Kirra N. Jones
Areas of Focus
Food and Agriculture
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Toxic and Mass Tort
, Hofstra University School of Law
, University of Missouri-Columbia
Kirra Jones is an associate in Polsinelli’s Products Liability and Toxic Torts Practice Group, with a secondary emphasis in Commercial Litigation. Kirra’s experience managing complex cases from discovery through appeal gives her an edge in litigation analysis and strategy. Conducting depositions, pre-trial advocacy, and early complex case assessment are key focuses of her practice. She has prepared witnesses for depositions, deposed expert and lay witnesses, drafted and argued pre-trial motions, prepared cases for trial, and actively participated in jury trials. Her background in trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and risk management enable her to creatively and agilely assess and respond to client needs. She resourcefully and strategically crafts solutions that serve clients’ business goals throughout all stages of representation.
Since joining Polsinelli, Kirra’s practice has involved:
Toxic tort litigation
Products liability and warranty claims
Before joining Polsinelli, Kirra worked in legal settings that allowed her to gain valuable hands-on trial and appellate experience in a variety of complex litigation areas, from white collar enforcement, nuisance, construction defect cases to antitrust, employment, and First Amendment cases.
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, 2008-2009
Participated in depositions of class representatives in a multi-state antitrust class action involving genetically modified crop seeds.
Worked as a law clerk for an administrative law judge, investigating and assessing claims of age, race, gender, sexual orientation and disability discrimination in the provision of housing, employment, and credit for a state human rights commission.
Represented corporate client in disputes over non-compete agreements.
Represented Fortune 500 retailer in boundary disputes and construction lien matters.
Represented broker dealers in securities-enforcement matters.
Assisted with private nuisance case from discovery through two-week jury trial, and drafted winning appellate brief that enabled consolidation of cases into three trial groups-which ultimately empowered client to achieve global resolution of claims.
Represented large-scale independent agro-businesses and family farmers in complex litigation involving price-fixing, environmental nuisance, and First Amendment claims with damages up to $75 million.
Represented a Fortune 500 retailer in a construction defect dispute affecting numerous retail locations.
Assisted in resolving a multi-million dollar residential construction defect case.
Participated in the successful resolution of a class action seeking more than $40 million in medical monitoring damages
Participated in obtaining a defense verdict at trial for a client in a personal injury case with claimed damages up to $7 million
Served as case managing attorney for caseload of dozens of federal mass tort cases against manufacturer clients removed to Illinois and Missouri federal courts on the basis of federal contractor jurisdiction, taking depositions, and providing case analysis, support and strategy to client throughout life of case from removal, through discovery, to final resolution.
Served as case managing attorney for large caseload of over 100 mass tort cases against manufacturer clients in Madison County, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois, providing case analysis, support and strategy to clients throughout life of case from initial filing to final resolution.
Argued discovery dispute and obtained favorable ruling on behalf of product manufacturer client in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Resolved a bad faith insurance claim on behalf of security firm client on the eve of trial, based on successful filing and argument of pre-trial motion in limine regarding insurer’s non-compliance with Missouri’s state insurance statutes.
Publications & Presentations
Produce Safety: Protecting Public Health From the Ground Up
Food Safety Magazine
February 17, 2015
Polsinelli Shughart Expands Corporate and Litigation Strengths
March 25, 2013
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