“You hire a lawyer maybe once in your life. It’s a significant event. You want to enter that courtroom with confidence and credibility. We are trial lawyers. That’s what we do and we do it exceptionally well.”
Only a special class of trial attorney can walk into a courtroom and successfully prosecute a slip and fall accident one day, a products liability case another day, a medical negligence matter on yet another day, then spend several weeks trying a complex class action lawsuit.
Fred Walters is that class of trial attorney.
Fred was born and raised on a farm in southern Missouri, one of eight children. His childhood instilled in him the fighting spirit, work ethic, and compassion that define his lifelong work to right the wrongs of those injured by the actions or negligence of others.
During his career, Fred has reached that goal many times over. As lead trial counsel, he obtained a $110 million jury verdict on behalf of Missouri consumers who were charged illegal fees on their second mortgage loans. In the last seven years alone, he has served as lead counsel in numerous class action cases filed on behalf of consumers. As a result of Fred’s outstanding advocacy on behalf of his clients, he has obtained more than $662 million in recoveries and allowed claims.
With each case, Fred always remembers that he’s working toward justice and working for his clients. His success in the courtroom, his extensive jury trial experience, and his tenacious spirit for justice is unparalleled.
Obtained settlements, approved claims and jury verdicts in excess of $662 million on second mortgage class action cases, including a second mortgage class action jury verdict of $110,106,875 Over the last 12 years, Fred has devoted most of his time to protecting consumers from predatory lending practices. As lead trial counsel in a class case, Fred obtained a $110,106,875 jury verdict on behalf of Missouri consumers. Fred also spearheaded the recovery of more than $662 million in monetary recovery and allowed claims for the consumer classes.
The Second Mortgage cases include:
Obtained over $11.5 million for a child who was sexually abused by her swim coach, a recovery ranked 13th in the top plaintiff wins in Missouri in 2012. Fred achieved a life-changing recovery for a young girl who was sexually abused by her swim coach. While the underlying facts are horrific, the result was extraordinary. The trial of the underlying claim against those responsible for supervision of the minor and the perpetrator resulted in a judgment on behalf of the minor for $5,040,000. When the insurance companies refused to pay the judgment, Fred vigorously pursued claims against the carriers for coverage and insurance bad faith. The firm ultimately recovered over $11.5 million for the victim, in addition to a confidential settlement from another insurer. The recovery was ranked 13th in the top plaintiff wins in 2012. Doe v. Lexington Insurance Company, et. al.
Obtained a multimillion dollar substantial confidential settlement for the defective design and construction of the concrete floor of an 800,000 square foot distribution facility. Fred and the WRRSV trial team obtained a multimillion dollar confidential settlement for the defective design and construction of the concrete floor of an 800,000 square foot distribution facility. The claim was brought for the benefit of the owner by the general contractor on the Project who pursed recovery from its subcontractors for their defective work.
Successfully prosecuted several cases against Missouri Highway and various developers for inadequate erosion control. Through Clean Water Act and inverse condemnation litigation, Fred and the trial team at WRRSV successfully prosecuted several cases against MDOT and various developers for inadequate erosion controls on behalf of a 274-acre lake. In addition to monetary recovery, ongoing developments in the watershed were required to change their erosion control practices to protect the lake from the adverse effects of storm-water runoff and sedimentation stemming from the developments.
Jury award of $16 million for formaldehyde exposure. In a case that received national attention, Fred represented a family exposed to excessive formaldehyde by the products used to manufacture their mobile home. The jury awarded the family $16 million—the highest jury verdict in Clay County at that time. As a result of the verdict, the manufacturers of the particle board reevaluated their practices and began to take action to reduce the amount of formaldehyde used in their products.
Jury verdict of $1.2 million against insurance carrier. When arson destroyed a former bank building while the owner was in the process of remodeling the building as a boutique hotel, the insured made a claim under his policy for coverage. The insurance company not only refused to pay the claim, but filed suit against its own insured claiming there was no coverage for the building because the insured was connected with the arson. Fred filed a counter-claim against the recalcitrant insurer on behalf of the owner and took the recalcitrant insurer to trial as lead trial counsel. The jury exonerated the owner with a $1,200,000 jury verdict. After the verdict was rendered, the insurer continued to claim that their insured had committed arson, which made it difficult for the insured to obtain other coverage. Accordingly, a second suit was filed for defamation, resulting in an even more favorable disposition for the client. At the request of the insurance company, that settlement is confidential.
Law Clerk, Missouri Court of Appeals, 1973−1975
Partner, Linde, Thompson, Langworthy, Kohn & VanDyke, P.C.
J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, 1973
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri, 1970
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, 2012, 2014
Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008−2012, 2014, 2015
Best Attorneys in Missouri, Best Lawyers Magazine, 2014
Received AV (highest) rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, a peer rating system for attorneys
Dean of the Trial Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2014
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
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
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
American Arbitration Association
American Association for Justice
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
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