Timothy W. Monsees

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Monsees & Mayer, P.C.
 | 4717 Grand Avenue, Suite 820
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-361-5555
Fax: 816-361-5577
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

A co-founder of Monsees & Mayer, P.C., Timothy W. Monsees is one of the region's most highly regarded personal injury and wrongful death litigation attorneys. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, he represents clients throughout the metropolitan area who have suffered harm as a result of the negligence of other parties. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Texas, Mr. Monsees is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th Circuits.  In October 2017, Mr. Monsees was admitted to the United States Supreme Court. 

Mr. Monsees has been able to obtain numerous sizable settlements and jury awards for his clients in cases arising out of truck and other motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and products liability. As a result, he has been selected for membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. These successes have also resulted in other recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Monsees has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Monsees pursued his legal education at the University of Missouri School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1981. Upon graduation, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, membership in which is limited to law students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. Mr. Monsees spent the first several years of his career as an insurance defense attorney, and this experience has allowed him to anticipate the types of tactics he faces as a plaintiff's attorney. He is the author of "Preparing for a Personal Injury Case" and several other published works.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Products (50%): Products Liability

Professional Liability (20%): Legal Malpractice

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Insurance Coverage (10%): Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

Products Liability, Legal Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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About Timothy Monsees

Admitted: 1981, Missouri

Professional Webpage: https://monseesmayer.com/Attorneys/Timothy-W-Monsees/

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2008 - Present
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National Finalist, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Student Trial Competition, 1981
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the field of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Chosen Best of the Bar, 2003
  • Order of the Coif
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Kansas – Missouri Super Lawyers, 2006 – Present
  • '10 Best' Attorneys in State of Missouri, Client Satisfaction
  • Chosen Best of the Bar, 2013
  • Order of the Barristers
  • National Registry of Who's Who

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 2018
  • United States Supreme Court, 2017
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Chair, Tort Law Committee, 1999
  • SSI - Assistant Scuba Instructor, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1994
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2014
  • PADI-Advanced Open Water Scuba Certification
  • Missouri, 1981
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Eagles
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1996
  • Missouri Bar, Sustaining Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1987
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 2010
  • Jefferson Club, University of Missouri at Columbia, Sustaining Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2016
  • Attorney Information Exchange Group, Member
  • Texas, 1986
  • Kansas Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
  • Volunteer Attorney Project, Chair, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2006
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Sustaining Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2014
  • SSI-Dive Control Specialist Scuba Certification
  • Kansas, 1994
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Member
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1981

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • VAP (Volunteer Attorney Project) - Committee Chairman 2003-2006; Chairman of their annual fundraising golf tournament.
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Eagles
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation - President; the largest charitable law foundation in Kansas City annually grants over $30,000 to other needy charitable organizations.
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association awarded Monsees, Miller, Mayer, Presley, & Amick the Robert C. Welch Volunteer Attorney Project Award for 2005 as the law firm which had contributed the most to the Volunteer Attorney Project.
  • VAP provides legal services to low-income individuals; It is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Missouri; our firm routinely accepts cases for pro bono representation from VAP in addition to those we are required to accept through court appointment. In 2005, our law firm contributed over 500 hours of service to VAP and under-privileged clients directed to our firm by VAP.
  • Major sponsor and presenter for 2005-2018 Missouri Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Ethical Considerations: Settlement, Uninsured Underinsured Motorist Law in Missouri, National Business Institute CLE, 2000
  • Trial of the Wrongful Death Case: "Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in Missouri, Lorman Education Services CLE, 2001
  • "Settling UM/UIM Claims in Kansas", 11/2005
  • "UM/UIM in Kansas" 3/2006
  • H.B. 393-One Year Later" 6/2006
  • "The Law Behind the Liens" 6/2007
  • "Civil Jury Trial Demonstration" 1/2008
  • "Expert Witnesses-Putting or Taking Off" 6/2008
  • "Evidence-Getting out of the Magnifying Glass" 6/2008
  • "From Start to Finish-Trial Strategy and Preserving Your Record on Appeal" 6/2009
  • "10 Commandments of Legal Malpractice" 8/2010
  • "How to be Successful in Mediation" 5/2011
  • Gun Storage Liability in the Wake of Long v. Turk, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Journal, September, 1999
  • "When Insurance Companies Say No-First and Third Party Remedies" 6/2011
  • Trial Tip - Find the Dastardly Deed, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Journal, Winter, 1999
  • "How to Avoid Legal Malpractice Suit and Defend Yourself" 6/2011
  • Wrongful Death in Missouri
  • "Opening Statements" 5/2013
  • Wrongful Death Trial Strategy
  • "Case within a Case" 6/2013
  • Evidence Deskbook, Opinion Evidence and Expert Testimony, Mo Bar CLE Publications, 2006
  • "Civil Trial Demonstration" 5/2013
  • Represent Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Claims, Achieving Successful Outcomes and Overcoming Obstacles in Malpractice Litigation, Aspatore, 2012
  • "I Just Got Sued for Malpractice, Now What?", Solo Small Firm Conference, CLE 2016
  • Preparing for a Personal Injury Case, Aspatore, 2013
  • "Appellate Tips -The View from the Podium", Solo Small Firm Conference CLE 2016
  • “Opening Statements” – 06/2014
  • The Intentional Acts Exclusion 1993 - The Year in Review, Missouri Bar CLE
  • Use of Paralegals at Trial, Practical and Ethical Considerations, Missouri Bar Solo Small Firm Conference, 2003
  • Federal Practice: Rule 26(a) in the Real World, An Outline for Maximizing its Virtues and Minimizing the Pitfalls, KCMBA Federal Court CLE, 1995
  • Navigating the Troubled Waters of Tort Reform, Missouri Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, June 2005
  • Laying the Foundation - Update on Demonstrative Evidence Case Law, Maximizing Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys CLE, 1995
  • Trial Lawyer’s Successful Trial Tips: What They Learned , Missouri Bar Association, October 2005
  • Missouri Tort Law Update, 15 Hour Review of the Law, UMKC CLE, 1996
  • Evidence Deskbook – Expert Testimony, Missouri Bar Association CLE Publications, 2006
  • Accident Reconstruction, Personal Injury Cases: A Practical Approach, KCMBA CLE, 1997
  • Evidentiary Essentials for Small Firms, Missouri Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, June 2008
  • Discovery of the Plaintiff's Medical and Employment History, Hot Topics in Personal Injury Litigation, University of Missouri-Columbia CLE, 1997
  • Sources of Proof Deskbook – Exhibit and Demonstrative Evidence, Missouri Bar Association CLE Publications, 2014
  • 1997 Torts and Civil Actions Update, Annual Law Update, Missouri Bar CLE, 1997
  • Cross Examination of Expert Witness, Missouri Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, 2007
  • Missouri Tort Law Update, 15 Hour Review of the Law, UMKC CLE, 1997
  • The Art of Persuasion, Missouri Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, 2009
  • 1998 Torts and Civil Actions Update, Annual Law Update, Missouri Bar CLE, 1998
  • Evidence Deskbook, Opinion Evidence and Expert Testimony, Mo Bar CLE Publications, 2006, 2014
  • Missouri Tort Law Update - 15 Hour Review of the Law, UMKC CLE, 1998
  • Taking and Defending Depositions, UMKC CLE, 1998
  • Trial Strategy - The Beginning of the End, Bad Faith Litigation in Missouri, National Business Institute CLE, 1998
  • What Constitutes Bad Faith? Insurance Bad Faith for Missouri Paralegals, National Business Institute CLE, 1999

Representative Clients:

  • Lewis v St. Joseph News-Press & Gazette Co., 782 F. Supp. 1338
  • Bradley v. Ameristep, Inc., 800 F. 3d 205 (6th Cir. 2015)
  • Hopfinger v Kidder International, Inc., 827 F. Supp 1444
  • Nail v Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP, 2013 WL 2179183 (2013 Mo. App.)
  • O'neal v. Remington Arms, Co., LLC., 803 F.3d 974 (8th Cir. 2015)
  • McCue v . State of Kansas, Department of Human Resources, 165 F. 3d 784
  • Stuart v State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 699 S.W. 2d 450
  • Seamon v Remington Arms Co., LLC (in re Estate of Seamon), 813 F. 3d 983 (11th Cir. 2016)

Educational Background:

  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, B.S., Major: Public Administration – 1977

Industry Groups

  • Firearms
  • Tree Stands
Office Location for Timothy W. Monsees

4717 Grand Avenue
Suite 820
Kansas City, MO 64112

Phone: 816-361-5555

Fax: 816-361-5577

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Last Updated: 6/30/2019

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