Michael A. Preston

Partner

Michael A. Preston is an experienced trial lawyer, having practiced law since 1980. During that time, he has participated and been the lead trial attorney on numerous jury trials, trials to the court, administrative hearings and arbitrations. Mr. Preston has extensive experience in claims involving real property, such as condemnation, inverse condemnation, adverse possession and nuisance. Mr. Preston has also defended claims against professionals, including physicians, nurses, attorneys and real estate appraisers. He has represented nursing homes and organizations that provide services to the disabled. Mr. Preston has experience with representing businesses in bringing and defending claims, such as covenants not to compete, unfair business practices and products liability.

Mr. Preston represents several railroads in defending their interests in claims brought by employees under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) for acute and cumulative trauma, and as a result of accidents occurring at railroad grade crossings. Mr. Preston brings a unique experience in defending these railroad claims, as he was a brakeman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad before and while attending law school.

Mr. Preston has tried cases concerning claims involving condemnation of property, nuisances damaging property, business contracts and practices, medical negligence, premises liability, automobile negligence, wrongful death, FELA, and accidents at railroad grade crossings. Mr. Preston also has experience in appellate practice, authoring briefs and arguing before the Kansas Court of Appeals, the Kansas Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals.

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Education

  • J.D. Washburn University, 1980 Magna Cum Laude
  • B.A. Baker University, 1976