Michael Kuckelman

Kuckelman Torline Kirkland
10740 Nall Avenue
Suite 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 of Blackwell Sanders (now Husch Blackwell). At Blackwell Sanders he learned the skills of a trial lawyer. Mike became an equity partner at Blackwell Sanders.

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 lead 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, 1990
Missouri, 1991
New York, 2004
U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
Supreme Court of England and Wales, 2001

Associations & Memberships:

Johnson County, Kansas Civil Bench Bar Committee
Ascension Catholic Church, Overland Park, Kansas
Knights of Columbus Council 10932 Charter Member, Overland Park, Kansas
Lifetime Member, Washburn Law Alumni, Topeka, Kansas
Maur Hill ? Mount Academy College Preparatory School Alumni Association, Atchison, Kansas
Maur Hill ? Mount Academy College Preparatory School Board of Directors, Atchison, Kansas
The Law Society of England and Wales
The Johnson County, Kansas Bar Association
The Kansas Bar Association
The Missouri Bar Association
The Kansas City Missouri Bar Association
The Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Johnson County Kansas Republican Party, Treasurer Undergraduate:
Washburn University, BBA (accounting) 1986

Law School:

Washburn University School of Law, 1990_
Cum Laude
Order of the Barristers
Washburn Law Journal, Editor
Moot Court