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				Jarrow
				R.
				James
Commercial litigator; transportation litigator; trial lawyer

James Jarrow

Member in Kansas City

Jim Jarrow is a Member of the firm and co-chair of Baker Sterchi’s Trucking Practice Group with deep experience in all phases of litigation, including appeals. His practice extends to product liability, mass tort, automotive, trucking, agricultural, pharmaceutical, medical device, life and health insurance, disability insurance, legal malpractice, and premises liability matters. Jim litigates matters in courts across the United States and has successfully handled cases valued at more than $130 million. Because Jim actually tries lawsuits, he obtains better results at mediations since opponents are aware of his favorable track record and willingness to go to court.

In addition to his thriving litigation and appeals practice, Jim is a lecturer and trial practice instructor, sharing his wisdom with other lawyers. He has authored numerous articles and publications.

Jim enjoys Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer-reviewing rating from lawyers and judges: AV Preeminent.

Admissions

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

  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1988
    • Associate Editor of Washburn Law Journal
    • Order of Barristers
  • Indiana University, B.S. Management & Administration, 1981

Memberships & Activities

  • ALFA International
    • Steering Committee Member, Transportation Practice Group
    • Member, Product Liability Practice Group
  • American Society for Pharmacy Law
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
    •  Drug and Medical Device Committee
    • Trucking Law Committee
  • Kansas Bar
  • KCMBA Federal Courts Advocates Section, Founding Member
  • Missouri Bar
    • Former editor of the professional negligence section of the Missouri Bar Bulletin
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Casualty Litigation Committee
    • Commercial and Business Litigation Committee
    • Freight Claims Committee
    • Motor Carrier Committee
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association

Awards & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Kansas City Metropolitan Area
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2010-2012, 2019-2020

Certifications

  • Mediator Certification, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1999

Publications

  • Contributor, ALFA International Compendium, Transportation Law, Kansas and Missouri Sections (2022)

Presentations

  • ALFA International Presenter: Section on "Managing the Stealth TBI Claim" of the ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar – Rancho Verdes, CA (May 5, 2022)
  • Arkansas Trucking Seminar Panelist: Section on “Clairvoyance in Post-Accident Claims Handling” – Virtual (September 17, 2020)
  • Arkansas Trucking Seminar Presenter: Section on “New Medical Issues Related to Drinking, Drugs & Driving” – Rogers, AR (September 19, 2019)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Sections On “Changing Firms, Conflicts of Interest, Duty of Competency/Diversifying Your Practice” of the program “Legal Ethics: Top Challenges” – Overland Park, KS (June 12, 2019)
  • ALFA International Presenter: Section on “Toxicology Update” of the 2019 ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar – Colorado Springs, CO (April 26, 2019)
  • NBI Seminar Present: Section on “III. Handling Email, Social Media and Other ESI and IV. Witness Testimony and Reports” of the program “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit” – Overland Park, KS (February 15, 2019)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Sections on “Attorney Duties, Statutes and Case Law Regarding Email” and “Sending Emails to Clients, Opposing Counsel, the Court and Third Parties” of the program “ Legal Ethics of Email” – Kansas City, MO (June 28, 2017)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Sections on “Applying the Rules of Evidence to Expert Reports” and “Adhering to the Rules for Expert Witness Depositions” of the program “ Expert Witnesses: Using Kansas Court Rules to Your Advantage” - Overland Park, Kansas (April 28, 2016)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Section on Voir Dire and Jury Selection Strategies of the program “Advanced Trial Tactics” – Overland Park, Kansas (August 12, 2015)
  • NBI Seminar Moderator (moderating a 10-member panel of local judges): As Judges See It: Best (and Worst) Practices in Civil Litigation – Kansas City, Missouri (June 5, 2015)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Sections on Ethics and Legal Malpractice of the program “Legal Ethics: Top Mistakes that Lead to Malpractice” - Overland Park, Kansas (May 13, 2015)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Section on Dirty Tricks in Communications with Opposing Counsel, Discovery, Depositions, and Expert Witnesses of the program “Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the ‘Rambo’ Litigator” - Overland Park, Kansas (May 21, 2015)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Section on Ethics of the program “Calculating Medical Damages: Injury Settlements Post Affordable Care Act – Overland Park, Kansas (January 29, 2015)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Section on “Principles of Business Contracts” of the program “Preventing Business Contract Disputes” – Overland Park, Kansas (May 20, 2014)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Section on “Determining Admissibility Compliance and Effective Advocacy through Impeccable Knowledge of the Procedure” of the program “Applying the Rules of Evidence; What Every Attorney Needs to Know” – Overland Park, Kansas (January 31, 2014)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Handling “Rambo” Litigators in Kansas – Overland Park, Kansas (September 4, 2012)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Section on “Voir Dire and Jury Selection Strategies” of the program “Advanced Trial Tactics” – Overland Park, Kansas (June 28, 2012)
  • Institute for Paralegal Education Presenter: “Trial Preparation from Start to Finish for Paralegals.” – Kansas City, Missouri (May 15. 2012)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: “Advanced Trial Tactics” – Overland Park, Kansas (June 29, 2011)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Section on “Understanding the Police Investigation and Disciplinary Process” of the program “Handling the Police Liability Claim” – Overland Park, Kansas (January 31, 2011)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: “Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator” – Overland Park, Kansas (August 27, 2010)
  • ATA Panel Member: ATA Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel – Monterey, California (July 28, 2010)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: “Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy” – Overland Park (June 25, 2010)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: “Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process” – Kansas City, Missouri (May 11, 2010)
  • ALFA International Presenter: Section on “Social Networking & Recent Legal Developments’ of the program “Teamwork for Tomorrow: Legal Strategies for Success” – Palm Beach, Florida (June 03, 2010)
  • ALFA International Presenter: Section on “Strategies for the Tough Case” of the 2010 ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar – Marco Island, Florida (April 30, 2010)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: “Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy” – Overland Park, Kansas (June 15, 2009)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: Section on “Determine Damages Quickly and Easily” of the program “Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages” – Kansas City, Missouri (May 20, 2009)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: “Tackling Advanced Medical Malpractice Issues” – Overland Park, Kansas (May 15, 2009)
  • NBI Seminar Presenter: “Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers” – Kansas City, Missouri (March 20, 2009)
  • ALFA International Presenter: Section on “Truckers on Trial Part Two: What is Your Case Worth?” of the ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar – Amelia Island, Florida (April 27, 2005)

News & Events

Results

BSCR Scores Win for Retailer at Trial

BSCR defended a retailer sued by a shopper who was struck by a falling object. Plaintiff claimed a cervical injury that resulted in a cervical fusion. Plaintiff claimed permanent range of motion limitations in her neck due to the fusion.

Defense Verdict Obtained for Retail Client

BSCR successfully defended a major retail client at trial where plaintiff claimed she tripped and fell over a mat in the client's store causing her to break her hip. Plaintiff asked the jury for an award of $4M. . .

Eighth Circuit Affirms District Court's Grant of Summary Judgment for BSCR Insurance Client

The Eighth Circuit affirmed entry of summary judgment in favor of an insurance client in a Kansas City federal court case. The Eighth Circuit found that the federal court did not err in concluding that the agreement in question had a "follow-the-settlements" provision; did not err in finding another state's six-year limitations period barred plaintiff's challenges to claims submitted by defendant; nor did it err in finding the statute had not been tolled. . .

BSCR Obtains Favorable Jury Verdict on Behalf of Trucking Client

BSCR defended client Swift Transportation Company at trial in a case where a Swift tractor-trailer allegedly turned left in front of a motorcycle at an uncontrolled intersection on a four-lane highway. Plaintiff claimed a brain injury in the form of post concussive syndrome, a knee injury, neck pain, back pain, and headaches. . .