Craig M. Leff

Partner

Mr. Leff’s practice has focused on civil litigation for nearly all of his 24-year career, of which 16 has been at Yeretsky and Maher. Mr. Leff has defended a wide variety of matters for his clients, ranging from railroad defense, complex commercial litigation, products liability, industrial accidents, and legal malpractice. Mr. Leff has tried multiple cases to verdict in Kansas and Missouri courts. His experience ranges from jury trials that lasted a few days to an eight-week jury trial. Those cases include receiving favorable jury verdicts and defense verdicts on behalf of his railroad clients in wrongful death claims arising out of railroad grade crossing accidents. In defending railroads in FELA claims, Mr. Leff has also received several defense verdicts and verdicts substantially below the damages claimed by the employees. Mr. Leff has experience in conducting the discovery, pre-trial preparations and in the trial of complex business litigation, such as a three-week jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict where plaintiff alleged breach of a coal transportation contract and sought more than $100 million in damages.

Mr. Leff also has considerable experience and success in receiving summary judgment for his clients, thus protecting his clients from the unpredictability and expense of trial. This includes obtaining summary judgment for a railroad in a $25 Million coal breach of contract action; receiving summary judgment in several products liability cases, including for a trailer manufacturer in which the plaintiff sought damages for paraplegia; getting summary judgment in a legal malpractice claim for a defendant attorney; and receiving summary judgment on behalf of a railroad in which the employee claimed cumulative trauma.

Mr. Leff is further involved in the firm’s appellate practice, successfully defending the appeals of the favorable verdicts and summary judgments he received on behalf of his clients, including representing clients in appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits, the Missouri Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and the Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas & Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Eighth and Tenth Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals
Education

  • J.D. University of Iowa, 1992, high distinction
  • B.A., University of Kansas, 1988, highest distinction