Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts:

  • $11 Defective Product
  • $7.2 Million Pool Drowning
  • $7 Million Auto Accident
  • $6.5 Truck Collision
  • $5.1 Million Asbestos Claim
  • $4.6 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.75 Million Premises Liability
  • $2.2 Million Work Injury Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Truck Accident
  • $2.0 Million Product Liability
  • $1.9 Million Auto Accident
  • $1.5 Million Motorcycle Accident

Over $450 Million in Settlements & Verdicts. Most recent: $4.6 million truck accident

Edelman & Thompson 2017 Sponsorships

Ban Johnson Amateur Baseball League

The League’s summer baseball program featured many of Kansas City’s top college players and celebrated its 90th birthday this year. Edelman & Thompson sponsored a team in this program and was excited to see them place second in the league.

Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Club

Edelman & Thompson sponsored the T-Bones’ Hits for Heroes program for the fourth consecutive year. We gave $10 to the VFW for each T-Bones hit at home games this season, which brought this year’s donation to $4,080 and our total donations to over $15,000.

AIDS Walk

All money raised at the AIDS Walk stays in Kansas City and benefits several organizations that provide services and resources for the more than 5,700 Kansas Citians affected by HIV/AIDS. We were pleased to sponsor this year’s walk, which raised over $529,000.

CCVI Trolley Run

All funds raised from the Trolley Run benefit the local Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI). We enjoyed sponsoring this event and supporting CCVI’s mission to enable children who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their full potential in the sighted world.

March of Dimes – March for Babies and Bikers for Babies

The March of Dimes walk/run and motorcycle ride raise awareness of premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Bikers for Babies passed a new milestone this year – KC bikers have now raised more than $9 million over the past 23 years! We were proud to sponsor these events and help give every baby a fighting chance.

Heart & Stroke Walk/5K Run

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We were proud to endorse this mission, and were also pleased that this year’s Walk/5K Run raised over $660,000 to help fight heart disease and stroke!

Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury

Since the first run in honor of Amy Thompson was held in 1988, more than $1.5 million has been raised to help people with brain injuries. We were pleased to sponsor this year’s run and advocate for brain injury awareness and prevention while honoring the memory of a remarkable young woman.

Royals Charities 5K Run/Walk

Royals Charities supports Kansas City in many ways by benefiting children, education, youth baseball/softball and the military. We were proud to sponsor an organization that does so much good for our community, and were excited to see more than $120,000 raised in support of their mission.

Olathe Criterium

We were pleased to sponsor the Olathe Criterium cycling race, and were very proud to see one of our attorneys, Brett Coppage, finish 11th in his category!

Walk to Defeat ALS

We support the ALS Association’s mission to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering those affected by the disease to live fuller lives by providing them compassionate care and support. Donations to the walk far surpassed the event goal of $435,000!

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

It was an honor to join Susan G. Komen in their fight to save lives and end breast cancer forever. 75% of net proceeds from the race stayed right here in KC to help fund programs including screening, diagnostics and treatment services. The other 25% will fund national research efforts.

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

The American Cancer Society has played a crucial part in the discovery of many breast cancer treatments, and money raised from this walk could go towards the discovery of more lifesaving developments. We’re proud to endorse their efforts in research, risk reduction, early detection and providing resources to patients and caregivers.

James Thompson has become the legal “Ask the Expert” monthly guest on KC Live on KSHB. Today, January 27th, was the first show and it was very well received. James spoke about how to ensure you have the right type and the right amount of insurance if you are involved in an auto accident. Click on the link and and learn all about it.

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More than $207,000 raised for local charities.

Kansas City Royals fans have been treated to an exciting season of baseball this year, and these grateful fans are paying it forward by supporting the Royals Charities’ 50/50 raffle in a big way. So far this season, more than $414,000 has been raised, with half that amount going to local charities and the other half to the lucky fans holding the winning ticket at each of the Royals’ home games. Edelman & Thompson has been proud to partner with Royals Charities this season and thanks every fan who went to the ballpark and supported this effort.

The courage to make our communities safer – and better
by James Thompson and Ron Edelman
Partners, Edelman & Thompson

Too often it takes a tragedy to bring to light unsafe practices that need changing: a child drowns in a swimming pool, an infant pulls over a small dresser, an exhausted truck driver crosses the yellow line, a woman is left unattended in a hospital bathroom.

For over 20 years, the attorneys at Edelman & Thompson have helped our clients and their families tell their stories and bring about changes so that other families need not suffer the same injury. Our clients have had the courage to speak out and make something positive for others out of the tragedies they have endured. It’s been our privilege to fight alongside our clients to make our communities safer – and better.

Some of our serious injury cases have brought about changes in the law, changes in industry practices and changes at individual workplaces. It’s one of the tremendous satisfactions of our role as attorneys to join with our clients to bring about these kinds of meaningful changes.

Not every case we take breaks new ground or sets new legal precedents, but every case makes a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

Over the years, the lawyers at Edelman & Thompson have won numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for the clients we represent. Partner James Thompson is a member of the exclusive Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, limited to attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

The fact that our firm has successfully handled so many major cases and verdicts is one measure of our attorneys’ ability to handle serious injury cases and complex litigation.

Here is a partial list of major settlements and verdicts.

  • $8.5 million product liability
  • $7.2 million pool drowning
  • $5.1 million asbestos claim
  • $4.6 million truck accident
  • $2.75 million premises liability
  • $2.2 million work injury truck accident
  • $2.0 million truck accident
  • $2.0 million product liability
  • $1.9 million auto accident
  • $1.5 million motorcycle accident

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Many injury victims try to go it alone. Remember this when you get a call from a friendly-sounding insurance company representative: that person’s job is to settle your claim for the least amount possible. How will you know whether the offer is fair? Are you getting all the medical benefits you deserve? What are your future medical needs? Are they paying what is fair for your injury, your pain and suffering, and your economic losses?

Veteran litigator with 20 years experience as in-house counsel for a major insurance company joins our team

Leah Mason, a veteran litigator with 20 years experience as an in-home counsel for a major insurance company, has joined the Edelman & Thompson team.

Ron Edelman, a partner in Edelman & Thompson, said, “Leah brings a tremendous amount of experience and insight into how insurance companies handle the claims of injury victims. Her perspective will be a major benefit to our clients when we face off with insurance company attorneys to win for our clients the compensation they deserve for their injuries.”

Mason said, “I am excited to begin a new phase in my career, and use my experience in handling insurance claims on behalf of injury victims. I have known and respected the legal team at Edelman & Thompson for many years. They are known for their skill, determination and tenacity in representing their clients. I’m proud to join the team here at Edelman & Thompson.”

Mason practices exclusively in the area of personal injury, representing clients in both Kansas and Missouri state and federal courts. She has tried numerous jury trials in her career, and has extensive experience mediating cases and resolving complicated coverage and insurance issues.

She said, “My 20 years of experience defending cases for a major insurance company gives me a unique perspective and first-hand understanding of the issues surrounding the claims process from the insurance company’s point-of-view. My experience allows me to represent our clients with the knowledge and expertise needed to successfully handle their cases.”

Mason graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism in 1988. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1990.

Mason is an active member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. She is a 2006 graduate of the Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, and participated on that steering committee for three years. She was the vice-chairman of the Bar Association’s Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in 2008, and served as chairman in 2009, a position which earned her the KCMBA President’s award that year. In 2010, she served as president of the Bar’s Diversity Committee and held that position on the Bar Association’s Board of Directors. She accepted the Bar Association’s Outstanding Continuing Legal Education Contributor award on behalf of the Diversity Committee in 2010. She continues to serve as a Board member for the Bar Association, and has co-chaired the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the past two years, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bar Association’s Foundation. For the past 6 years Leah has volunteered as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau as well. She is a member of the Missouri, Kansas and Clay County Bar Associations.

Beyond her Bar Association activities, she has been active in school, church and community organizations. She taught Sunday School at her church for 13 years, and served as the Parent-Teacher Organization treasurer at her children’s elementary and middle schools.

She served on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency from 2007-2009, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Books for All Foundation which provides books to children, as well as specialized books for children with disabilities.

Leah and her husband Mike have two sons, Brent and Brock.

A Missouri court of appeals handed a victory to Edelman & Thompson and its client Phong Tran, allowing him to collect a $1.4 million jury verdict. In 2009, James Thompson and Brendan Buckley of Edelman & Thompson obtained the verdict in Cass County, Missouri court on behalf of Mr. Tran, a Federal Express truck driver injured in a head-on collision. In addition to that verdict, Ron Edelman and Steffanie Stracke successfully handled a separate workers’ compensation claim. The issue on appeal involved whether the other driver was operating her vehicle while in the course of her employment. If the court had ruled she was not driving as part of her employment, her insurance would not have been sufficient to cover the full verdict. Brendan Buckley said, “It was a drawn-out legal battle to get our client the compensation he deserved in this complicated case, but the trial and appellate team went the extra mile obtain justice for our client.”

Carl Mueller, a State Judge of the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation, has retired from that position after 20 years of service to join Edelman and Thompson. James Thompson, a partner in Edelman and Thompson, said, “With 20 years of experience hearing workers’ compensation cases, Judge Mueller brings to our firm and our clients a very unique perspective and understanding of workers’ compensation law. We believe he will add a level of experience to our team unmatched by any other law firm in the area.” Former Missouri Workers Compensation Judge Mueller said, “I chose Edelman & Thompson based on their proven record of results for injured workers. They are ethical, professional and they always obtained excellent results for their clients. Their reputation among all the judges is that they are first-rate lawyers. I saw a lot of attorneys in my time as a judge, and I can say that Edelman & Thompson’s team is the most effective in representing their clients. It’s a privilege to join this exceptional team.” Mueller said his 20 years as a workers’ compensation judge will be a major asset to his practice as an attorney. He said he believes strongly in the need for workers to be represented by an attorney in workers’ compensation claims. “I have watched workers for 20 years go through the workers’ compensation process. Very simply, if a worker has an attorney representing them, he or she will likely receive a better settlement – not only in terms of dollars but in terms of future medical benefits. I would recommend to anyone with an injury that they get an experienced attorney like those at Edelman & Thompson to represent their interests in this process.” Mueller grew up in Moberly, Missouri and attended Truman State University in Kirksville. He earned a law degree and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Mueller is licensed to practice in Missouri, Kansas and Texas. He and his wife Jill have two children, Garrett and Grant. Garrett is attending Missouri State University and Grant will be attending Emerson College in Boston this fall. Mueller was the first Missouri workers’ compensation judge ever to complete the National Judicial College’s Administrative Law Adjudication Skills program and is certified under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17 to mediate civil cases. From 1992 through 2011, Mueller mediated 7,630 cases, approved 11,477 settlements and conducted 575 hearings. Mueller is actively involved in community outreach through his church, Lee’s Summit Community Church. He is the former board president of Summit Christian Academy.

Edelman & Thompson has 5 locations in the Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas City, Kansas.

Disclaimer: Edelman & Thompson believe that the choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Choosing a lawyer is an important step in protecting your rights. Call us, then decide. Office visits are by appointment only. Settlements and verdicts depend on the facts of each case. Past success does not guarantee success in any future cases. Costs and expenses will be advanced and reimbursed to us only if you recover. You have no liability for costs or expenses unless a court directs.