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Robert M. Thompson

Partner

, Bryan Cave LLP
Kansas City

Tel

1 816 374 3249

Fax

1 816 855 3249
rmthompson@bryancave.com
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Robert M. Thompson

Partner


Kansas City



One Kansas City Place
1200 Main Street, Suite 3800
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-2122

Phone:

1 816 374 3249

Fax:

1 816 855 3249

email:

rmthompson@bryancave.com

Robert (Bob) Thompson focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. He has been involved in many difficult and complex cases handled by the firm. In recent years, Mr. Thompson has handled a number of consumer class actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States. These cases have involved enforcement actions by state attorneys general, as well as related civil actions seeking to certify nationwide class claims, and MDL proceedings. He recently completed a complex commercial arbitration matter in the aviation industry.

He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes involving claims ranging from breach of contract to fraud and anti-trust, often involving agribusiness interests. He has also handled commercial litigation associated with major bankruptcy cases.

Mr. Thompson joined the firm in 1990 and serves as a member of the firm’s executive committee. He served as the Managing Partner of the Kansas City office from 2006 to 2012 and is also a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Class & Derivative Actions Client Service Groups. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, he was a member of the Missouri Law Review and the Journal for Dispute Resolution.

In addition to litigation matters, he counsels a number of companies in various commercial and transaction matters, including Prairie Pride, Inc., Show Me Ethanol, LLC, MGP Ingredients, Wind Capital Group, and various other businesses.

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Included in all recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Missouri Super Lawyers, and Best of the Bar - Kansas City
  • President, Missouri Institute for Justice
  • Member, Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the Missouri Bar
  • Member, Mizzou 100

Robert (Bob) Thompson focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. He has been involved in many difficult and complex cases handled by the firm. In recent years, Mr. Thompson has handled a number of consumer class actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States. These cases have involved enforcement actions by state attorneys general, as well as related civil actions seeking to certify nationwide class claims, and MDL proceedings. He recently completed a complex commercial arbitration matter in the aviation industry.

He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes involving claims ranging from breach of contract to fraud and anti-trust, often involving agribusiness interests. He has also handled commercial litigation associated with major bankruptcy cases.

Mr. Thompson joined the firm in 1990 and serves as a member of the firm’s executive committee. He served as the Managing Partner of the Kansas City office from 2006 to 2012 and is also a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Class & Derivative Actions Client Service Groups. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, he was a member of the Missouri Law Review and the Journal for Dispute Resolution.

In addition to litigation matters, he counsels a number of companies in various commercial and transaction matters, including Prairie Pride, Inc., Show Me Ethanol, LLC, MGP Ingredients, Wind Capital Group, and various other businesses.

Select Representations

  • Avcorp Industries, Inc. v. Cessna Aircraft Company. Won a $27.3 million award for Avcorp after a two week arbitration, representing a significant victory against Cessna Aircraft  in connection with a dispute  over the terminating of a long term manufacturing agent between the two companies. Arbitration Case No. 50 132T0036611, American Arbitration Association;
  • Cerner Middle East, Ltd. v. iCapital and iCapital, LLC, Case No. 12CY-CV10849, Circuit Court of Clay County, Missouri;
  • ConAgra Foods v. Archer Daniels Midland Company, Case No. 2:12-cv-02171-EFM-KGS, United States District Court for the District of Kansas;
  • In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1967, Master Case No. 4:08-1067-MD-W-ODS, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • Janson, et al. v. Legalzoom.com, Inc., Case No. 2:10-CV-04018-NKL, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • John and Donna Williams, et al. v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., et al., Case No. 0516-CV23650, Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri;
  • Khaliki, et al. v. Helzberg’s Diamond Shops, Inc., Case No. 4:11-CV-00010-NKL, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • Patricia Aspenleiter v. ViraCor LLC, et al., Case No. 0716-cv-19207, Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. Represented Plaintiff Patricia Aspenleiter. The jury awarded a $7.3M verdict after two weeks of trial;
  • Deadra D. Cummins, et al. v. H&R Block, Inc., et al., Case No. 03-C-134, Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia;
  • The People of the State of California v. H&R Block, Inc., et al ., Case No. 06-449461, Superior Court of the State of California, City and County of San Francisco;
  • In re H&R Block, Inc., Express Marketing Litigation, MDL Case No. 1786, Master Case No. 06-1786-MD-RED, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • Lorie J. Marshall, et al, v. H&R Block Tax Services, Inc., Case No. 08-591-MRJ, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Class was de-certified after five years of litigation;
  • In re H&R Block Securities Litigation, Case No. 06-0236-CV-W-ODS, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1990

Kansas, 1991

United States District Courts for the District of Kansas and Western District of Missouri

Education

University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., 1989

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., 1982

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Included in all recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Missouri Super Lawyers, and Best of the Bar - Kansas City
  • President, Missouri Institute for Justice
  • Member, Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the Missouri Bar
  • Member, Mizzou 100