Jana has developed an expertise in defending medical negligence and complex product liability cases since 1990. She has tried multiple medical negligence cases to defense verdicts and many other cases involving significant personal injuries from allegedly defective products and trucking accidents. Jana has maintained relationships with her clients for many years and continues to represent some of the same insurance companies over the last 25 years due to a commitment to those clients and their best interests.
Kansas Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
American Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
Former Chairman, ABA subcommittee on Public and School Officials Liability
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
“Defending Psychological Damages,” 13th Annual Medical Device Seminar, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Co-author “The Kansas Tort Claims Act”
“Wrongful Termination,” Kansas Association of Counties Annual Seminar, 1994
“Trial Preparation,” Kansas Paralegal Association
J.D., University of Kansas, 1990
B.A., University of Kansas, 1987
Venue: Jackson County, Missouri
Jana Richards obtained a defense verdict for the Defendants in this medical malpractice action, the trial for which lasted two weeks. Plaintiff claimed that she was given incorrectly provided blood thinner medication that caused her lungs to shut down. The defense successfully argued that the standard of care was never breached, and the doctor at issue acted appropriately under the circumstances.
Venue: Pettis County, Missouri
Jana Richards obtained a defense verdict over Plaintiffs’ $5,000,000 in claimed damages. Plaintiffs, decedent’s surviving wife and daughters, claimed that a truck driver for universal Am-Can, Ltd., negligently backed a tractor trailer into the dock at the Hayes-Lemmerz facility in Sedalia, Missouri when the decedent was standing behind it. Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly voted this verdict to be the 8th top defense verdict in the state of Missouri for 2011.