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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1961
    • B.B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1959
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

As chairman emeritus of the firm’s Board of Directors, Larry Ward has 50 years of experience trying cases and arguing appeals in both state and federal courts across the country.

His diverse and extensive experience consists of real life, hands-on courtroom trials, which gives him a unique ability to evaluate complex situations. Larry provides the firm's clients realistic advice and strategic planning that position general counsel and clients to quickly evaluate and deal with dangerous cases.

Larry’s substantive areas of trial and appellate experience include representation of major corporate clients in disputes ranging from antitrust, breach of contract, class action, and employment and discrimination litigation to intellectual property, professional negligence and product liability litigation.

Clients have included accounting and law firms; the trucking industry; cable television companies; national computer companies; the banking industry; bankruptcy debtors; creditors' committees and trustees; pharmaceutical drug manufacturers; utilities; and various other manufacturers. Larry is currently active in trying complex commercial cases including plaintiff and defendant cases.

  • Defended owners and managers of the Sutherland Lumber Company of Kansas City in a shareholder derivative suit brought by shareholders alleging breach of fiduciary duty, mismanagement and corporate waste. After a multi-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of each defendant on all claims made by the plaintiffs.
  • Defended a private holding company in claim to pierce the corporate veil of subsidiary defendant trucking companies to parent. Underlying claim of damages for wrongful death of three persons with verdict of $15 million.
  • Defended H & R Block in a breach of contract case by franchisee.
  • Represented plaintiff in a breach of contract case of H & R Block against AOL in a transaction involving the sale of CompuServe, Inc. to WorldCom, Inc. with a simultaneous transfer to AOL. Alleged breach of an agreement regarding the exclusive use of name and customer list for Block owned credit card portfolio. Case tried for three weeks with verdict for H & R Block and against AOL in the amount of $21 million (2002).
  • Defeated plaintiff for class certification of a class of current and former minority employees, alleging racial discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation.
  • Defended major utility in race discrimination claim of hostile work environment and retaliation. One week trial. Settlement demand of $700,000 with verdict of $45,000 (2002).
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturing company on appeal only, in seeking to reverse Administrative Board's ruling entering Order of Sanctions against wholesale license for pharmaceutical company. Case reversed in favor of client by Missouri Court of Appeals. Transferred to Missouri Supreme Court and decision of Court of Appeals reversed.
  • Successfully represented national trucking carrier defending the dismissal of a class action complaint by the District Court and seeking review of an administrative proceeding before the Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration. Argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999. Dismissal reversed and case remanded.
  • Successfully represented Bank Midwest in obtaining reversal of actual and punitive damages which had been awarded against the bank in trial court.
  • Represented Major League Baseball Players Association in the defense of a multiple count claim by manufacturers of baseball bats with "Louisville Slugger" trademark. Claims involved alleged misappropriation of trademark and tortious interference with contractual rights. Case was tried for three weeks, resulting in a "hung jury" and mistrial. This result allowed case to be subsequently settled.
  • Represented a law firm on appeal in a case claiming damages for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System of $65 million for alleged legal malpractice/breach of fiduciary duty. The Court reversed the district court order denying the law firm's intervention in prior appeal and then upheld subsequent grant of summary judgment in favor of the law firm.
  • Represented Electronic Tire Technology, a start-up company in a breach of contract case against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Case tried to a jury for 32 days in 1996 with a verdict in favor of our client in the amount of $1 million. Case settled during Appeal (1996).
  • Represented ACI, a national trucking company located in Kansas City, in a breach of contract case against Westinghouse Credit Corporation. Case tried for six weeks with a verdict in favor of our client in the amount of $70 million. Jury award affirmed and judgment collected.
  • Defended Canadian real estate corporation Trizec Corporation Ltd. in a suit by the City of Kansas City, Missouri involving the historic Union Station building in Kansas City, Missouri. Three-month trial resulting in a jury verdict in favor of Trizec Corporation Ltd. and against the city on all claims. City obtained a verdict against co-defendant.
  • Lead trial counsel for the State of Missouri in one of the major antitrust cases in this region. Claims under Section I and II of the Sherman Antitrust Act against several of the major producers and distributors of natural gas in Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas. All pretrial work completed over a three-year period with case projected for three months in courtroom. Case tried for 10 days before settlement of claims. Total settlement for all plaintiffs in excess of $200 million. (1991).
  • Successfully represented plaintiff Central Telecommunications Inc. against nation’s largest cable operator TCI of Denver, Colorado. Antitrust claims under Section I and II of the Sherman Act and a claim for tortious interference claim, tried in the United States District Court for seven weeks. Obtained a verdict on each of the two antitrust counts of $10.8 million trebled to $32.4 million and a verdict on the tortious interference claim of $10.8 million plus $25 million punitive damages (total $35.8 million). Affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; certiorari denied by the United States Supreme Court and judgment collected.