About Tyler C. Hibler

Tyler has spent his career representing companies and individuals facing litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Tyler devotes a significant portion of his practice to the areas of personal injury, employment law, improper business practices, and premises liability. Having successfully tried numerous cases, Tyler believes in utilizing a collaborative approach to litigation designed to address his clients’ needs and obtain cost-efficient results.

In addition to his work as a trial attorney, Tyler regularly counsels employers on compliance with federal and state laws impacting the employer/employee relationship, including the Missouri Human Rights Act, Kansas Act Against Discrimination, Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, ADA, and ADEA. Tyler also has experience drafting and litigating non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements designed to protect his clients’ business and economic interests.

Tyler is an active member of his community and a graduate of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Academy – a special program designed to help emerging leaders of the legal profession in Kansas City develop the knowledge and experience needed to become leaders in both the profession and community. In 2016, Tyler was awarded the Rising Star designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® ̶ an award which recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

  • Education

    J.D., University of Kansas, 2008
    B.A., Baker University, magna cum laude, 2005

  • Awards & Publications

    Awarded the Rising Star designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® for 2016.

  • Bar Admissions & Professional Affiliations

    Kansas, 2008
    Missouri, 2009
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
    U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
    The Missouri Bar
    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    Johnson County Bar Association
    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – Bar Leadership Academy
    Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy

  • Significant Accomplishments

    • Plaza Gas Explosion & JJ’s Restaurant Litigation

      Venue: Jackson County, Missouri

      The gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant in Kansas City’s historic Country Club Plaza led to national headlines in 2013. Brad Russell, Jeff Baker and Tyler Hibler represented the underground utility contractor that struck a buried gas line before the explosion. There were more than 20 lawsuits filed as a result of this incident, which involved substantial personal injury and property damage claims. The firm provided public relations assistance and protected the legal and financial interests of its client from immediately after the explosion through the protracted litigation.

    • Nancy Yanni v. Phillip Roberts

      Venue: Johnson County, Kansas

      Tyler Hibler and Kaitlin Marsh-Blake defended this personal injury action, in which Plaintiff claimed damages of more than $100,000 stemming from a motor vehicle collision. Despite Plaintiff’s $100,000 request and an admission of fault by the Defendant, Mr. Hibler and Ms. Marsh-Blake successfully persuaded members of the jury that the Plaintiff did not suffer any injuries as a result of the subject motor vehicle collision. Mr. Hibler and Ms. Marsh-Blake successfully obtained a complete defense verdict in the trial.

    • Michael Monroe v. City of Lawrence and Tarik Khatib

      Venue: U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

      Sean Sturdivan and Tyler Hibler defended this employment discrimination case, in which Plaintiff Michael Monroe sought $2 million in damages due to his termination from employment as a Lawrence Police Sergeant, claiming race discrimination and violation of his liberty interest due process rights. The case stemmed from the KU athletic ticket scandal that involved members of the KU athletic department, including Rodney Jones, who were accused of illegally delivering thousands of basketball and football tickets to brokers and others for profit. Shortly after the ticket scandal was reported in the newspaper, the Lawrence Police Department received anonymous letters alleging that police officers may have dismissed traffic tickets for Rodney Jones in exchange for athletic tickets. The LPD conducted an internal investigation and ultimately decided to fire Plaintiff Monroe. A lengthy grievance process and hearing was undertaken, but the City Manager ultimately upheld Chief Khatib’s decision to terminate Monroe’s employment. Monroe, who is black, filed a complaint in federal court in Kansas alleging race discrimination and violation of his due process rights. At the conclusion of a lengthy discovery process, the parties filed cross motions for summary judgment. After significant briefing and the relatively rare occurrence of a nearly four-hour oral argument before Judge Eric Melgren, Defendants were successful in obtaining judgment in their favor.

    • Tracy and Kristopher Ullery v. Windsor Place At-Home Care, L.C.C., et al.

      Venue: Douglas County, Kansas

      Tyler Hibler successfully obtained partial summary judgment in this wrongful death claim, in which Plaintiff claimed pre-impact emotional distress damages arising from the impending threat of a head-on motor vehicle collision in Douglas County, Kansas.

    • Vanessa D. Boykin v. Lakhani Commercial Corporation, et al.

      Venue: Jackson County, Missouri

      Tyler Hibler defended this wrongful death claim on behalf of Shell Oil Company, arising from a shooting that occurred at a Shell branded gas station. The claims asserted against Shell Oil Company included vicarious liability, negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent training, and negligent supervision. Mr. Hibler won summary judgment on behalf of Shell Oil Company on all claims asserted by Plaintiff.

    • William Vonderschmidt v. Scarff’s Automotive, Inc.

      Venue: Johnson County, Kansas

      Tyler Hibler defended this breach of contract action, in which Plaintiff Vonderschmidt alleged Defendant Scarff’s Automotive conducted multiple deceptive acts in connection with a business transaction involving repairs to a diesel truck. Additionally, Plaintiff Vonderschmidt contended Scarff’s Automotive breached the implied warranty of workmanship and improperly held the truck under a falsely claimed mechanic’s lien. In addition to siding against the Plaintiff’s claims, Tyler was also able to successfully persuade the jury to award damages to Scarff’s Automotive on its claim against Plaintiff Vonderschmidt for breach of contract. Ultimately, Mr. Hibler successfully obtained a complete defense verdict on Plaintiff’s allegations of multiple Kansas Consumer Protection Act Violations, conversion, and breach of implied warranties.