Brian is a commercial and construction litigator. Clients enjoy working with Brian because he is responsive, professional and achieves results that meet their business needs.
Brian is a seasoned litigator with experience in both state and federal courts in the areas of construction law, contract disputes, fraud claims, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, commercial landlord-tenant disputes and evictions, creditor's rights, payment systems fraud, consumer protection claims, insurance coverage disputes and professional liability. He advises clients with respect to drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, including AIA forms; MBE/WBE/DBE compliance in connection with government contracts; mechanic's liens, bond claims and other construction-related matters. Brian also reviews and drafts restrictive covenants in employment agreements to protect his clients' interests. Brian has the knowledge and experience to quickly identify the key issues and to devise and implement an effective and efficient legal strategy.
Before joining the firm, he participated in the FBI Honors Internship Program as a member of the Administrative Law Unit in Washington, DC.
Defended contractor in construction defect lawsuit seeking seven-figure damages.
Represented contractor in federal court lawsuit asserting a mechanic's lien and seeking damages for construction delays.
Defended contractors in lawsuits relating to construction of wind farms.
Defended contractors in various construction contract disputes.
Defended utility contractor on claims relating to excavation damage.
Trade Secret & Non-Compete Litigation
Litigated numerous disputes involving trade secrets and non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements.
Successfully obtained and opposed injunctive relief in cases involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets.
Defended a law firm in a legal malpractice action seeking over $100 million in damages.
Prevailed in arbitration of contract claim seeking payment for professional services.
Obtained a favorable jury verdict while representing a real estate developer in multiple lawsuits involving claims for fraud and breach of contract.
Represented banks and lenders in the recovery of debts and collateral, including numerous judgments for breach of commercial and consumer loan agreements, replevin and foreclosure.
Represented banks in litigation and arbitration of claims relating to fraudulent checks and wire transfers.
Defended clients against claims filed by the Kansas Attorney General under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, including the Wayne Owens Act.
Assisted in successfully litigating a wrongful death action in Missouri state court arising out of a traffic fatality.
News & Insights
"Rule Issued for Dust-Lead Standards and the Definition of Lead-Based Paint," Stinson LLP Alert, July 2019
"New Personal Net Worth Requirement for MBE/WBE Certification in Kansas City, Missouri," Government Contracting Matters, April 2019
"New Personal Net Worth Requirement for MBE/WBE Certification in Kansas City, Missouri," Stinson's Government Contracting Matters Blog, April 2019
"Document Retention Policies Relating to Construction Contracts," The Builders' Association, Builders' E-News, February 2018
"Stays of Execution under Federal Banking Law: No Bond Required, Operating Subsidiaries Included," Clarks' Bank Deposits and Payments Monthly, Vol. 19, No. 4, April 2010
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
The Missouri Bar
The Kansas Bar
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Practices & Industries
- Missouri, 2002
- Kansas, 2003
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, J.D., 2002
- Order of the Coif
- Nebraska Law Review
- Silver Quill Award for Superior Legal Writing
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.A., English, 1999