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Mark A. Samsel

As a Kansas native and a graduate of both Kansas and Missouri academic institutions, Mark Samsel enjoys focusing his practice in the state and federal courts of those states, in addition to other matters across the country. His extensive experience with the local customs, history, laws, and rules of Kansas and Missouri allows Mr. Samsel to provide particularly distinctive, effective, and efficient representation for clients, whether big or small, or whether national, local, or somewhere between. 

As both a zealous litigator and appellate practitioner, Mr. Samsel delivers client value from start to finish, advising and guiding his clients from the earliest signs of a dispute, through a successful early resolution when possible, and when not, through discovery, dispositive motions, trial, and the highest courts of appeal. Mr. Samsel advises clients in a number of business, commercial lease, construction, and employment disputes, as well as matters involving local government law, education, tort claims, and estates and trusts litigation.

In addition to several successful trial court decisions on dispositive motions and appellate court opinions, his recent experience includes favorable judgments following trials on the merits, specifically including:

  • 1st Chair, Jury Trial, commercial lease dispute involving breach of contract, fraud, and other allegations, Jackson County, Missouri;
  • 2nd Chair, Bench Trial, real estate dispute, Johnson County, Kansas;

  • 2nd Chair, Arbitration, commercial dispute involving construction and real estate contract, Kansas City, Missouri; and

  • 2nd Chair, Preliminary Injunction Hearing, employment dispute involving breach of contract and restrictive covenants, Kansas City, Kansas. 

  • 2nd Chair, Bench Trial, commercial lease dispute, Kansas City, Kansas

Outside of the office and the courtroom, Mr. Samsel enjoys being actively engaged in the community, including his involvement with the Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation. He participates in a number of organizations and events to promote education and sports for area youth and high school students. In addition to advocating for clients, he also enjoys avidly supporting the Kansas City Royals, Sporting KC, the Kansas City Chiefs, and his alma maters, the Missouri Valley College Vikings and the Kansas Jayhawks.

Court Memberships

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

Honors

  • KC Tomorrow - Civic Council, Class of 2017
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus, Missouri Valley College, 2015
  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2014-2018
  • Leadership Overland Park, Class of 2013
  • CALI Award Winner
  • Media, Law & Policy Certificate
  • Kansas Law Review, Note & Comment Editor
  • National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Kansas Bar Association
  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association 
  • Volunteer Reviewer, KC Scholars 
  • Volunteer, Blue Valley School District, Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)
  • Member, Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation, Young Professionals Advisory Group
  • Member, Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation
  • Basketball & Soccer Official, Kansas State High School Activities Association

Publications

  • Comment, Peering into the Campaign Finance Law Crystal Ball: Guiding Principles for the Future of the BCRA and “Issue Advocacy” in Citizens United and Beyond, 58 U. Kan. L. Rev. 211 (2009)
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  • Overland Park

    10851 Mastin Boulevard
    Building 82, Suite 1000
    Overland Park, KS 66210-1669
F: 913.451.0875

Assistant

Ellen McHone
913.451.5108

Education

University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2010

Missouri Valley College, B.S., summa cum laude, 2007

Clerkship(s)

  • Law clerk for U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore
  • Legislative intern for Kansas Senate Vice President John Vratil