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Jonathan E. BenevidesView Bio as PDF

Jon Benevides dedicates his practice to the defense of corporate clients in the areas of transportation, products liability, premises liability, employment/labor, consumer protection, and commercial litigation. His experience extends to various industries, including trucking, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, construction, aerospace, insurance and pharmaceutical and medical device.

Jon has defended numerous Fortune 500 companies in all phases of litigation from the initial investigation, coordination and execution of strategy, to bringing cases to successful resolution, either through mediation or trial. 

He has both taken and defended hundreds of expert, corporate representative and fact witness depositions.  He also has First and Second Chair trial experience and has served as sole counsel at trials in the successful defense of corporate clients in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri. 

He also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in union representation proceedings and unfair labor practice proceedings.  He also advises executives, managers and supervisors on union awareness and positive employee relations, and assists employers in connection with union card-signing efforts, traditional union representation and corporate campaigns. 

Jon received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law where he was an Articles Editor of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. Named to the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer’s Rising Star list 2014-present, Jon has also served as an adjunct instructor at a local college on business law.


  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas


  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D, 2009
    • Articles Editor, Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
    • University of Kansas School of Law Merit Scholarship Recipient 
  • Rockhurst University, B.S. (Business Management), summa cum laude, 2005
    • Dean’s Honor Roll
    • Beta Gamma Sigma- International Business Honor Society 

Memberships & Activities

  • ALFA International
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • IADC Trial Academy Graduate (2016)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Employment & Labor Law Committee
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Kansas Bar


  • Co-Author, ALFA International Compendium, Transportation Law, Kansas and Missouri Sections (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Co-Author, ALFA International Compendium, Workers' Compensation Law, Kansas Section (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Co-Author, ALFA International Compendium, Hospitality Law, Kansas Section (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Co-Author, ALFA International Compendium, Hospitality Law, Missouri Section (2016)
  • Co-Author, ALFA International Program Materials, Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar: Sleep Apnea (2016)
  • Co-Author, ALFA International Program Materials, Transportation Practice Group Seminar: Preventability Versus Non-Preventability Determinations - Resolving the Tension Between Safety and Legal (2013)


  • ALFA International, Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar: Sleep Apnea (2016).

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list, 2014-present.

News & Events

Jonathan Benevides Becomes Member of Invitation-Only Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

06.21.19 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Jonathan Benevides has been unanimously approved for membership in the by invitation-only Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Nominees, who must be of high professional standing, demonstrate good moral character, and devote a substantial amount of their professional time to defending civil litigation, undergo a rigorous peer review nomination process before...

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Promotes Attorneys to Member Status

01.11.16 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC announce that Robert F. Chandler and Jonathan E. Benevides have been elected to Member status effective January 1, 2016.

Benevides Participates in MODL Trial Academy

06.03.10 | Jon Benevides recently participated as a student at the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyer's (MODL) 2010 Trial Academy at the University of Missouri School of Law. Jon joined other students in learning trial skills in a mock trial format.


Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Wins Defense Verdict in Apartment Complex Premises Liability Matter

After a trial in Jackson County, Missouri Circuit Court, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice won a premises liability case in which our clients were sued by an individual who broke his leg. The plaintiff slipped and fell at night on ice in a parking lot, requiring surgery and a metal plate being put into his leg (ORIF). The defense centered on...

BSCR Obtains Favorable Result for Retail Client at Trial

After a week-long trial in which plaintiff alleged severe physical and mental injuries left her disabled after being hit by a shopping cart in our client's retail store, a Kansas Federal jury returned a favorable verdict for our client. . .

Blog Posts

FAA's New On-Line Registration Process to Streamline the Registration of Unmanned Aircraft Being Operated for Non-Recreational Process

01.14.16 | Much of the attention of the FAA's recently promulgated Interim Federal Rule ("IFR") 80 FR 78593, has focused on the FAA's requirement that all unmanned aircraft (commonly referred to as "drones") be registered with the federal government. Lost amongst the media's coverage on the effect the new rule will have on recreational unmanned aircraft users, are...

Avoiding Incomplete Settlements

12.30.15 | In Hill v. Hutchinson Care Center, L.L.C., et al., 2015 WL 5927073 (Kan. App. 2015), the parties executed a written document at the conclusion of a mediation that outlined the terms of the settlement including the amount to be paid by defendants to each plaintiff. The agreement further...

FAA's proposed rules for small commercial drones

05.15.15 | The FAA announced its proposed rules for small commercial drones (small unmanned aircraft/aerial systems “UAS”). See Small UAS NPRM (available at in February 2015. While the proposed rules are more lenient than many in the industry had anticipated, they are still stringent enough to prevent the use of UAS in many of the ways envisioned by some commercial entities.

Reasonable Accommodations Are All About Enabling Employees To Work, Not To Not Work

07.16.14 | The Tenth Circuit addresses the duration of sick leave, as a "reasonable accommodation" for an employee with a disability.

Frying the Frye Test and Increasing the Caps: New Amendments to Kansas Civil Actions and Civil Procedure

07.11.14 | K.S.A. 60-19a02 has been amended, increasing Kansas's long-standing cap on non-economic damages (pain and suffering) recoverable in personal injury. K.S.A. 60-456(b) has also been amended to mirror the requirements for the admissibility of expert testimony set forth in Fed. R. Evid. 702.