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Paul Anderson

Paul D. Anderson

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  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Toxic Torts
  • Sports Law
  • Cannabis Law
  • Employment Law
  • Housing Defects
  • Motor Vehicle Crashes

Biography

Paul Anderson is an accomplished litigator that helped pioneer the NFL and NCAA Concussion Litigation. He was previously an attorney for The Klamann Law Firm in Kansas City and was part of the team, along with attorneys from Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, which secured a landmark settlement for the family of Derek Sheely in a wrongful death brain injury lawsuit against the NCAA and other parties. Additionally, during the last five years, Paul and Kenneth McClain teamed up to recover millions of dollars for their retired NFL player clients.

Paul graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2012. While in law school, Paul created the nationally-acclaimed website, NFLConcussionLitigation.com. It became the “go-to source” for chronicling the litigation against the NFL and NCAA. Forbes.com described Paul as “one of the nation’s leading experts on concussion law.” The national media regularly seeks his insight, and he has been a panelist at multiple CLEs and sports law symposiums discussing the NFL and NCAA concussion litigation.

Beginning in 2015, Paul became an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where he taught a course entitled, “The Emergence and Transformation of Concussion Litigation.” Over the last two years, he taught Missouri Cannabis Law at UMKC. Paul also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas where he taught Sports Law.

Paul is married and has two young boys. When he’s not working, Paul enjoys mountain biking (especially in NWA), running, and tennis.

Notable Verdicts & Settlements

  • Obtained Landmark Settlement in Derek Sheely v. NCAA, Schutt Sports, et al,2011 Montgomery County MD Circuit Court.
  • Millions of dollars recovered for Retired NFL Players alleging chronic brain damage as a result of football.
  • $3.2 Million for Deceased NFL Player Diagnosed with CTE.
  • $3.12 Million for Retired NFL Player.
  • $1.4 Million for Retired NFL Player.
  • Numerous confidential, six- seven- and eight-figure settlements involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful terminations, medical malpractice, consumer protection, and sexual assaults.
  • Led the charge in changing a product in the power-tool industry by successfully bringing a class action against Black & Decker/DeWalt. This resulted in Black & Decker placing clear expiration dates on all bonded abrasive wheels so consumers now know the wheels expire.
  • In a challenging slip-and fall case against Kelly’s Westport Inn, Paul successfully resolved the case for six figures, which then led to Kelly’s remodeling a portion of its rooftop to fix the dangerous condition.
  • In a school-bus-dragging case where the child was miraculously saved from suffering catastrophic injuries (and having less than $5,000 in medical bills), Paul resolved the case for nearly a million dollars.
  • In the NFL cases, Paul and his team were the only litigants to successfully defeat the NFL’s “preemption defense.” This result led to an eight-figure settlement.
  • In the Derek Sheely case, Paul and his team were the first to obtain a ruling by a court finding that the NCAA owes a legal duty to protect athletes from brain injuries. Also in that case, Paul won a motion to compel the deposition of NCAA President Mark Emmert.
  • In an employment case, Paul won a motion to compel the deposition of the CEO of Daily Mail & General Trust, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate. The case settled immediately after the ruling.

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2012

Education

BS, (Political Science) Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 2009

J.D., (summa cum laude) University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 2012

Honors & Awards

Rising Star — Missouri & Kansas

Super Lawyers 2018

Seven CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for obtaining the highest grade in each law school class.

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association
  • NORML