HOPKINS MEDIATION

The Right Mediator for the Right Case

9233 WARD PARKWAY
KANSAS CITY, MO
816-421-7900

  LLM IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION - "BEST OF THE BEST" - KCMBA AWARD WINNER

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            40 YEARS  REPRESENTING PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS IN CIVIL LIGITATION

   
DOES HOPKINS MEDIATION CHECK ALL YOUR BOXES?
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Understands all dispute dynamics, even those not obvious on the surface

Understands why some mediations succeed and others fail

Understands that all disputes and all litigants are not the same

40 years broad-based experience as a plaintiff and defense attorney, handling a dispute and working directly with the litigants
from the very beginning to the very end

Experienced in resolving high pressure, high dollar disputes

Academically trained: LLM in Dispute Resolution

Hundreds of hours researching, writing and studying successful mediation strategies and techniques 

A quick study of complex issues of fact and law

Always well prepared, deferential and respectful to the litigants

Has the demeanor to gain the confidence and respect of litigants and counsel

Well respected by the judiciary

Fair, objective, unbiased

Ethical, Empathetic, Energetic, Adaptable 

An articulate and effective communicator

An innovative strategist

An outside the box thinker

 Relentless in assisting litigants resolve their disputes








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It is not enough for the mediator to understand the legal issues, they must understand how to relate enough to the parties and their counsel to bring the parties to a resolution....
Lee Jay Berman, "Mediation Strategies,  Choose Carefully, All Mediadtors Are Not Created Equal, Daily Journal Magazine , September, 200
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
Hopkins has been an AV and AV Preeminent attorney each year since 1989.  He's been selected to Who's Who in American Law; Strathmore's Who's Who, ​​ and recognized by the American Registry as among the top 1% of professionals in his field.  In addition to these honors, Mr. Hopkins was selected by the University of Missouri-Columbia to present the first CLE program at the new law school, and has been honored by the KCMBA as an "Outstanding CLE Contributor."  He has been a presenter and prepared materials for 25 CLE's during his career on a myriad of litigation-related subjects.  In his civic life, he has been an active member of both state and local bar associations, participating in fund raising activities, such as "Ask A Lawyer." He was part of the Lawyer's Association sponsored "Volunteer In Education Priogram" and taught a basic class in law to high school seniors at Kansas City's Central High School.  He was awarded "Man of The Year" by the KCMO Junior Chamber of Commerce for his leadership and work as the organization's Press Secretary the year it broke with the national organization and admitted women to its membership.
In college, Mr. Hopkins was a National Debate Champion, part of a four-man team that competed at the University of Indiana.  He and his colleagues won many awards at national tournaments, including those at Georgetown, Dartmouth, Northwestern and the University of Southern Caliornia.  He was also the Captain of the University's winning College Bowl Team.  He took a hiatus from the practice of law for 8 years, leaving the Lathrop law firm to become the Vice President of an entertainment company in Los Angeles that produced the Oscar Award nominated film, "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" and the film "Richard Pryor-Live In Concert."  The company also produced a Broadway play, "Knockout."  In addition to those duties, Mr. Hopkins wrote screenplays for several television series, including The Paper Chase, Knot's Landing, Lou Grant, On Trial, Magnum PI,  and others. He was a story consultant for the crime mystery series Quincy.  He also conducted one of the last interviews from reclusive Jesse Owens before he died.  The interview was the basis of a television movie about Mr. Owens' life as an Olympic champion and a black man living in America in the 1930s and 1940s.  Mr. Hopkins also has an interesting story about his film company, the Beatles - and a shark - but it would be too long to relate here.  Give him a call and he'll give you the scoop.  
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