Jeffrey A. Burns
Dollar Burns & Becker, LC
1100 Main Street, Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-876-2609
jeffb@dollar-law.com
 
Licensed in: Missouri

Education:
Law School:  University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, 1983
Undergrad Degrees:
  • Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO, 1978
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 1978-1979
  • St. Louis University School of Law, 1979-1980
  • University of Leicester, Faculty of Law, Leicester, England, 1980-1981 
Martindale-Hubbell and other legal ratings:
  • Martindale-Hubbel A/V
  • Superlawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Top 100 Trial lawyers –National Trial Lawyers Association
  • AVVO 10 Superb
Trucking specific organizations and leadership positions and awards:
  • National Freight Advisory Committee (Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation).
  • Member of the Truck and Bus Safety Committee (ANB70, Transportation Research Board).
  • Former Director, Center for Truck Safety (C.T.S.).
  • Former member, Alliance for Safe Highways, Missouri/Kansas affiliate of the
  • Coalition Against Bigger Trucks.
  • National Transportation Counsel for Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.) since 1994.
  • Chair, Trucking Litigation Group, American Association for Justice.
  • Executive Committee Member – Trucking Litigation Group, 2009 – present.
  • Truck Safety Coalition: Distinguished Service Award – Sorrow to Strength Conference, October, 2005.
  • Parents Against Tired Truckers: Lifesaver Award, 1998.
  • Former Vice-chair, Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, American Bar Association.
  • Unsung Hero Award – Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly.
  • Public Justice – Member.
  • National Safety Council – Member.
  • Author, Missouri Practice - Litigation Guide (Volumes 2 & 2A Missouri Practice Series - West Publications, 1992, with annual updates to present).
  • Author, Damages, a State by State Survey,(Chapter 26, Missouri – American Bar Association Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, 2014).
  • Faculty Member: Advanced Trial Advocacy college – Litigating Truck Collision Cases (Atlanta – 2009), (Kansas City – 2011), (Dallas – 2015).
  • Author: Truck Driver Fatigue – A Primer, American Bar Association, Truck Accident Litigation, 2nd Edition, 2012;
  • Author: Leveling the Playing Field: Handling a Plaintiff’s Truck Crash Case – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You… And Your Client, American Bar Association, Truck Accident Litigation, 2nd Edition, 2012;
  • Author: Truck Driver Fatigue – A Primer - American Bar Association, Truck Accident Litigation, (2005).
  • Author: Handling a Plaintiff’s Truck Crash Case – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You … And Your Client - American Bar Association, Truck Accident Litigation, (2005).
  • Author: Asleep At The Wheel? - Trial Magazine, November 2002.
  • Author: Truck Crash Cases - The Unlevel Playing Field, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, May 3, 1999.
Law Organizations and leadership and awards:
  • Missouri University School of Law
    • Order of the Coif, (Highest Honors – Top Graduate)
    • Law Review
  • Former Member: Missouri Bar Rules Committee
  • Life Member - National Registry of Who’s Who
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly - Unsung Hero Award - December 1996
  • Public Justice – Member.
  • American Bar Association
  • Brain Injury Association of Kansas(Member of Board of Directors – 9 years)
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Chair – Civil Practice Committee 2 years)
Notable Results:
  • $40,800,000.00 recovery for Ohio truck crash involving death of wife and injuries to sons.
  • $24,242.813.65 recovery for Missouri truck crash involving injuries and claims for loss of support.
  • $15,000,000.00 recovery for New York truck crash involving wrongful deaths.
Additional Information:
Author:
  • USLAW – Perspectives From the Plaintiff’s Lawyer’s Playbook – Tucson, Arizona, April 2013.
  • Handled truck crashes and cases in 34 states.
  • Married, 6 children, 4 grandchildren.
 
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