JEFF KING | SENIOR ATTORNEY
Jeff, who also served until January 2017 as the Vice President of the Kansas Senate, specializes in appellate law, trust litigation, banking law and business litigation.
As a former federal appellate clerk and Chair of the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff has a vibrant appellate practice. He has handled over 30 appeals in four federal circuits, multiple state supreme courts and courts of appeal. He has also drafted petitions for a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. Jeff received national attention for his victory before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Sentis v. Shell, when the Court reversed a $29 million dismissal sanction and reassigned the case to a new federal judge on remand. He also prepared multiple briefs as counsel in Montoy v. State– the landmark 2005 Kansas school finance case.
Jeff has also won trials in federal and state courts across the country. He obtained a jury verdict in excess of $4 million against Shell Oil Company in California federal court and successfully defended this result before the Ninth Circuit. He has tried multi-million dollar trust cases in both Kansas and Missouri, including one of the largest trustee removal disputes in Missouri history. Jeff also successfully defended a Kansas town before federal district court and the Tenth Circuit in one of the largest water disputes in state history.
Jeff is a graduate of Yale Law School with a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Cambridge and degrees in Economics and International Relations from Brown University. Jeff first worked with the Office of the Kansas Attorney General, assisting then-Attorney General Stovall with antitrust matters. He subsequently served as a law clerk for the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
In 2002, Jeff entered private practice with the prestigious Lathrop & Gage firm in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2007, he established King Law Offices LLC in his hometown of Independence, Kansas. Jeff has extensive experience in the government arena as well as the courthouse. A 10-year veteran of the Kansas Legislature, he served until January 2017 as Vice President of the Kansas Senate, chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on KPERS.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Business Litigation
- Trust Litigation
- B.A., International Relations and Economics, magna cum laude, Brown University
- M.A., Agricultural Economics, Cambridge University
- J.D., Yale University School of Law
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- United States District Court for the District Court of Kansas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- United States Supreme Court
AWARDS | HONORS | ACHIEVEMENTS
- Harry S. Truman Scholar
- Marshall Scholar
- Rhodes Scholarship National Finalist
- 2003 Leadership Kansas Graduate
- Agricultural Law Section of the Kansas Bar, Former Director
- Appellate Section of the Kansas Bar, Founding Member & Past President
- Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
- Kansas Bar Association
- Kansas Blue Ribbon Commission on Judicial Reform, Co-Chair
- Kansas Judicial Council, Member
- Kansas Senate, Vice-President
- Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on KPERS, Chair
- Uniform Law Commission, Commissioner
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
- Lathrop & Gage
- Office of the Kansas Attorney General, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division
- United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
- Boeing-McDonnell Douglas Revisited: Recommendations for a Unitary Merger Defense, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 11(2), 23-37.
- Trade Reform and the Corn Market: Prospects for the World Trade Organization Negotiations on Agriculture, Review of Agricultural Economics, 23(1), 47-67.