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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Iowa, 1985, with distinction
    • B.A., University of Iowa, 1980
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1992
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1991
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1989
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1985

Timothy J. Sear has over 20 years experience in complex business litigation, with particular emphasis in land use litigation and bankruptcy litigation.  Mr. Sear has acted as lead trial and appellate counsel in cases ranging from simple loan enforcement to disputes involving multi-million dollar developments.


Mr. Sear also has extensive trial experience in the areas of real estate contract disputes, business torts, non-competes and products liability.

  • Represented the Officials Unsecured Creditors Committee in a fraudulent transfer action, which netted a multimillion-dollar recovery from former owners of the bankrupt.
  • Successfully litigated corporate governance issues of first impression from Missouri trial court through Court of Appeals and to Missouri Supreme Court.
  • Successfully avoided unauthorized obligations incurred by the debtors, which were to the detriment of Kroh's Brothers Development Company creditors and partners. At the time, the bankruptcy was the largest ever filed in the state of Missouri.
  • Served as litigation counsel to major retailers when cities act arbitrarily toward retailers in zoning and permitting decisions.
  • Successfully litigated scope of non-competes involving specialized medical practices to Kansas Court of Appeals.