About Jana V. Richards

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.

  • Bar Admissions & Professional Affiliations

    Missouri, 1990
    Kansas, 1990
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
    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

  • Awards & Publications

    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

  • Education

    J.D., University of Kansas, 1990
    B.A., University of Kansas, 1987

  • Significant Accomplishments

    • Proctor v. KC Heart Group

      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.

    • Hall v. Balderama

      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.