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James Scott KreamerView Bio as PDF

Scott Kreamer has tried more than 25 cases in both State and Federal Courts. In 2010, he was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as having received one the top jury verdicts in Missouri in a commercial case. Scott has also appeared before and prevailed in many appellate decisions in various federal and state jurisdictions. Scott practices in the areas of commercial, construction, financial services, insurance, products liability and tort litigation. Scott has also served as national counsel for clients in the areas of toxic tort litigation and financial services.

Scott is the firm's Managing Member. He has also been an active member of various bar organizations over his career. He is currently serving as President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an invitation-only organization consisting of accomplished defense attorneys, corporate counsel, and insurance industry executives who have achieved professional distinction during their careers, and is the Dean in the FDCC's Litigation Management College. Scott frequently authors papers and lectures at conferences across the country. He is admitted to practice in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, JD, 1989
  • University of Iowa, BBA, 1986

Memberships & Activities

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    • President
    • President-Elect
    • Secretary-Treasurer
    • Senior Director
    • Executive Committee
    • Website Director
    • Dean of Litigation Management College
  • American Bar Association
    • Fidelity and Surety Sub-Committee
    • Section of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Committee
    • Litigation Section
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
    •  Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Board of Directors
  • National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Representative to YLS Council, (1993-99)
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Mortgage Bankers Association

Publications

  • Co-author: "The Principal's Subcontractors: Payment Bond Issues and Ratification Agreements," American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (May 2016).

Presentations

  • Speaker: "The Principal's Subcontractors: Payment Bond Issues and Ratification Agreements," American Bar Association, TIPS Section Spring CLE Conference (May 2016) - Atlanta, GA.

Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Construction Litigation, 2013-Present.
  • Joseph R. Olshan Award (2011) awarded by FDCC for outstanding service to organization.
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2006-2009, 2013-present.
FDCC Member

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Managing Member James Scott Kreamer Elected President of Prestigious Defense Organization

08.02.17 | James Scott Kreamer, Managing Member of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, was elected President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) at the 2017 Annual Meeting at...

Scott Kreamer Appointed to Lawyers for Civil Justice Board of Directors

08.07.16 | James Scott Kreamer has been named to the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), a coalition of corporations and defense attorneys committed to reform in the civil justice system.

Scott Kreamer Elected President-Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

08.04.16 | Scott Kreamer, Managing Member of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, was elected President-Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) at the group’s Annual Meeting in July 2016.

Scott Kreamer Elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

08.10.15 | Scott Kreamer has been elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an invitation-only organization consisting of accomplished defense attorneys, corporate counsel, and insurance industry executives who have achieved professional distinction during their careers...

Scott Kreamer Re-Elected Senior Director of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

08.10.14 | Scott Kreamer has been elected to serve as a Senior Director of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an invitation-only organization consisting of accomplished defense attorneys, corporate counsel, and insurance industry executives who have achieved professional distinction during their careers.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC Announces New Management

01.16.14 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC has named Thomas N. Sterchi and John W. Cowden as Co-Chairmen and James Scott Kreamer as Managing Member of the firm.

Kreamer to Serve as Dean of Litigation Management Conference

06.07.13 | Scott Kreamer will serve as the Dean of the Litigation Management College which takes place at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, June 9-13. . .

Kreamer Attends Third Annual LCLD Membership Meeting

09.17.12 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Executive Committee Member James S. Kreamer attended the Third Annual Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Annual Membership Meeting in Washington DC, September 12-13, 2012. The LCLD was formed in 2009 and is comprised of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to...

Kreamer Serves as Dean of Curriculum for Litigation Management College

07.20.11 | Scott Kreamer recently served as the Dean of Curriculum for the Litigation Management College sponsored by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. The LMC is a four day workshop designed for claims handling professionals and is held annual at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Kreamer Participates in Local Legal Industry Outlook Event

04.01.11 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Executive Committee Member Scott Kreamer represented the firm at Ingram’s Eleventh Annual Legal Industry Outlook. Sponsored by the law firm of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips in March, attorneys from many of the area’s largest law firms participated in a discussion about...

Kreamer Recognized on Lists of Top Plaintiff Wins

02.08.11 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Scott Kreamer was recognized in Missouri Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 31, 2011) in connection with a $5.5M verdict in the matter of The Waits Co. v. MacKenzie House, et al., United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Missouri Lawyers Weekly included the case in the twenty-sixth spot on its list of...

Kreamer Re-Elected as FDCC Vice-President

08.23.10 | Scott Kreamer has been re-elected to serve as a Vice President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). FDCC is a by-invitation only international organization of civil defense attorneys, as well as general counsel, risk managers, and claims professionals. Scott's term runs through August 2011.

Kreamer Appointed Dean of Curriculum of Litigation Management College

07.01.10 | Scott Kreamer has been appointed Dean of Curriculum of the Litigation Management College (LMC) sponsored by the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The LMC is a four day workshop designed for claims handling professionals. . .

Kreamer Participates in Legal Industry Outlook Round-Table

04.14.10 | On April 14, Scott Kreamer represented BSCR at the 10th Annual Legal Industry Outlook Round-Table sponsored by Ingram's. Attorneys from many of the area's largest law firms participated in a round-table discussion about the instability of the financial markets and the economy, and its effect on recruiting, retention and billing trends. . .
  • RECENT TRIALS OF NOTE

  • Hall et al. v. NW Fertilizer, Inc.

    Holt County, MO (2013)
    Obtained jury verdict in favor of our client, Northwest Fertilizer, Inc. after a week trial. The case involved a misapplication of a herbicide on corn crops that damaged a portion of plaintiffs’ corn.
  • Unified School District No. 228 v. Old Republic Surety Company, et al.

    Hodgeman County, KS (2013)
    Successfully defended Old Republic Surety, Inc. in a 5 day jury trial involving a breach of contract regarding the construction of running track at a local high school. At the close of plaintiff's evidence the District Court granted Old Republic's motion for directed verdict and entered judgment in favor of Old Republic.
  • Fischer Quarries v. Western Surety Company, et al.

    Carroll County, MO (2012)
    Following a bench trial in Ray County, Missouri, BSCR received a judgment in favor of our client, Western Surety. The claim involved a contractual dispute arising out of an indemnity agreement. The Court awarded our client the full amount requested, which included all attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Schupp v. Western Surety, et al.

    Pettis County, MO (2011)
    Successfully defended claim against surety bond.
  • The Weitz Company v. MacKenzie House, LLC, et al

    U.S.D.C. MO (2010)
    Unanimous defense verdict and award of $5 million on a counterclaim in a three week jury trial involving a commercial dispute.
  • America's Mortgage Banc, Inc. v. XEZ, Inc., et al.

    Circuit Court of Cook County, IL (2009)
    Successfully represented mortgage company in jury trial seeking recovery of money lost arising out of fraudulent loans.
  • The Weitz Company v. MH Washington, LLC, et al.

    U.S.D.C. MO (2008)
    Successfully defended three week jury trial involving a commercial dispute over condominium development.
  • Walton Construction Company v. First National Insurance Company of America, et al.

    Kansas City, MO (2005)
    Obtained a defense verdict from a panel of three arbitrators in a four week arbitration involving construction project and claim of $15 million.
  • 103 Investors v. Square D Company, et al.

    U.S.D.C. KS (2005)
    Obtained directed verdict in a one week jury trial involving a design defect claim of electrical equipment.
  • NewCap Insurance  Co. v. Employers Reinsurance Corp.

    U.S.D.C. KS (2004)
    Successfully represented NewCap in a jury trial for recovery of $15 million in reinsurance proceeds.
  • Saxon Mortgage, Inc, v. Mortgage Plus, Inc.

    U.S.D.C. KS (2001)
    Obtained defense verdict in trial involving mortgage loans.
  • City of Leon, KS v. Faciligroup, et al.

    District Court of Lyon County, KS (1998)
    Obtained defense verdict in trial involving construction of waste water treatment facility.
  • Mack Excavating, Inc. v. City of Topeka

    U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., KS (1997)
    Represented contractor in trial regarding construction project.
  • RECENT APPELLATE COURT ARGUMENTS

  • The Weitz Company v. MacKenzie House, LLC, et al.

    Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2011)
    Affirming jury verdict in commercial case.
  • The Weitz Company v. MH Washington, LLC, et al.

    Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2009)
    Application of piercing the corporate veil doctrine.
  • 103 Investors v. Square D Company, et al.

    Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (2004)
    Application of Daubert to striking expert witness.
  • Reeves v. Sunflower Dodge, Inc.

    KS Court of Appeals (1998)
    Application of Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
  • Freight Rate Service Company v. Phil Williams et al.

    KS Court of Appeals (1998)
    Damages recoverable under breach of contract.
  • Prestress Engineering v. Mechanical & Industrial Fasteners, Inc.

    Illinois Court of Appeals
    Application of economic loss doctrine.

Results

BSCR wins in summary judgment motion for lien holder in dispute over enforceability

Purchasers under a contract for deed filed an action in Missouri state court seeking a declaratory judgment and an order quieting title to a mobile home and surrounding real estate. In doing so, purchasers attempted to invalidate the superior, prior and properly-perfected lien of the creditor in and to the mobile home.

Appellate Victory on Uninsured Motorist Coverage and “Stacking” Claim

BSCR obtained a favorable appellate ruling affirming summary judgment for our insurer client in an uninsured motorist coverage case. In that case, an employee’s claim against his co-employee was excluded from the liability policy’s coverage.

Judgment Obtained for Clients in Mechanic’s Lien Case

Following a bench trial in St. Louis County, Missouri, BSCR received a judgment in favor of its clients, Allen Edmonds and Plaza Frontenac, a large upscale shopping mall...

BSCR Obtains Appellate Victory for Insurer

BSCR obtained an appellate victory in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District, enforcing plaintiffs’ agreement to settle after they had refused to sign settlement papers. . .

Dismissal Obtained for Surety Client in Bond Claim

BSCR obtained dismissal of client Old Republic Surety in a case involving a claim on a public official bond pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Northern Division. . .

Jury Verdict Obtained for Client in Crop Damage Case

BSCR obtained a jury verdict in favor of our client, Northwest Fertilizer, Inc. after a week-long trial. The case involved a misapplication of an herbicide on corn crops that damaged a portion of plaintiffs' corn crop. Plaintiffs claimed that damage from the herbicide was widespread throughout a substantial portion of the farm while Northwest Fertilizer claimed the damage was isolated and any remaining damage was the result of other causes for which it was not responsible. . .

Judgment Obtained for Client in Contractual Dispute

BSCR received a judgment in favor of our client, Western Surety, following a bench trial in Ray County, Missouri. The claim involved a contractual dispute over an indemnity agreement. The court issued a lengthy opinion and awarded our client the full amount requested. . .

Directed Verdict Obtained for Surety Client on Construction Defect Claim

BSCR successfully defended Old Republic Surety, Inc. in a 5 day jury trial involving the construction of running track at a local high school. At the close of plaintiff's evidence the District Court granted Old Republic's motion for directed verdict and entered judgment in favor of Old Republic. . .

Defense of Fidelity & Surety Client Results in Summary Judgment

BSCR's defense of a notary in a Clay County, Missouri action resulted in summary judgment in favor of our client, the fidelity and surety insurer of the notary. In this case, plaintiff sought to recover under a notarial bond issued by our client to insure faithful performance of its principal, a notary. . .

BSCR Wins Appeal Before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals In Hotly Contested Construction Case

A decision from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict obtained by BSCR in favor of its clients MacKenzie House, L.L.C. (developer) and MH Metropolitan, L.L.C., (owner) of a Kansas City apartment complex. Appellant, The Weitz Company (an Iowa-based contractor) was retained as the contractor of the apartment complex and eventually walked off the project after significant delays and cost overruns. . .