Franke, Schultz & Mullen, PC | Jill Frost Smith
Kansas City - Springfield - St. Louis - Overland Park
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Jill  Frost Smith


Information Technology Litigation
Employment Litigation
Products Liability
Premises Liability
Trucking & Automobile Litigation
Environmental/Toxic Tort Ligation
Medical Malpractice


  • University of Tulsa, J.D.
  • Kansas State University, B.S.


  • State of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas City Claims Association
  • Certified Mediator
Jill Frost Smith
Tel: (816) 421-7100
Fax: (816) 421-7915
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Ms. Smith has extensive trial and litigation experience in the defense of a wide variety of cases, including professional negligence, construction defect, premises liability, products liability, toxic torts, wrongful death, and vehicular collisions.   She has successfully argued appellate cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals, United States District Court, and the Missouri Supreme Court.  She also has significant experience litigating environmental matters and suits stemming from exposure to asbestos, silica, mold and lead paint, as well as defending employers against Title VII claims and other civil rights cases. Ms. Smith also regularly represents clients in computer software and other business disputes. 

Ms. Smith has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by a peer review survey magazine since 2006, an honor bestowed on no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state.  She is a Fellow in the trial lawyer honorary society, Litigation Counsel of America, composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and superior ethical reputation. Ms. Smith has also been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization of experienced trial attorneys and judges.  She has been chosen as one of the "Women Leaders in the Law" by ALM, a global leader in specialized business news and information.  She annually instructs at the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers' Trial Academy at the University of Missouri. 

Ms. Smith earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Tulsa, where she was a member of the Order of Barristers, The Energy Law Journal and the Trial Advocacy Team.  She was a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Pre-Trial Practice and the American Bar Association's Silver Key Award.  She has been certified as a mediator by Washington University School of Law.  Ms. Smith is currently permitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th and 10th Circuits, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, the Missouri Supreme Court and all Missouri state courts.

Recent Trials:

  • Trobough v. SJA, Inc., Johnson County, MO
  • Gardner v. Groendyke Transport, U.S.District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • Parrish v. Abbott Properties, Jackson County, MO
  • Dodson v. Industrial Insulations, Inc., Jackson County, MO
  • Kelly v. Lamp Food Stores, Inc., Jackson County, MO
  • Roland v. Larry’s United Super, Inc., Jackson County, MO
  • Hein v. Grandboro Arms, Jackson County, MO
  • Robien v. Nicholas Supermarkets, Inc., Cooper County, MO
  • Jost v. Eastgate Foods, Inc., Boone County, MO
  • Meyer v. Ridenhour, Camden County, MO
  • Whitman v. Woods Supermarkets, Inc., Pettis County, MO
  • Cole v. Millstone Lodge, Morgan County, MO
  • Campbell v. Sexton, Camden County, MO
  • Christian v. B-Con, Greene County, MO
  • English v. Empire District Electric Co., Jasper County, MO
  • Hynes v. Empire District Electric Co.,   Jasper County, MO
  • Knox v. Dr. Klarfeld & Dr. Merriweather, Cass County, MO
  • Tina Workman v. Brady, et al., Jackson County, MO

Reported Cases:

  • Stanley v. ConocoPhillips Pipe Line Co., 451 F.Supp.2d 1286 (D.Kan. 2006)
  • Hein v. Grandboro Arms, L.P., 140 S.W.3d 164 (Mo. App. 2004)
  • Wyandotte Nation of Kansas City, Kansas, 214 F.R.D. 656 (D.Kan. 2003)
  • Linn v. Moffitt, 73 S.W.3d 629 (Mo. App. 2002)
  • Rando v. Texaco Refining and Marketing, Inc., 165 F.Supp.2d 1209 (D.Kan .2001)
  • Moreland v. Farren-Davis, 58 S.W. 3d 5 (Mo. App. 2001)
  • Sipes ex rel. Slaughter v. Russell, 89 F.Supp.2d 1199 (D.Kan. 2000)
  • Moreland v. Farren-Davis, 995 S.W.2d 512 (Mo. App. 1999)
  • Gee v. Bell Pest Control, 795 S.W.2d 532 (Mo. App. 1990)
  • Wright v. Minter, 736 F.Supp. 1024. (W.D.Mo. 1990)


  • Women Leaders in the Law 2014
  • Super Lawyer since 2006
  • American Board of Trial Advocates