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Rachel E. Stephens

Ms. Stephens represents clients in a variety of commercial litigation involving breach of contract, business torts, professional liability, false advertising claims, insurance recovery disputes and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.  She has extensive experience with class actions in state and federal court involving consumer protection claims, trespass and nuisance claims brought against telecommunications companies, and toxic tort litigation.  She has dealt with all aspects of class-action litigation, including class-wide discovery, certification, summary judgment, de-certification, and settlement. 

Ms. Stephens has represented broker-dealers in multiple FINRA arbitrations and mediations involving claims of suitability of investments, breach of contract, fraud under federal and state securities laws, and enforcement of restrictive covenants.  She particularly excels at analyzing investment information to help clients reach favorable resolution of such claims at mediation. 

Ms. Stephens handles all aspects of case management and analysis, including discovery, witness preparation and deposition, dispositive motions, settlement negotiation and trial.  Ms. Stephens also has coordinated discovery in complex, multi-party cases with large volumes of documents, including propounding and responding to discovery, managing electronic discovery, and coordinating the review of documents, and pursuing and defending against discovery motions.

Court Memberships

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

Honors

  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," 2015, 2016

  • Order of the Coif

  • Staff Member, Kansas Law Review

Professional Affiliations

  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization)
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F: 816.292.2001

Assistant

Linda Rittenhouse
816.460.5540

Education

University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2006

Northwestern University, B.A., Political Science, 2003

Clerkship(s)

  • Law clerk for the Kansas Supreme Court, Office of Judicial Administration, Summer 2004