David R. Schlee
EXPERIENCEDavid Schlee, one of the founding shareholders of the firm, currently is the president of the Firm. He has been lead defense counsel in over 700 gas-related lawsuits, claims and investigations since 1987 in all parts of the United States. He has tried cases in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida and the District of Columbia, and has handled litigation in 48 states. He has consulted with numerous gas suppliers regarding safety and litigation defense programs and policies, and is a frequent lecturer on gas litigation and safety issues.
PRACTICE EMPHASISPropane and Natural Gas Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Catastrophic Personal Injury Litigation
EDUCATIONB.A., University of Wisconsin, 1969
J.D., George Washington University, 1972
PRIOR EXPERIENCE1972-1976 -- Trial Attorney, Court of Claims Section, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
1976-1978 -- Assistant, U.S. Attorney, Washington, D.C.
1978-1980 -- Associate, Smith, Gill, Fisher & Butts, Kansas City, MO
1980-1995 -- Partner, Smith, Gill, Fisher & Butts, Kansas City, MO
1995-1998 -- Partner, Bryan Cave LLP, Kansas City, MO
OF NOTEMr. Schlee’s publications include "Propane and the Law," a monthly column in Butane-Propane News (since September 1989)
AV® Preeminent™ - Martindale Hubbell®
BAR ADMISSIONSMissouri, 1978
U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1978
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONSMissouri Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Litigation Attorneys of America