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March 3, 2017

James Bartimus Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

 James Bartimus has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.   The induction ceremony at which James Bartimus became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 600 persons during the recent 2017 Spring Meeting of the College in Boca Raton Florida.   Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.   Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission. The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.   James Bartimus is a partner in the firm of Bartimus, Frickleton and Robertson, P.C. and has been practicing in this city for 40 years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law.

February 13, 2017

Family of boy killed on water slide speaks out: 'We’re still hurting, but we're going to be OK

The Schwab family recently spoke with ABC regarding the tragic accident and death of their son, Caleb Schwab.  See link for the full article.  http://abcnews.go.com/US/family-boy-killed-waterslide-speaks-hurting/story?id=45445546

January 5, 2017

Michelle Marvel Appointed to Seve on Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City for 2017

 Michelle Marvel was appointed to serve on the 2017 Board of Directors for the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. Michelle is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of women’s issues in the legal profession and in the community. She has served on the AWL Board since 2013. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Fundraising Committee. She also serves as a mentor in the AWL Connections program.

December 15, 2016

Jim Bartimus Named as one of Ingram's Magazine's 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Kansas City

Jim Bartimus was recently named as one of Ingram's Magazine's 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Kansas City.  In a greater metropolitan area of over 2.77 million people, this award is considered to an incredible honor.  Each honoree was considered a "slam dunk" choice by Ingram's to be a "pillar of commerce" and a "driver behind business being done in the Greater Kansas City area region".  Congratulations, Jim!

December 15, 2016

Jim Bartimus Named as one of Ingram's Magazine's 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Kansas City

Jim Bartimus was recently named as one of Ingram's Magazine's 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Kansas City.  In a greater metropolitan area of over 2.77 million people, this award is considered to an incredible honor.  Each honoree was considered a "slam dunk" choice by Ingram's to be a "pillar of commerce" and a "driver behind business being done in the Greater Kansas City area region".  Congratulations, Jim!

January 17, 2017

Michael Rader leads litigation team that recently settled the wrongful death and personal injury cases surrounding the tragic death of 10 year-old Caleb Schwab at the Schlitterbahn Water Park

Michael Rader leads litigation team that recently settled the wrongful death and personal injury cases surrounding the tragic death of 10 year-old Caleb Schwab at the Schlitterbahn Water Park.  The settling parties include Schlitterbahn and Zebec, an Ohio raft manufacturer.  Claims remain against a Florida mechanical engineer that inspected and tested the slide along with the contracting company that designed and built the waterslide.  See linked article for details.  http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article125880149.html

November 8, 2016

Mike Meyer Asked to Participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign for 2017

Bartimus, Frickleton and Robertson is happy to announce that Mike Meyer has been asked to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign for 2017.  The campaign is a 10-week spirited competition to raise funds to help find cures for blood cancers and provide all patients access to treatment.  

November 1, 2016

James Bartimus Awarded Compassion for the Homeless Award

James Bartimus was Awarded the City Union Mission's Compassion for the Homeless Award.  Bartimus started the weekly tradition of making ham and cheese sandwiches for the homeless over 20 years ago in the firm's kitchen every Tuesday morning.  It is estimated that the firm has donated over $100,000 worth of supplies for sandwiches since the program's inception.  Every Tuesday morning about 10:00 a.m., all of the employees gather in the kitchen to assemble ham and cheese sandwiches and then re-bag to send to City Union Mission.  It is estimated that the firm makes around 350 sandwiches per week. 


October 12, 2016

Michelle Marvel Appointed President-Elect for the 2017 KCMBA Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors

Michelle Marvel was appointed as the President-Elect for the 2017 KCMBA Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors.

October 4, 2016

BFR Attorneys Selected as Best of the Bar 2016

Jim BartimusMike Rader and Michelle Marvel were selected as 2016 "Best of the Bar" honorees by the Kansas City Business Journal.  The publication showcases 198 lawyers selected by their peers as the top attorneys in private practice in the Kansas City metro area.

September 12, 2016

James Bartimus and Mike Meyer Resolve Three Birth Injury Cases

James Bartimus and Mike Meyer successfully resolved 3 cases involving birth injuries this summer—all for confidential amounts.

September 6, 2016

James Bartimus Invited to Speak at Trial Lawyer Conventions

James Bartimus was an invited speaker on the topic of cross examination to the Louisiana Association of Justice in September; the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association-both in August.  Additionally, Jim was a presenter for the summer meeting of The Summit Council—of which he is a member.  Jim and Dr Jerry Tremblay of this office both were invited speakers on the topic of birth injuries to 360 Advocacy seminar in Las Vegas.  Jim will be a guest speaker to the South Carolina Trial Lawyers in December.

August 10, 2016

BFR Employee Lisa Groves Bax Receives Therapy Dog to Help Children in Courtroom

Lisa Groves Bax, from our Jefferson City office, received a Therapy Dog from Brandon McMillan with the CBS Series Lucky Dog (which airs on Saturday mornings).  Lisa contacted Mr. McMillan after having the idea that a therapy dog would greatly help children she volunteers with through CASA (Capital City Court-Appointed Special Advocates) program, which connects children in the legal system who have been abused, neglected or found in unstable homes with adult advocates to represent them.

Olive arrived in Jefferson City, along with Mr. McMillan to shoot an episode surrounding Lisa's work with the CASA program.  Olive is now officially part of Lisa's family, which includes her husband Danny, and their other dog, Diva, an 7 year old chocolate lab. 

Having been skillfully trained by McMillan, Olive's new job duties will include accompanying Lisa to the court where the children can play with, hold and find comfort in having a loving animal present in a normally stressful situation. 

For the complete story, see http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2016/jul/31/lucky-dog-lucky-courtroom/633936/


July 21, 2016

Mike Meyer Appointed to Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts Board of Directors

Bartimus, Frickleton and Robertson is happy to announce that Mike Meyer has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA). The KCVLAA is a non-for-profit organization of attorneys and accountants who provide pro bono services and educational programs to artists in the greater Kansas City community.  Mr. Meyer has been actively volunteering with the KCVLAA since law school, and is proud to be taking on a larger role in the organization.

June 28, 2016

BFR is featured on KMBC 9 News regarding its over 20 year tradition of making sandwiches weekly for the homeless, given to the City Union Mission.  See link: http://www.kmbc.com/news/law-firm-makes-tradition-of-making-lunches-for-city-union-mission/40262708


May 27, 2016

Mike Rader and Michelle Marvel win an appeal on behalf of a family who’s 12 year old daughter died from an electrical shock. 

Click on attached link for details. http://salina.com/news/local/appeals-court-sends-hicks-case-against-city-of-salina-back/article_d6ceea98-c1a8-5d56-95af-37577b384a93.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

May 9, 2016

The British Medical Journal recently released an article showing that “medical errors” in hospitals and other health-care facilities are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year.  Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.  Click the link below for more information. 


April 12, 2016

Jim Bartimus is recognized in a Chapter in the BlueBook Law Society http://www.bluebooksociety.com/profiles/james-bartimus/ for his recognized change in the case law in his case http://www.bluebooksociety.com/spotlights/ogrady-v-brown/.  O'Grady v. Brown recognized a change in Missouri's Wrongful Death Statute. 

February 29, 2016

Rader Settles Wrongful Death Suit for Policy Limits

Rader Settles Wrongful Death Suit for Policy Limits

Michael Rader settled a Missouri wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a young family for $250,000.00.  A young man was operating his motorcycle southbound on Wornall Road when another driver negligently pulled from a parking lot into the southbound lanes causing a violent collision.  As a result, the young man died at the scene of the accident.  He left behind a wife and two young children.  After navigating through complex insurance issues, working with accident investigators and retaining experts, Mike was able to resolve the case for the maximum amount recoverable.     

February 25, 2016

Chip Robertson Part of Team Securing $434 Million Judgment--Second Largest in Missouri for 2016

Bartimus Frickleton & Robertson partner Chip Robertson was part of the team which recently secured a $434 Million Judgment against the Hospital Corporate of America after the company failed to make improvements to urban hospitals it purchased.  The law firm of Seyferth, Blumenthal & Harris, who represented the plaintiff Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City in the case, brought in Robertson to assist with the legal strategy and help navigate through complex legal issues.  Robertson will be further involved when the case reaches the appellate courts. 

February 16, 2016

Kip Robertson Achieves $500,000 Policy Limits Settlement for Bicyclist Struck by Car.

Bartimus, Frickleton & Robertson partner Kip Robertson recently achieved a $500,000 policy limits settlement on behalf of a bicyclist who suffered serious injuries when struck by a car at an intersection.  The underlying driver carried $250,000 in automobile liability coverage and the bicyclist had an additional $250,000 in underinsured motorist coverage.  Robertson was able to obtain both policy limits, the maximum insurance coverage available, on behalf of the bicyclist.   

January 26, 2016

Beware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning When Shoveling Snow Around a Running Car

The organization KidsAndCars recently reported that a 23 year old mother and her son died of carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in a running car while the child's father was shoveling snow out from around the vehicle.  The tailpipe of the car was covered in snow, causing deadly carbon monoxide to leak inside the car.   Anytime a car is turned on following a heavy snow, the operator should check to make sure that ice and snow are not blocking the car's tailpipe.  Bartimus, Frickleton & Robertson partner Jim Bartimus serves on the Board of the KidsandCars organization.   

February 2, 2016

Tony Dewitt Helps Uncover Health Care Fraud Perpetrated Against the Federal Government.   

The former owner and operator of a Houston area ambulance company, National Care EMS recently agreed to settle allegations that his company provided kickbacks to nursing facilities and hospitals in exchange for rights to those institutions' Medicare and Medicaid transport referrals.  The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits offering, paying, soliciting or receiving payment to induce referrals of services covered by federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.  The case alleged that National Care EMS provided free and heavily discounted ambulance transports to various nursing facilities in exchange for the referral of other Medicare and Medicaid business.  The settlement resulted from a coordinated effort among the US Attorney's office and Texas Attorney General's office.  Bartimus, Frickleton & Robertson partner Tony Dewitt represented Dan Block, the EMS executive who blew the whistle on the company's fraud and received a share of the recovery. 

February 1, 2016

Tony Dewitt Appointed to Board of Directors of the Allergy and Asthma Network

Bartimus, Frickleton & Robertson is proud to announce that Tony Dewitt has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Allergy and Asthma Network.  The Allergy and Asthma Network is a non profit organization goals include improving patient and physician education in the management and treatment of asthma and allergies.  Mr. Dewitt also serves on the board of the American Respiratory Care Foundation.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Dewitt spent 13 years as a registered respiratory therapist.

January 6, 2016

Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson recently received the Trial Care Award from the American Association for Justice.  AAJ gives the Trial Care Aware to individuals or firms with outstanding community outreach. 

From the article ....

"People who work at Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson in Leawood, Kansas, take part in many community service activities, but the one that brings them all together each week to roll up their sleeves is sandwich-making. Every Tuesday, they put together more than 350 ham and cheese sandwiches for the City Union Mission, a homeless shelter in Kansas City. “It’s all hands on deck,” said partner Jim Bartimus, explaining that everyone at the firm participates, and some clients have joined in as well. “People love it,” he said. “It’s unusual.”

Bartimus started the tradition more than 22 years ago, and the firm hasn’t missed a week since. The firm buys the ingredients wholesale from a local grocery store. It started as 50 sandwiches, and then 100, and it grew from there; over the years, the firm has donated more than $100,000 to the cause.  

People at the firm also volunteer together for other causes. Once a month, several of them volunteer at the local food pantry, and the firm allows paid time off for employees to participate. Through the nonprofit Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance and Operation Breakthrough, which supports children who live in poverty, some members of the firm read with kids weekly.

“For many years, the partners have encouraged all attorneys and staff members to participate in charity endeavors for whatever organizations they choose, as well as firm-supported work,” said Kim Millican, the firm’s business manager. “We must set the bar and be the example to others out there.  We can all do more, all the time.  We have to think about the impact we can have on others’ lives through our giving.”

Partner Chip Robertson started a charitable foundation, Christmas Present, Inc., that funds more than 500 gifts for families in need during the holiday season. He saw a need for children whose parents and family members couldn’t provide gifts for them, and he wanted to step in. The office now buys and wraps gifts to be distributed in the area.

Jim and Dana Bartimus started the Dana James Charitable Foundation to help children in need.  They regularly contribute to causes that provide relief for children who need it. The firm has also contributed significantly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital, the local children’s hospital in Kansas City, to fund research.

Bartimus said that once, when he was getting ready to depose a local doctor he was suing, the doctor mentioned that he’d heard Bartimus had donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The doctor told him, “I can’t thank you enough,” explaining that his daughter has leukemia.

“There’s so much need out there,” Bartimus said. “We’re supposed to be lawyers and leaders in our community. We can’t bury our heads in the sand and hope someone else does it.”


December 29, 2015

The American Journal of Trial Advocacy recently published an article by Tony DeWitt entitled Detecting Juror Deception in Voir Dire.

December 2, 2015

Tony DeWitt was nominated for a position on the board of the Allergy and Asthma Network, a non-profit group that provides education and support for families with Allergy and Asthma issues.

December 15, 2015

Tony DeWitt was recognized by the Missouri Bar in the CLE Spotlight column.

December 15, 2015

MIchelle Marvel named as 2016 KCMBA Board of Directors at Secretary.

December 21, 2015

Michelle Marvel named as 2016 Board of Directors for the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas city as the Judicial Committee Vice Chair.

October 1, 2015

BFR Attorneys chosen as Best of the Bar 2015.

September 17, 2015

Michelle Marvel was chosen as a Board Member for LEAP.  LEAP stands for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Excellence.  The purpose for creating our organization was to partner members for the legal profession with underprivileged children.

September 29, 2015

Michelle Marvel was selected as a member of the 2016 Board for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Young Lawyers' Section Nominating Committee.  Michelle currently holds office as Secretary for the Executive Committee.

October 16, 2015

Mike Rader was elected President of the Kansas City Missouri Board of Police Commissioners.

October 20, 2015

Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson attorneys named as Super Lawyers 2015.

Jim Bartimus, Jim Frickleton, Edward D. "Chip" Robertson, Jr., and Mike Rader were all awarded the distinction of Super Lawyers 2015.  Edward D. "Kip" Robertson, Jr. and Michelle Marvel were awarded the distinction of "Rising Stars".  Many in the office were chosen in the "Top 50" of all attorneys in the two-state region.

Being chosen as a Super Lawyer is a tremendous honor, as the award is anonymously chosen by their peers in the field of law.

June 10, 2015

GM Recall

General Motors has announced the recall of 7.6 million additional vehicles sold in the United States. The new recalls are related to a defect in the ignition switch, which can cause the car’s engine to automatically turn off and prevent the airbags from deploying while the vehicle is in motion.   The faulty ignition switches have been linked to 54 crashes and at least 13 deaths, and experts say they expect this number to grow.   Recalled vehicles include: 2010-2014 Chevy Camaro2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt2006-2011 Chevy HHR2006-2007 Daewoo G2X2006-2007 Opel/Vauxhall GT2008-2010 Opel GT2007-2010 Pontiac G52006-2010 Pontiac Solstice2003-2007 Saturn Ion2006-2011 Saturn Sky   It has been reported that GM was aware of the problem since 2001, but failed to implement a nationwide recall until earlier this year. It would have cost GM as little as 57 cents per vehicle to rectify the defect and save hundreds of people from injury.   Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars that are safe, and to promptly correct any known safety defects. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers include: Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; andPunitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct. If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving families members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.   If you or a loved one has been affected, please contact the law offices of BFR today.

June 4, 2015

Morcellator Pulled from Global Market 

Johnson & Johnson announced July 30, 2014 that it would pull its power morcellator from the global market. The company's Ethicon unit will issue a worldwide letter to customers to return power morcellator tools, which slice up uterine tissue into smaller pieces so it can be removed in minimally invasive surgery.   The company already suspended sales of the surgical tools in April of 2014 following an FDA advisory warning which linked the tool to the spreading of dangerous cancer cells in women. Spreading of these cancerous cells can significantly decrease a patient’s chance of long-term survival, especially for those who have a previous history of uterine cancer. At the time Johnson & Johnson defended the safety of the tool, but said it was waiting for a definitive decision from the FDA.   While the risks of cutting up cancer inside the body were long known, the risk that a woman with presumed fibroids actually had sarcoma was widely believed to be so small—1 in 10,000—that most gynecologists rarely even mentioned it to patients.   But after a high-profile case in Boston, the medical field began re-evaluating that risk. In April, the FDA said women undergoing surgery for fibroids have a 1 in 350 risk that the growths are actually cancerous. Power morcellators could spread undetected tumorous cells into the abdomen and pelvic region. Before the advisory warning was issued in April 2014, the FDA estimated that the device was used in about 50,000 uterine surgeries each year.   The FDA has not issued a definitive decision yet on the morcellator’s future. But Johnson and Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary plans to initiate a voluntary market withdrawal because of the tools risk in spreading aggressive forms of uterine cancer which doctors are not able to diagnose or detect before the procedure.   As women and families learn that cases of aggressive uterine cancers diagnosed following a laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy may have been caused by morcellation, questions are being raised about why adequate warnings were not provided and whether manufacturers failed to make the device as safe as it could have been.   Uterine fibroid morcellation lawsuits are now being pursued on behalf of individuals diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, endometrial stromal sarcoma or other cancers following a surgery performed with a power morcellator.   If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer following a surgery involving a power morcellator, please contact the law offices of BFR. You may be entitled to compensation for related injuries.    

June 3, 2015

Scope Is Unsafe – Can Cause Injury  

This month, a federal panel of experts determined that two medical endoscopes manufactured by Olympus and also by two other companies was unsafe as designed. It urged federal regulators to do more to protect patients. But what about the patients who may already have been injured by these defective scopes?   According to news sources the device is defective because it cannot be cleaned properly, leading to germs and tissue from one patient sometimes being transferred to other patients. If you or a loved one suffered a severe infection after routine endoscopic surgery (endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, etc.) contact our office. We can help you determine if the scope used was one of the thousands that are unsafe. If it was, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.

May 26, 2015

BFR partner Chip Robertson has been appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court as Co-Chair of the Missouri Municipal Division Work Group, a blue ribbon committee charged with reviewing the workings of the Missouri Municipal Court Divisions throughout the state.  The Supreme Court formed the group to study what is wrong with Missouri’s municipal court system and suggest ways to fix it.  As stated by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “For more than two decades, Edward D. “Chip” Robertson Jr., has stood like a stone fortress protecting judicial integrity in Missouri from those who wish to tear it down.”  Once again, BFR is proud that Chip Robertson will lead this important effort.  For additional information about Chip’s role in defending the integrity of Missouri’s judicial system, see http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/the-platform/editorial-historic-committee-has-missouri-s-judicial-integrity-in-its/article_3b8badf2-ac27-588b-9ce0-05e4d488bd4a.html#.VWIgveC7zGM.mailto

May 22, 2015

Jim Bartimus, a Board Member of KidsandCars.org recognizes National Heat Awareness Day.

Summer hasn't even arrived and already this year two children have died from heatstroke in vehicles. KidsAndCars.org, American Gaming Association, Congressional Fire Services Institute and other national safety groups are joining forces on Friday, May 22, for a 24-hour social media campaign aimed at raising awareness to prevent child heatstroke deaths in vehicles. Please go to http://www.kidsandcars.org/ for more information.

April 27, 2015

The American Journal of Trial Advocacy out of Cumberland Law School is publishing an article by Tony DeWitt entitled Detecting Juror Deception During Voir Dire, which looks at the use of micro expressions and other clues to deception.

April 1, 2015

Xarelto is part of a new class of drugs referred to as new oral anti-coagulants (noacs). These drugs may be prescribed to patients with atrial fibrillation to the risk of clot or stroke or to reduce the risk of deep-vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism, especially following knee or hip replacement surgery. Some patients who take Xarelto suffer potentially life-threatening side effects, including severe gastrointestinal or intracranial bleeding The claims against Xarelto involve failure to adequately warn physicians of the risks and instruct physicians as to the appropriate use of the drug. Plaintiffs are claiming in part that many bleeds suffered by people on the drug could have been prevented. (You should never start or stop taking a prescribed drug without consulting your physician.)