Michael E. Brown

(816) 502-4643
(816) 960-0041 Fax

Mr. Brown focuses his practice on commercial litigation. He handles disputes involving real estate foreclosure, landlord-tenant disputes, bankruptcy litigation, creditor’s rights, and mechanic's lien litigation. His experience includes managing an active trial practice in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa state and federal courts. Such experience has included diverse issues like wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability, premise liability, personal injury, privacy torts, consumer protection, real estate, bankruptcy, probate, family law and more. Mr. Brown has served as National Dealer Bankruptcy Counsel to Chrysler Group LLC for several years and has practiced in bankruptcy courts across the country in that capacity.

Mr. Brown has achieved favorable results for clients in court, at trial and on appeal, and through the use of alternative dispute resolution.

  • Published “Missouri Close Corporations: Proposals to Strengthen Protections for Minority Shareholders,” 68 UMKC L. Rev 145 (1999) and “Case, Statutes, and Recent Developments,” 30 Urb. Law. 778 (1998).

Mr. Brown, a partner in Kutak Rock’s Kansas City office, has long been interested in shooting sports. He has held a Type 54 federal explosives license/permit for many years and is familiar with federal explosives law and regulations, and BATFE rulings.

Mr. Brown represents regional and national firearms dealers, ammunition and accessory manufacturers and firearms manufacturers, providing advice and counsel regarding licensing and compliance matters, corporate restructuring, point-of-sale compliance, general contract review, acquisition and expansion, and defense of legal claims.

He currently is involved in the defense of a large Federal Firearms Licensee in several matters relating to the alleged negligent transfer of a firearm. He also has assumed outside general counsel duties for a reloading powder manufacturer.

He has advised and represented industry clients on:

  • Straw Purchase issues, including defense of wrongful death suits;
  • Ammunition sale issues;
  • Licensing;
  • Corporate structure and organization;
  • Subpoena response;
  • General compliance matters, best practices, A & D book and point-of-sale; and,
  • NFA Trust matters.

Mr. Brown’s related multi-state litigation practice includes the representation of clients in the areas of commercial contract law, wrongful death, products liability, personal injury, credit enforcement, real estate and more.