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John E. PattersonView Bio as PDF
John has represented corporate and individual clients in a variety of practice areas, including product liability, employment, construction/fidelity and surety, financial services litigation, premises liability, and commercial litigation.  His experience extends to various industries, including aerospace, banking, construction, insurance, pharmaceutical and medical device, arts and entertainment, and trucking.  He handles all phases of litigation - from initial discovery to jury verdict and appeal - before area state and federal courts, as well as federal administrative tribunals.

John graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he served on the staff of Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has been selected as a Rising Star by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2012-Present.


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


  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D.
    • Symposium Editor, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy
    • Kansas Defender Project
  • University of Kansas, BA

Memberships & Activities

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    •  Torts Committee
  • Mainstreet Parkville Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012-present.

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Promotes John Patterson to Member

01.11.18 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to announce the promotion of John Patterson to Member effective January 1, 2018. Patterson practices in the areas of product liability, employment, construction/fidelity and surety, financial services litigation, premises liability...

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Welcomes New Attorney John Patterson

12.08.15 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome John Patterson to the firm’s Kansas City office. Patterson represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of areas, including product liability, employment, financial services, fidelity and surety, transportation, premises liability, insurance, pharmaceutical and medical device, construction and commercial litigation...

Blog Posts

Political Divisions, Copyright Law, and a Strange Green Amphibian Meme - Pepe the Frog gets his Day in a Kansas City Area Court

02.27.18 | Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character created by comic book artist Matt Furie in the mid-2000’s, started out innocently enough. According to an interview given by Furie to the Daily Dot, Pepe’s philosophy on life was simply “feels good man.” Unfortunately for Pepe, however...

Paying the Piper (and the Copyright Owner) - The Music Modernization Act of 2017

02.02.18 | The rise of streaming music services has changed the landscape in ways that most would not have imagined even a decade ago. Among these changes are the ways in which performers, songwriters, and other copyright owners are compensated when their works are streamed on various devices.

Copyright Law: Overcoming Claims of Copyright Protection for Derivative Works

01.11.18 | In the recent case of We Shall Overcome Foundation, et al. v. Ludlow Music, Inc., et al., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York was asked to determine the validity of the copyright to “We Shall Overcome,” the seminal tune of the civil rights movement made famous by folk singer Pete Seeger, which had been registered as a “derivative work” with the Copyright Office, twice in the early 1960’s.

Whistles Here, Whistles There, Whistles Everywhere – 8th Circuit Allows Airline Whistleblower to Proceed with State Law Wrongful Discharge Claim

10.03.17 | In Watson v. Air Methods Corp., No. 15-1900 (8th Cir. en banc, Aug. 31, 2017), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed its own precedent and held that a former employee may bring a state law wrongful discharge claim against an “air carrier,” notwithstanding the pre-emption provision contained in the Airline Deregulation Act (“ADA”).

Old Facts and (no) New Tricks – Res Judicata Applies Despite Plaintiff’s Change in Legal Theory

05.24.17 | In Kesler v. The Curators of the University of Missouri, et al., the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri has provided a refresher course on the defense of res judicata.

The Daubert Standard – Coming Soon to a Missouri Court Near You

03.31.17 | Earlier this week, Governor Eric Greitens signed Missouri HB 153 into law. HB 153, which supplants Missouri’s existing expert witness standard with that set forth in Federal Rules of Evidence 702, 703, 704 and 705, effectively submits expert testimony in most civil and criminal case to the analysis set forth in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993).

A Peppercorn for Your Troubles – Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds $1.00 Jury Verdict

11.11.16 | In Walker v. Kelley, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District recently upheld a jury verdict awarding $1.00 to a personal injury plaintiff. The case involved a garden variety rear-end car accident which occurred in 2009. Following the accident, plaintiff received...

Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corporation: Another Nail in the Coffin of Field Preemption for Aviation Product Liability Claims

05.03.16 | In Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corporation, the Third Circuit issued a sweeping decision that field preemption is not applicable to aviation-related products liability claims. While conflict preemption is still viable in cases where it is physically impossible to comply with the type certificate and state law, manufacturers should expect to remain subjected to the patchwork of various state product liability standards for the foreseeable future.

Article 29 of the Montreal Convention: How Important is Location?

04.18.16 | The Montreal Convention, a treaty which became effective in the United States on November 4, 2003, governs the rights and liabilities of international air carriers and passengers. Among its more important provisions, Article 29 of the Montreal Convention states that...