Kerensa has a nationwide practice defending clients sued for premises and products liability. She defends individual and multi-party personal injury, wrongful death and property damage claims across the country for industrial and consumer goods manufacturers. Kerensa has obtained favorable results for clients by focusing on early case resolution and dispositive motion practice. Her experience includes initial case assessment and negotiations, coordinating discovery, deposing witnesses, conducting fact witness interviews, attending hearings, and drafting and arguing pre-trial motions.

While in law school, Kerensa was awarded the Candler S. Rogers Legal Writing Award in recognition of the most outstanding piece of legal writing submitted to the UMKC Law Review. She served on the editorial board of the Urban Lawyer and was a staff member on the UMKC Law Review. She also worked as a law clerk in the Chambers of The Hon. Mark Pfeiffer in the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Prior to law school, Kerensa spent six years as an assistant women's basketball coach, coaching at the University of Missouri, Wichita State University and Murray State University. During her undergraduate years, Kerensa was a three-year team captain for the Mizzou women's basketball team, where she earned Academic All-America honors and was named to Mizzou Athletics All-Decade Team.

Representative Matters

Kerensa has drafted and argued successful dispositive motions in both state and federal courts.

  • Allstate Indem. Co. v. ADT LLC, No. 14-9494, 2015 WL 3798715 (N.D. Ill. June 17, 2015) (dismissing lawsuit by applying subrogation waiver and alternatively dismissing claims for negligence, gross negligence, breach of implied warranty, and violations of Illinois’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act for failure to state a claim).
  • Home Owners Ins. Co. v. ADT LLC & ACE Sec. Sys., Inc., No. 15-cv-11262, 2015 WL 3763489 (E.D. Mich. May 21, 2015) (dismissing subrogation lawsuit involving claims for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of warranty, negligence, fraud, and violations of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act due to plaintiff’s failure to file suit within a year, comply with Rule 9(b), and adequately allege the breach of a non-contractual duty).
  • National Surety Corporation, et al. v. The Lawrence Group Living, L.L.C., et al., Order Granting Summary Judgment (Mo. Cir. Ct. July 8, 2015) (entering judgment in favor of third-party defendant SimplexGrinnell based on the lack of evidentiary support for third-party plaintiff’s negligence claims).

Publications

Kerensa E. Barr, How the "Boys of Fall" are Failing Title IX, 82 UMKC L. Rev. 181 (2013).