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BRIAN G. BOOS is a partner at Wallace Saunders, where his 25 years of experience in both the insurance industry and private practice gives him a unique perspective of the continually changing aspects of the insurance field, as well as long-standing insurance rules and regulations. Mr. Boos began his legal career with a small firm, where he gained experience trying cases and handling appeals. Later, he provided risk management counsel for one of the world's leading reinsurers and belonged to the trial team of a multi-national products liability law firm. He was recently inducted into the International Association of Defense Counsel, has taken more than 50 jury trials to verdict, and has served as lead counsel on more than 50 published appeals. Mr. Boos is licensed in Kansas and Missouri federal and state courts; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Tenth circuits. Mr. Boos is a member of the Kansas Bar Association's Committee on Pillars of Professionalism. Mr. Boos earned his B.S. degree from Missouri Western State College and his J.D. degree from Washburn Law School.
MATTHEW J. BROOKER is a partner with Matteuzzi & Brooker, P.C., where he practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury litigation and insurance defense. Mr. Brooker is currently admitted to practice in Missouri and Kansas, and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. He is a member of the The Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Johnson County Bar Association. Mr. Brooker earned two B.S. degrees, magna cum laude, from Truman State University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Mr. Brooker was selected a member of The Order of Barristers, a national honor society commitment to excellence in oral advocacy. Furthermore, he was awarded the Practitioner’s Award for outstanding advocacy during the national trial competition.
DOUGLAS M. GREENWALD is a shareholder in the Kansas City law firm of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A., where he practices in the areas of civil practice, employment law, insurance coverage, litigation, and appellate practice. He is admitted to practice in both Kansas and Missouri. Mr. Greenwald is a past speaker on topics related to his areas of expertise. He is a member of the Wyandotte County and Kansas bar associations, and The Missouri Bar. Mr. Greenwald earned his B.A. degree from Washington University and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
JAMES S. MANNING is owner of James Manning, PC, where he maintains a trial practice in Harrisonville, Cass County, Missouri, focused exclusively on plaintiff's personal injury and insurance coverage litigation. He started his firm after spending several years working as an insurance defense attorney. Mr. Manning handles a high volume of matters involving motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, dangerous premises, dangerous products, and general negligence. He has represented plaintiffs in litigation involving bad faith, the stacking of uninsured and underinsured policy coverages, and the nature and extent of property damage coverage. Mr. Manning has litigated cases in the state and federal courts of Missouri, including the U.S. Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Manning earned his B.A. degree from Rockhurst University and his J.D. degree from UMKC School of Law. He is a member of the Kansas City Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, and The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.
CHRISTOPHER R. MIRAKIAN is an attorney with Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford, P.C., where he is with the firm’s litigation division. Mr. Mirakian's practice in the area of insurance defense includes litigation of “bad faith” claims, and claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and construction defect disputes. He has experience managing all facets of litigation, including first-chairing several jury trials; second-chairing various other jury and bench trials; preparing pleadings and discovery; creating litigation strategy; drafting and arguing complex motions and briefs in both state and federal courts; taking and defending depositions; representing clients at arbitration, mediation and settlement conferences; and working closely with the client at every stage of the dispute, from litigation strategy and negotiation to trial. Mr. Mirakian is admitted to practice in Kansas; Missouri; the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. He is a member of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, The Missouri Bar, Kansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Johnson County Bar Association. Mr. Mirakian earned his B.S. degree from Kansas State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.