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James R. Hess

Jim is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Defense practice based in McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips’ Kansas City office. He has been practicing law for 31 years in Missouri and Kansas.  Jim defends employers and insurers in all aspects of workers’ compensation matters in both Kansas and Missouri. He has handled a myriad of bench trials in workers compensation, as well as jury and bench trials in civil and commercial litigation.  He has also handled appellate cases throughout his career. He has been practicing law the last 23 years as in-house counsel for Nationwide, Liberty Mutual, Zurich and CNA insurance companies, including the past 18 years as Senior Litigation Counsel with CNA.

Jim works closely with his clients to minimize risk and maximize value, understanding the effects of costly litigation yet prepared to advocate for his clients. Jim believes regular communication and collaboration creates successful relationships and outcomes for his clients. He has been a frequent speaker at legal seminars and claim/client presentations on workers compensation and risk management matters, and can assist in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense.

Jim played minor league baseball in the Montreal Expos organization for a few years before attending law school. Jim has spent much of the past 25 years coaching various sports, including baseball, basketball, football and soccer.