Chris Turney

Christopher Turney

“Why are you fighting so hard…It’s not your money Chris?”

Key Statistics

Trials to Verdict

>10 High Exposure Verdicts
(one adverse judgment, which was less than our pre-closing offer)


University of Houston, J.D.

Harding University, B. A.


Practice Areas

Product Liability
Medical Liability
Premises Liability
Professional Liability


Case Resolution

(Data 2017-2020)
>50% Pre-Deposition Resolution
>25% Pre-Suit Settlement

Appeals & Writs

5 Published Opinions
2 Published Writs


Awards & Honors

AV-Rated Lawyer

Super Lawyers

Law Clerk, Hon. Kelly J. Moorhouse
Jackson County (MO) Circuit Court

Chair, DRI Litigation Skills CommitteeChair, DRI’s Social Inflation Task Force

Chris’ Bio

Chris calls this the best professional compliment of his career. Instead of fearing a potentially large verdict and caving to a seven-figure settlement demand, Chris argued to the court that his client be dismissed from the case. Before that hearing, the opposing lawyer pulled Chris aside and said, “Why are you fighting so hard? It’s not your money, Chris!” To this, Chris kindly, but firmly, replied, “It’s not yours, either.” Later that day, the judge dismissed Chris’s client from the case*.

Chris recognizes the value of his clients’ hard-earned reputation and assets. With that recognition comes Chris’s commitment to strategically represent, inform, and negotiate for his clients. Some opponents refuse an intelligent resolution. In those times, Chris draws from his experience in high-stakes jury trials and appeals in various hot bed jurisdictions.

Chris particularly embraces complex litigation involving technical engineering, scientific and medical issues involving products, premises and professionals. Although his trial experience has centered in large metropolitan venues, he enjoys litigating cases in smaller counties, having handled litigation in nearly half of Missouri’s 46 judicial circuits. In addition to serving as local counsel and lead counsel in Missouri litigation, Chris has similar experience in Kansas District and Appellate Courts, as well as federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals.

Chris is a Missouri Rule 17 mediator and is on the Approved Outside Mediators List for the US District Court – Western District of Missouri. He enjoys sharing his experience as a regular CLE presenter for the Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the UMKC Law School.

* Settlements, verdicts paid in an amount larger than client’s last offer: 0. Past success does not guarantee success in any future cases.


Missouri • Kansas • Illinois • Pennsylvania • US Court of Appeals (8th Circuit) • US District Court – Western District of Missouri • US District Court – District of Kansas • US District Court – Eastern Missouri



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