Dennis J. Dobbels
Shareholder | Practice Chair
Areas of Focus
Food and Agriculture
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Toxic and Mass Tort
magna cum laude
, University of California-Hastings
Order of the Coif
; Thurston Society;
Hastings Law Journal
, Assistant Managing Editor
, Yale University
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1993
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1982
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1998
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1994
U.S. Tax Court, 1986
With his 35 years of trial and appellate experience, Dennis Dobbels offers clients an extensive background in all aspects of products liability, toxic tort and legacy liability, tax litigation, and insurance and complex commercial litigation. Dennis serves as Chair of the firm’s national Products Liability and Toxic Tort practice. In state and federal courtrooms around the nation, Dennis has handled single plaintiff cases and consolidated cases involving more than 100 plaintiffs. He also serves as national trial counsel, assisting clients with complex litigation issues and managing the administrative and trial activities for clients’ complex product liability litigation needs.
Selected for inclusion in
The Best Lawyers in America
for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, 2007-2018
Selected for inclusion in
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
, 2005, 2007-2016
of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Troost Midtown Community Center
Founding Board Member
Young Friends of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Former Young Centurion
Kansas City Foreign Language Charter School
Founder and Former Board Member
St. James Parish
Multi-Racial Family Circle
REACH for Kids, Inc.
Obtained a precedent setting decision that applied to a 10-year statute of repose to latent disease claims.
Obtained court's orders dismissing latent disease claims based on challenges to plaintiff's experts. The courts barred plaintiff's experts from testifying and then granted summary judgment because of a failure of proof on general and specific causation.
Successfully defended client through defense verdicts and an appeal in repeat litigation accusing client of conspiracy to suppress medical and scientific information from workers exposed to toxic substances
Obtained a federal court ruling that provisions of a state environmental act regulating the transportation of waste in interstate commerce was unconstitutional.
Evaluated alternative dispute resolution strategies for client to implement long-range solutions to exit from repetitive latent disease litigation.
Assisted clients in developing efforts to work with EPA to evaluate risks of products to consumer as it relates to product risks and warning issues.
Provided clients with comprehensive warning/instructional programs for users to reduce risk to client of claims based on failure to warn and instruct.
Missouri Supreme Court Talc Decision Alters Landscape
Missouri Court Vacates Talc Verdict: Cites Lack of Personal Jurisdiction
Illinois Supreme Court Fundamentally Limits the Ability to Sue Non-Illinois Corporations
Supreme Court’s Personal Jurisdiction Ruling Has Immediate Impact
U.S. Supreme Court Confirms Broad Applicability of Daimler Constraints Over Assertions of General Personal Jurisdiction
Missouri Supreme Court Decision Will Impact Toxic and Mass Tort Cases
“Take-Home” Asbestos Case Decision Could have Ripple Effect
Colorado Supreme Court Restricts Use of “Lone Pine” Discovery Orders
May 15, 2015
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April 16, 2015
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April 7, 2015
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June 5, 2014
Law 360 Reports on Polsinelli's San Francisco Addition
June 6, 2014
The Kansas City Business Journal Reports Polsinelli Doubles California Presence With New Attorneys
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