Jerry Palmer is managing partner of Palmer, Leatherman & White. He practices as an evaluative mediator. Because of extensive trial experience, appellate experience and counseling of hundreds of clients, he believes that mediation should focus on the hard issues in a case that will be outcome-determinative, whether they are issues of law, issues of fact, persuasiveness of evidence or intangible factors on which triers of fact determine cases. Probable results, costs and risk of litigation are what usually drive the settlement.
Mr. Palmer was a partner in several litigation firms originally doing defense work and then handling primarily plaintiff's personal injury work including products liability, medical malpractice, auto liability, premises liability, and other civil litigation. He was Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1980 ,recertified 4 times and served as President of NBTA. He is also certified By the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys with special competence in Medical Professional Liability . He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of ABOTA. He is also a sustaining member of the American Law Institute involved in the development of the Restatement Third of Torts, The Law governing lawyers and Product Liability.He has been on the adjunct Faculty of Washburn University Law School.
He is certified By the Kansas Supreme Court as an Approved Civil Mediator and is also an approvred mediator by the US District Court in Kansas. He is Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators as well as being a Fellow of the ACCTM. He has mediated over 700 cases including over 100 construction disputes and with as many as 12 parties .
Originally he was one of the certified mediators by the U.S. District Court when that Court had mediators. He was in the first group of certified mediators in the state and continued certification in mediation by the State. Mr. Palmer is a frequent lecturer for The Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, The Kansas Bar Association and Washburn University Law School where he conducts classes on mediation as well as the subject of mediation.
University of Kansas B.A. Economics , JD . Basic mediation Skills Course Kansas Bar assn , Specialty training in Construction Mediation , Pepperdine Law School , Frequent Lecturer on Mediation for The Kansas Bar Assn , Kansas Trial Lawyers Assn., and Washburn University Law School
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