Steven Rowe

Overview

Steven focuses his practice on complex matters involving antitrust, mass torts, personal injury, employment matters, business litigation, and fraudulent practices. Steven joined Paul LLP in 2021 after working in the non-profit and public sectors for several years. Most recently, Steven worked as an Assistant County Counselor for Jackson County, Missouri. As a government attorney, Steven served as legal adviser to the county executive and represented the county in matters such as personal injury defense, tax
disputes, and employment litigation defense. Steven also volunteers as a pro-bono attorney for the Volunteer Attorney Project, representing those who cannot afford legal counsel.

Steven earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2015 with an emphasis on Business and Commercial Law. During his second and third years of law school, Steven worked as a law clerk for Paul LLP. Before law school, Steven earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he graduated cum laude. When not practicing law, Steven enjoys spending time with his English bulldog, Maxwell.

George Brand

Overview

George focuses his practice on complex matters involving antitrust, mass torts, personal injury, employment matters, business litigation, breach of contract, and fraudulent practices. He joined Paul LLP after graduating with J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Missouri in 2019. During law school, he was Lead Articles Editor for the Missouri Law Review, President of the Federal Bar Association, and President of the Tax and Transactional Law Society. He was on the Moot Court team and served on the Honor Code, Faculty Appointment, and Career Development committees and the Tim Heinsz 5K Steering Committee. He also taught Business Law, Employment Law, and Business Etiquette and Professionalism courses to undergraduate students in the Trulaske College of Business.

Before law school, George attended St. Olaf College and then later taught English at Chiang Mai University in Thailand and led backpacking treks for kids in the European Alps. He enjoys traveling to new places and trying to grow things besides weeds in his backyard vegetable garden.

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 2020
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Education

University of Missouri
J.D. 2019, M.B.A. 2019

St. Olaf College
B.A. History, Religion, and American Studies, Concentrations in Latin American Studies and Spanish, Cum Laude, 2014

Honors: Dean’s List, Phi Alpha Theta, Theta Alpha Kappa

Kyle Taylor

Overview

Kyle Taylor joined Paul LLP after his graduation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2017. Kyle focuses his practice on toxic tort litigation.

While attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kyle interned with the Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Kyle appeared on behalf of the State of Missouri on the misdemeanor criminal docket with Rule 13 certification.

Prior to attending law school, Kyle was a professionally certified tennis instructor in the Kansas City, Kansas and Colorado Springs, Colorado areas. Kyle is a native of St. Joseph, Missouri. He enjoys playing tennis and snowboarding in his free time.

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 2019
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Education

University of Missouri – Kansas City
J.D. 2017

William Jewell College
B.A., Political Science and Psychology, 2011

Honors: Dean’s List, Scholar Athlete, Varsity Tennis Team, Team Captain, School Record Holder: All-Time Wins

Amy Tillery

Overview

Amy is a native of Wichita, Kansas and has lived in the Kansas City area since graduating law school in 2006.  She has a strong background in commercial litigation and construction law and has experience in all phases of litigation through appeal.  Prior to joining Paul LLP in 2019, Amy practiced with two other civil litigation firms in Kansas City.  Amy resides in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, Chris, who is also an attorney, and her three young children.

Bar Admissions

Kansas, 2007
Missouri, 2006 (inactive)

Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012

Education

University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, 2007
J.D., CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Jurisprudence

Kansas State University, 2003
B.A. in History with Distinction and Departmental Honors
Phi Beta Kappa

Community

Special Education Advisory Council, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kansas (2018 – present)

Laura C. Fellows

Overview

Laura C. Fellows, a native of Arkansas, located to the Kansas City area in 2010 where she attended the University of Missouri Kansas City Law School. Following her graduation from UMKC in 2013, Laura focused her practice on business litigation, wage and hour litigation, and personal injury matters at the law firms of Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP and Crimmins Law Firm. In 2018, Laura joined Paul LLP where her practice focuses on complex litigation.

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 2013
Kansas, 2014
Arkansas, 2015
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Education

University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law
J.D. 2013

Missouri State University
B.A., Communications, 2010 Cum Laude in the Honors College

Rick Paul

Overview

Rick specializes in complex antitrust, business, product liability, and consumer litigation—typically involving multi-parties, or class or mass actions. Rick graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he served as Associate Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review. After law school, Rick was a judicial law clerk at the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. In 1996, he began private practice with the firm formerly known as Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, a large Kansas City law firm with offices in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Arizona. In 2002, the Board of Directors of Shughart Thomson elected him a Shareholder and Director. In 2008, Rick moved his practice to Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP. In May 2013, Rick started Paul LLP.

Rick has recovered more than $2 billion for his clients through trial or settlement. Rick has been appointed by numerous courts across the country to serve as lead counsel in class actions and MDL proceedings and as special litigation counsel.

Rick enjoys being in the courtroom and has tried and won many types of cases in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. He has repeatedly been brought in to a case shortly before trial for just that purpose. Recently, Rick served as trial counsel in the In re Syngenta Litigation pending in Minnesota state court. Rick was co-lead trial counsel for the first individual bellwether trial as well as the Minnesota class action trial. During the third week of the Minnesota class trial, the litigation was settled on behalf of all farmers (individual and classes) across the country. This is just the most recent in a string of cases where Rick has been lead trial counsel, including two class arbitrations, where he prevailed in both. He has also argued more than 40 appeals to various state and federal appellate courts and briefed over 100 appeals.

Rick is active in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. In 2004, he served as the Chair of the Appellate Courts Committee of the KCMBA. He has also served as Vice-Chair on the Business Torts Committee, where he authored the Chapter on Fiduciary Duties for the Business Torts Handbook. Rick is a frequent speaker and moderator at seminars and presentations on handling appeals, electronic discovery, and the use of technology in the courtroom. In 2006, Missouri Lawyers Weekly named Rick as one of eight “Up and Coming Lawyers.” He has also been named a “Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer,” and is listed on American Registry’s “Top Attorneys in Missouri/Kansas.” He has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell. 

Experience

Representative Cases

In re Syngenta MIR162 Corn Litigation (District of Kansas, MDL 2591) and In re Syngenta Litigation (Minnesota Fourth Judicial District) Appointed to Plaintiffs Executive Committee in both federal and state MDLs; trial counsel for individual bellwether and Minnesota class leading to $1.51 billion settlement.

In re: Air Crash of N51RX (Santa Fe County, New Mexico) Negotiated complex 8-figure settlement in a 5-death air ambulance crash with multiple defendants and insurance companies.

Rees v. Masco Retail Cabinet Group. Successfully tried case for two weeks in arbitration on behalf of a class of current and former Masco account representatives, alleging employment misclassification in violation of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Final award granting substantial damages to each class member.

Sanchez v. DISH Network LLC. Successfully arbitrated case on behalf of a class of nearly 3,000 current and former DISH call center employees seeking unpaid overtime wages under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Resulting in judgment of more than $2.9 million.

Teeter v. NCR Corporation (United States District Court, Central District of California) Negotiated settlement for nationwide class of employees for back wages totaling more than $10 million.

In re General Motors Dex-Cool Cases (Alameda County Superior Court, California; Jackson County Circuit Court, Missouri) Negotiated cash reimbursements from $50 to $800 per class member for vehicle repair.

Stephenson v. Information Providers, Inc. (United States District Court, District of Minnesota) Settled misclassification case on behalf of certified class of current and former Premium Auditors seeking unpaid overtime wages.

In re Eclipse Aviation Depositor Litigation (County of Bernalillo, State of New Mexico) Served as co-lead counsel in litigation involving hundreds of millions of dollars in claims for the return of aircraft deposits based on negligent misrepresentations. Obtained substantial confidential settlement.

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 1995
Kansas, 1997
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Awards

Super Lawyers Missouri and Kansas (2005, 2011 through 2020)
Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly Up and Coming Lawyers (2006)

Education

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1995
J.D., Assistant Managing Editor, Missouri Law Review

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1992
B.A., Economics and Political Science, Honors College
Honors: MU Varsity Tennis Team, Letter winner; Academic All Big-8Copyright Paul LLP 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Publications

KCMBA Business Torts Handbook, Fiduciary Duty chapter

Community

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – Member
American Association for Justice – Member

Ashlea Schwarz

Overview

Ashlea’s practice is driven by the complexity of matters and a rigorous devotion to detail. Spanning numerous practice areas, her cases involve multi-faceted, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation—most often with multiple parties. Ashlea excels at fact-intensive, meaningful cases, such as:

– toxic tort actions arising out of community chemical exposure, particularly those involving migrant farmworkers, agricultural laborers, and other vulnerable populations;

– large-scale products liability litigation, representing hundreds and thousands of people against multi-national corporations to recover for personal injuries, property damage, or financial losses;

– high-stakes business disputes, such as claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property and trade secrets, fraud, and misrepresentation;

– adversary actions to recover money for bankruptcy estates to pay back creditors after corporate malfeasance has defrauded a mass group of individuals, including claims for fraudulent transfers, aiding and abetting, breach of fiduciary duties, conspiracy, re-characterizing debt instruments as equity, equitable subordination, and director/officer liability;

– wrongful death actions caused by negligence, complacency, and a failure to care; often the victims of these atrocious acts are those most in need of our protection.

Many of Ashlea’s cases are nation-wide litigations where she works with teams of highly regarded co-counsel in multi-district litigations in both state and federal court. Ashlea specializes in cases involving highly complex, often novel scientific and medical issues. She has managed the day-to-day responsibilities of over 60 mass action suits

In 2014 Ashlea was named one of Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly’s Up and Coming Lawyers, an award that recognizes litigators under age 40 who demonstrate excellence in the legal profession and in their commitment to their communities. Ashlea has been named a Rising Star by the Kansas City Business Journal every year since 2015.

Experience

Representative Cases

Wirth, et al. v. Phillips 66, Southwest Aviation, Ascent Aviation, and Amigos AviationAshlea represented the family of a flight nurse who lost her life when an air ambulance crashed after it was mis-fueled with jet fuel instead of aviation gas. A confidential settlement was reached.

Chubb Engineering, LLC v. USA Tank Sales and Erection Company and Cameron Holdings Corp. Ashlea represented Chubb Engineering against the defendants for misappropriation of trade secrets as it relates to tank fabrication and manufacturing. A confidential settlement was reached.

Malloy v. Commerce Bank, N.A. and Bruce Humphrey.Ashlea represented the trustee for the bankruptcy estate of G. David Gordon—the mastermind behind a massive securities fraud that robbed thousands of investors of more than $40 million. Suit was filed against Commerce Bank to recover fraudulent transfers as well as claims for aiding and abetting Gordon’s fraudulent scheme, conspiracy, and violations of Oklahoma’s state securities laws. The case recently resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement.

De La Cruz, et al. v. Masco Retail Cabinet Group LLC. Ashlea represented Account Representatives in a wage and hour collective action arbitration against Masco Retail Cabinet Group. The arbitration alleged that Masco consistently violated federal wage and hour laws by misclassifying its Account Representatives exempt from federal overtime laws and thus depriving them of all the wages they were owed. After a two-week arbitration, the arbitrator ruled in favor of Ashlea’s clients, the class members.

Sanchez and Poland, et al. v. Echosphere LLC and Dish Network LLC. This case was filed on behalf of customer service representatives and other telephone-dedicated employees for unpaid wages and overtime worked at call centers operated by Echosphere and Dish Network. The Arbitrator issued a Final Award finding that Dish failed to pay its employees overtime and awarded the class members damages in the amount of $2.9 million.

Malloy v. Transportation Alliance Bank. Ashlea represented the bankruptcy trustee overseeing the Arrow Trucking Bankruptcy in an action to recover fraudulent transfers and claims for breach of fiduciary duty to Arrow Trucking. A settlement was reached in favor of the trustee.

Tenant Development Association v. Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant.  Ashlea’s client sued for tortuous interference, business disparagement, and civil conspiracy against the Dallas, Texas based defendants. TDA offers franchisees construction management services and Defendants have allegedly interfered with TDA’s contractual and future business relations resulting in significant past and future damage to TDA. The case was successfully resolved with a confidential settlement.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Overtime Litigation. Ashlea prosecuted this FLSA case on behalf of Home Mortgage Consultants who worked for Wells Fargo. A $20 million settlement in the case was reached.

Cabreros and Refuerzo et al. v. Spansion, LLC and Spansion, Inc. A settlement was reached in this bankruptcy case in favor of all Spansion employees who suffered an employment loss as a consequence of a mass layoff, plant closing, and/or termination that occurred at Spansion’s Sunnyvale, California site and who received less than 60 days advance notice of such actions. This is in direct violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 2007

Kansas, 2008

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Awards

Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly Up and Coming Lawyers (2014)

Kansas City Business Journal Rising Star (2015 and 2016)

Super Lawyers’ Missouri and Kansas Rising Star (2015 through 2020)

Kansas City Business Journal Best of the Bar (2016)

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (2017 – present)

Education

University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, 2007
J.D., Clerked for the Honorable Judge Julie Robinson, United States District for the District of Kansas, 2005-2006.

Honors: P. Mize Award for Trial Advocacy
Honors: Robert F. Bennett Award for Public Service

Kansas State University, 2004
B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, minors in English and German
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key
Honors: Journalism and Mass Communication Ambassador
Honors: K-State Student Foundation Board Member
Honors: University Ambassador

Publications

ABA FLSA Midwinter Report, Contributing Author (2015 – 2018)

FLSA Arbitration Strategies, Trial Magazine, Employment Law (April 2013).

From Cooperative to Inoperative Federalism: The Perverse Mutation of Environmental Law and Policy, Wake Forest Law Review, Fall 2006

Nothing is Real: Protecting the Regulatory Void Through Federal Preemption by Inaction, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 2008

Community

LAKC – Member

Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) – Member; Co-chair – annual golf tournament

KCMBA – Member of the Board of Directors; Young Lawyers Section; Commercial and Bankruptcy Committee; President of the Federal Courts Advocates Section

Missouri Bar Association – Member

Kansas Bar Association – Member

American Bar Association – Member

Active member in community services at Church of the Resurrection West

Sean Cooper

Overview

Sean focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, wrongful death and catastrophic injury, antitrust litigation, mass torts and wage and hour litigation. He joined Paul LLP in 2017.

Sean earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013.  During law school, Sean was an Associate Editor of the Kansas Law Review and won CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in KU’s Immigration and Asylum Clinic and International Human Rights Law. Before law school, Sean earned a B.A. in English from Truman State University and graduated summa cum laude. Sean also received his M.A. in English from Truman State, where he was graduate student of the year in the English program. Sean was a four-year varsity tennis player at Truman State, posting one of the winningest records in school history. After receiving his M.A., Sean taught English as a second language in Bangkok, Thailand.

Experience

Representative Cases

Forest River Farms v. Monsanto. Sean is part of a team of lawyers and firms who recently filed antitrust claims against Monsanto Company. St. Louis-based Monsanto is one of the largest companies in the world and the largest of a small set of multi-national biotech companies. The suit alleges Monsanto has monopolized and attempted to monopolize the market for soybean and cotton seeds with its commercialization of dicamba-resistant soy and cotton seeds. The case was recently filed in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Evans, et al. v. HCA-Healthone LLC, et al. Sean represents patients and their spouses who were potentially exposed to HIV because they had operations at a Colorado hospital where an HIV-positive surgical technician was caught stealing Fentanyl for personal use. The suit alleges claims for pain and suffering from the diversion of Fentanyl, severe emotional distress, and loss of consortium. This case is pending in Colorado state court and the first bellwether trials are set for late 2018.

Benton v. Jason’s Deli. Sean represents drivers who allege they were paid below minimum wage because their employer failed to properly reimburse their vehicle expenses as delivery drivers. This case is pending in the Northern District of Georgia.

In re Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation.  Sean worked with lead counsel in this multi-district, complex action alleging that Syngenta introduced a new genetic trait into the US market prematurely before it was approved in all export markets, including China.  China (the third largest importer of U.S. corn) found the MIR trait in US imports and closed its markets to US corn from November of 2013 to January of 2015, resulting in lower corn prices and which caused US corn producers to experience market losses.

Fuel Filter Litigation. Sean was part of a team of lawyers who reached a Settlement Agreement between Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp, U.S.A. (KMM), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) and a Kawasaki vendor, resulting in a $4 million payment to Kawasaki.  The vendor supplied fuel filters to Kawasaki for use in small engines which powered outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers.  Kawasaki’s suit alleged the filters were defective, leaked fuel, and in some cases caused fires on consumer lawnmowers.  After learning of the defective part and potential fire hazard, Kawasaki instituted a nationwide recall for the safety of its customers.  Kawasaki brought claims for breach of warranty, breach of contract, and fraudulent inducement to recover its damages from recalling the fuel filters, seeking $4 million in damages.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., et al. v. United Egg Producers, et al.  Sean was part of the litigation team that represented Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., and local grocery stores in an antitrust lawsuit against numerous egg producers and egg industry trade groups for artificial inflation of egg prices. The lawsuit alleged that defendants engaged in a conspiracy designed to increase the price of eggs in violation of the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act.

In re: The Home Depot, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation (N.D. Georgia) (Consumer Data Breach Litigation) – Sean worked with lead counsel representing consumers in multi-district litigation against The Home Depot, Inc. following a massive data security breach involving the personal and financial information of approximately 56 million customers.

In re: Target Consumer Data Security Breach Litigation (D. Minnesota) (Consumer Data Breach Litigation) Sean worked with the team representing a class of consumers in multi-district litigation against Target Corporation following an announcement that hackers had apparently stolen 40 million customers’ credit and debit card information and compromised 70 million customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 2013

Kansas, 2014

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Education

University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, 2013
J.D.

Truman State University

M.A., English, 2008

B.A., English, 2006 – summa cum laude

Publications

KCMBA, Business Litigation  Handbook, Punitive Damages in Kansas and Missouri, 2017

Community

Federal Bar Advocates

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

American Bar Association

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

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