Ivan is an experienced trial attorney and litigator. Ivan started his career as a public defender; ensuring that those who could not afford an attorney still had access to an advocate who cared about their issues. Ivan also represented the Kansas City Public Schools for 8 years. Ivan successfully defended KCPS in more than 13 jury trials. In addition to his courtroom advocacy, Ivan also counseled KCPS on various education and governmental related matters.
As a trial attorney, Ivan has experience litigating contracts, employment, due process claims, student rights claims, parental rights disputes, local ordinances, statutory regulations, sovereign immunity, and matters involving tax incremental financing. The bulk of Ivan’s trial experience is employment-related. Throughout 2014-2015 Ivan successfully defended KCPS in 6 straight jury trials.
During Ivan’s time in the private sector, he represented more school districts, including urban, rural, and suburban school districts. Ivan’s experience representing school districts in educational, employment, and business-related matters; along with his trial experience, makes him a unique member of our team.
Ivan is licensed in Missouri, Kansas, and the United States District Courts for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas.
A Kansas City native, Ivan attended Rockhurst University where he played collegiate basketball and earned a B.S.B.A. in finance and economics. Prior to attending law school, Ivan received his M.B.A. with a focus on management and marketing. Ivan’s passion for education comes from his parents; both teachers. Ivan became an attorney to advocate for those whose voice is often not heard. Ivan has spent his career ensuring that everyone has access to an advocate willing to stand up for them.
Year Joined Organization
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Jackson County Bar Association
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Minority In-house Counsel Association