-scale power generating facilities.
  • Experience representing general contractors in construction defect claims involving condominiums and apartments. 
  • Experience representing general contractors in construction defect claims involving hotels.
  • Experience representing general contractors and subcontractors in payment disputes, mechanic’s lien claims, and bond claims, fraud claims and false claims on private and public projects.
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April 25, 2016
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Contract? We Don’t Need No Stinking Contract! Analyzing the Shifting Sands of the Once Venerable "Economic Loss Doctrine"
Forum on Construction Law Mid-Winter Meeting
January 21, 2016
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October 7, 2015
eAlerts Alerts
January 20, 2015
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Legally Green: Risk Management for Sustainable Design
USGBC Central Plains Chapter
May 19, 2014
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The Assignability of Lien Claims: When you can, when you can’t and why anyone would be interested in the first place
American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry; Division 9: Specialty Trade Contractors and Suppliers
December 18, 2013