Overview
Experience
Perspectives

As head of the Firm’s Trucking and Transportation division, Mike provides 27 years of experience defending truck drivers, trucking companies and the trucking industry.  He is actively involved in the Trucking Insurance Defense Association and is author of the TIDA Kansas State Law Summary.   From the initial investigation of an accident following a rapid response team call in the middle of the night, to the litigation of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases through trial, Mike handles all aspects of trucking and transportation litigation and has litigated and mediated thousands of matters for nearly three decades.  He is committed to working with his clients to make sure they are comfortable with the litigation process and emphasizes early resolution of all claims in an efficient, cost-effective manner whenever possible.

Representative Matters

Tate v. Dierks
Michael Kirkham and Matthew Quandt defended this wrongful death trucking accident, in which decedent Alan Tate was driving for Whimsy, Inc. travelling westbound on Highway 50 in Lee’s Summit when his semi-truck left the roadway and collided with a concrete bridge pillar. Defendant Troy Dierks was the lead mechanic at Whimsy, Inc. Plaintiff Sean Tate alleged that his father’s accident was caused by a wobbly wheel as a result of Defendant’s failure to maintain decedent’s truck. Specifically, Plaintiff alleged that Defendant failed to properly grease the front-end wheel and steering assembly and failed to clear oil from the right front brake lining. Plaintiff presented one witness who told Defendant to check out a wobbly front right wheel prior to the accident and two witnesses who were travelling on Highway 50, noticed a wobbly wheel, and tried to alert decedent. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,500,000. Defendant argued that he properly maintained the truck. Following a five-day jury trial, Mr. Kirkham and Mr. Quandt successfully obtained a unanimous defense verdict.

Professional Affiliations

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Publications

Author – TIDA Kansas State Law Summary