Ken Barnes is the founding member of the Barnes Law Firm and enjoys a nationwide practice. Ken received his B.A. with honors from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law where he was on the editorial staff of the Urban Lawyer. Ken is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Missouri and Kansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of Illinois, the District of Colorado and the District of Oklahoma. In addition, Ken has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country. Ken has been very successful throughout his career in obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts for his clients. Ken specializes in complex litigation involving high stakes and serious injuries. Ken has obtained several multiple million dollar results in FELA, motor vehicle accident and commercial cases. Among his most significant trial results, Ken obtained the highest verdict in the country involving cumulative trauma injuries to a railroad worker covered under the FELA. Ken has also been successful in other areas of law, successfully arguing a case which is now nationally recognized as one of the leading cases outlining a corporations duty to preserve electronic data for litigation purposes. Ken is also active in many civic and professional organizations. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the American Association of Justice, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys where he has been elected by his peers to serve on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. Ken has recieved the AV Preimenent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, has been listed in Super Lawyers, named Top Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas and has twice been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
John Cusick grew up in a small town outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Marquette University High School. He received his Bachelor’s of Art in English Literature from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he met his wife Barbara. After graduating college, he moved to Kansas City and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Upon completion of law school, he served as the judicial law clerk for The Honorable Edith L. Messina of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. John has devoted his entire legal career to litigation and representing injured people and their families. He has focused his practice in the areas of pharmaceutical liability, automobile/tractor trailer litigation, lead paint litigation, product liabilities, medical/professional liability, railroad crossing litigation, and employment law. John is licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Kansas and is also admitted to practice before the Untied States District Court-Western District and the District Court of Kansas. He is an active member of many legal organizations including, the Missouri Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. John is a recipient of the 2006 Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s Presidential Award. John has also been recognized by his peers as being “Best of the Bar”. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his wife and their three sons. He coaches football, basketball and lacrosse. He also enjoys playing softball, golfing and listening to live music. John has become a zealous advocate for the Arthritis Foundation and served as a board member for the Foundation’s local and regional boards since 2010.
Kyle Belew grew up in a small town outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Arkansas where he received his Bachelor of Arts. After graduating college, Kyle attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, where he was awarded the CALI award for the highest grade in Legal Writing and was on the Dean’s list. Following law school, Kyle entered private practice where he honed his litigation skills, trying a number of cases to judges and juries. Kyle has successfully defended national corporations in personal injury, employment, and consumer protection cases. After making the decision to devote his practice to serve injured people and their families, Kyle joined the Barnes Law Firm where his practice is dedicated to representing individuals in personal injury, employment and consumer protection cases. He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Kansas, the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas. Kyle is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the National Employment Lawyers Association – Kansas City Chapter. Kyle is an aspiring triathlete and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.