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				Meltzer
				D.
				Hal
Defense trial lawyer

Hal Meltzer

Member in Kansas City

Hal Meltzer has successfully defended manufacturers in litigation involving consumer, commercial, and professional products and appliances, heavy equipment and component parts, motor vehicles, and pharmaceuticals. He has also successfully defended physicians and other healthcare providers, pharmacists, lawyers, insurance agents, and others in professional liability cases, commercial motor carriers and their operators in transportation related accident cases, and governmental and private sector entities in civil rights and employment matters. Hal has managed and tried lawsuits in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri as well as other state and federal jurisdictions involving a broad spectrum of subjects and legal issues. Those myriad of cases have afforded him a keen understanding of jurors and juries, and he effectively brings that experience to bear on behalf of clients.

In addition to Hal’s defense of catastrophic and serious bodily injury, wrongful death, and major property damage claims, his civil trial practice includes commercial litigation, telecommunications, premises liability and security cases, insurance coverage, and the defense of bad faith claims.

Hal collaborates with each client to determine their ultimate goals and develop individualized strategies for each case which will accomplish those objectives. His passion is in the analysis and courtroom presentation of complex and technical facts and the application of medical, scientific, engineering, and technologic principles. Comprehensive analysis, innovative strategies and unique, but proven, trial tactics are his fundamentals for actual and anticipated success in the courtroom.

Having an exceptional history and reputation of trying civil jury cases to verdict – both in number, variety, and results – provides him the inherent practical leverage of credibility and strength as an adversary which manifests in significantly better, if not noteworthy, negotiated, or mediated resolutions outside of the courtroom when the clients’ interests, directives, and ultimate objectives so dictate.

Hal currently serves as a member of the Baker Sterchi’s national coordinating and trial counsel teams for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and he has been appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of Kansas to represent the Kansas Healthcare Stabilization Fund in claims and lawsuits involving or affecting the state’s compulsory healthcare provider liability fund.

Because of his development and use of innovative trial strategies and proven trial tactics – as well as his trial experience, Hal has been an invited presenter and speaker at numerous national, regional, and local CLE seminars, college medical school programs, and private sector programs for in-house counsel, risk managers, liability claims directors and handlers, and safety directors.

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1979
    • Order of the Coif
    • KU Law Review 1977-79
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., cum laude, 1975

Memberships & Activities

  • ALFA International
    • Steering Committee Member, Transportation Practice Group
    • Steering Committee Member, Professional Liability Practice Group
    • Member, Product Liability Practice Group
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2005, 2013-2015, 2020

Publications

  • ALFA International Compendium, Transportation Law (Kansas and Missouri Sections) (2022)
  • ALFA International Compendium, Healthcare Law (Missouri Section) (2003, 2005)
  • ALFA International Transportation Update: Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuropsychological Evidence (with J. Sallings) (2005)
  • ALFA International Compendium, Transportation Law (Missouri Section) (2006)
  • ALFA International Transportation Update: Strategies for Analyzing and Assessing Traumatic Brain Injury (2008)
  • ALFA International Transportation Update: Practical Tips, Use of NHTSA Research Program Data on Light Vehicle Anti-Lock Brake Systems to Address Emergency Perception and Reaction Time Analysis (2009)
  • ALFA International Transportation Update: Update on Negligent Entrustment and Negligent Hiring, Retention and Supervision Claims in Kansas (2010)
  • ALFA International Program Materials, Transportation Practice Group Seminar: Conventional and Unconventional Wisdom - Stompin' Snakes: An Open Forum for Hot Topics and Conundrums (2011)
  • ALFA International Compendium, Healthcare Law (Kansas and Missouri Sections) (2007, 2008, 2013)
  • ALFA International Program Materials, Transportation Practice Group Seminar: Preventability Versus Non-Preventability Determinations - Resolving the Tension Between Safety and Legal (2013)
  • ALFA International Compendium, Professional Liability Law (Missouri and Kansas Sections) (2014)
  • ALFA International Program Materials, Transportation Practice Group Seminar: Engaging the Human Factors Expert, Can We See The Value? (2014)
  • ATA Litigation Center Program Materials, For Your Eyes Only...Or Not-Optimizing the Value of Safety Technology, Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel (2014)
  • ALFA International Program Materials, Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar: Sleep Apnea (2016)
  • ALFA International Program Materials, Transportation Practice Group Seminar: The OSA Screening Dilemma (2017)
  • ALFA International Compendium, Workers' Compensation Law (Kansas Section) (2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • ALFA International Compendium, Transportation Law (Kansas and Missouri Sections) (2004, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)

Presentations

  • Presenter: Truckers on Trial (Mock Trial, Part Two). Cross Examination of plaintiff's Neuropsychologist presented at the American Law Firm Association Transportation Practice Group at Amelia Island, Florida, (April 2005)
  • Presenter: Strategies for Analyzing, Assessing, and Excluding Proposed Testimony Regarding or Based on PET Scans, SPECT Scans, and Quantitative EEGs, American Law Firm Association International Webinar, (February 2006)
  • Moderator: Conventional and Unconventional Wisdom - Stompin’ Snakes: An Open Forum for Hot Topics and Conundrums. American Law Firm Association Transportation Practice Group Seminar, Dana Point, California (May 2011)
  • Panel Member: Preventability Versus Non-Preventability Determinations – Resolving the Tension Between Safety and Legal. American Law Firm Association Transportation Practice Group Seminar, La Quinta, California (March 2013)
  • Moderator: Engaging the Human Factors Expert, Can We See The Value? American Law Firm Association Transportation Practice Group Seminar, Coral Gables, Florida ( April 2014)
  • Panel Member: Emerging Trends in Lawyers Professional Liability Claims. American Law Firm Association Labor & Employment, Insurance & Professional Liability Practice Groups Seminar, New York, New York (June 2014)
  • Speaker: For Your Eyes Only...Or Not-Optimizing the Value of Safety Technology, ATA Litigation Center, Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel, Marina Del Rey, California (July 2014)
  • Moderator: The OSA Screening Dilemma. American Law Firm Association Transportation Practice Group Seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona (May 2017)

Results

Baker Sterchi Secures Summary Judgment through Extraordinary Writ from Missouri Supreme Court

Baker Sterchi recently obtained summary judgment in the Missouri Supreme Court for their client, despite the trial court's initial refusal to recognize and hold that their clients were immune from civil liability. The win was accomplished through an extraordinary writ of prohibition sought from and issued by the Missouri Supreme Court, ordering the trial judge to reverse and vacate her original order and enter summary judgment in favor of Baker Sterchi's clients.