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Leigh Ann is an associate in the Kansas City office. Prior to joining the firm, she served as law clerk to the Honorable James F. Kanatzar of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri and worked as an associate at another Kansas City area law firm.

Leigh Ann graduated from American University Washington College of Law in 2013.  During law school she was a research assistant for a global pro bono law firm, providing free legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, post-conflict democratic transition, and prosecution of war criminals.  In her third year of law school she served as a student attorney for the Women and the Law Clinic representing clients in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the courts of Maryland.

Leigh Ann earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing, International Business, and Italian from the University of Kansas in 2010.  


  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • University of Kansas, B.S. Marketing, International Business, and Italian, 2010

Memberships & Activities

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Lead To Read Volunteer, Garfield Elementary, Kansas City, Missouri (2017-2018)
  • Kansas City Public Library (Advocacy Committee Member)

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Welcomes Leigh Ann Massey

06.16.17 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Leigh Ann Massey as an associate in the firm’s Kansas City office. Prior to joining the firm, Leigh Ann served as a law clerk to the Honorable James F. Kanatzar of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. Her practice with the firm...


Administrative Law Judge Finds in Favor of BSCR Healthcare Client on Billing Code Issue

BSCR attorneys successfully represented the nation's largest provider of maternal-fetal, newborn and pediatric subspecialty services in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in Kansas. At the hearing, the State took issue with how several pediatric NICU patients were coded for billing purposes, and sought ...

Blog Posts

"Impossibility Preemption" Remains Alive and Well in Missouri for Generic Drug Manufacturers

04.06.18 | "Impossibility preemption" applies to bar tort claims where it is impossible for a party to comply with both state and federal law. In the recent opinion of Raskas v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., No. 4:17-CV-2261 RLW, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3507 (E.D. Mo. January 8, 2018), the Eastern District of Missouri reaffirmed application of,,,

It's not a bird or a plane... So what do we do with it? Concerns and regulations increase as drone usage skyrockets.

12.20.17 | This month, President Trump signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law, which extends certain requirements to those using model UASs. Although previously exempted from the registration requirement of Part 107, drone hobbyists will be required to provide their name and contact information to the FAA, as well as pay a small fee, to be legally compliant when operating their drones.

Eighth Circuit Upholds Denial of Benefits Under ERISA-governed Insurance Policy

10.10.17 | The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Donaldson v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburg, recently upheld the denial of benefits under an ERISA-governed insurance policy because the plan administrator's interpretation of the disputed policy language was found to be reasonable.

Is It Necessary for an Expert Opinion to Take Into Account Obvious Alternative Explanations for an Injury? Eighth Circuit Weighs In.

08.07.17 | In Redd v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has reminded litigators of the importance of ensuring expert witnesses perform a thorough review of a matter, including apparent alternative causal explanations, prior to issuing their opinions.