Tried numerous cases to a verdict that have been listed by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly in its annual listing of the Top Verdicts of the Year, on both the defense and plaintiff sides
Recognized as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Served on numerous MDL Plaintiff’s Steering Committees
Co-Lead Counsel in First Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in MDL Bellwether Case for Transvaginal Mesh Sling Products
Co-Lead Counsel in $35 million Transvaginal Mesh Verdict against Johnson & Johnson.
Represented State Attorney Generals in Consumer Protection Claims related to Defective Products
Jeff Kuntz has a broad litigation practice with emphasis in the areas of professional liability, products liability, mass torts, drug and medical device litigation, and personal injury cases. He has significant jury trial experience, including participating in cases with multimillion-dollar damage claims for both plaintiffs and defendants.
He has served on the Plaintiff Steering Committee and multiple sub- committees for numerous MDL cases. He has been co-lead counsel or on the trial teams for eight transvaginal mesh trials with many resulting in multimillion-dollar jury verdicts. His work has been recognized by a number of local and national organizations.
Jeff is a member of the ABOTA Executive Committee for the Western Missouri/Eastern Kansas Chapter. He has also been appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court as a member of the Disciplinary Committee for Region IV (Kansas City). Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors for First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery.
NOTABLE LITIGATION Pelvic Mesh Repair System Products Liability Litigation (S.D.W.V.) In 2012, thousands of lawsuits filed nationwide against several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products. These cases were consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) into several MDLs before the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia. Among the dozens of lawyers who applied for leadership positions, Judge Goodwin selected Tom Cartmell as
In Re: Ethicon, Inc., MDL No.2327 Wagstaff & Cartmell is heavily involved in this MDL. Tom Cartmell has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the four Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDLs in the Southern District of West Virginia in front of the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin. He is Co-Lead Counsel for the Ethicon MDL. Jeff Kuntz is currently the head of the Expert Committee and Bellwether Trial Co
In Re: Benicar Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2606 D.N.J. $358 million global settlement of more than 2,200 cases in MDL. David DeGreeff served as a member of the Science and Experts Committee and oversaw the Secondary Science Document Review. Jeff Kuntz was appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for this case.
In Re: Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL 1842 D.R.I. $184 million global settlement of more than 2,600 cases in MDL. Jeff Kuntz was a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for this case. He helped try the first Bellwether case in the multidistrict litigation.
Practice Areas CLASS ACTIONS & COMMERCIAL LITIGATION HEALTHCARE AND PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY MASS ACTIONS & PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCT LIABILITY
Education J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2000 London Law Consortium B.S. in Psychology, University of Kansas, 1996
Professional AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES KANSAS CITY METROPOLITAN BAR ASSOCIATION AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE
Admissions KANSAS MISSOURI SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES U.S. DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF KANSAS U.S. DISTRICT COURT, WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI U.S. DISTRICT COURT, EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
Honors + Awards Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal Super Lawyer, Thomas Reuters Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Thomas J. Conway Award 2010 William Welker Award 2019 American Board of Trial Advocates- Associate