OverviewJack has been involved in several of the largest cases in the State of Missouri. He represents individuals and corporate plaintiffs in a variety of legal areas, including commercial litigation, products liability, pharmaceutical litigation, wage and hour violations, and personal injury.
Jack received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas. At law school, he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also won an award for outstanding legal writing.
Before founding Paul McInnes, Jack worked at Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP and Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy P.C. (now Polsinelli), where he found his calling representing plaintiffs and was involved in several class actions resulting in large nationwide settlements.
Plubell, et al. v. Merck & Co., Inc., Jack was part of a team that settled a Missouri statewide class action on behalf of all Missouri purchasers of Vioxx, the Cox-2 pain reliever that Merck pulled off the market after the FDA identified several misleading sales practices Under the settlement terms, qualifying Missouri consumers of Vioxx may be reimbursed in full for their Vioxx purchases. The common fund settlement provide for payment to class members under two options: (1) a one-time cash payment of $180 to Settlement Class Members who submit a valid claim form with a declaration under oath (but no documentary proof of payment required) and (2) $90 for each month of Vioxx purchases supported by a declaration under oath with documentary proof of payments, such as a letter from the prescribing physician used by Merck to market the product.
Berry, et al. v. Volkswagen of America, Inc. Jack was part of a team that brought a Missouri statewide class action on behalf of consumers who purchased or leased a Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, GTI or Cabriolet model years 1995-1998 and certain Volkswagen Jetta, Golf or GTI model year 1999. The plaintiffs allege that Volkswagen sold consumers Volkswagen vehicles with defective window regulators and/or plastic window clamps requiring consumers to pay several hundreds of dollars to continually replace the window regulators. Volkswagen has agreed to reimburse all expenses incurred by owners in the past related to repairing/replacing the defective window regulators plus $75 for each documented incident or workshop visit in which one or more window regulator failures were diagnosed, repaired or replaced.
Marshall v. R.J. Reynolds. Jack was part of a team that brought a collective action against R.J. Reynolds on behalf of a class of retail representatives currently and formerly employed by R.J. Reynolds nationwide. This nationwide FLSA class consisting of approximately 1,500 eligible class members was settled in the plaintiffs favor.
Hale v. Wal-Mart. Jack was part of the team that obtained a certified settlement class in Missouri and Kansas against Wal-Mart arising out of wage and hour disputes on behalf of current and former hourly employees. The settlement exceeded $100 million.
Gutzler v. General Motors. Jack was part of a team that brought a class action on behalf of consumers who purchased or leased certain GM vehicles that were factory filled with Dexcool, GM’s Organic Acid Technology Long Life Engine Coolant. Plaintiffs alleged that the vehicles, as well as the engine coolant, were defective causing sludging of the cooling systems in certain vehicles and causing lower intake manifold gasket failures in certain vehicles. A nationwide settlement was reached with General Motors in the case.
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, 2004
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Payne and Jones Top 10 Lawyering Award
University of Kansas, 2002
Major: Business Administration
The Missouri Bar
The Kansas Bar
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Lawyers Association of Kansas City
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Honors & Awards
Missouri and Kansas Rising Stars
Board Member, Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City
Mentor, University of Kansas Mentor Program for First-Year Law Students