Emmett has represented plaintiffs and defendants in securities fraud, corporate governance, director and officer liability, and high-stakes business torts cases.


Emmett's most notable securities cases include litigation over municipal bonds, drops in stock price, the regulatory blockage of what was then regarded as the largest corporate merger in history, business failure, and alleged misrepresentation in financial reporting.

For 25 years, Emmett served as lead counsel to Sprint in multiple putative national and statewide class actions in which plaintiffs alleged that railroads do not have adequate title to permit a telecommunications use in their right-of-ways. He has also handled matters involving the fair market value of a right to use a railroad right-of-way, the allocation of relocation responsibilities between a telecommunications company and a right-of-way provider, and right-of-way condemnations.

Emmett also defends manufacturers of consumer products in actions alleging that the products contain PFAS or benzene or that the products do not perform as advertised.

Emmett is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators and a member of the Neutral Roster of Alaris ADR.

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Speaking Engagements

Emmett has spoken on director and officer liability, director and officer liability insurance and lawyer liability at local and national seminars sponsored by the Banking Law Institute, the Louisiana Bankers Association, the Missouri Bar and the Wichita Bar Association.


“Director and Officer Liability Insurance,” Chapter of the Missouri Insurance Practice Treatise



Recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® in Appellate Practice

Best Lawyers in Kansas City

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America Practicing in Kansas City

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating 

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

The Missouri Bar

Johnson County Bar Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Lawyers Association of Kansas City


  • Missouri, 1979
  • Kansas, 1981


Georgetown University, J.D., cum laude, 1979

University of Notre Dame, B.A., Psychology, with honors, 1976

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