Overview
Experience

Kaitlin has a vivid memory of an elementary school field trip to the Shawnee County Courthouse in Topeka, Kansas.  It was here that the seed of desire to become a lawyer was planted.

At Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer, LLP, she purposefully advocates for her clients in the areas of construction, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and general insurance defense litigation.  At her previous firm in Denver, Colorado, her focus was on construction defect litigation, legal malpractice, and class-action lawsuits.  Recently, Kaitlin was selected as a member of the inaugural Best Lawyers: One to Watch list for 2021.

Kaitlin strives to help her clients navigate what might be the most stressful time of their lives with compassion, civility, and professionalism, which is why she is an active member of the Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court: an association that strives to promote excellence in legal advocacy with an emphasis on ethics, civility, professionalism, and legal skills.  Her meticulous attention to detail and creative problem solving abilities allow her to develop personalized strategies to achieve the best possible result for each of her clients.

Kaitlin obtained both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law Degree from Washburn University in her hometown of Topeka, KS.  While in attendance she served as Research Editor for the Washburn Law Journal and participated as a competing member of the Jessup International Moot Court team.  She holds eight CALI Excellence for the Future awards in Products Liability, Public International Law, Law of Armed Conflict, Federal Indian Law, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Business Associations, Taxation of Individual Income, and Comparative Legal Systems: Constitutional Law.

In her leisure time, Kaitlin enjoys hiking, marathon training, home brewing, and cheering on all teams in Kansas City with her husband and two dogs.

Representative Matters

Yanni v Peterson
Venue: Johnson County, Kansas Personal injury motor vehicle collision jury trial with admitted liability resulting in a defense verdict.
Heydon v. Greenwood, M.D.
Venue: Jackson County, Missouri Brian Burge and Kaitlin Marsh-Blake successfully defended this action where family of decedent-filed wrongful death claim against local ER physician alleging failure to diagnose mesenteric ischemia in elderly patient. The defense argued that the ER physician performed an appropriate and reasonable workup of the patient, had her admitted to the hospital and otherwise fully complied with the standard of care. Decedent’s family sought $1.5 million in damages at trial. After a week-long trial, the jury found in favor of the physician and awarded zero damages to the family.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Recognitions (Awards)

  • 2022 & 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch – Medical Malpractice Defense
  • 2022 & 2021 Best Lawyers: One to Watch – Personal Injury Litigation Defense

Articles

Statutes of Limitation and Repose in Construction Defect Litigation – Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado