Franke, Schultz & Mullen, PC | Nikki Cannezzaro
Kansas City - Springfield - St. Louis
Attorneys
Nikki  Cannezzaro

PRACTICES

Bad Faith / Vexatious Refusal Litigation
Insurance Coverage Litigation
Products Liability
Premises Liability
Professional Liability
Trucking & Automobile Litigation
Insurance Agent & Broker Liability
Intellectual Property
Appellate Practice
Class Action Defense

EDUCATION

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Kansas, B.A.

ADMISSIONS

  • State of Kansas
  • State of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Bar of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Missouri Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (Board of Directors, 2004 - present)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2008 - present)
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City (YLS Board of Directors, 2001 - 2004)
  • Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, Lead Master
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Law, Litigation Advisory Committee
  • Lon O. Hocker Society
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Kansas Bar Association
Nikki Cannezzaro
Partner
CONTACT INFORMATION
Tel: 816-421-7100
Fax: 816-421-7915
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Ms. Cannezzaro is a very aggressive trial and appellate lawyer. She has tried numerous cases to juries ranging from multiple fatality automobile accidents to products and premise liability cases, obtaining favorable results for the firm's clients in each case. Ms. Cannezzaro additionally has significant experience in bad faith, vexatious refusal and insurance coverage litigation. She has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization of experienced trial attorneys and judges.  Ms. Cannezzaro is the recipient of several awards from the state and local bar associations. She has received the prestigious Thomas J. Conway Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, which recognizes outstanding trial skills coupled with the ability to be a fierce advocate and a good friend to opposing counsel at the same time. The Missouri Bar Foundation has awarded Ms. Cannezzaro the Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award, recognizing unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy and the Donald J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in appellate advocacy. Ms. Cannezzaro is the only attorney in Kansas City to have received all three of these awards.

Ms. Cannezzaro has also previously been awarded a Women's Justice Award by Missouri Lawyers Weekly recognizing women lawyers under the age of 40 who within the first 10 years of practice made a difference in the justice system or the profession and appear on a path toward even greater accomplishment, the "Rising Legal Leader Award" by the Kansas City Daily Record which recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice in their communities and exemplified the highest ideals of the legal profession, and the "Young Lawyer of the Year Award" from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association for her excellence in public service, professionalism and legal accomplishments. Ms. Cannezzaro has additionally been identified by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly as an "Up and Coming Lawyer," the Kansas City Business Journal in its list of "Best of the Bar" in Kansas City for the last nine years, as well as by Law & Politics Magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in Missouri and Kansas for the last several years.

A number of Ms. Cannezzaro's cases have been recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for both her trial and appellate work. Ms. Cannezzaro's trial work was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in their "Top Verdicts" special edition. The Missouri Lawyers Weekly published a review of the largest defense verdicts throughout the State of Missouri. In that publication, a case tried by Mr. Franke and Ms. Cannezzaro was selected as one of the best defense verdicts in the State of Missouri. On the appellate level, the Missouri Lawyers Weekly has recognized several of the cases in which Ms. Cannezzaro has been involved in its periodic reviews of "The Most Important Opinions" from the Missouri Appellate Courts.

Ms. Cannezzaro is a leader in our legal community. She is a strong advocate for women and minority issues. She is the immediate past president of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. Additionally, she is the immediate past president of the Diversity Section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and is additionally slated to serve as Treasurer of the metropolitan bar (KCMBA) during 2015.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cannezzaro served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Ulrich, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.


RECENT TRIALS:

  • Knuppel v. Monie, et al., Boone County, MO, Case No. 09BA-CV04264.
  • Ancona v. Nick & Jake's of Parkville, Inc., et al., Platte County, MO, Case No. 10AE-CV03163.
  • Novotnak v. Ameripure Water Company, Clay County, MO, Case No. 06CY-CV05753.
  • Mann v. Gentry, Wyandotte County, MO, Case No. 07CV1022.
  • Zhang v. Sparks, Greene County, MO, Case No. 306 AC 6623.
  • Clark v. Murfin Drilling Co., et al.,Stevens County, KS, Case No. 07-CV-16.
  • Draper v. Advantage KC, et al., Jackson County, MO, Case No. 0716-CV21240.
  • Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages, Inc. v. Ace Sports, Johnson County, KS, Case No. 07CV1504.
  • White v. McKinley, U.S. District Court, Western District of MO, Case No. 05-0203-CV-W-NKL.
  • McIntyre v. C & J Management Services, Jackson County, MO, Case No. 0716-CV10818.
  • Wheeler v. Ware, Platte County, MO, Case No. 04CV83653.
  • Thompson v. Marler, Greene County, MO, Case No. 306AC3795.
  • Rivera v. General Store No. 2 d/b/a Marsh’s Apple Market, Jackson County, MO, Case No. 0616CV06193.
  • Williams v. 7th Street Apple Market, Wyandotte County, KS, Case No. 05CV1099.
  • Nentwig v. Willamette Industries, Inc., United States District Court, District of Kansas, Case No. 02-2143-CM.
  • Brinkley’s Property Mgmt., et al. v. Fidelity Nat’l Field Servs., et al., Geary County, KS, Case No. 03 CV 241.
  • Kendrick v. Dee, et al., Johnson County, MO, Case No. 05JO-CV00230.
  • Records v. Century Roofing, Inc., Johnson County, KS, Case No. 05CV5430.
  • Boney, et ux. v. Worley, et ux., Cass County, MO, Case No. CV105-378CC.
  • Manning v. Ottawa University, Franklin County, KS, Case No. 04-C-119.
  • Dodson v. Industrial Insulations, et ux., Jackson County, MO, Case No. 0516CV09978.
  • Kapur v. Buyrite d/b/a Queen’s Price Chopper, Johnson County, KS, Case No. 02CV01491.
  • Bostick v. Ferguson, Johnson County, KS, Case No. 02CV04319.
  • Olivera v. Action Plumbing, Inc., Douglas County, KS.
  • Smith v. Reynolds, Wyandotte County, KS, Case No. 2002C05043.
  • Carver v. Super S Auto Sales, et ux., Bates County, MO, Case No. CV100-133CC.
     

APPELLATE CASES:

  • Baker v. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., 745 F.3d 919 (8th Cir. 2014).
  • State ex rel. Red Cross Pharmacy, Inc. v. Harman, 423 S.W.3d 258 (Mo. App. 2013).
  • Fanning v. Progressive, 412 S.W.3d 360 (Mo. App. 2013).
  • ABC Seamless Siding & Windows, Inc. v. Ward, 398 S.W.2d 27 (Mo. App. 2013).
  • Lambi v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 498 Fed.Appx. 655 (8th Cir. 2013).
  • Clark v. Progressive Preferred Ins. Co., 390 S.W.2d 208 (Mo. App. 2012).
  • Charles v. Consumers Ins., 371 S.W.3d 892 (Mo. App. 2012).
  • Hargis v. Lankford, et al., 372 S.W.3d 82 (Mo. App. 2012).
  • Bauer v. Bowes, 350 S.W.3d 478 (Mo. App. 2011).
  • RLI Ins. Co. v. Southern Union Co., 341 S.W.3d 821 (Mo. App. 2011).
  • Goerlitz v. City of Maryville, 333 S.W.3d 450 (Mo. 2011).
  • American Nat. Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Kansas Ins. Dept., 240 P.3d 986 (Kan. App. 2010).
  • Martin-Manatee Power Partners, LLC v. Peerless Mfg. Co., 233 P.3d 758 (Kan. App. 2010).
  • Hayes v. Price, 313 S.W.3d 645 (Mo. 2010).
  • Dahmer v. Hutchison, 315 S.W.3d 375 (Mo. App. 2010).
  • Goerlitz v. City of Maryville, 2009 WL 4572869 (Mo. App. 2009).
  • Kindred v. City of Smithville, 292 S.W.3d 420 (Mo. App. 2009).
  • Wiley v. Homfeld, 307 S.W.3d 145 (Mo. App. 2009).
  • Thompson v. Marler, 286 S.W.3d 261 (Mo. App. 2009).
  • Nervig v. Workman, 285 S.W.3d 335 (Mo. App. 2009).
  • Hayes v. Price, -- S.W.3d --, 2009 WL 448179 (Mo. App. 2009).
  • Progressive Direct Ins. C. v. Nervig, -- S.W.3d . 2009, WL 281300 (Mo. App. 2008).
  • Weibe v. Hicks, et al., 192 P.2d 184 (Kan. App. 2008).
  • Dibbens v. Shelter Mut. Ins. Co., 261 S.W.3d 553 (Mo. App. 2008).
  • Loyd v. State Auto Proper & Cas. Co., 265 S.W.3d 901 (Mo. App. 2008).
  • Eide v. State Auto Nat.l. Ins. Co., 244 S.W.3d 797 (Mo. App. 2008).
  • Bottorff Const., Inc. v. Gates, 260 S.W.3d 373 (Mo. App. 2008).
  • Allen Quarries, Inc. v. Auge, 244 S.W.3d 781 (Mo. App. 2008).
  • Baker v. G.J. Grewe, Inc., et al., 241 S.W.3d 420 (Mo. App. 2007).
  • Young v. McNeil, -- S.W.3d -- (Mo. App. 2007).
  • Hardcore Concrete v. Med James, 220 S.W.3d 350 (Mo. App. 2007).
  • Verni v. Cleveland Chiropractic College, 212 S.W.3d 150 (Mo. banc 2007).
  • Smith v. Chamblin Properties, LLC, 201 S.W.3d 582 (Mo. App. 2006).
  • Shelter Mutual Ins. Co. v. Ballew, et al., 203 S.W.2d 789 (Mo. App. 2006).
  • Samuels v. American Family Ins. Co., 170 Fed.Appx. 443 (8th Cir. 2006).
  • Thompson v. Tuggle, 183 S.W.3d 611 (Mo. App. 2006).
  • Alea London Ltd. v. Bono-Soltysiak Enterprises, 186 S.W.3d 403 (Mo. App. 2006).
  • Verni v. Cleveland Chiropractic College, 2005 WL 2738919, -- S.W.3d -- (Mo. App. 2005).
  • Henson v. Dutch Flowers, LLC, 169 S.W.3d 868 (Mo. App. 2005).
  • Perkins v. Dvorak, 113 P.3d 274 (Kan. App. 2005).
  • Samuels v. American Family Ins. Co., 159 S.W.3d 868 (Mo. App. 2005).
  • Nentwig v. Georgia Pacific Corp., 375 F.3d 1009 (10th Cir. 2004).
  • Roberts v. Progressive Northwestern Ins. Co., 151 S.W.3d 891 (Mo. App. 2004).
  • Hein v. Grandboro Arms, LP, 140 S.W.3d 164 (Mo. App. 2004).
  • Wilson, ex rel Wilson v. Simmons, 103 S.W.3d 211 (Mo. App. 2003).
  • American Standard Ins. Co. of Wisconsin v. Bittick, 112 S.W.3d 55 (Mo. App. 2003).
  • Long v. Cross Reporting Service, Inc., 103 S.W.3d 249 (Mo. App. 2002).
  • Long v. Funeral Directors Services, Inc., 96 S.W.3d 885 (Mo. App. 2002).
  • Criswell v. Short, 70 S.W.3d 592 (Mo. App. 2002).

SPEAKER/LECTURER/PUBLICATIONS:

  • Ethics of Managing an Appellate Practice -- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri (2014).
  • Nuts and Bolts of Building a Law Practice - Law Practice Institute -- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri (2014).
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration -- Co-sponsored by UMKC School of Law and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri (2014).
  • Path to the Bench - Moderator -- Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO (2013).
  • The Impact of Social Media on Claims and Litigation - United Fire Group, Spring Claims Seminar, Cedar Rapids, IA (2013)
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration -- Co-sponsored by UMKC School of Law and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri (2013).
  • The Impact of Social Media on Claims and Litigation - Central Claims Executives Association Conference, Nashville, TN (2012)
  • Effective Closing Arguments -- Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, Kansas City, Missouri (2012).
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration -- Co-sponsored by UMKC School of Law and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri (2012).
  • Effective Closing Arguments -- Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, Kansas City, Missouri (2011).
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration -- Co-sponsored by UMKC School of Law and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri (2011).
  • Effective Closing Arguments -- Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, Kansas City, Missouri (2010).
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration -- Co-sponsored by UMKC School of Law and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri (2010).
  • Tried and True Tips for the Trial Attorney -- KCMBA; Kansas City, MO (2009).
  • Ethics: Litigation and Professionalism -- Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, Kansas City, MO (2009).
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration -- Co-Sponsored by UMKC School of Law & KCMBA; Kansas City, MO (2009).
  • Premises Liability Case Preparation and Trial -- National Business Institute; Kansas City, MO (2008).
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration -- Co-Sponsored by UMKC School of Law & KCMBA; Kansas City, MO (2008).
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation -- National Business Institute: Overland Park, KS (2007).
  • Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims -- National Business Institute; Kansas City, MO (2006).
  • Keys to Successful Pre-Trial Preparation in Kansas -- National Business Institute; Overland Park, KS (2005).
  • A Practical Refresher on Litigating the Auto Injury Case -- National Business Institute; Overland Park, KS (2005).
  • Handling the Automobile Injury Claim in Kansas -- National Business Institute; Overland Park, KS (2004).
  • Drafting Motions That Get Results in Missouri -- National Business Institute; Kansas City, MO (2003).
  • The Essentials of Missouri Appellate Practice -- National Business Institute; Kansas City, MO (2002).
  • The Safe Schools Act: Legal and ADR Responses to Violence In Schools -- 31 Urb. Law. 309 (1999).
  • Management Council of Wyoming Legis. v. Geringer -- 30 Urb. Law. 495 (1998).
  • United States v. 194.08 Acres of Land -- 30 Urb. Law. 773 (1998).

RECOGNITION

  • Thomas J. Conway Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award, Missouri Bar Foundation
  • Women's Justice Award, Rising Star, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Lon O. Hocker Trial Award, Missouri Bar Foundation
  • Legal Leader of the Year, Rising Star, Kansas City Daily Record and Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal (2005 - present)
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, Law & Politics (2008 - present)
  • Up & Coming Lawyer, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Young Lawyer of the Year, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association