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Joanna B. OrschelnView Bio as PDF
Joanna Orscheln is a trial lawyer focusing her practice on the defense of corporate clients in the areas of products liability, premises liability, and personal injury. Her experience extends to various industries including, propane, retail, railroad, recreational transportation, healthcare, insurance, and trucking.
 
Joanna has tried over 12 jury trials in state courts. As a former Jackson County prosecutor, she learned the importance of thorough investigations, and how to think critically and make decisions in high pressure situations. During Joanna’s time with the Special Victims Unit, she handled the prosecution of crimes involving domestic and sexual violence, this experience makes her uniquely skilled at guiding clients through legal situations when they are at their most vulnerable. 
 
As a civil attorney Joanna has experience with accident scene investigations, inspections of equipment, written discovery, preparing witnesses and corporate representatives to testify, taking and defending depositions including expert depositions, motion practice, handling substantive hearings, mediations, and trial. Joanna uses her experience to pinpoint legal issues and strategically defend cases through all stages of litigation.  
 

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • USDC, District of Kansas

Education

  • University of Missouri Kansas City, J.D., 2014
  • University of Missouri Columbia, B.A., 2011

Memberships & Activities

  • Association of Women Lawyers
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Recognition

  • Graduate of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel’s College of Railroad Trial Advocacy
  • Student Bar Association, Elected Representative

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Welcomes Joanna Orscheln in Kansas City

02.02.21 | Joanna Orscheln joins Baker Sterchi's Kansas City office as an associate. Her practice focuses on the defense of corporate clients in the areas of products liability, premises liability, and personal injury and extends to the representation of clients in a variety of industries, including propane, retail, railroad, recreational transportation, healthcare, insurance, and trucking.

Blog Posts

The Kansas City Area Saw Trials Plummet in 2020 Due to the Pandemic

02.08.21 | Little about 2020 was normal, and the number of trials in the Kansas City area was no exception. Data released by the Greater Kansas City Jury Verdict Service shows that the total number of jury trials in the Kansas City area was down over 65% in 2020 when compared to 2019.
 
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