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Amanda Pennington Ketchum -
Managing Director

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Overview: 

Mandy's practice focuses on a variety of civil litigation and personal injury defense matters, ranging from representing trucking companies in wrongful death actions to defending retailers in slip and falls claims to representing professionals with regard to professional liability matters.  She meticulously investigates accidents and claims, and she has extensive experience litigating cases from accident investigation through trial. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences on issues affecting the defense of personal injury claims.

Mandy is the Managing Director of Dysart Taylor and has served in this capacity since 2015. In her role as Dysart Taylor’s Managing Director, Mandy has focused her efforts on the diversity initiative at the firm.  As such, she was recognized in 2016 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as a Law Firm Leader for her efforts and initiative, and received a Women’s Justice Award from the same publication in 2017.

Mandy currently serves on The Missouri Bar Board of Governors and is Co-Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the USLAW NETWORK, and is a member of its Managing Partners Steering Committee and Diversity Council.  She is immediate past president of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City and serves on its Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Women Lawyers Foundation, Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.  She is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, and is a Vice-Chair of the Tort and Transportation Law Committee of The Missouri Bar. 

Mandy is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas.  Prior to joining Dysart Taylor, Mandy attended William Jewell College where she played basketball and ran both indoor and outdoor track.  She then obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Experience: 
  • Successfully co-chaired jury and bench trials leading to verdicts in favor of clients
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of transportation company and its driver following depositions of Plaintiffs with no monetary payment
  • Obtained dismissal of restaurant following deposition of Plaintiff alleging food poisoning with no monetary payment
  • Obtained new trial on successful motion for new trial following jury trial
  • Negotiated numerous settlements in wrongful death actions with punitive damage claims on behalf of transportation companies and their drivers
  • Successfully negotiated settlement of wrongful death claim involving pedestrian for less than medical bills presented
  • Successfully represented defendants in personal injury claims, including slip and fall injuries, wrongful death actions, automobile collisions, and allegations of food-borne illnesses
  • Successfully represented clients from various professions, including attorneys, architects, and real estate brokers, in the defense of professional liability claims. 
  • Successfully represented numerous clients before the EEOC, MCHR and KHRC with regard to unlawful employment practices
  • Counseled clients regarding non-compete agreements and separation agreements
Activities: 

Professional

  • The Missouri Bar
    • Board of Governors, District 12, 2014-present
      • Strategic Planning Committee
        • Co-Chair, 2017-present
    • Young Lawyers Council, 2005-2014
      • Chair, 2012-2013
      • Immediate Past Chair, 2013-2014
      • Annual Meeting Committee, 2014
    • Transportation Law Committee
      • Vice-Chair, 2013-present
    • Mentor to newly licensed attorneys in the area
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
    • Immediate Past President, 2016 
    • Board of Directors, 2004-present
    • Former editor of The Link
  • Association for Women Lawyers Foundation
    • ​Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • USLAW NETWORK
    • Board of Directors, 2017-present
    • Managing Directors Steering Committee, 2016-present
    • Diversity Council, 2017-present
  • American Bar Association
    • Delegate of The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2017-present
    • Young Lawyers’ Section, Board of Directors, 2004-2011
    • Strategic Planning Committee, former member
    • Leadership Academy, 2008-2009
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Former editor of The Addendum, Dysart Taylor's past newsletter

Community

  • Drinks Among Friends, a professional development organization for women lawyers
  • Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP)
    • Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Operation Breakthrough
    • Grapeviners member
  • Visitation Parish
    • Volunteer basketball coach
Seminars/Publications: 

Presentations

  • "Identity Crises: Are You a Retailer or a Manufacturer?" USLAW Retail & Hospitality Law/Complex Tort & Product Liability Exchange, Oct. 2017
  • Mizzou Women's Law Association Symposium, panelist, April 2017
  • “Cyber Exposure for Law Firms: Recent Trends in Litigation and Insurance Coverage,” USLAW Managing Partners Forum, Feb. 2017
  • “Wrecking Ball: Creating a Crisis for Your Opponent,” USLAW Women’s Connection, June 2016
  • Drinks Among Friends Kansas City Launch and Panel Discussion, moderator, 2015
  • “New Lawyer Challenges,” The Missouri Bar Professionalism Program, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, March 16, 2013
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference, moderator, 2006
  • Annual Kansas Worker's Compensation Seminar, 2004