Areas of Focus
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
The Urban Lawyer,
; UMKC Law Review
, William Jewell College
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1992
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1993
United States Court of Federal Claims, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2006
United States Supreme Court, 2007
When clients face tough legal issues that require critical analysis and persuasive brief writing, Sharon Kennedy is ready for the challenge. As an attorney focused on appellate practice, Sharon’s research and brief writing are highly regarded by clients, her colleagues and opposing counsel. She works closely with trial lawyers in the firm’s Litigation Department, who rely on her as a vital, indispensable member of the team; someone they can count on to dig deep to find the case authority or develop the argument that will win the issue in an appeal, summary judgment motion, or other motion. Her determined, insightful style of writing gets to the heart of the argument in a concise and persuasive manner.
Sharon has worked with both plaintiffs and defendants on matters including general business torts and contract litigation, complex commercial litigation (including antitrust and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), governmental liability defense, personal injury and wrongful death, employment law, construction law, creditor bankruptcy, and insurance defense. Sharon’s breadth of experience in these diverse fields of law during her more than 20 years of practice has contributed greatly to her ability to quickly analyze issues and formulate the best legal strategy.
The Missouri Bar
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Sharon was actively involved with the American Red Cross, Northwest Missouri Chapter, in St. Joseph from 2004 to 2017. She served as a member of its board of directors from 2005-2014; vice president from 2009 to 2011; secretary from 2007 to 2009; and as the chair of the board of directors from 2011-2013, and as the chair of its Advisory Council from its inception in 2014 to the present. In May 2016, Sharon was awarded the highest honor a chapter can bestow on a volunteer, the Clara Barton Award, given for meritorious volunteer leadership.
Since 2013, Sharon has also volunteered with AFS, a foreign exchange student program, and has hosted exchange students since 2012. Past civic contributions include serving as a licensed foster care provider with the Missouri Division of Family Services; serving on the board of directors of the UMKC School of Law Alumni Association (1996-1999), and of the Humane Society of St. Joseph, Missouri (2004-2005); as well as an officer of the East Hills Sertoma Club, St. Joseph, Missouri, and the Gladstone Sertoma Club, Gladstone, Missouri. In addition, for several years, she was a volunteer with Friends of the Animal Shelter in St. Joseph, and The Dream Factory in Kansas City.
Member of trial team that obtained judgment on behalf of 372 plaintiffs against a federal government agency for taking of property by flooding.
Obtained a writ of mandamus directing trial court to grant client leave to intervene; obtained a writ of prohibition directing trial court to dismiss plaintiffs’ declaratory judgment action challenging a state agency’s permitting decision for failure to exhaust their administrative remedies.
Member of trial team that obtained a more than $12.3 million judgment in a judge-tried breach of contract action.
Defeated arbitration on behalf of multiple plaintiffs in complex commercial litigation case.
Obtained declaratory judgment against state agency for exceeding its authority.
Served as amicus curiae to Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of law enforcement entities in governmental liability cases.
Obtained affirmance of plaintiffs’ judgment in wrongful death action.
Publications & Presentations
Identity Theft: What Every Business Needs to Know to Avoid Liability
Publications & Presentations
Idaho v. Wright: The Confrontation Clause Limits on the Admissibility of Hearsay Evidence in Child Abuse Cases
59 UMKC L. Rev. 1093
Polsinelli Shughart Litigation Team Secures $12 Million Judgment for Client
April 1, 2013
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