When managing cases during the discovery phase, Jen thrives. She coordinates with plaintiffs’ counsel, develops strategy ideas and identifies potential themes, positioning the case for trial if necessary and working to prompt the resolution of the case prior to trial, when appropriate. Jennifer’s discovery and pretrial work also includes taking depositions, attending hearings, coordinating records collection and other fact investigation, and drafting written discovery motions, motions for summary judgment and motions in limine.
Jen also manages trial teams, helping prepare for all trial-related activities, including briefing and research issues. She also helps develop trial strategies, creating cross-examination outlines for plaintiffs’ fact and expert witnesses and preparing for the direct examinations of her clients’ witnesses. Jen’s efforts have helped her teams secure favorable verdicts in the majority of her trials. She has also drafted post-trial and appellate motions and briefs for matters in both state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions.
Jen’s product liability experience also focuses on medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs and women’s health, as well as liability in the context of the practice of medicine. Her work has included class actions, third-party payor cost recovery actions, consolidated claims by individual smokers and individual smoking-and-health cases. She defends claims arising under state and federal consumer-protection statutes, such as the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which have involved advertising, debt collection and sales practices.
In her pro bono work, Jen represents parents and children in family court. In recognition of her leadership in helping to bring more effective learning to new associates, she has received the firm’s Stanley D. Davis Award for Excellence in Professional Development. Kansas City Business magazine also named Jen to its “2014 Class of Influential Women.”
Jen is committed to advancing women and diverse attorneys in the legal profession, as well as mentoring young lawyers. Jen was a member of the committee that presented the 2019 Women’s Health Litigation Summit.
Scott Kaiser, Jennifer Blues & Lindsey Heinz, Strategies for Moving to Strike Class Allegations, Law360, September 4, 2012.
Jennifer Kenyon, Heart Disease and Gender, 60 Seconds of Legal Science, October 9, 2019.
Jennifer Kenyon, Jennise Stubbs & Kierra Moody, Women's Health Litigation Summit, Post-Summit Webinar (addressing lawsuit-driven medical care and litigation funding mechanisms, one-sided media coverage of the women's health industry, and litigation advertising spending and its effect on access to health care), October 2019.
Megan Egli, Jennifer Blues Kenyon, Andrea Steele and Alyse Zadalis, The Mass Tort Effect: Why Women Are Left With Fewer Health Care Options in the Wake of Litigation, Update of the Law CLE, Kansas City, Missouri, June 13, 2019.
Jennifer Blues & Lindsey Heinz, Motions to Strike Class Allegations – Recent Trends and Practice Pointers, May 2012.
Member Spotlight, DRI's The Business Suit, December 7, 2017.