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Kent M. Bevan -
Shareholder/Director

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Overview: 

Kent focuses his practice in the fields of insurance law and litigation. He is a former managing director of Dysart Taylor. Kent has handled a wide variety of cases, including personal injury, property, casualty and liability; wrongful death; coverage analysis; and recovery subrogation. 

In addition to practicing law full time, Kent served as a Reserve Officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, concluding his military career as a Colonel.

Kent is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Missouri Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.  

Experience: 
  • Successfully defended a coverage dispute involving lost data on a system of programmable logic computers and PCs, saving the client $3 million in exposure. This judgment was affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
  • In a subrogation recovery case, Kent obtained a settlement of nearly $750,000 for a local restaurant in a national chain that sustained damage.
  • Represented plaintiffs in a case resulting in a multi-million dollar verdict, which was affirmed on appeal by the State Supreme Court.
  • Represented a number of insurance companies in defending property, casualty, liability, wrongful death cases and coverage disputes.
  • Argued appellate cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals, Missouri Supreme Court, Federal and State Trial Courts in Missouri and Kansas, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended a multimillion dollar construction case and resolved for a minimal settlement with no admission of fault.
  • Defended a personal injury case where the plaintiff was demanding $3 million in damages. The case was resolved for a minimal settlement with no admission of fault. 
Activities: 
  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Circuit Court Committee
  • Lawyer’s Association of Kansas City
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Property Loss Research Bureau
  • Western Loss Association
Seminars/Publications: 

Publications

  • Monthly Insurance Law Alerts on Current Case Decisions of Interest
  • "Protecting Against Frivolous Allegations of Bad Faith," USLAW Magazine, Fall/Winter 2016
  • Kent reviewed portions of “Missouri Insurance Practice,” for the Missouri Bar CLE books.

Presentations

  • E-Discovery, Work Product and Beyond   (This concerns Insurance Adjusters and E-Discovery Issues)
  • Insurance and Condominium Law
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Greater Kansas City Claims Association
  • Property Loss Research Bureau
  • Western Loss Association
  • Claims Management Association
  • In-house presentations to clients on various legal topics
  • Presented seminars to various Judge Advocate General Corps Units on legal issues