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About Jerry Palmer:

Jerry Palmer specializes in mediation of complicated business disputes, construction disputes, medical malpractice, and product liability. Other areas of expertise include defamation, professional liability, explosion and property damage claims, disability insurance, partnership dissolution, employment and contract issues, and general tort. Having resolved hundreds of complex disputes, Jerry also lectures in both professional and academic forums on the subject of mediation. He has mediated over 2,000 cases.

Drawing mediation expertise from 40 years of litigation experience representing both plaintiff’s and defendant’s viewpoints, Jerry is recognized by the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

You can view Jerry's resume below or download a printable version here.


Professional Certifications and Titles
  • Certified Mediator, Kansas Supreme Court, Core and Civil (2001-2019)
  • Certified Mediator, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • Certified Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • Certified by
  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy (Recertified 5 times)
    • Served on Board of Directors
    • Past president
  • Certified Specialist in Medical Malpractice, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys until 2009
Mediation Experience
  • Mediated over 2,300 cases
  • Certified Mediator, U.S. District Court
  • Certified by
  • Specialized training courses
    • Kansas Bar Association, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
    • International Academy of Mediators
    • Construction Mediation, Pepperdine Law School
    • American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Guest lecturer
    • International Academy of Mediators
    • Kansas Bar Association
    • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
    • Missouri Bar Association
    • Washburn University Law School
Professional Associations
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Member, American Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
    • Past member, Board of Governors
    • Past president
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Past member, Board of Governors
    • Chairman, Home Office and Budget Committee
    • Chairman, American Law Institute Relations Committee
    • Chairman, Constitutional Challenge Committee
    • Member, Amicus Curiae Committee
    • Member, Legal Affairs Committee
  • American Law Institute
    • Members Consultative Groups for the Restatement of Torts 3d segments on Product Liability, General Principles of Tort Liability and Apportionment and Physical Injury
  • Master of the Bench, Sam Crow, American Inns of Court
  • Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission
    • Second Congressional District, two term
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • Past member, Board of Directors
    • Nominee, Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Kansas, Kansas City Metropolitan, and Topeka Bar Associations
Honorary Associations
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Kansas State Chairman
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Board member
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocacy until 2009
    • Past president, Kansas Chapter
  • Arthur Hodgson Award, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Koskoff Award, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate of Excellence, Association of the Trial Lawyers of America, awarded three times
  • Consumer Advocate Award for Long v. Turk (1998), Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, Rated AV®
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1993 - present
  • Super Lawyers, inception to date, Kansas and Missouri top 100, 2005 - 2009
Past Employment
  • Palmer, Leatherman & White, Managing Partner
  • Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith (defense firm), Partner and Associate
  • Fisher & Benfer (plaintiff’s personal injury and defense), Associate
Appellate Cases of Note

Lead counsel in 3 cases overruling prior case:

  • Glenn v. Fleming, 247 Kan. 296 (1990)
  • Flax v. Kansas Turnpike Authority, 226 Kan. 2 (1979)
  • Smith v. Union Pacific, 222 Kan. 303 (1977)

Lead counsel in cases of first impression:

  • Long v. Turk, 265 Kan. 855 (1998), Establishing the liability of gun owners to exercise the highest degree of care (one of two such rulings in the United States)
  • Co-counsel in Kansas Malpractice Victims Coalition v. Bell, 243 Kan. 333 (1998), Declaring unconstitutional limitations of liability under The Medical Malpractice Tort Reform Act
  • Sheila A. v. Whiteman, 259 Kan. 549 (1996), First case in which the Kansas Supreme Court overturned an attorney fee award in either a common fund case or a civil rights attorney fees matter
  • Harding v. K. C. Wall Products, 250 Kan. 655 (1992), Upholding the constitutionality of reforms to statute of repose for latent diseases
  • Jackson v. Wood, 11 Kan. App. 2d 478 (Kan. App. 1986), First case holding liability for personal injury under The Kansas Landlord/Tenant Act
  • Carpenter v. Johnson, 231 Kan. 783 (1982), Application of Manual Uniform Traffic Control Devices to roadway defects
  • Bell v. Kent Brown Chevrolet, 1 Kan. App. 2d 131 (Kan. App. 1977), First case under The Kansas Consumer Protection Act
  • St. David’s v. Westboro Baptist Church, 22 Kan. App. 2d 537 (cert. Den’d. U.S.S.Ct.), Case of first impression in the United States on right of religious privacy
  • Multiple other cases regarding first impression issues under uninsured-motorist, personal-injury, protection benefits and other liability insurance issues.
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