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A Deeper Empathy

Denise Henning was a great lawyer before cancer; now she’s better

It was supposed to be a routine mammogram. The year was 2004, and Kansas City trial lawyer Denise Henning, then 38 and already known as a strong fighter for plaintiffs in transportation and highway safety cases, went in for her first one. “My doctor had just said, ‘You’re getting older and you need to do this,’ so I went in not expecting anything,” recalls Henning. “Then the radiologist came in and said, ‘I’m 99 percent sure you have breast cancer.’” The news sent Henning …

Esquire, M.D.

Dr. Samuel K. Cullan hasn’t just studied medicine; he’s studied how to teach medicine to juries

As an attorney and a doctor, Samuel K. Cullan deals with complex legal and medical issues every day—but he knows most jurors do not. So, early on in his career, he learned an important lesson: don’t just tell—show. A few losses several decades ago—such as a case in the early 1990s in which a man died after his doctor administered an overdose of the blood thinner Coumadin—stuck in his mind and made him reconsider how he had been presenting his cases. “It was a clear-cut case. I felt …

An Attorney and a Gentleman

Rob Adams represents big auto clients ... nicely        

When Rob Adams walks into a courtroom, he's not always Mr. Popular: he's asked to go up against plaintiffs whose lives have been shaken by major tragedies. Some have lost children, others have suffered life-threatening injuries or have been paralyzed in vehicle accidents. And Adams usually represents the big companies accused of being at fault. It's not easy. But his reputation for handling these types of cases with skill, tact and compassion has companies such as Ford, Kia and Mitsubishi …

The Bulldog & The Ballerina

Gary and Anita Robb founded the biggest little aviation firm in town

Gary C. Robb was only a few years out of law school when a court victory changed his life. In the early 1980s, while working as a defense lawyer for a large firm where he specialized in product liability, Robb represented a manufacturer in a case in which a child was blinded in one eye by flying debris spewed from a lawn mower.   The lawn mower didn’t have a protective chute—a safety feature that is standard today and would have prevented the injury. The girl and her parents had a good …

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