Destiny joined the firm as an associate in 2016. She practices primarily in areas of personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, labor and employment law, and general insurance defense.
During law school, Destiny clerked at the Third Judicial District in Shawnee County, Kansas. She was extremely involved, having served as President of Washburn Women’s Legal Forum, a representative-at-large for the Washburn Student Bar Association, and competing at multiple advocacy competitions and advancing. Destiny was also a teaching assistant for Washburn’s Legal Analysis Reading and Writing I & II classes, and chair for Washburn’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic.
In addition, Destiny is an experienced writer and editor, having served as the Articles Editor for the Washburn Law Journal. She earned distinguished honors for her pro-bono service. Destiny was also one of only a handful of students to be inducted in the Order of Barristers for her oral advocacy and brief-writing skills throughout law school.
Destiny enjoys staying active, time with her Havanese, and good conversation with family and friends.
J.D, Washburn University School of Law, cum laude
M.A., Park University
B.S., University of Missouri Kansas City
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2017
American Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Venue: United States District Court for the District of Kansas
John Bordeau and Destiny Bounds obtained summary judgment on behalf of their client, American National Property & Casualty Company (ANPAC), in a claim for insurance coverage arising from a fatality accident. In the underlying action, the tortfeasor’s (driver who caused the accident) insurance carrier paid its policy limit to Sear, the decedent’s widow. Sear then made a claim to ANPAC, which had maintained an underinsured motorist policy for her and her deceased husband. Pursuant to the policy, ANPAC paid UIM benefits, but took an offset (and/or credit) for the underlying tortfeasor’s policy limit already paid to Sear as ANPAC’s policy contained a clear offset provision. The decedent’s widow argued that the ANPAC policy was ambiguous and thus the full underinsured motorist benefits should be paid without an offset (and/or credit) of the tortfeasor’s payment. The Court ultimately held in favor of ANPAC, stating that the policy was unambiguous and that ANPAC was entitled to the offset (and/or credit) of the tortfeaser’s policy. Thus, the amount previously paid for underinsured motorist benefits under decedent’s policy fully satisfied the underinsured motorist carrier’s (ANPAC) obligations pursuant to its policy.
Venue: Jackson County, Missouri
Following a two-week jury trial, Brian Burge and Destiny Bounds successfully defended local anesthesiologist and CRNA against a $3.4 million dollar medical malpractice suit stemming from an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of plaintiff’s left distal radius fracture. Plaintiff underwent an ORIF procedure after slipping on ice at her home eight (8) days prior. During her fall, plaintiff severely fractured her left wrist with testimony at trial that it was a 40-degree comminuted fracture. Plaintiff alleged that despite her fall, she sustained a permanent ulnar nerve injury to her left elbow during the procedure due to defendants’ lack of due care. At trial, plaintiff’s sole theory of liability was under the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur and she abandoned any previous allegations of specific negligence against defendants. Plaintiff alleged that during the course of the surgery, plaintiff suffered an ulnar nerve injury to her elbow, away from the surgical site at her left wrist, which would not have occurred but for defendants negligence. She alleged that her permanent ulnar nerve injury prevented plaintiff from ever returning to work as a chiropractor. Defense counsel successfully argued that several other and much more likely causes including plaintiff’s slip-and-fall eight days prior to her ORIF procedure, was ultimately the cause of plaintiff’s ulnar neuropathy. At trial, plaintiff sought more than $3.4 million in economic loss alone and requested the jury award pain and suffering in the amount it felt appropriate. After less than two-hours, the jury found in favor of defendants (11-1) and awarded zero damages to plaintiff.