About Michael C. Kirkham

Mike has 23 years of trial litigation experience with an emphasis on trucking and transportation litigation, commercial and premises liability law, product liability, coverage defense, and all aspects of insurance litigation. Mike leads the Firm’s Trucking and Transportation division. He is actively involved in the Trucking Insurance Defense Association and is author of the TIDA Kansas State Law Summary. Mike has litigated and mediated thousands of matters and emphasizes resolution of claims in an efficient, cost-effective manner for his clients.

Away from work, Mike enjoys spending time outdoors and with his wife Lydia and daughter Addison.

  • Bar Admissions & Professional Affiliations

    Missouri, 1994
    Kansas, 2001
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1994
    U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2001
    The Missouri Bar
    Kansas Bar Association
    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    Johnson County Bar Association
    Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
    Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
    Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

  • Education

    J.D., University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law, 1994
    B.A., University of Missouri at Columbia, 1991

  • Significant Accomplishments

    • Tate v. Dierks

      Venue: Jackson County, Missouri

      Michael Kirkham and Matthew Quandt defended this wrongful death trucking accident, in which decedent Alan Tate was driving for Whimsy, Inc. travelling westbound on Highway 50 in Lee’s Summit when his semi-truck left the roadway and collided with a concrete bridge pillar. Defendant Troy Dierks was the lead mechanic at Whimsy, Inc. Plaintiff Sean Tate alleged that his father’s accident was caused by a wobbly wheel as a result of Defendant’s failure to maintain decedent’s truck. Specifically, Plaintiff alleged that Defendant failed to properly grease the front-end wheel and steering assembly and failed to clear oil from the right front brake lining. Plaintiff presented one witness who told Defendant to check out a wobbly front right wheel prior to the accident and two witnesses who were travelling on Highway 50, noticed a wobbly wheel, and tried to alert decedent. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,500,000. Defendant argued that he properly maintained the truck. Following a five-day jury trial, Mr. Kirkham and Mr. Quandt successfully obtained a unanimous defense verdict.