Kristi focuses her practice on the defense of companies engaged in technical services and manufacturing. She is a part of a team of attorneys and analysts who represent corporations in litigation across the United States on a flat-fee basis. This is fast-paced and demanding work that includes claims for wrongful death, personal injury, significant property damage, and complex issues involving insurance and indemnity.
Kristi has significant experience managing all aspects of a lawsuit, including: defending jury trials, developing and retaining expert witnesses, taking and defending depositions, briefing dispositive motions and appeals, and arguing dispositive motions. She spends much of her time handling cases involving significant property damage and personal injury.
Kristi is also an active member her community. She serves as president of the UMKC School of Law Alumni Foundation, where she is involved in planning alumni events and making other decisions involving alumni affairs. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Association for Women Lawyers. She volunteers her time working with the Redemptorist Social Services Center of Kansas City, delivering meals to elderly and disabled members of the community. And she is a member of Kansas City’s Liquor Control Board, which hears appeals regarding liquor licensing issues.
During law school, Kristi was a staff member of the UMKC Law Review, a member of the Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, and an intern for The Hon. Ortrie D. Smith of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. She graduated with highest honors.
- successfully defended a fire suppression company in a week-long jury trial involving a fire at a country club in Springfield, Missouri, which Missouri Lawyers Weekly ranked as one of the largest defense verdicts in 2013;
- successfully defended a service company in a six-day jury trial involving a slip-and-fall injury with alleged permanent physical injuries;
- obtained summary judgment for a fire suppression company in a case involving claims that sprinkler heads were not properly protected from impact by outside sources;
- obtained summary judgment for a fire suppression company, where the Court enforced a waiver of subrogation provision barring over $9 million in subrogated claims arising from a sprinkler pipe burst in a Boston, Massachusetts, luxury apartment building;
- obtained summary judgment for a California contractor on the grounds that the contractor did not owe tort duties to downstream purchasers of a building; and
- obtained summary judgment for a security company in a lawsuit involving a home invasion in New York.
Publications and Presentations
Sandy Stigall, Emily Sullivan, and Kristi Burmeister, "Perspectives from Three Female Litigators," Fire Protection Contractor, Dec. 2014, at 20.
Kristi Burmeister, Aaron Kirkland and Jason Scott, "Enforcing Exculpatory Provisions in Contract Cases Involving Fraud-Based and Gross-Negligence Claims," Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s 11th Annual Update of the Law (Kansas City, Mo.), June 25, 2014.
Charles C. Eblen & Kristina L. Burmeister, Minimize Liability in Freeze and Burst Lawsuits, Fire Protection Contractor, Dec. 2013, at 28.