PRACTICESInsurance Defense Litigation
Commercial and Business Litigation
Personal Injury Defense
Nursing Home and Day Care Center Negligence
Trucking & Automobile Litigation
Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Litigation
- University of Denver, J.D., 2009
- University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A., 2005
- State of Missouri
- State of Kansas
- United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- United States District Court, District of Kansas
- Missouri Bar Association
- Kansas Bar Association
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court
Niki Long has significant experience defending skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, mental health care facilities, residential treatment facilities, group homes, and child care facilities, as well as defending cases involving wrongful death, premises liability, employment discrimination, and negligent hiring and supervision claims.
Niki was selected as a Missouri & Kansas “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Only 2.5 percent of Missouri and Kansas lawyers who are 40 years or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less, are named to the list of Rising Stars. In 2015, she was selected as an “Up & Coming” lawyer by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly. This award recognizes lawyers within their first 10 years of practice who have demonstrated excellence and the potential to make a difference in the legal profession and their communities.
In 2017, Niki received a defense verdict in a premises liability case in Johnson County, Kansas, stemming from plaintiff’s fall at a restaurant in Overland Park. At the end of the trial, plaintiff asked the jury to award $150,000 for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The jury returned a verdict finding neither party at fault for plaintiff’s injury and damages.
In her first year as an associate, Niki tried a civil jury trial to verdict in the Jackson County Circuit Court and won the case for her client who was alleged to have breached a written contract. She also won her second civil jury trial. Niki’s third jury trial involved the defense of McKeever Enterprises, Inc. in a case of first impression involving allegations of false imprisonment and battery of a suspected shoplifter. Plaintiff requested punitive damages in closing arguments and the jury returned a verdict for defendant on both claims. The Missouri Supreme Court affirmed the judgment in favor of McKeever Enterprises, Inc. and held that Missouri’s Merchant’s Statute provides retailers with an affirmative defense against allegations of battery thereby expanding the protection afforded to Missouri retailers against loss from theft.
Niki’s legal research and writing has been instrumental in achieving summary judgment for many of the firm’s clients including summary judgment in a complex legal malpractice case where defendants received a record four summary judgment orders including an order denying a substantial claim for post-judgment interest. She obtained summary judgment for a medical billing business on a claim for tortious interference with a business contract. Niki also obtained a dismissal for a local community college pursuant to an exception to the Kansas Tort Claims Act in the U.S. District Court of Kansas. She has been successful in excluding opposing expert testimony in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and Missouri state courts. She has obtained rulings in favor of the firm’s clients in declaratory judgment actions involving insurance coverage disputes on the applicability of liquor liability exclusions and named driver exclusions.
Niki earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and was a participant in the Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court.
- Mimi Sommers v. Ja-Del, Inc. and Spirit Master Funding, LLC, Johnson County, KS
- Deborah Barkley v. McKeever Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Price Chopper, Jackson County, MO
- Showtime Tow & Recovery, Inc. v. ABC Specialty, Inc., Jackson County, MO
- Digital Ally, Inc. v. Todd Elder, et al., Jackson County, MO