Michael C. McMullen


Mike McMullen, one of the firm’s founders, has defended products liability cases across the United States. For the past twenty years, he has specialized in fire and explosion matters in over thirty states, including propane or propane-related claims. He has written articles and spoken to propane industry organizations on accident investigation and litigation issues.

Mr. McMullen’s products defense practice has often negated plaintiffs’ cases before trial. He has obtained a number of summary judgments for clients through motion work focused on the inadmissibility of speculative or unfounded causation theories offered by plaintiffs’ expert witnesses. Mr. McMullen has prevented many potential claims against clients from being filed through thorough accident investigations. Prompt examination of critical physical evidence, laboratory analysis and fact witness interviews have often provided vital evidence necessary to defeat unfounded causation theories. Most importantly, Mr. McMullen is an experienced and effective trial lawyer, who tries cases in state and federal courts across the country.


Propane and Natural Gas Litigation
Product Liability Litigation


B.A., Stanford University, 1981
J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1985


1985-1989 Associate, Baker & Sterchi, Kansas City, MO
1989-1995 Associate and Partner, Smith Gill Fisher & Butts, Kansas City, MO
1995-1998 Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP, Kansas City, MO


Mr. McMullen began his practice in 1985 defending automotive, pharmaceutical and power tool claims for a number of national clients. In 1989 he joined the Propane Litigation Group at Smith, Gill, Fisher & Butts, followed by Bryan Cave, LLP, in 1995, and was a partner in both firms.

AV ® Rating- Martindale Hubbell ®


Missouri, 1985
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, Kansas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Missouri Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Fire Protection Association


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