Workers' Compensation

McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips is the preeminent law firm in workers' compensation defense, practicing in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska Iowa, and Arkansas.  Located in Kansas City, Kansas, since 1901, the firm also has offices in St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, Omaha, Nebraska and Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Although workers' compensation defense is a high-volume, fast-paced field, we ensure that in every case each employer and insured's matter is handled promptly, efficiently, and effectively.  The hallmarks of MVP's workers' compensation practice are reasonable attorney caseloads, expertise in the law, timely communication, and cost-effective representation.  We represent large corporations, governmental entities, educational institutions, small businesses, and insurance companies in all aspects of workers' compensation defense

In-House Training

We provide customized training for our clients to meet their specific needs and to keep them informed of new developments in workers' compensation law.  MVP attorneys regularly speak at seminars throughout the Midwest and often give presentations for human resources professionals, employers and insurance representatives, bar associations and other entities.  Some recent presentation topics include:

  • Significant court decisions
  • Developments in Medicare set-aside agreements
  • Updates on legislative changes impacting workers' compensation
  • Pitfalls and planning for terminating an employee after a work-related injury
  • Return to work issues
  • Claims management strategies
  • Proactive solutions for reducing out of control workers' compensation costs
  • Best practices for handling preexisting injuries and repeat claimants

Employment Issues Within Workers' Compensation

Our attorneys take a practical approach to workers' compensation defense.  We are knowledgeable in ADA, FMLA, HIPAA, FELA, Medicare, and other areas of employment law, and we use our expertise for a well-rounded and thorough defense of workers' compensation claims. 

Cost-effective Case Management

We effectively manage cases throughout Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska.  Our team of attorneys monitors legislative changes and landmark decisions in each jurisdiction.  Through combined efforts, we advise clients of best practices and strategies to limit liability.

Medicare Set-Aside Proposals

Medicare law and procedure for workers' compensation insurance claims continues to change.  We monitor developments and updates from the Centers of Medicare Services to make sure our clients are informed with the latest information.  Our attorneys draft Medicare set-aside proposals to protect your legal interests and avoid unnecessary liability.


Our team of lawyers litigates cases only when necessary.  The firm's attorneys have successfully argued cases at the appellate level, significantly changing the law regarding work disability and other important issues. 

Katie M. Black
Kelsy E. Allison
Meredith G. Ashley
Danielle R. Augustine
Samantha N. Benjamin-House
Adam M. Brillhart
Rachel R. Brown
Nichole S. Bryant
Gregory T. Cook
Matthew R. DeFehr
Aaron M. Elking
John R. Emerson
Jodi J. Fox
Frederick J. Greenbaum
Jaclyn J. Harres
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