Blake A. Shuart

Blake A. Shuart

Attorney Blake A Shuart

Mr. Shuart has significant and diverse experience in all types of tort litigation across the United States, having passed bar examinations in Illinois, Kansas, Florida and New Jersey. He has successfully handled hundreds of cases as lead counsel on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, from general tort matters and medical malpractice cases to national pharmaceutical and product liability litigation in state and federal courts across the U.S. Mr. Shuart has tried several complex injury and wrongful death cases to jury verdict in various jurisdictions across Kansas in solo, first-chair and second-chair capacities. He has also briefed numerous appeals in the state and federal appellate courts, and argued cases in front of the Kansas Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

In total, Mr. Shuart has favorably resolved over 300 cases for his clients by way of settlement or verdict, recovering many millions of dollars for his clients. Mr. Shuart has also developed expertise in resolving complex subrogation liens, and has lectured at CLEs on the topic of lien resolution, as well as other topics relevant to his practice. Mr. Shuart is actively involved in the litigation of several mass torts in jurisdictions across the U.S., and actively handles most other types of injury/tort actions as well.

Mr. Shuart has handled cases in the following jurisdictions, some of which were on a pro hac vice basis:

Kansas (state and federal courts)

Illinois (state and federal courts)

New Jersey (state and federal courts)

Florida (state court)

New York (federal court)

Missouri (state court)

Rhode Island (state court)

Mr. Shuart maintains an AV® rating with Martindale-Hubbell, and has been named to Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars℠ every year since 2011. He is also very active with the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA), serving on multiple boards, engages regularly with the Kansas Legislature as an advocate for pending legislation, serves on the Bench-Bar Committee - U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, and has been actively involved with many other organizations as well.

A native of Topeka, Kansas, Mr. Shuart now resides in Wichita with his wife, Christina, and their three daughters.

EDUCATION

The John Marshall Law School

Chicago, IL

Juris Doctor

2007

Received a Dean’s Scholarship and was named to the Dean’s List

A+ Grades (Top in Class) in Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy

Solicitation Editor, Journal of Computer & Information Law (JCIL)

Trial Team Captain, Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial and AAJ Mock Trial Competitions

President, The John Marshall Law School chapter of AAJ

Studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland with Irish Barristers (Comparative Trial Advocacy)

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

B.A., English / Minor in Leadership Studies

2004

Received Campanile Award (awarded to the outstanding member of senior class) at commencement

AWARDS & PEER RECOGNITION

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Listed in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars℠ 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

ACTIVE BAR LICENSURES

Supreme Court of Illinois, 2007 and U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Illinois, 2008

Supreme Court of Kansas, 2010 and U.S. Dist. Ct. of Kansas, 2010

Supreme Court of Florida, 2010

Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2010 and U.S. Dist. Ct. of New Jersey, 2010

U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 3rd Cir., 2010

U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 10th Cir., 2012

LEGAL PUBLICATIONS

“Compliance with Supreme Court Rule 216 after Brookbank v. Olson,” Chicago Bar Association Record (May 2009)

“How Saying ‘I’m Sorry’ Can Help Reduce Medical Liability,” (with Robert L. Nora, Esq.), Chicago Hospital News (August 2009)

“The Intervening Cause Defense in Medical Negligence Cases: On Code Blue After Puckett v. Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center,” Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice (September 2010)

“The Common Fund Doctrine: A Primer on Illinois Case Law,” Chicago Bar Association Record (November 2011)

Siruta v. Siruta: A New Supreme Court Opinion that Belongs in Your Briefcase,” Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice (July 2015)

"Bridge Over Tested Waters: Substituting Judges After Bowman v. Ottney," Chicago Bar Association Record (April/May 2016)

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