“Our clients come to us because they want a lawyer who believes in their case as much as they do and who has the talent and resources to achieve the results they want and deserve.”
Once David Skeens takes a case, he’s committed. Whether he is representing clients in a class action, personal injury suit, or a complex business dispute, he doggedly pursues just and appropriate results for his clients, even if he has to take the fight into the courtroom, even if it takes years.
In his first jury trial, David obtained a $275,000 verdict against O’Reilly Automotive for defaming an employee in a small Missouri town in a case where O’Reilly refused to offer a single penny to settle. He was one of the lead trial lawyers that obtained a jury verdict in excess of $100 million dollars against predatory lenders, and overall his efforts have resulted in verdicts or settlements totaling more than $350 million dollars for Missouri home owners in class action cases.
In 2012, David secured a $2.1 million settlement for a client who suffered a severe electrical shock after hitting a live power line the utility company had failed to mark. In 2013, David negotiated an allowed claim of $300 million dollars for second mortgage borrowers all across the nation in the Residential Funding Company bankruptcy.
His gifts of persuasion, compassion, and tenacity come naturally. David was born into a family of attorneys. His grandfather, father, and uncle were all lawyers. And so after exploring life as a ski bum following college, all it took was one semester in law school to awaken his talents and his passion, and launch his legal career. David became part of another legal family when he joined Walters Renwick Richards Skeens & Vaughan, P.C. as a partner in 2000.
Achieved a $10.25 million jury verdict in the death of a 20-year-old Missouri man who, while seeking help for his alcohol abuse and eating disorder, died due to the negligence of a drug and alcohol detox facility in California. In this same matter, negotiated a $3.7 million dollar settlement with a co-defendant.
Achieved $2.1 million settlement for a man who suffered a severe electrical shock when he dug into a 7200 volt power line in his yard that the utility company had neglected to mark. Key to the settlement was the ability to show that the client was severely injured physically and emotionally despite his outward appearance of health.
Negotiated a $300 million allowed claim in bankruptcy of Residential Funding Company for RESPA, TILA, HOEPA and RICO claims relating to second mortgage loans made to some 70,000 borrowers nationwide.
Obtained more than $350 million in settlements and verdicts as lead counsel in Missouri second mortgage class action matters. These matters include a jury verdict of $105 million against predatory second mortgage lenders, a $168 million dollar settlement against U.S. Bank and a $36.3 million settlement with First Horizon Home Loan Corporation.
Obtained substantial recoveries for Missouri and Arkansas rice farmers as part of an overall $750 million dollar settlement against Bayer CropScience relating to claims against Bayer for contaminating the U.S. rice supply with genetically modified rice.
Successfully defended financial services company in series of nationwide lawsuits arising from use of insurance products to fund benefit plans under IRC sections 419 and 412(i).
Defeated claims against a financial services company relating to a gypsy fraud scheme in South Florida.
Obtained a $4.5 million dollar settlement for a family resulting from the negligence of a brokerage firm in providing estate planning advice and services.
Obtained judgment at trial in favor of Topeka based publishing company sued on claims of successor liability and related claims for punitive damages with total claimed damages approaching $1 million dollars.
J.D., with distinction, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1988
B.S. in Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, 1983
AV (highest) rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, a peer rating system for attorneys
Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010 and 2017
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Boy Scouts of America, Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
American Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
American Association for Justice
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Indian Hills Country Club
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
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