Our Team

Kathleen Kopach Woods

In Ms. Woods’ 33 years of legal practice, she has handled both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ commercial matters, business litigation and personal injury cases. She started her legal career in the Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutor’s office and later practiced in the areas of criminal defense, products liability and medical malpractice defense. She has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts. Ms. Woods also has extensive civil and criminal appellate experience and has argued cases before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.

In January 2002, Ms. Woods joined Shaffer Lombardo Shurin (“SLS”) where she has focused on complex business litigation and insurance defense work.

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Business and Commercial
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Criminal Defense
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
EDUCATION
  • University of Kansas, J.D, 1984
  • Indiana University, B.A., 1976
SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Represented Kansas City residents in a class action lawsuit against the city of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Represented a Missouri insurance company in receivership in lawsuits against a Big Four accounting firm, two major investment banking firms and an international law firm
  • Represented doctors and dentists in a securities fraud case
  • Currently a member of the plaintiffs’ trial team in an anti-trust class action case pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • In the past year has developed a practice representing non-profit organizations
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
CIVIC & CHARITABLE
  • Trustee, St. Mary Board of Trustees
  • Leader of Delegations to her Church’s sister parish in El Salvador
  • Past Board Member/President of a Florida Condominium Association
  • Past President of Parish Council
  • Past Co-Chair of Parish Capital Campaign