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Jeff Kruse
Mediator and Conflict Resolution Expert

Jeff Kruse

DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERTISE

For over 27 years, I have successfully resolved contentious disputes across the country. I have experienced mediation from all perspectives in dozens of states around the country and in England. I have been the lawyer representing clients during mediations. I have been the client representative as the plaintiff in several mediations. I have also been the client representative as the defendant in over 100 mediations. I have served as the mediator and helped people and companies resolve difficult disputes.

My experience handling mediations includes personal injury claims, consumer disputes, employee conflicts, product liability, breach of contract, corporate disputes, construction matters, securities litigation, and disputes involving government entities including the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General.

From my vast experience in all aspects of dispute resolution, I understand the value of resolving disputes before trial. I am a member of the Association of Missouri Mediators, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, and I am on the approved list of outside mediators for the Mediation and Assessment Program for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. I am also a member of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.

Prior to starting my mediation business, I successfully guided Boston Scientific Corporation, a major medical device manufacturer, through multi-district litigations involving thousands of personal injury lawsuits and thousands of other cases in state court coordinated proceedings across the country. In my role as Chief Litigation Officer, I developed and implemented innovative strategies to resolve thousands of cases.

Mediation is a better way to solve a conflict.

Education

  • J.D. - Washington & Lee University, 1994

  • B.S. - William Jewell College, 1991

    • History

ADMISSIONS:

  • The Missouri Bar

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES:

  • Association of Missouri Mediators

  • American Bar Association

    • Dispute Resolution Section

    • Litigation Section – Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

  • Defense Research Institute

    • Founding Member of the In-House Counsel Break-Out Session of the Annual Drug & Medical Device Seminar

    • Defense of Government Actions Specialized Litigation Group

  • Missouri Bar Association

    • Biotech and Life Sciences Law Committee

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City

AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

  • Global Winning Spirit Award, Product Acquisition Project, April 2015.

  • Value Improvement Award for Law Firm Budgeting Project, April 2015.

  • Team Leader for 11 Legal Department Value Improvement Awards in December 2014.

  • LMG Life Sciences, Product Liability In-House Team of the Year – 2014.

  • LMG Life Sciences, Product Liability Impact Case of the Year for Late Stent Thrombosis Litigation – 2014.

  • Global Value Improvement Programs Gold and Platinum Awards In Recognition for Outstanding Leadership, Legal Document Review RFP – 2010.

  • Global Value Improvement Programs Gold and Platinum Awards In Recognition for Outstanding Leadership, E-Discovery Flat Fee Project – 2009.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • “A Day in the Life of In-House Counsel: Managing Legal Issues and Meeting the Expectations of Multiple Internal Clients,” FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium (September 2017).

  • “Is the Practice of Law Really Changing?” FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium (September 2016).

  • Contributor: “Chapter 5: Settlements and Remands to Transferor Courts,” MDL Standards and Best Practices, published by the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies (2014).

  • “Medical Device Liability: Claims and Defenses,” in Young Lawyers Form Book, published by Defense Research Institute (2002).

  • “Substantive Equal Protection Analysis Under State v. Russell and the Potential Impact on the Criminal Justice System,” 50 Washington & Lee Law Review 1791 (1993).

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Corporate Counsel Symposium), “A Day in the Life of In-House Counsel,” September 18, 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers 32nd Annual Meeting, Moderator: “The Insiders' Perspective,” June 2017, Branson, Missouri.

  • American Bar Association, Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint CLE Seminar, Moderator: “Internal Investigations: The Pitfalls and Traps to Watch Out for When Counsel is Asked to Investigate Product Failures or Client Incidents,” January 27, 2017, Squaw Valley, California.

  • National eDiscovery Leadership Institute, “Third Party Subpoenas,” October 2016, Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Corporate Counsel Symposium), “An Inside Look Ahead – Corporate Counsel Roundtable,” September 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Drug, Device and Biotechnology; Trial Tactics, Practice, and Procedures; and Products Liability Committees), “Persuading Each and Every Juror – Translating Technical and Complex Concepts for Every Juror of Every Age,” July 2016, La Malbaie, Quebec.

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, “Tackling the Tough Issues in 30(b)(6) Depositions,” March 26, 2015, Webinar.

  • H.B. Conferences — Drug & Device Defense: Emerging Litigation & Regulatory Developments Conference – “Pitfalls Surrounding Sales Representatives in the Field,” October 22, 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • National eDiscovery Leadership Institute, “In-House Panel,” Discussing the Most Pressing eDiscovery Issues Affecting Their Businesses, October 14, 2014, Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Duke Law, Multi-District Litigation Best Practices Conference, “Settlements and Remands to Transferor Courts,” September 12, 2014, Arlington, Virginia.

  • Defense Research Institute, Drug & Medical Device Seminar, “In-House Counsel Breakout Session, May 15, 2014, Washington, D.C.

  • Defense Research Institute, Drug & Medical Device Seminar, “In-House Counsel Breakout Session, May 16, 2013, New York, New York.

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Annual Meeting, “Drug, Device and Biotechnology: Preemption in Medical Device Litigation: What Has Changed,” March 7, 2013, San Antonio, Texas.

  • American Bar Association, Current Issues in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device, Host for the conference and Panelist – “Pre-Litigation Risk Assessments” November 16, 2012, Natick, Massachusetts.

  • Defense Research Institute, Drug & Medical Device Seminar, “In-House Counsel Breakout Session, May 10, 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2011 Corporate Counsel Symposium, “Back to the Future – Corporate Counsel's Role in Managing Risk in 2012 and Beyond – What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking,” September 21, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • American Bar Association, 8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Workshop, “Handling Product Recalls and Withdrawals,” November 11, 2011, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2010 Corporate Counsel Symposium, “Protecting the Company in Challenging Times: Best Practices for In-House Counsel Who Manage Corporate Risk and Litigation –Risk Mitigation Strategies for the Legal Department,” September 22, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • American Conference Institute, Third Annual Forum on Reducing Legal Costs, “Best Practices for Reducing Discovery Costs,” November 19, 2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania