Harlan D. Burkhead

Mr. Burkhead successfully tried jury and non-jury trials in the Missouri and Kansas state courts and the Missouri federal court and argued appeals in the courts of appeals and supreme courts of both states and the Eighth Circuit. The cases included commercial law (acceptance, collections, negotiable instruments, revocation of acceptance and warranty), contract breach and interpretation, construction law, covenants not to compete, Federal Employers’ Liability Act, indemnity, lender liability, negligence, will contests and probate adversarial proceedings, products liability, railroad, trespasser, crossing accidents and freight liability, real estate, restraining orders/injunctions and workers’ compensation.

Court Memberships

  • Kansas (inactive)
  • Missouri (inactive)


  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City
  • American Bar Association, Litigation; Torts and Insurance Practice Sections
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Kansas City Spirit, Inc., Charter Director and Steering Committee
  • Former City Attorney City of Westwood Hills, Kansas; Municipal Judge, Cities of Westwood Hills and Mission Woods, Kansas
  • Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club


  • Contribution & Indemnity, The Missouri Bar and Civil Actions deskbook
  • Docket Control & Discovery Abuses, KCMBA Bench-Bar conference
  • Compensability of Heart Attacks Under Kansas Workers’ Compensation Law, Great Plains Occupational Health Foundation
  • Compensability of Stress Disorders Under Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law, Associated Industries of Missouri
  • Taking Effective Depositions, The Missouri Bar CLE
  • Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence, KCMBA/UMKC CLE
  • Combating Inflammatory Summations, NARTC National Conference and The Chronicle
  • Where is it Written That Railroads Shall Not Sue? Not in the FELA, NARTC National Conference
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Kimberley Bruns


University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1968

University of Kansas, B.A., 1965