Michael J. Kuckelman

Kuckelman Torline Kirkland
10740 Nall Ave Ste 250
Overland Park, KS 66211
(913) 948-8610

Mike is a founding member of the Firm. In his 25 years of practice, he has distinguished himself as a trial lawyer. He started his litigation career in 1990 as an associate at the well-known firm Blackwell Sanders (now Husch Blackwell). At Blackwell Sanders, he learned the skills of a trial lawyer and became an equity partner.

In 2000, Mike was sent by Blackwell Sanders to build its European litigation practice. The three-month exploration of European litigation turned into a seven-year stay, where he created a steady docket of interesting and diverse clients.

In 2001, Mike was called upon to develop a strategy for certain syndicates at Lloyd?s of London to recover their losses suffered in the 9/11 terrorist attack. Mike developed the strategy and filed the first commercial plaintiff recovery case in early 2002. His work led to the creation of the Plaintiffs? Executive Committee, and he was one of the lead attorneys appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to litigate the World Trade Center cases. This Committee ultimately negotiated a $1.2 billion settlement for the plaintiffs ? the largest recovery of this nature in history.

In addition to practicing in the United States, Mike is qualified to practice in England and Wales. He also successfully completed the exam to be a certified public accountant (CPA) (Kansas 1987).

Civic & Philanthropic Involvement:

Over the years, Mike has supported several families through the adoption process. Mike does this work on a pro bono basis because he believes in helping bring parents and children together.

Medical malpractice
Nursing home negligence
Attorney malpractice
Veterinarian malpractice
Railroad crossing
Transportation including busing, trucking and automobile
Bloodstock including equine and bovine
Grain elevators
Business disputes
Specialty lines coverage
Insurance disputes
Captive insurer / reinsurer disputes
Property insurance disputes

Bar admissions:

Kansas Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, 1990
Missouri Bar and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1991
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1996
England and Wales, 2001
U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
New York, 2007
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2010
Pro Hac Vice admissions in several courts in the U.S.

Board Memberships:

Atchison Economic Development Board
Benedictine College Board of Directors
Catholic Education Foundation Board
Johnson County Civil Bench Bar
Johnson County Ethics and Grievance
Sacred Heart Advisory Board
St. Benedicts Abbey Board
Washburn University Board of Trustees

Associations & Memberships:

Delegate ? Republican National Convention, Cleveland 2016
Earl O?Connor Inn of Court ? Alum
Johnson County Bar Association
Johnson County, Kansas Republican Party Treasurer (2008 ? 2016)
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas City Missouri Bar Association
Kansas Republican Party State Delegate
Kansas Republican Party Third District Delegate
Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants
Knights of Columbus Ascension Council 10932 Charter Member
Law Society of England and Wales
Maur Hill ? College Preparatory School Alumni Association, Atchison, Kansas
Maur Hill ? College Preparatory School Board of Directors (2010 -2014)
Missouri Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Washburn School of Law Alumni, Life Member
Washburn University Alumni, Life Member
Washburn School of Law ? Fellow

Law School:

Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1990

Cum Laude
Order of the Barristers
Washburn Law Journal, Editor
Moot Court


Washburn University, BBA (accounting) 1986

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), 1987
Schultz Banking and Finance Scholar