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Chad E. Blomberg

Mr. Blomberg is a partner in the firm’s toxic and mass tort practice area. He has significant experience in every phase of state and federal court litigation, and has appeared as counsel in more than 30 different courts. His practice includes first-chair jury trial experience, taking or defending more than 100 depositions, and a diverse tort and commercial litigation caseload involving product liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice, negligence, sexual misconduct, premises liability, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and contract and construction disputes.

Mr. Blomberg’s legal practice has recently focused on defending national retail and hospitality operations, product manufacturers, and religious organizations against a variety of personal injury claims, ranging from basic slip-and-falls to complex, high-profile death and sexual assault cases. He also has several years of experience defending agricultural and mining interests against claims brought by neighboring landowners and government entities. Mr. Blomberg also regularly serves clients at the appellate level in both traditional appeals and extraordinary writs.  
 
His major legal representation includes:
 
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict as a first-chair counsel in a jury trial in which a former NBA star and his wife sued one of the world’s largest hotel companies and its bus driver, seeking a half-million dollars in damages for personal injuries, including a fractured spine.
  • Led a cross-functional team to defend a lawsuit filed against a livestock operation by a plaintiff who was seriously injured in a power-washing accident. Obtained a confidential settlement following a successful mediation process, and also secured full coverage for the settlement and all 
  • Represented a major transportation company in a dispute exceeding $7 million, which arose from the payment for steel in a $60 million construction project.
  • Successfully represented a major hotel chain in a wrongful death case alleging that a balcony was defective. The firm negotiated a favorable confidential settlement in a timely and efficient manner, which required outlining a complex and thorough legal argument in a sensitive, highly emotional setting.
  • Reversal of a six-figure jury verdict in favor of an amusement park guest who was injured on a water slide. The Supreme Court held that the trial court instructed the jury on the wrong standard of care; it also reversed the trial court’s decision to not submit the plaintiff’s comparative fault to the jury. See Chavez v. Cedar Fair, SC93658, 450 S.W.3d 291 (Mo. 2014)

  • Reversal of a judgment that retroactively awarded six-figures in post-judgment interest to a group of plaintiffs claiming that a hog farm was a nuisance. The Missouri Supreme Court also abrogated more than a dozen Missouri cases, which Mr. Blomberg argued were no longer good law. See McGuire v. Kenoma, LLC, SC93836, 447 S.W.3d 659 (Mo. 2014).

  • Complete dismissal of two separate lawsuits against a religious organization arising from alleged sexual torts by a member of the clergy. Mr. Blomberg served as the motion practice attorney and lead appellate counsel, and was affirmed on appeal. See John Doe B.P. v. Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph WD76155, 432 S.W.3d 213 (Mo. Ct. App. 2014);D.T. v. Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, WD76025, 419 S.W.3d. 143 (Mo. Ct. App. 2013).

  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court in favor of a major beverage manufacturer in a premises liability claim asserted by a severely injured contractor; affirmed on appeal in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. See Spaulding v. Conopco, Inc., 740 F.3d 1187 (8th Cir. 2014).

  • First-chair counsel defending a national travel center operator in a jury trial for premises liability and loss of consortium claims by wife and husband. Net verdict was 10 percent of amount requested during plaintiffs’ closing argument. Obtained defense verdict for loss of consortium claim. See Shiflett v. Pilot Travel Centers, 09LF-CV00184 (Mo. Cir. Ct. 2011).

  • Defended a national food retailer in a complex breach of contract action brought by a telecommunications auditing company. After trial, the damage award was 90 percent less than plaintiff’s initial demand. Conducted extensive and tedious analysis of hundreds of thousands of pages of phone and data bills in order to develop defense for client. See Network Consulting, Inc. v. Farmland Foods, Inc., 10AE-CV01530 (Mo. Cir. Ct. 2011).

Mr. Blomberg is also a member of the firm’s associate recruiting committee. He is a two-time winner of the “Best Overall Beer” in the firm’s Lathrop & Grains home brewing competition.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Blomberg worked in media relations and financial services marketing. He is the former president of the Macon (Missouri) Area Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time he enjoys slow-pitch softball, bass fishing, home brewing, deer hunting, and spending time with his family.

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Honors

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

  • The Missouri Bar

  • Kansas Bar Association

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Assistant

Kimberley Bruns
816.460.5736

Education

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2007

University of Central Missouri, B.S., Public Relations, 2000

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