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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas, 1976, University of Kansas Law Review (1974-76), Note and Comment Editor (1975-76)
    • M.A., The Ohio State University, 1973, Psychology
    • B.A., University of Kansas, 1971, Political Science and French
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Missouri, 1976
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1976
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1980
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1998
    • Kansas Supreme Court, 2007

Jennifer Gille Bacon enjoys securing successful results for clients. With her strong track record, she has built a substantial practice in commercial litigation and antitrust law. Jennifer served on trial teams that obtained the largest business trial verdicts ever upheld in Missouri, $35 million and $70 million, as well as the largest settlement, $400 million.

Her client representation includes business clients in most industries, including health care, energy, automotive, financial services, trucking, and insurance. Jennifer also consults with clients to avoid pitfalls in their businesses so as to prevent or minimize regulatory or litigation risks. She recognizes that representing businesses is much more than defending them when they are sued. Businesses must on occasion prosecute claims for their owners or shareholders.

Jennifer’s clients have benefited from her experience in trying business tort and antitrust matters, with verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars, upheld on appeal. She also negotiated a $400 million settlement on behalf of her client, the State of Missouri, and others in a major antitrust case involving the natural gas industry. She is similarly dedicated to assisting her clients, often in the antitrust area, to understand and avoid litigation and regulatory risks that can accompany success and growth in her client's business.

  • Following a four-week trial, successfully obtained a $70 million verdict on behalf of national trucking company, upheld on appeal.
  • After a six-week trial, successfully received a $35 million verdict for both antitrust and business claims on behalf of the unsuccessful bidder for a cable television franchise, upheld on appeal.
  • After over a month-long trial, received a verdict of more than $25 million on behalf of a national financial services company in which they sued a company that had purchased a subsidiary company and had interfered with the ability of the original owner to sell a part of the business that the original owner had retained.
  • Successfully settled claims brought by franchisees of financial services company in the aggregate of hundreds of millions of dollars, for less than one-tenth of the amount originally requested.
  • Successfully negotiated on behalf of the State of Missouri and others for an aggregate settlement of more than $400 million in claims involving antitrust price-fixing.
  • Successfully defended a local physician against claims made by a former partner that he had been underpaid by millions of dollars upon dissolution of the partnership.
  • Successfully settled a large number of claims brought by current and former employees of regional utility alleging racial discrimination.
  • Obtained settlement of all claims for race and sex discrimination brought by group of former salespeople against distributor and manufacturer of consumer appliances.
  • Obtained favorable settlement of claims made by Lehman Bros. for money allegedly due Lehman in settling a number of derivatives between Lehman and the bank.
  • Various types of claims against a local auto dealer, all resolved favorably to date.
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Publications & Presentations
Judicial Admissions and Judicial Notice, Sources of Proof
The Missouri Bar (5th ed.)
2014
Publications & Presentations
What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know About Antitrust Law
Polsinelli Shughart PC Ninth Annual Business Law Institute
Co-presented with James M. Humphrey.
2009