James R. Borthwick

Of Counsel
Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Services
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Business Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8113
Fax: 816.983.8080
University Central College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1961
Law SchoolUniversity of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1964
Admitted1964, Missouri; 1990, Kansas; 1964, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1970, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1985, U.S. Supreme Court; 1990, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section

•Defense Research Institute

•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

•Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Board of Directors, 1989-1994; President, 1993-1994

•The Missouri Bar


Jim is a litigator on Husch Blackwell's Financial Services team. He has defended clients in a variety of business litigation matters, including the defense of accounting firms against claims of professional liability and the representation of manufacturers in product liability claims. In the past 20 years, Jim has handled more than 75 accountant and lawyer malpractice cases to favorable conclusions.

Jim's industry experience has included:

•Serving as lead trial counsel in defense of a lawsuit by federal regulators against former directors of a savings association. The jury verdict for defendant was described as one of the biggest defense wins that year by National Law Journal.

Representing a Kansas City, Mo., bank on a variety of lender liability and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases.

In addition, Jim has served as lead counsel for a major school district in desegregation litigation matters, trying two major desegregation cases.

Awards and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers In America, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2007-2014

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2005

Civic Involvement

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

•Johnson County Democratic Party

•Kansas City Zoo, Friends of the Zoo

•Kansas Democratic Party, State Committee

•KC Consensus

•Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Society of Fellows

•United Community Services of Johnson County


Lead trial counsel in defense of a suit by the Resolution Trust Corp./Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. against former directors of the Franklin Savings Association.

•Represented a Kansas City, Mo., bank on a variety of lender liability and ERISA cases.

•Represented an insurer in a $12 million dispute with policy holder over coverage for intellectual property claims. Case settled during arbitration for $4 million.

Business Insights

Business Insights

Avoiding Malpractice Liability, Taxation Committee, Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Society of CPAs
Speaking Engagement

Trial Practice,Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association/University of Missouri-Kansas City
Speaking Engagement

Advance Settlement Seminar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Speaking Engagement

Avoiding Liability, Missouri Society of CPAs
Speaking Engagement

In The News

8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release

8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
News Release

9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
News Release


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Office Information

James R. Borthwick

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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