Payne & Jones, Chartered

A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926

 

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Background

Chris Sherman is a principal with the firm, and has practiced in our litigation group since joining the firm in 2001. Chris is a creative and skilled litigator, and is committed to advancing our clients’ interests at trial, through negotiation, or by providing practical and strategic advice concerning the legal issues that affect our clients. Chris understands that the most effective way to “win” a lawsuit is often to avoid one in the first place, and strives to keep our clients out of the courtroom when reasonably possible. But when litigation becomes necessary, Chris has the talent, experience, and dedication necessary to zealously protect our clients at trial, and on appeal.

Chris has litigated cases in the state and federal district courts in Kansas and Missouri, has tried cases on both sides of the state line, and has represented clients in numerous commercial arbitration disputes. Chris also has extensive appellate experience and has argued numerous cases before the Kansas Court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court. Chris’ excellent work as a litigator has earned him an AV Preeminent ® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of an insurance company client in multiple federal cases involving coverage disputes over millions of dollars in potential claims.
  • Obtained a judgment awarding a trust client over $750,000 in damages and assets.
  • Obtained a judgment in excess of $600,000 in a dispute over an insurance company’s failure to defend our client in underlying business litigation.
  • Prosecuted and defended multiple appeals before state appellate and supreme courts.
  • Served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas in connection with tribal gaming litigation.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury

Education

University of Kansas – J.D. 2001

  • Class rank: 2nd  in class of 163
  • Order of the Coif
  • National Moot Court team
  • Top honors in six subjects
  • Claude O. Conkey Memorial Scholarship
  • William L. Burdick Prize
  • Intern in the United States Attorney’s Office

Wichita State University – B.G.S. 1995 (with honors)

  • Student Body Treasurer
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (President)
  • Club Lacrosse

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas – 2001
  • Missouri – 2002
  • U.S. District, District of Kansas – 2002
  • Western District of Missouri – 2002

Associations / Memberships

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court

Professional Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011 and 2012
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2011 and 2012