Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List, 2012 - 2015 (a Thomson Reuters business)
Named by Benchmark Litigation-Future Star, 2013-2016
Kansas Bar Association Bench-Bar Committee and Bar Show Committee
Johnson County Bar Association Ethics & GrievanceCommittee
The Missouri Bar
Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Board of Directors, President-2007
Christian Legal Society
Defense Research Institute
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Mr. Nehrbass and his wife, Jennifer, have two young sons, Jack and Andrew, and are heavily involved in their school, church, sports and music activities. Mr. Nehrbass coaches a soccer team. Mr. Nehrbass is a 2000 graduate of “Leadership Olathe,” a program sponsored by the Olathe, Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Nehrbass serves on the board of the City Union Mission and is an active member at the Church of the Resurrection (United Methodist), where he leads a Bible Study. Mr. Nehrbass is an avid fisherman and hunter and a half-rate musician.
Mr. Nehrbass has significant experience handling complex commercial litigation for corporate clients from a wide variety of industries, such as healthcare, banking, insurance, financial services, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, chemicals, agribusiness, real estate, food and beverage, adoption services, and automotive. His clients have included multinational, national, regional and local businesses, such as the following: The Home Depot, Sears, Lowe’s, Kraft, Nueterra, AVIVA USA Corporation, Hoffman-LaRoche, Wachovia, Bank of America, BB&T, Anderson Erickson Dairy, Nissan, Fujisawa Healthcare, Schering-Plough, CVS Pharmacies, American Adoptions, Torchmark Corporation, Hanger Orthopedic Group, Premium Standard Farms, Chem-Trol/VMS, Lexis-Nexis, Rush Properties, PAETEC, and IKON. Mr. Nehrbass has also worked for a number of insurers, such as State Farm, Shelter and AIG.
Mr. Nehrbass has particularly extensive experience counseling and representing companies and individuals in matters involving noncompete agreements and other forms of restrictive covenants. He has successfully obtained restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and contempt orders against former employees. He has also successfully defended former employees.
Mr. Nehrbass has considerable experience litigating disputes between business partners in many different industries. He has handled matters governed by statutes, such as consumer protection and patent or trademark infringement cases, as well as all kinds of alleged common law torts, including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation and negligence generally. He has also represented clients who face issues relating to their licensure by governmental agencies.
At the request of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Mr. Nehrbass has testified before the Kansas legislature on various bills. He has been asked to author “friend of the court” briefs on these organizations’ behalf. The Kansas Bar Association has called upon Mr. Nehrbass to co-author its annual survey of civil procedure cases and to instruct newly admitted lawyers on civil procedure issues.
Mr. Nehrbass has tried or argued significant matters before a number of Kansas federal judges and Johnson County, Kansas state court judges, including but not limited to federal judges Lungstrum, Vratil, Murguia, Robinson and Melgren and state court judges Elliott, Foster, Bennett, Sutherland, Moriarty, and Vano. During Mr. Nehrbass’s clerkship with The Honorable Monti L. Belot of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas in Wichita, Kansas, he obtained significant research, writing and courtroom experience on employment, business, product liability and ERISA litigation matters. These included class actions.
Shirley v. Baxter Springs Gun – Mr. Nehrbass successfully defended this matter, in which the mother of a child killed in a father-son murder-suicide filed an action against the company that sold the gun used in the murder-suicide.
Iron Mound v. Nueterra – Mr. Nehrbass successfully defended this matter, in which former business partners claimed a continuing right to a portion of certain management fees.
United Investors Life Insurance Company v. Waddell & Reed, Inc. et al. and Waddell & Reed, Inc. et al. v. Torchmark Corporation et al. Mr. Nehrbass managed discovery and assisted with the successful prosecution and defense of two jury trials in these two complex actions – one in Alabama (which resulted in a $50 million verdict for Mr. Nehrbass’s client) and another in Kansas – involving conversion, contract, tortious interference, fiduciary duty, RICO and other claims.
Chem-Trol/VMS v. Wilson and Chem-Trol/VMS v. Christensen – Mr. Nehrbass successfully prosecuted these matters, in which former employees sought to divert customers and business from Mr. Nehrbass’s clients.
Kyle v. State Industries – Mr. Nehrbass assisted in this lengthy jury trial in Wyandotte County, Kansas, resulting in the successful defense of a water heater manufacturer in this product liability matter.
Federal Office Products v. ADOS Office Products – Mr. Nehrbass successfully defended at trial this Johnson County matter involving claims of tortious interference.
Pratt Feeders V. Hoffman LaRoche, et al., and related consolidated action in Wyandotte County District Court. This was a major, multi-defendant antitrust price-fixing case on which Mr. Nehrbass served as lead local counsel for Hoffmann LaRoche and eventually became lead spokesperson for all of the defendants during a number of hearings and took lead responsibility for depositions.
Sokolov Dental Laboratories v. Mainstreet Software Systems – Mr. Nehrbass successfully defended at trial this Johnson County matter involving claims of fraud and breach of contract.
Evolution, Inc. v. Prime Rate Premium Finance – Mr. Nehrbass and his partner successfully defended at trial this Kansas federal court matter involving claims of copyright infringement.
Searles v. Van Bebber and Wares v. Van Bebber. Mr. Nehrbass has twice been appointed by the Kansas federal court to handle religious freedom matters. Both cases resulted in jury verdicts in favor of the client.
Income Partner - Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Overland Park, KS, 2002 - 2004 Associate - Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Overland Park, KS, 1995-2001 Law Clerk, Honorable Monti L. Belot, United States District Judge, Wichita, KS, 1993-1995 Part-time Law Clerk, Twenty-Ninth District Court, Wyandotte County (Kansas City), KS, 1992-1993 Intern, Legal Services for Students, University of Kansas, 1991-1992