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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, Creighton University, 1998
    • B.S., cum laude, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 1995,
      Criminal Justice and Criminology

James Humphrey has a deep appreciation for the importance of safeguarding client privacy, reputation, and confidences. This appreciation comes from his extensive experience in defending legal malpractice claims; commercial and appellate litigation; antitrust issues; shareholder disputes; officer and director liability problems; class actions; contract disputes, insurance coverage litigation; fraud allegation; FTC Act; Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims. James has significant products liability and personal injury experience as well, including consumer products, industrial products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and electrical accidents.

Before joining the firm, James served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gary A. Fenner, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He has made numerous appearances in Missouri’s federal and state courts, as well as various other jurisdictions, and has represented clients located across the United States.

Along with John M. Kilroy, Jr., James leads the firm's Professional Services Litigation practice.  James also leads the firm's litigation associate training program and is a member of the recruiting committee.

  • Lead trial attorney on team responsible for defending bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer facing Federal Trade Commission action seeking ex parte temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.  Successfully defeated FTC attempt to secure preliminary injunction under Section 5(a) of the FTC Act.  Currently leading global defense effort, including federal court putative class action alleging market-based losses, and FTC lawsuit seeking permanent injunction.  FTC v. BF Labs Inc., No. 14-CV-0815-BCW, 2014 WL 7238080 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 12, 2014).
  • Successfully moved to dismiss Racketeer Influcenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") claim arising out of disputed settlement.  PTI Group, Inc. v. Gift Card Impressions, LLC, No. 14-2063-CM, 2014 WL 4639903 (D. Kan. Sept. 16, 2014).
  • Represents lawyers and law firms against claims of professional negligence, including securing summary judgment in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Mo., on two claims of legal malpractice seeking damages based on alleged stock market losses (case would have otherwise been tried to a jury for approximately two weeks).  Result affirmed on appeal, Nail v. Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP, 436 S.W.2d 556 (Mo. banc 2014).
  • Represented former directors, officers, and other high-level employees of life insurance company (formerly the largest domestic insurance company in Missouri until liquidity crisis caused sale of company) in connection with lawsuit brought by Missouri Department of Insurance against, among other defendants, Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. and Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Secured dismissal of antitrust claims under Section 1 of the Sherman Act and Kansas state law brought by physician against hospital in Kansas federal district court.
  • Represented plaintiff in lawsuit seeking recovery against primary and excess insurers under property insurance policy with claim for coverage of approximately $285 million.
  • Defended judgment in favor of insurer on appeal in case claiming coverage for defense costs incurred in litigation between Anheuser-Busch and Labatt Brewing Company.
  • Defeated certification of a class of current and former employees alleging various employment claims. Also successfully opposed plaintiffs’ attempt to secure appellate review of certification decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Represented minority shareholder in lawsuit seeking dissolution of corporation.
  • Represented defendant on appeal from an adverse jury verdict on fraud claim. Plaintiff’s verdict reversed and vacated, and judgment entered in favor of client.
  • Represented electric utility in defense of personal-injury lawsuits based on contact with electrical transmission and distribution lines.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in products liability litigation involving hormone replacement therapy drugs, including involvement in multidistrict litigation proceeding pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
  • Represented food flavor manufacturer in products liability litigation based on exposure to butter flavoring used in manufacture of microwave popcorn.