Spencer L. Throssell is a highly successful appellate attorney and accomplished civil litigator. Mr. Throssell has written numerous compelling appellate briefs that have been presented before the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Courts of Appeal, the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He has also successfully defended against a Petition for Writ of Certiorari before the United States Supreme Court. In a recent appeal before the Kansas Court of Appeals, Smart v. BNSF Railway Company, 52 Kan.App.2d 486, 369 P.3d 966 (2016), Mr. Throssell authored the brief that successfully argued that Daubert is the new standard for admission of expert testimony in Kansas. The Kansas Court of Appeals agreed, making Smart v. BNSF the seminal case adopting that new expert witness standard in Kansas.
Mr. Throssell also maintains a dynamic motion practice. He has drafted several successful motions for summary judgment, efficiently disposing of cases against his clients without the expense and uncertainty of trial. He has also achieved noteworthy success post-trial, in one case convincing a trial court to grant new trial based on juror misconduct.
Mr. Throssell’s practice primarily focuses on civil litigation matters, including railroad litigation, personal injury, construction litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and contract enforcement actions. While many of his most noteworthy accomplishments have been through his writing, he did first-chair the first case he ever tried, a complex, multi-party construction litigation matter, obtaining a nearly $200,000 judgment for his client, including an award of attorney’s fees. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., of the Missouri Supreme Court, assisting Judge Limbaugh in drafting several significant decisions during his tenure there.
- J.D. Southwest Methodist University, 2006 Cum Laude
- B.A., Brigham Young University, 2002 Magna Cum Laude