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Robert (Bob) Thompson focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial business litigation in both state and federal courts. He has been involved in many difficult and complex cases handled by the firm.

He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes involving claims ranging from breach of contract to fraud and anti-trust, often involving agribusiness interests. In addition to defending businesses, he has represented them in asserting claims, and has been lead or a key member of trial teams recovering substantial awards or settlements for clients of the Firm.

Mr. Thompson joined the firm in 1990 and has served as a member of the firm’s executive committee. He has also served as the Managing Partner of the Kansas City office. He is co-leader of the Food and Agribusiness Industry Group and is also a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Class & Derivative Actions Client Service Groups.

In addition to litigation matters, he counsels a number of companies in various commercial and transaction matters, including NGP Global Agribusiness Partners, Auxano Holdings, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Avcorp Industries, Show Me Ethanol, LLC, several community banks and various key clients of the Firm.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Included in The Best Lawyers in America, Missouri Super Lawyers, and Kansas City Business Journal's 'Best of the Bar'
    • KCMBA Presidents Award, 2010
    • Past Chairman, Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
    • Past Member American Royal Association Board of Directors
    • Past Member Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Board of Directors
    • Civil Council of Kansas City, Member
    • Past Member American Royal Association Board of Directors, Executive Committee
    • Agriculture Business Council of Kansas City Board of Directors
    • Missouri Institute for Justice, Past President
    • Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the Missouri Bar, Past Member
    • 50 Missourians You Should Know
    • 250 Most Influential Business Leaders in Kansas City
    • Mizzou 100, Member
    • Civil Council of Kansas City, Member
    • Past Member American Royal Association Board of Directors, Executive Committee
    • Agriculture Business Council of Kansas City Board of Directors
    • Missouri Institute for Justice, Past President
    • Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the Missouri Bar, Past Member
    • 50 Missourians You Should Know
    • 250 Most Influential Business Leaders in Kansas City
    • Mizzou 100, Member
    • Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the Missouri Bar, Past Member
    • 50 Missourians You Should Know
    • 250 Most Influential Business Leaders in Kansas City
    • Mizzou 100, Member
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Representative Experience

  • Represented Beef Councils from fourteen states in First Amendment litigation in United States District Court in Montana concerning the Beef Check Off Program;
  • Represented the University of Missouri in litigation regarding the right of the University to regulate the possession of guns on campus;
  • Represented the Office of the Governor of the State of Missouri in Sunshine litigation;
  • Advised a Community Bank client on potential litigation and negotiations with dissident shareholders;
  • Advised public company in proxy fight with major shareholder;
  • Represents major packing company in class action case alleging deceptive product labeling;
  • Connie Curts et al. v. Waggin’ Train LLC and Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Case No. 1316-CV02706-01; Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri;
  • Avcorp Industries, Inc. v. Cessna Aircraft Company. Won a $27.3 million award for Avcorp after a two week arbitration, representing a significant victory against Cessna Aircraft in connection with a dispute over the terminating of a long term manufacturing agent between the two companies. Arbitration Case No. 50 132T0036611, American Arbitration Association;
  • In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1967, Master Case No. 4:08-1067-MD-W-ODS, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • Janson, et al. v. Legalzoom.com, Inc., Case No. 2:10-CV-04018-NKL, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • Patricia Aspenleiter v. ViraCor LLC, et al., Case No. 0716-cv-19207, Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. Represented Plaintiff Patricia Aspenleiter. The jury awarded a $7.3M verdict after two weeks of trial;
  • Deadra D. Cummins, et al. v. H&R Block, Inc., et al., Case No. 03-C-134, Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia;
  • In re H&R Block, Inc., Express Marketing Litigation, MDL Case No. 1786, Master Case No. 06-1786-MD-RED, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
  • Lorie J. Marshall, et al, v. H&R Block Tax Services, Inc., Case No. 08-591-MRJ, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Class was de-certified after five years of litigation.