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Landon W. Magnusson

Landon Magnusson loves puzzles—laying them out, breaking them down into understandable pieces, and then resolving them. Luckily, Landon’s practice allows him to practice this skill daily—carefully breaking down the complicated law and facts of his cases and then presenting clear and simple resolutions to judges, juries and clients.

After graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and taking a detour to Paris to obtain a master of laws from the Sorbonne, Landon spent the next couple years honing those problem-solving and explanation skills under the tutelage of judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Missouri. He now primarily puts those talents to use briefing and arguing appeals and dispositive motions in state and federal jurisdictions. Some of Landon’s appellate work includes cases where he:

At the same time, Landon’s skills have translated to his successful representation of clients on complex class action, mass tort, contract, loan enforcement and construction matters. He has helped those clients obtain positive results through litigation, but also through arbitration and mediation. Some of Landon’s representative experience includes matters where he:

  • Represented a Kansas rancher in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a Canadian rancher for breach of contract following the sale of non-performing cattle. This matter was resolved through confidential mediation. Berry v. Ulrich Hereford Ranch, Inc., No. 17-2109-JTM (D. Kan. 2017)
  • Obtained a complete defense summary judgment against county health department seeking to forestall the construction of a large livestock feeding operation. Andrew County Health Department, et al. v. Joseph Knorr, et al. (Andrew County, Missouri, Circuit Court 2017)
  • Served as lead counsel representing a regional hospital against health records tech company for breach of contract following the unsuccessful implementation of software. This was resolved through confidential arbitration.
  • Represented a subcontractor seeking a multimillion-dollar judgment against a general contractor following its poor management of a government construction project. This matter was resolved through a confidential private settlement. Steven A. Rebein v. Balfour-Walton, A Joint Venture, et al., No. 5:15-cv-04944 (D. Kan. 2017)
  • Obtained full dismissal of defendant therapist from liability in a civil rights lawsuit alleging that, as a government contractor, she had violated the plaintiff’s constitutional rights. Jackson v. Crawford, No. 12-4018-CV-C-FJG (W.D. Mo. 2015)
  • Successfully defended a large solid-waste client against class certification in lawsuits brought in Missouri, California and Oklahoma, ultimately leading to confidential class settlements.

On days when Landon is not serving his clients, he spends his time taking his three little children to the zoo, refining his skills in proper lawn care, catching up on the latest French political scandals, and discovering his next favorite indie rock band.

Court Memberships

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

Honors

  • BYU Law Review, Senior Symposium Editor
  • BYU Journal of Public Law, Managing Editor of Submissions
  • Jessup International Moot Court Team, 2010 Brief Award, 2009 Super-regional Quarter-finalist
  • John S. Welch Award for Outstanding Legal Writing
  • BYU Faculty Award, Meritorious Contribution and Distinguished Service

Professional Affiliations

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Bar Leadership Academy, Class of 2018
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee Co-Vice Chair
  • BYU Alumni Association, Kansas City Chapter Board Member
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers
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Education

Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, École de Droit de la Sorbonne, LL.M., cum laude, 2011

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2010

Brigham Young University, B.A., cum laude, 2007

Clerkship(s)

  • Clerk for Hon. Patricia Breckenridge, Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Clerk for Hon. Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Clerk for Hon. Karen King Mitchell, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District

Languages

French