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Practice Areas

Complex Commercial Civil Litigation

Brian L. Palmer

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Brian L.

Brian is the rare attorney who has negotiated the terms of multi-million-dollar business sales and served as lead counsel in multiple jury trials. Many attorneys who consider themselves accomplished civil litigators have never tried a case to a jury. Early in his career Brian represented individuals charged with crimes, which afforded him jury trial experience unmatched among younger attorneys today. Through this experience, Brian developed a tenacious style in the courtroom that has translated into success in civil trials—as evidenced by a $1.6 million jury verdict he obtained as lead counsel.

Brian advises clients in a variety of industries, including construction, hospitality, and senior housing on all aspects of their businesses. His diverse practice gives him a dynamic perspective and leads him to effectively tackle problems. He has drafted non-compete agreements, and has also successfully enforced those agreements in court when individuals unfairly compete against their former employers—including a seven-figure case where an employee without a non-compete misappropriated valuable trade secrets. Brian has drafted operating agreements for limited liability companies, and has also filed lawsuits when members violate fiduciary duties owed to businesses with millions at stake.

Brian attributes his success to a philosophy that differs from many others. Too often, clients make decisions with advice from lawyers who play not to lose and steer them towards “safer” options to avoid being blamed if something goes wrong. Brian, however, fairly evaluates and explains all options, allowing his clients to weigh the risks and pursue the best course of action for their businesses.


B.G.S., University of Kansas, Economics and Political Science, minor in Business

J.D., University of Kansas, Order of the Coif

Honors & Awards

Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition (2019 – Present)

Bar Admissions & Professional Associations



U.S. District Court – District of Kansas

U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

The Missouri Bar


Construction Litigation: Representing the Owner, Chapter 6 – The Benefit of Surety Bonds from the Perspective of the Private Owner

Design-Build, Public-Private Partnerships, and Collaboration Handbook,  Chapter 5 – Risk Allocation: Design-Builder and Owner

Kansas Law Review – Associate Editor