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Christopher L. Heigele

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Kansas City, Missouri

I began my trial practice 20 years ago, when I joined a small plaintiff’s personal injury firm. I then moved to the defense side where I have continued to litigate cases in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Kansas. I have also briefed and successfully argued numerous appeals in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri, the Missouri Supreme Court, the Kansas Supreme Court, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

I am a member of the Defense Research Institute's Governmental Liability Committee and have served as the Publications Chair and Eighth Circuit Liaison. I also serve on the planning committee for the yearly Governmental Liability/Civil Rights Seminar. I was the Program Chairman for the 2016 Seminar in Austin, Texas. I am a member of the Defense Research Institute's Product Liability Committee and recognized in the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers. 

I have written articles and spoken at continuing legal education seminars for the Defense Research Institute, the Missouri Bar, and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. The topics have included the duty to warn in Missouri product liability situations, ethics, success with using summary judgment motions and changes in Missouri law concerning the standards for expert testimony. I am also a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel's and Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers' Trial Academies and have instructed young lawyers at the Missouri Bar's Trial College.

While our firm provides a wide range of legal services, my litigation practice focuses on:

  1. Defending municipalities and governmental entities in civil rights and other personal injury or tort liability claims,
  2. Representing and defending individuals and companies in personal injury, products liability and construction defect cases, and
  3. Representing and advising insurance companies and other organizations on insurance policy matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Premises Liability Plaintiff
  • State, Local and Municipal Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1996
  • Kansas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1996
    • Honors: Dean's List Every Semester
    • Law Review: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Review, Technical Editor, 1994 - 1996
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
    • B.A. summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works

  • Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: 50 State Compendium, Defense Research Institute, 2008 (1st Ed.), 2012 (2nd Ed.)
  • A Judge's and Practitioner's Guide to the Role of the Gatekeeper, an Examination of 490.065 RSMo., Missouri's Expert Witness Statute, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Newsletter, Winter 2005

Representative Clients

  • Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund
  • Trident Insurance
  • Travelers Insurance
  • City of Independence, MO
  • City of Riverside, MO
  • Bravo\ Brio Restaurant Group
  • Sanyo North America
  • OneBeacon Governmental Risks
  • City of Grandview, MO


  • Trial College, Missouri Bar, 2010
  • Winning with Summary Judgments, Missouri Bar, 2008 - 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 2003 - Present
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member of Board of Directors 2016 to present, 2003 - Present
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2009 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance, Member, 2012 - Present
  • The Risk Management Society (RIMS) - Kansas City Chapter, member, 2012 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Sherman Taff Bangert Thomas & Coronado, Senior Associate\Shareholder, 2003 - 2011


  • English

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Coronado Katz
14 West Third Street
Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 410-6600
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