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John R. Emerson

John Emerson has practiced law since graduating from The University of Kansas Law School in 1996. After prosecuting felony criminal cases ranging from murder to  involuntary  manslaughter,  he  joined  McAnany,  Van  Cleave  &  Phillips,  P.A. in  1999.    Since  that  time,  Mr.  Emerson  has  devoted  his  practice  to  defending employers and their insurance companies in workers’ compensation cases.

Mr. Emerson’s experience and success is in defending work disability claims, cases involving intoxication from drugs or alcohol, cases resulting in an amputation and cases involving permanent total disability in noteworthy.  In the cases of Smith v. Premier  Technologies  and  Voorhies  v.  Cobalt  Boats,  he  convinced  the  Court  to limit an injured workers ability to receive work disability benefits in Kansas.  In Cox v. Collins Construction, he successfully argued that the permanent total disability benefits at issue were the responsibility of the state and not the employer where the catastrophic injury occurred.

Frequently,   employers   and   insurance   carriers   ask   Mr.   Emerson   to   render compensability opinions and to assess exposure of claims.  He works closely with employment lawyers in the firm on termination issues that arise in work disability cases. Mr.  Emerson  has  been  a  guest  speaker  for  the  paralegal  program  at  Johnson County  Community  College,  as  well  as  for  the  Kansas  City  Legal  Secretaries Association.

He  is  involved  in  charities  that  benefit  children  and  is  active  in coaching children at the YMCA.