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Lawrence E. Nordling

Lawrence E. Nordling

Of Counsel

816.472.5310 Ext. 306

Practice Areas
Insurance Defense & Coverage Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation
Products Liability Litigation
Premises Liability Litigation
Construction Litigation
Motor Carrier Litigation
Health Care Law – Physicians/Practices being acquired
by Hospitals and other Medical Entities
General Civil Litigation

Professional Bio
Mr. Nordling is a native Kansan, and grew up in Osage City, Kansas.  Mr. Nordling received his B.A. in Psychology and an A.A. in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in 1996, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Nordling earned his Juris Doctorate, with Dean’s Honors, from Washburn University School of Law in 1999.  While in law school, Mr. Nordling served as a Research Assistant to Professor Ellen Byers.  During law school, Mr. Nordling also served as a Law Clerk for the 3rd Judicial District of Kansas, in Topeka, Kansas, working primarily with the Honorable Eric S. Rosen, who is currently a Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court.

Mr. Nordling began his legal career with an established general litigation firm in Salina, Kansas in August of 1999, and became a shareholder of that firm in January, 2004.   In 2009, Mr. Nordling and his family moved to the Kansas City area, and Mr. Nordling joined an established insurance defense firm practicing primarily in the areas of insurance defense, construction defect litigation and products liability.  In January 2012, Mr. Nordling joined a number of established partners from that firm in forming a new civil defense firm.  Mr. Nordling was a Member of such new LLC from its inception through April 2017 practicing primarily in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation and products liability.  In May 2017, Mr. Nordling joined Manz Swanson Hall Fogarty & Gellis, P.C. as Of Counsel.

Distinctions, Honors and Awards
Martindale Hubbell:  AV
2009 Graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Speaker Award, 2007
ABI Medal of Excellence Recipient
Kappa Sigma National Merit Scholar

Courts Admitted
U.S. District Court of Kansas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

Professional Organizations
Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC)
Board of Directors (2014-2017); Member (2009-Present)
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (MODL) – member (2009-present)
Defense Research Institute (DRI) – member (2009-present)
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) – member (2009-present)
Johnson County Bar Association – member (2013-present)
Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association – member (1999-2009)

Additional Experience
Mr. Nordling has also represented clients in binding arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) litigating both commercial and construction industry disputes.

Articles & Publications
Ethics and Spoliation: Avoiding Blow-Ups at Fire Scene Inspections, (Co-authored with K. Scott Barnhill, P.E.). Manuscript Materials for Defense Research Institute Fire Science Seminar, November 5-7, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Duty to Warn in Product Liability Cases in Kansas – Second Edition, (Co-author), State-by-State Compendium, Defense Research Institute, 2012.

What You Didn’t Want (But Have) To Know About Your Duties Regarding ESI: Zubulake Revisited – Six Years Later, Kansas Defense Journal, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Spring, 2010.

Comparative Implied Indemnity, Third-Party Practice and Settlement Considerations in the Wake of DCI Part II: The One-Action Rule, (Co-author), Kansas Defense Journal, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Fall, 2009.

Comparative Implied Indemnity, Third-Party Practice and Settlement Considerations in the Wake of DCI Part I, (Co-author), Kansas Defense Journal, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Summer, 2009.

Presentations & Invited Lectures
Do You Know What You Signed Up For?  Understanding, Deciphering and Negotiating Commercial Contracts, KC Chamber of Commerce, Business Class, September 3, 2014.

Ethical Considerations For Serving as Local Counsel, Crawford County Bar Association,
November 16, 2011.

Assumption of Risk in Domestic Animal Activities and the Agritourism Promotion Act, Kansas Bar Association, September 28, 2007.

Community Involvement
Knights of Columbus, John Roe Council, #3020 – (2013-present); Advocate (2015-present)
Music Theatre Kansas City (MTKC) – Board of Directors (2013-2015)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Child Development Center, Inc. – Board of Directors (2007-2009)