Academy Member Inducted 2024

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Bruce Keplinger, Mediator, Kansas City, Missouri.

Bruce Keplinger

Jay Daugherty Mediation & Arbitration Center
4717 Grand Avenue
Suite 830
Kansas City, MO 64112
Tel: (816) 931-6300
Cell: 9139086355
Fax: (816) 531-2795
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Recognized to Missouri Chapter for Mediation

Regularly travels out of state to: Kansas, Oklahoma

Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1986
  • # of MEDS (as of 18/7/24)110
  • # of ARBS (as of 18/7/24)15
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Bruce Keplinger has worked as an advocate and a neutral in civil litigation and in administrative matters for over 46 years. Bruce has mediated civil disputes and has also served as an arbitrator, chairing several multi-day hearings. As a trial lawyer, Bruce has tried over 150 jury trials to verdict. In 2007 Bruce had the unique experience of trying one of the Top Ten Plaintiff’s Verdicts and two of the Top Ten Defense Verdicts in Missouri in the same year.

Bruce is admitted to the Bars of all federal and state courts in Kansas and Missouri, to the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and to the U. S. Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, elected in 2009. He is rated A-V Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in every edition of Best Lawyers in America since 1992. He also has served as President of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.

Bruce is now looking forward to serving as a full-time mediator and arbitrator. As both a neutral and a litigator for many years, Bruce will use the ADR expertise he has developed from the mediations he has personally conducted. In addition, Bruce has been an advocate for hundreds of mediations. He looks forward to now serving exclusively as a neutral, using both his mediation and advocacy experiences, along with innovation and efficiency, to resolve disputes as fairly and amicably as possible.

Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of Kansas (Summerfield Scholar) B.A. in Philosophy, History and English Honors 1974,
    with highest distinction
  • Southern Methodist University (Hatton W. Sumners Scholar) J.D. 1977, cum laude

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Notes and Comments Editor, Journal of Air Law & Commerce
  • Barristers (Chief Baron)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Miisouri Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • National Academy of Disctinguished Neutrals

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