Ryan M. Paulus

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Cornerstone Law Firm
 | 8350 North St. Clair Avenue, Suite 225
Kansas City, MO 64151
Phone: 816-581-4040
Fax: 816-741-8889
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

A former combat veteran and captain who earned the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan, Ryan M. Paulus is an attorney at Cornerstone Law Firm who provides representation in cases of family law, employment law, discrimination, sexual harassment and motor vehicle accidents for those in Kansas City, Missouri, and Jackson and Platte counties. With a history of successfully resolving issues involving complex litigation, individual matters and large class actions, Mr. Paulus also handles severance, wage and hour disputes, retaliation, whistleblower and consumer rights cases.

Before practicing law, Mr. Paulus earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Northern Iowa in 2004 and a Juris Doctor from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2007. He is admitted to practice in Missouri, as well as before the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

With an Avvo “Superb” rating from past clients, Mr. Paulus has also been named Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal, and has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. The Missouri Lawyers Weekly has recognized his success with one of the largest reported plaintiff verdicts/settlements.

Mr. Paulus is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Platte County Bar Association, the Clay County Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Missouri State Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Kansas City Chapter of the same organization.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (50%): Employment Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer, Employment Law - Employer

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Class Action/Mass Torts (20%): Class Actions

Employment Litigation (10%): Employment Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer, Employment Law - Employer

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Class Actions

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017

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About Ryan Paulus

Admitted: 2007, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://cornerstonefirm.com/attorney-ryan-m-paulus/

Honors/Awards:

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers: “Best Law Firms”
  • Bronze Star, President of the United States
  • The National Trial Lawyers: “Top 100”
  • The National Trial Lawyers: “Top 40 under 40”
  • Super Lawyers Magazine: “Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars”
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly: “Largest Reported Plaintiff Verdicts/Settlements”
  • Kansas City Business Journal: “Best of the Bar”
  • Avvo: “10.0 Superb”

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution, University of Missouri School of Law, 2007

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Member
  • Platte County Bar Association, Member
  • Clay County Bar Association, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Missouri State Bar Association, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Kansas City Chapter, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Missouri

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • CLE Speaker on Missouri Legal Issues: Employment Law Update, Speaker, Eighth Circuit NELA 2014 Employment Law Conference, 2014
  • CLE speaker on how to build and manage a law practice, Speaker, Step into your legal career, 2014

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Confidential v. Confidential. $195,000 age discrimination settlement, 2015
  • Confidential v. Confidential $72,000.00 Disability discrimination settlement, 2015
  • Confidential v. Confidential $270,000.00 Race discrimination and Retaliation settlement., 2015
  • Confidential v. Confidential, $100,000.00 workers compensation retaliation settlement, 2015
  • Confidential v. Confidential. $232,000.00 age discrimination settlement, 2015
  • Confidential v. Confidential. $82,000.00 disability discrimination settlement, 2015
  • Confidential v. Confidential. $90,000.00 race discrimination settlement, 2015
  • Myers v. City of Kansas City Missouri. $250,000.00 settlement in a disability discrimination case., 2014
  • Tanisha Ross-Paige vs. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Board of Police CommissionersCase Conclusion Date: March 21, 2014Practice Area: Employment / LaborOutcome: 7.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict for the PlaintiffDescription: Sexual harassment and retaliation claim against police department by police officer.
  • Peter Uwaeke et al. vs. Swope Community Enterprises Inc. et al.Case Conclusion Date: February 3, 2014Practice Area: Class ActionOutcome: $1.15 Million Dollar court approved settlement for Plaintiffs.Description: FLSA collective action to recover unpaid overtime pay for social workers.
  • William P. Griffin vs. City of Kansas City MissouriCase Conclusion Date: March 26, 2014Practice Area: Employment / LaborOutcome:$154,654.70 judgment for the PlaintiffDescription: Disability discrimination and retaliation claim against Kansas City by a former employee.

Educational Background:

  • University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 2004
Office Location for Ryan M. Paulus

8350 North St. Clair Avenue
Suite 225
Kansas City, MO 64151

Phone: 816-581-4040

Fax: 816-741-8889

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Last Updated: 8/6/2018

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