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Robert (Bob) Thompson focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial business litigation in both state and federal courts. He has been involved in many difficult and complex cases handled by the firm.

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. In addition to defending businesses, he has represented them in asserting claims, and has been lead or a key member of trial teams recovering awards or settlements totaling approximately $75M for clients of the Firm.

Mr. Thompson has also handled numerous 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.

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. He is co-leader of the Food and Agribusiness Industry Group and is also a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Class & Derivative Actions Client Service Groups.

In addition to litigation matters, he counsels a number of companies in various commercial and transaction matters, including NGP Global Agribusiness Partners, Agspring, Auxano Holdings, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Avcorp Industries, Prairie Pride, Inc., Show Me Ethanol, LLC, several community banks and various key clients of the Firm.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • President-Elect, Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
    • Included in all recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Missouri Super Lawyers, and Kansas City Business Journal's 'Best of the Bar'
    • KCMBA Presidents Award, 2010
    • American Royal Association Board of Directors
    • Agriculture Business Council of Kansas City Board of Directors
    • President, Missouri Institute for Justice
    • Member, Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the Missouri Bar
    • Member, Mizzou 100
    • American Royal Association Board of Directors
    • Agriculture Business Council of Kansas City Board of Directors
    • President, Missouri Institute for Justice
    • Member, Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the Missouri Bar
    • Member, Mizzou 100
    • Member, Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the Missouri Bar
    • Member, Mizzou 100
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Representative Experience

  • Connie Curts et al. v. Waggin’ Train LLC and Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Case No. 1316-CV02706-01; Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri;
  • The Kathy L. Mello Revocable Trust of 2007, Dated April 3, 2007 v. WNLI Holdings, Inc.; Case No. 1:14-cv-00366-JL; United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire;
  • Numbers Queen, et al. v. Redgear Technologies, Inc., Case No. 4:14-cv-00064-HFS; United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • JLD & Associates, Ltd., v. Redgear Technologies, Inc., et al.; Case No. 4:14-cv-01092-HFS; United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • Whitton v. Deffenbaugh Disposal, Inc.; Case No. 12-2247-CM; United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, KCMBA Bench Bar Conference Tips from Experts: Navigating the Pros and Cons of Arbitration