Patrick McGrath has been practicing law since graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1989. He was a shareholder and Vice-President of a large metropolitian law firm. Pat’s practice focuses on employer liability (wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliatory discharge, EEOC claims, Kansas Human Rights Commission claims, Missouri Human Rights Commission claims), director and officer liability, organization liability, tort law, nursing home negligence claims, contract law and workers’ compensation. In addition to his defense trial work, Pat maintained a significant insurance coverage practice, representing insurers on a regional basis in a broad range of complex litigation. He represented insurers in coverage matters and litigation under most policy forms, including disputes with their insureds and with other insurers, disputes between primary and excess carriers and bad faith cases. Pat practices in Kansas and Missouri the office is in Kansas City.
•As Chairman of a major metropolitian law firm’s Employment Law Department, Pat was personally involved in the oversight, evaluation, and litigation of employment claims.
•Pat has extensive trial experience, with numerous trials before the state courts of Missouri and Kansas and the United States Federal District Courts of Missouri and Kansas.
•Pat has an experienced appellate court background, including cases before the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
•In addition, Pat has been a frequent publisher and lecturer on employment-related topics, including: “Trying Discrimination and Harassment Claims to Juries;” “Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace;” “Defending EEOC and Human Rights Commission Investigations;” “EEOC Policy Compliance;” “E-mail and Internet Policy Pitfalls;” “Current Trends in Director and Officer Liability Insurance Coverage;” “UM, UIM Litigation Issues”; “Avoiding Bad Faith Claims for the Insurance Professional;” “Ethical Concerns in Bad Faith Insurance Claims;” “Ethical Issues in Insurance Law: Conflicts of Interest, Reservation of Rights and Punitive Damages”. Pat has been a speaker on behalf of the National Business Institute, the Council on Education and Management, Lorman Education Services, the State of Kansas, the Reno County Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the University of Missouri School of Law and the Missouri Bar Association.
•Pat is rated AV, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, which recognizes the highest level of skill and integrity for an attorney. Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating reflects a confidential assessment secured from members of the Bar and Judiciary.
•Pat has been named a Missouri and Kansas “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine. This designation represents the top 5% of all practicing attorneys in Missouri and Kansas. “Super Lawyers” are attorneys selected by their peers in an extensive nomination and polling process. Pat has also received the “Best Lawyers in America” distinction. Best Lawyers in America has become universally regarded as one of the most definitive guides to legal excellence in the United States. Selection for Best Lawyers in America is based on a peer review survey in which more than 1.5 million individual evaluations are reviewed. The Best Lawyers list has been recognized by Corporate Counsel magazine as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” Pat has also been listed by Ingram’s magazine as one of the best lawyers in Kansas City.
•Pat has testified before the Kansas Legislature on proposed legislation impacting his clients, has appeared as lead trial counsel on Court TV for a three-week jury trial, has been a legal commentator on KMBZ News Radio, has been featured on KCMO TV5 News and profiled in the “Newsmaker” column of the Kansas City Business Journal.