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Steven F. Coronado

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Kansas City, Missouri
LCA | Litigation Counsel Of America | Fellow

STEVEN F. CORONADO is an attorney with extensive trial experience having participated as lead counsel in over fifty jury trials. He has tried cases in both Missouri and Kansas State and Federal Courts. He was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of Missouri's "Winningest Defense Lawyers" for 2010.

Steve is a past member of the Board of Directors for the DRI (The Defense Research Institute) (2007-2010). He is a past Chair of DRI's Products Liability Committee (2005-2007). In the past, Steve has served DRI as the Vice Chair of the Products Liability Committee (2003-2005) and as Co-Chair of the Products Liability Specialized Litigation Group on Consumer Goods (1994-2003). He is a member of DRI's Diversity Issues Committee and served as Chairman of DRI's 2002 Annual Meeting. He also is actively involved in the Trucking Law Committee and Fire and Property Specialized Litigation Group. Locally, Steve was one of the founding members and a past President of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Bar Association. Steve is a past Chair of the Missouri Bar Association Client Security Fund Committee. Steve is currently an Officer and member of the Board of Directors for the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (MODL).

Steve co-authored the Missouri Chapter of the Defense Research Institute Compendium on Expert Witnesses published by the Defense Research Institute in 1996. He also co-authored The Missouri Chapter of the Second Edition of the Defense Research Institute's Book on Product Liability Defenses. Steve has also authored or co-authored a number of articles for FTD (For the Defense) and other DRI committee publications. Through the years, Steve has spoken at various DRI seminars including, most recently, the Products, Trucking Law, and Damages Seminars. Steve's predominant practice is in the area of general civil litigation with particular emphasis in products liability; construction litigation; trucking accidents; nursing home liability; governmental entity liability; and general personal injury.

Steve is a founding member of Coronado Katz LLC.  He was previously a shareholder of Sherman Taff Bangert Thomas & Coronado, P.C., where he started his practice in 1989. He is licensed to practice in Missouri (1989) and Kansas (1990); and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri (1989); U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1996); U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (1990); the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (1991); and the United States Supreme Court (2003); Federal Court of Appeals (2010).

Steve completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, receiving a B.A. Degree (with honors) in 1980. Between 1980 and 1987, Steve worked for the Kansas City Star/Times where he gained experience in managing people and deadlines. Steve earned his J.D. Degree at the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1989. Beginning in 1989, Steve was mentored by the firm's founding partner and past President of DRI, Joe Sherman, until Joe retired in 1993.

Steve was born in Kansas City but raised in nearby Independence, Missouri. He currently resides with his wife, Sherry, and four children, Samantha, Shannon, Steven and Samuel, in Kansas City, Missouri. Steve takes a hands-on approach to many of the things he does and, in particular, with regard to raising his children and, accordingly, he has no true hobbies. However, he does count watching his children mature as one of his most enjoyable pastimes.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Transportation Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Motor vehicle Accidents Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • Commercial

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1989
  • Kansas, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1996
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2010


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: History and Political Science

Published Works

Representative Clients

  • Broan-Nutone
  • Ruan Transportation
  • XL Insurance
  • Allied, a Nationwide Company
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • One Beacon Insurance Company
  • The Travelers Insurance Company
  • Trident Insurance Company
  • GuideOne Mutual Insurance Company
  • MSI Claims (USA), Inc.
  • Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund


  • "Cost Effective Handling of Fact Investigation in Products Case", Defense Research Institute, Products Liability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2000
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration, Direct and Cross of Plaintiff Expert, University of Missouri-Kansas City CLE, 1999
  • The Justice, The Poet and The Philosopher: Winning Discovery Battles and Avoiding Pyrrhic Victories, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 1997
  • "Spoliation of Evidence As a Sword and Shield", Defense Research Institute, Consumer Goods Breakout Session, San Francisco, CA, 1995
  • Effective Motions Practice, "Motions in Limine: Review of Case Law and Checklist for Potential Motions", (May 6, 1994 and May 1995)
  • Annual Insurance Claims Symposium, "Closing Argument", Kansas City, Missouri (October 7, 1993 and October 1994)
  • Across State Lines Seminar, "Alternative Dispute Resolution", Overland Park, Kansas, May 21, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one Missouri's "Winningest Defense Lawyers", 2010
  • Super Lawyers Recognition, 2008 - 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute(DRI), Member\Former Chair, Products Committee\ Former Board of Directors, 1989 - Present
  • The American Inns of Court, Barrister
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers(MODL), Member\ Board Member\ Officer, 1995 - Present
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City, President, 1998
  • Johnson County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Kansas City Star, Area Manager, 1980 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member\ Chair, Missouri Bar Association Security Fund Committee, 2002 - 2007
  • Judge, Missouri State High School Mock Trial Project, 1992
  • Participant, Missouri Bar Association Flood Victim Assistance Program, 1993
  • Mentor, Missouri State High School Mock Trial Project, 1991


  • Spanish


  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

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