Kathleen V. Meara

Contact Info


Merry E. Morales

Practice Focus

Health Care Litigation


J.D., Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University, 2014

Family Court Review, Managing Editor of Notes & Comments, Vol. 52

B.A., History of Art, The University of Kansas, 2009

Kress Foundation Amsden Award


Supreme Courts of Kansas and Missouri

United States District Court for the District of Kansas

United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri


Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

Kathleen Meara, “What’s in a Name? Defining and Granting a Legal Status to Grandparents who are Informal Primary Caregivers of their Grandchildren,” Family Court Review (2014)

Kathleen joined SAKG in January 2024. She is a seasoned attorney who has tried several complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases.

“My father practiced law for over forty years. He taught me that being an attorney is an honorable profession that requires hard work and dedication. I believe in those principles and strive to exhibit them in every case.”

Born and raised in Kansas, Kathleen spent the first seven years of her legal career defending doctors, hospitals, and practice groups against medical malpractice claims venued in New York City’s five boroughs as well as Nassau and Suffolk County. Since returning to Kansas City to be closer to her family, Kathleen has expanded her expertise to other personal injury matters including motor vehicle, trucking, and wrongful death.

Kathleen is an active member of the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City and a devoted KC Current fan (KC Baby!). Outside of the office, Kathleen enjoys reading science fiction, listening to podcasts, and taking her dogs, Cassian and Otis, on adventures.


  • Obtained voluntary dismissal for nurse practitioner in failure to diagnose breast cancer medical malpractice case where, through discovery, was able to show the nurse practitioner instructed patient to follow recommendations by interpreting radiologist to follow up for additional imaging.
  • Successfully argued appeal before New York Appellate Division, 2nd Department on behalf of a primary care physician in a medical malpractice case where caselaw held that an internist could not be held liable for specialist physician’s negligence when internist had referred patient to physician for specialized care.
  • Prevailed on numerous oral arguments regarding Motions in Limine to preclude or limit expert testimony in state and federal court matters.
  • Proven track record in implementing effective defense strategy to obtain a favorable settlement or prepare a matter for trial.

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.

1100 Walnut Street, Suite 1950
Kansas City, MO 64106-2197
P: 816.268.9400  F: 816.268.9409

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