Jill A. Kanatzar

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe, LC
1100 Main Street, Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-876-2600
Fax: 816-221-8763
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%), Health Care (10%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jill Kanatzar is one of the most respected plaintiff attorneys in the region. Her deep experience in cases related to sexual abuse, nursing home abuse and medical malpractice spans more than 20 years.

Jill’s entire career has been dedicated to helping people who often cannot help themselves. From small children to disabled adults to our elders, she has stood next to and fought for people’s rights. Jill is respected by attorneys throughout the Midwest, hence why she has been named Prosecutor of the Year by Jackson County and earned the Women’s Justice Award by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

In addition, Jill was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to its Advisory Committee. She has also been appointed special prosecutor by numerous prosecutors' offices across Kansas City area jurisdictions. 

Prior to joining the firm, Jill was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Jackson County, Missouri, where she prosecuted felony criminal cases including robberies, burglaries, assaults and homicides. Jill spent the majority of her tenure with the Prosecutor’s Office in the Child Abuse & Sex Crimes Unit. She participated in numerous jury trials including cases of adult sex crimes and crimes perpetrated against children.

Jill entered private practice in 1998 when she joined Stigall, Humphrey, Lucas, Henry & Dollar. She soon began representing families and patients injured by abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Jill was appointed by the Supreme Court of Missouri to serve on the 16th Circuit Bar Ethics Committee. This panel reviews complaints brought against other lawyers to determine whether probable cause exists and if ethical violations have occurred.

Jill earned a bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, dual majoring in economics and political science. She received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School and obtained her license to practice law in 1994. She holds an active license in Missouri and Kansas, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Health Care
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Nursing Home, Medical Malpractice

Selections

4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021

About Jill A. Kanatzar

Admitted: 1994, Missouri

Professional Webpage: https://dollar-law.com/attorneys/jill-kanatzar/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, Member and Denise Henning Connections Mentoring Program
  • Advisory Committee for the Missouri Supreme Court
  • Kansas, 2006 
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1998
  • Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City - Member of Board of Directors and Past President
  • Missouri Supreme Court Regional Disciplinary Committee - Former Chair
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys - Member
  • Jackson County Child Sexual Abuse Task Force - Former Chair 
  • Missouri, 1994
  • Nursing Home Negligence Committee - Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association - Member

Honors/Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America – 2019-2021
  • Super Lawyers – Super Lawyer – 2018-2019, 2008-2020
  • Who’s Who Top Lawyers – 2020
  • Missouri Lawyer's Weekly - Women's Justice Award - Litigation Practitioner , 2017
  • Jackson County Child Advocacy Coalition - Child Advocate Award

Educational Background

  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1994
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, B.S.,
 Major: Economics; Major: Political Science, 1991

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $1,000,000 settlement against school district for student on student sexual assault. , 2017
  • $1,750,000 settlement against group home for resident on resident sexual assault., 2019
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Office Location for Jill A. Kanatzar

1100 Main Street
Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105

Phone: 816-876-2600

Fax: 816-221-8763

Last Updated: 5/27/2021

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