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Kevin Abel’s areas of practice are trials and appeals in complex commercial disputes. His experience includes cases involving breach of contract, commercial and securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, disputes over corporate and partnership governance, lender liability and claims by and against mortgage lenders. Mr. Abel has first-chair jury trial experience over the past three decades, and he has tried to verdict cases in federal and state courts in Missouri and other states. He also has handled arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and mediations of business disputes.

Mr. Abel has been lead trial counsel for: a contract manufacturer in a jury trial over a long-term production agreement; a bankruptcy plan administrator for creditors in a trial and appeal of a multi-million dollar judgment; a secured lender in an inter-creditor dispute that went to jury trial; an international airline in trials involving its lenders and national travel agencies; an aircraft manufacturer in contract disputes involving the sale of commercial and military aircraft; a real estate firm that operated commercial properties for the benefit of national pension plans, in disputes over development and a trial over shopping center anchor tenant rights; and foreign investors with claims arising from failed investments in the United States in cellular telephone technology, real estate and oil and gas properties. Other commercial disputes handled by Mr. Abel have involved the restructuring and enforcement of debt instruments, duties of investment bankers to clients, sales of commercial goods and numerous types of bankruptcy and real estate litigation.

Mr. Abel is an associate editor of Litigation, published quarterly by the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.


Kevin Abel’s litigation practice concentrates on general business and commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Commercial disputes handled by Mr. Abel have included breach of commercial contract, disputes over real estate, misrepresentation claims, and disputes involving exercise of fiduciary duties. Significant cases handled by Mr. Abel have included litigation over license agreements, disputes arising out of corporate acquisitions, claims relating to commercial real estate and leases, and disputes between former partners. Mr. Abel also has handled a variety of litigation cases related to bankruptcy matters. He is an associate editor of Litigation, published quarterly by the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1989

Iowa, 1980

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri


Harvard University, J.D., cum laude, 1980

University of Iowa, B.A., with highest distinction, 1976