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Thomas J. WalshThomas Walsh represents employers and insurance carriers and defends workers' compensation claims. Mr. Walsh began his legal career with the Missouri Attorney General's Office. He represented the Second Injury Fund and developed valuable experience working on numerous permanent and total disability claims. Since then, he has used his experience defending similar claims against employers and insurance carriers, analyzing and developing strategies for shifting liability to the Fund. His experience encompasses all areas of workers' compensation practice, and his expertise is defending allegations of permanent and total disability. He develops strategies, such as finding accommodated employment in the open labor market, using vocational rehabilitation prgrams for retraining and shifting liability to the Missouri Second Injury Fund, in combating permanent and total claims.
Mr. Walsh successfully defends employers and insurance carriers at all levels of trial and appellate courts in both Kansas and Missouri. He frequently argues cases before the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and the Kansas Workers’ Compensation Board of Appeals. He was the lead attorney in a recent Missouri case decided by the Commission defining the extent of the employee-employer relationship. His experience defending work disability and permanent and total disability claims extends into Kansas.
His civil litigation practice greatly aids his ability to analyze and prosecute potential subrogation interests against negligent third-party tortfeasors. He assists employers and insurers in protecting their subrogation interests.
While at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, he was the technical editor of the Urban Lawyer and had a case digest published on First Amendment implications in political speech.
Mr. Walsh is a shareholder at the firm and often speaks on workers’ compensation for clients, industry groups and the bar. He recently presented a program on permanent and total disability in Missouri at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute. Mr. Walsh is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America® in workers’ compensation since 2012.
Mr. Walsh is co-chair of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Pastoral Council. He spent six years as a member of the Iowa Air National Guard, serving in an F-16 unit. He enjoys playing basketball and softball and spending time with his wife, Cari, and their three children.