A strong advocate for clients in courtrooms and arbitration proceedings, Spike brings 40 years of experience to a wide variety of litigation in healthcare and financial services. Over the decades, his practice has included more than 50 healthcare-related jury trials across the country. In addition, he has defended clients in a variety of class action lawsuits, multiparty actions, breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice claims, breach of contract matters and other commercial litigation cases.
His noteworthy victories include:
· Defending a Midwestern trust company against multiple breach of fiduciary duty allegations brought by beneficiaries of a trust, with millions of dollars at stake.
· Obtaining favorable verdicts for a healthcare system facing multiple lawsuits relating to patient infections.
· Representing a major healthcare system in an arbitration that decided ownership, control and management rights.
Spike has handled numerous financial services matters, personal injury litigation, product liability and trust and estate disputes, in addition to healthcare litigation.
Awards & Recognitions
· American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
· Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2012-2014
· The Best Lawyers In America, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Trusts & Estates, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2008-2014; Kansas City, MO - Litigation, Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year, 2014
· Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2002-2003, 2007-2008
· Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2005-2012
· Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer of the Year, 2000
Professional Associations & Memberships
· American Health Lawyers Association
· Defense Research Institute
· Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
· The Missouri Bar
· Represented Midwestern trust company in seeking approval of trustee fees in the face of numerous allegations of breach of fiduciary duty asserted by beneficiaries, first in an arbitration spanning more than two years and then in a trial in probate court. In his 88-page opinion, the arbitrator ruled in favor of the trustee on all issues. Probate court issued 127-page decision following 20 months of deliberation, finding in favor of the trustee on the key issues in the case.
· Representing trustee in major litigation arising out of bankruptcy of public company that franchised insurance agencies.
· Defended regional healthcare system in more than 40 lawsuits claiming that infections following surgery or hospital admission were caused by negligence of healthcare providers. Following several arbitrations and two favorable jury verdicts, remaining lawsuits were dismissed.
· Represented healthcare system in a multiweek arbitration that decided ownership, control and management of system in favor of client.
· Defended ladder manufacturer in jury trials involving claims of product defect resulting in defense verdicts.
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