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A Member of the firm since 1998, Kara has extensive experience in the areas of products liability, particularly the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.  She has defended pre-suit claims and individual cases and served the role of local, regional and national counsel, particularly assisting with the retention and development of expert and company witnesses, developing the defense theme and participating in mock jury trials.  The depth of her product liability practice also encompasses the defense of manufacturers of construction equipment, flavorings, prepared foods, commercial fireworks, various consumer products, and children’s products.  Her practice is also committed to the defense of premises liability matters for a national restaurant chain and various other commercial matters, including the defense of class action matters in Missouri and Kansas.

Kara has been an active member of various legal organizations over her career. She is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for ALFA International, a legal network comprised of 80 domestic and 70 international law firms.  She is also actively involved in the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the American Bar Association (ABA).  Kara frequenty authors papers and speaks at conferences around the country.

Prior to joining the firm, Kara served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas C. Clark of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri.  On Wednesday afternoons during the school year, you can find Kara reading to second grade students at Garfield Elementary School as part of her commitment to Turn the Page Kansas City.

Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, JD, 1992
  • University of Kansas, BA (Political Science), 1989

Memberships & Activities

  • ALFA International
    • Chair of Board of Directors (2018-present)
    • Vice Chair of Board of Directors (2016-2018)
    • Past Chair of Product Liability & Complex Torts Practice Group (2014-2016)
    • Board of Directors (2010-2013)
    • Secretary to Board of Directors (2012-2013)
    • Vice-Chair, Products Liability Practice Group (2013-2014)
    • Member of North American Membership Committee
    • Past Chair of Medical Device and Drug Practice Group
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Regional Chair of Membership for Kansas
    • Vice-Chair of Mid-Year Meeting for Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee (2016)
    • Vice-Chair of Publications for Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee (2013-2015)
    • Vice-Chair of Membership for Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee (2011-2013)
    • Vice-Chair of Publications for Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee (2011-2017)
    • Civil Justice Response Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair of Pharmaceuticals Sub-Committee, Litigation Section (2010-2012)  
    • Co-Chair of Medical Device Sub-Committee, Litigation Section (2013)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Drug and Medical Device Committee - State Liaison (Missouri)
    • Products Liability Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • Member
  • Missouri Bar Association
    • Chair Young Lawyers Section Council (2000-2001)
    • Young Lawyers Section Council Executive Committee Member (1999-2002)
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court
  • IADC Trial Academy
  • Phi Alpha Delta Alumni Chapter, Treasurer, (1996-1998)

Publications

  • Contributing author: ALFA Product Liability & Complex Torts Compendium, Kansas and Missouri Chapters (2017).
  • “CPSC’s Proposed Interpretive Rule Would Make Significant Changes to Voluntary Recalls” (Product Liability, IADC Committee Newsletter, February 2014).
  • Co-author to "A New Argument Against Preemption under Mensing: The Different Manufacturers Exception" (Drug Device & Biotechnology, IADC Committee Newsletter, May 2013).
  • Editor of "Federal Jurisdiction Based on Removal: A 50-State Survey" (ABA, Section of Litigation, Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee, 2008).
  • "Second Circuit Affirms Preliminary Injunction Prohibiting FDA from Implementing Regulation that Requires Certain Documentation of the Chain of Custody of Prescription Drugs," International Association of Defense Counsel Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee Newsletter, (October 2008).
  • "Liability Exposure For Original Equipment Manufacturers In The World Of Reprocessed Single Use Devices - Much Ado About Nothing Or Is The Other Shoe About To Drop?" Drug, Device and Biotechnology, IADC Committee Newsletter, (September 2007).
  • "The Learned Intermediary Doctrine Stands Strong In the Face of Increasing Direct-to-Consumer Advertising," RX for the Defense, The Newsletter of the DRI Drug and Medical Device Committee, (Summer 2005).
  • Contributing author to "50 State Survey: The Restatement Sections Specifically Applicable to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Cases in State Court" (Section of Litigation, American Bar Association 2003).
  • Contributing author to "The Use of Epidemiology in Tort Litigation, A Survey of Federal and State Jurisdictions" (Section of Litigation, American Bar Association 2003).

Presentations

  • Speaker, ALFA International Client Seminar (March 2 – 5, 2017), “The Advancing Role of Science in the Courtroom: the Future Is Now” – Miami, FL.
  • Speaker, MEDMARC's End-of-Year Webinar (December 14, 2016), "Litigation and Claims Trends for the Life Sciences Industry: The 2016 Year in Review and Forecast for 2017."
  • Moderator, ALFA International Product Liability & Complex Torts, Practice Group Seminar (July 16-18, 2014), “Consumer Product Safety Commission Panel Discussion” – Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Moderator, MEDMARC Annual Seminar (June 2012), “Navigating the Social Media Maze” – Bolton Landing, NY.
  • Program Chair, ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group Program Chair, ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group Seminar (September 21-23, 2011) – Nashville, TN
  • Program Chair, ABA, Section of Litigation, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference (November 11, 2010), "Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation."- Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Program, Chair, ABA, Section of Litigation, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference (November 12, 2009), "Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation."- Schering Plough, Kenilworth, NJ.
  • Moderator, ALFA International Women's Initiative Program/Chicago ACC Chapter (October 22, 2009), "Women in the Legal Profession: Recognizing and Developing Your Leadership Style." - Chicago, IL.
  • Speaker, ALFA International Midwest Regional, Healthcare and Medical Device Joint Seminar (June 4-5, 2009), "The Judicial, Legislative and Regulatory Status of Preemption in the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industry." - Minneapolis, MN.
  • ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group (November 12-14, 2008), "Medical Device and Drug Product Liability Litigation: Current Developments in Multi-District Litigation." - Dana Point, CA.
  • ACC America Mid-America Chapter, CLE Series (October 8, 2008), "Operator's Manual for a Witness Chair." - Kansas City, MO.
  • NEMA (National Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association), Product Safety and Liability Conference (October 1, 2008), "The Medical Monitoring Remedy and Other Cases with Unripened Injury." - Memphis, TN.
  • ACC America Mid-America Chapter, CLE Series (October 10, 2007), "The Attorney/Client Privilege, Recent Developments and New Traps for the Unwary." - Kansas City, MO.
  • ABA, Section of Litigation, PHARMA Meeting, Current Issues in Pharmaceutical Litigation and Policy (November 18, 2005), "Direct to Consumer Advertising and the Learned Intermediary Doctrine, What You Need to Know Now." - New York, NY.
  • ABA Women in Product Liability, Regional Meeting (November 9, 2004), "Advice from In-House Counsel on Successfully Navigating the Pitfalls of Marketing a Litigation Practice." - New York, NY.
  • ABA Women in Products Liability, Regional Meeting (November 6, 2003), "How to Forge Strong Relationships Between Inside and Outside Counsel." - Atlanta, GA.

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America, Kansas City Metropolitan Area
    •  Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2017-present)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences, 2016.
  • Medmarc Outstanding Advocacy Award, 2015.
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2010-2012, 2018.
  • Medmarc Insurance Group Attorney Honor Roll, 2004.
  • Missouri Bar Association Recognition for Valuable Leadership, 2001.
  • Missouri Bar Association Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Bar, 1999-2000.

Community Involvement

  • "Lead To Read" Volunteer, Garfield Elementary, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Faithwork Volunteer, Church of the Resurrection

News & Events

Kara Stubbs Elected Chair of ALFA International Board of Directors

11.05.18 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Kara Stubbs was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of ALFA International (ALFA) at the 2018 Annual Meeting, held October 24-26 in Montreal, Canada. Stubbs' term as Chair begins immediately and will run through...

Kara Stubbs Elected Vice Chair of ALFA International Board of Directors

10.31.16 | At the Annual Meeting of ALFA International (ALFA) on October 28, Kara Stubbs was elected by the membership to serve on the Board of Directors in the office of Vice Chair. Kara’s term as Vice Chair begins immediately and will run through...

Stubbs Article on CPSC's Proposed Interpretive Rule Published in IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter

03.04.14 | BSCR Member Kara Stubbs' article "CPSC's Proposed Interpretive Rule Would Make Significant Changes to Voluntary Recalls" was published in the February 2014 issue of the International Association of Defense Counsel's Drug, Device and Biotechnoogy Committee Newsletter.

Stubbs and Tinsley Article on Preemption Under Mensing Published in IADC Newsletter

06.05.13 | BSCR Members Kara Stubbs and Caroline Tinsley's article entitled "A New Argument Against Preemption Under Mensing: The Different Manufacturers Exception" was published in the May 2013 issue of the International Association of Defense Counsel's Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee Newsletter.

Stubbs Selected as Co-Chair of Medical Device Subcommittee

01.18.13 | Kara Stubbs has been selected to serve as the Co-Chair of the Medical Device Subcommittee of the ABA's Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee. The Section of Litigation is the largest specialty section of the American Bar Association.

Stubbs to Serve as Vice-Chair of ALFA Product Liability Practice Group

01.17.13 | Kara Stubbs was extended an invitation to serve as Vice-Chair of ALFA International's Product Liability Practice Group. Stubbs will service as Vice-Chair of the group for the next three years. . .

Baker Sterchi Sponsors ABA Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Meeting

11.19.12 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice was a law firm sponsor of the ABA Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation meeting held at Boston Scientific in Natick, Massachusetts on November 16, 2012. Co-sponsored by

Stubbs Elected Secretary of ALFA International Board of Directors

10.22.12 | Kara Stubbs has been elected as Secretary of ALFA International's Board of Directors. ALFA International is a global network of 145 independent law firms comprised of 85 members in the United States and 60 members internationally. . .

Stubbs Appointed to ALFA ICS Program Committee

06.21.12 | Kara Stubbs has been appointed to serve on ALFA International's Client Seminar Program Committee. The committee is comprised of attorneys from seven different ALFA firms representing seven different ALFA practice groups. . .

Stubbs to Moderate Panel on Social Media Discovery

04.27.12 | BSCR attorney Kara Stubbs will be moderating a panel at Medmarc's Annual Meeting in June. Stubbs' panel will address practical issues related to the discovery of social media, including how to effectively discover valuable information from social media sources and how to effectively use the information that is located. . .

Stubbs Co-Chairs ABA Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee

12.19.11 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Kara Trouslot Stubbs served as a co-chair of the Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee of the ABA Products Liability Committee, which recenty partnered with the Medical Device Subcommittee to sponsor the Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device CLE Workshop held at GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia in November.

Stubbs and Cowden to Participate in ALFA Product Liability Seminar

09.26.11 | Kara Stubbs and John Cowden participated in the recent ALFA Product Liability Seminar held in Nashville, TN. Stubbs was the program chair and Cowden participated on a breakout session panel entitled "Juror Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Corporate Defendants" at the 2011 ALFA Product Liability Seminar. . .

Stubbs Serves as Regional Editor for Product Liability Compendium

03.24.11 | Kara Stubbs is currently serving as a Regional Editor for the 2011 ALFA Product Liability Compendium. The Compendium will cover laws and significant developments on topics selected by the ALFA Product Liability practice group and will be published in advance of the group's seminar scheduled for this Fall. . .

Stubbs Selected as 2011 Product Liability Program Chair

12.01.10 | Kara Trouslot Stubbs has been selected as the 2011 ALFA Product Liability Practice Group Program Chair. The Product Liability Practice Group seminar will take place in Nashville, September 21-23, 2011 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

Stubbs Nominated to The Board of Directors of ALFA International

10.08.10 | Kara Trouslot Stubbs has been nominated to the Board of Directors of ALFA International, a global network of independent law firms. In the United States, ALFA member firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas. . .

Stubbs to Co-Chair ABA Drug & Medical Device Committee Meeting

10.04.10 | Kara Stubbs is co-chairing the annual CLE event of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Committees of the ABA Section of Litigation. The CLE event will take place on November 11 at Johnson & Johnson.

Rice and Stubbs to Co-Author Chapters of PLAC 50 State Survey

08.30.10 | Tom Rice and Kara Stubbs have been asked by the Child Product SLG to co-author the Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska chapters of a 50 state survey on parental negligence as a defense to a child's recovery for presentation at the 2011 DRI Product Liability Conference.

Stubbs Compiles Kansas Best Practices Information for IADC 50-State Guide

02.26.10 | Kara Stubbs compiled and provided information on Kansas "best practices" to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) for inclusion in the 2010 edition of a Best Practices Guide for the 50 States.

Results

Summary Judgment Obtained for Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

BSCR obtained summary judgment in a pharmaceutical product liability case pending in Kansas federal court. Plaintiff filed suit against our clients alleging...

Summary Judgment Obtained on Behalf of Medical Device Manufacturer Based on Preemption

BSCR obtained summary judgment in a medical device product liability case filed in Tenth Judicial District of Kansas (Johnson County). Plaintiff brought suit against our clients, the entities that designed, manufactured and sold the medical device implanted during plaintiff’s gastric bypass procedure, and...

Summary Judgment Obtained after Plaintiff’s Experts Stricken under Daubert

BSCR obtained summary judgment in a medical device product liability case filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri following two successful motions striking plaintiff’s liability and causation experts. Plaintiff brought suit against our client, a manufacturer of a surgical suture, alleging...

Summary Judgment Obtained for Electric Match Manufacturer in Product Liability Case

BSCR obtained summary judgment on behalf of an electric match manufacturer, in three related product liability cases. The cases arose out of a 2005 explosion at a fireworks plant in Crestline, Kansas. . .

BSCR Secures Defense Verdict on Behalf of Commercial Airline in Discrimination Case

BSCR obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a commercial airline in a discrimination case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Plaintiffs, two passengers on the flight, filed discrimination claims against our client for statements made by a flight attendant. . .

Blog Posts

Enactment of Senate Bill 608 Affords Missouri Businesses Greater Protection

08.31.18 | Governor Parson has signed Senate Bill 608, which enacts three new sections relating to civil liability due to criminal conduct. The Bill affords Missouri business owners greater protection against liability for criminal conduct that occurs on their property.

CPSC's Proposed Interpretive Rule Would Make Significant Changes to Voluntary Recalls

03.05.14 | On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to publish in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding Voluntary Recall Notices and Corrective Action Plans. The Commission's stated objective is to better inform consumers, create greater clarity for manufacturers and achieve more effective recalls.