Chris Leopold practices in the firm's business and insurance litigation divisions, and he has broad experience representing corporate clients in a variety of business disputes, including class action and MDL proceedings. He practices in federal court and also appears in state courts throughout Missouri and Kansas.
Chris represents policyholders and insurance companies in coverage disputes. In particular, he counsels policyholders on preparing and submitting claims, he advocates for the clients with the insurers, and he efficiently represents them should litigation be necessary. He also advises insurers on coverage issues in disputed claims, including potential allegations of bad faith. Chris has experience with general liability, pollution legal liability, executive liability and property/business interruption insurance policies.
Chris defends employee benefit and pension plans and their sponsors against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, denial of benefits, failure to provide plan documents and notices, and interference and retaliation claims, in both individual and class actions. These cases have involved ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA among other federal and state benefits laws He also has experience advising plan sponsors on the structure and administration of their benefits plans.
Chris also advocates for employers in cases under federal and state harassment and discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and state and federal wage and hour laws, including collective actions under the FLSA.
In addition to broad experience in federal and state trial level courts, Chris has argued cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits.