Overview
Experience
Perspectives

Prior to joining the firm, Jenifer spent over a decade as in-house counsel at one of the largest U.S. Commercial Property and Casualty insurance providers where she gained extensive experience and knowledge in all areas of litigation. Jenifer was able to expand upon that experience at SWRS, where she has handled numerous cases in all areas of civil litigation including automobile accidents, construction litigation, design professional defense, employment and labor law, complex products liability and wrongful death cases. Jenifer has represented a wide range of clients from small family-owned businesses to large multi-state corporations in both state and federal courts.

Jenifer’s hard work and attention to early investigation of claims has assisted her in defending her clients. Utilizing these skills, she has been able to leverage surveillance video in a slip and fall case to negotiate a minor settlement against an exorbitant initial demand.  In another matter, Jenifer obtained a defense verdict in a property damage claim where plaintiffs were seeking $1.3 million. Jenifer also obtained a favorable ruling on a hotly contested dispositive motion that was appealed and upheld by both the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court.

Representative Matters

Housh, et al. v. City of Parkville, et al., Circuit Court of Platte County.
Jenifer obtained a defense verdict in a claim where plaintiffs alleged that a large modular block retaining wall collapsed, causing ground water to rise, flooding plaintiff’s home and surrounding property. Plaintiffs alleged property damages, exposure to toxic materials from the ground water and exposure to airborne contaminants.
Jones v. Hidden Lake Management, Circuit Court of Jackson County.
Jenifer represents the rehabilitation facility in a wrongful death and abuse claim.
Lakemary Center, Inc. v. SFS Architecture, et al., District Court of Miami County, KS.
Jenifer represented the contractor on a defective construction case where groundwater caused significant cracking, movement and water infiltration into a school for disabled children.
Majors v. KDOT, District Court of Shawnee County, KS.
Jenifer obtained summary judgment on a hotly contested personal injury claim arising from bystander and zone of danger liability. Upheld by KS Court of Appeals and KS Supreme Court.
McEnroe v. Carlisle Syntec, Inc., Circuit Court of Jackson County, MO.
Jenifer represented a roofing company in a claim of personal injuries due to exposure to toxic roofing materials.
Michaels, et al. v. Henrietta, Missouri, et al., Circuit Court of Ray County.
Jenifer represented the engineering company designing and overseeing the construction of an interconnecting sanitary and stormwater system for the City of Henrietta, Missouri. This matter included claims of property damage and airborne and physical contaminants.
Quick v. BP Products North America, Inc., Circuit Court of Jackson County, MO.
Jenifer represented a contractor in a wrongful death claim due to exposure to benzene and benzene soluble matter.
Smith, et al. v. Nearing Staats Prelogar & Jones, Circuit Court of Jackson County, MO.
Jenifer represented an architect in a claim of property and personal injury due to allegedly defective design and construction.
Thomas v. RE/Max Revolution, et al. Circuit Court of Platte County, MO.
Jenifer obtained summary judgment on behalf of a real estate agent in a claim of allegedly misrepresentations relating to the sale of an historic home. Upheld on appeal.
Thomason, et al. v. Community Living Opportunities, Inc. District Court of Johnson County.
Jenifer represented the long-term care facility in a claim of abuse and neglect of a disabled adult while residing at a nursing home.
Vogue v. Zimmer Real Estate, et al. Circuit Court of Jackson County.
Jenifer represented a property management company in the management and renovation of a large condominium complex that experienced water leaks leading to exposure to air-borne contaminants.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Kansas Bar Association
  • The Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Recognitions

  • UMKC Law Alumni Association Special President’s Award (2002)

Publications

  • Kansas Legal Update, CNA Commercial Claims Unit, 2017
  • Ethical Billing Practices, SWRS Lunch and Learn, 2019
  • Preparing a Witness for Depositions, SWRS Lunch and Learn, 2020