Admitted to Practice:Kansas, 1993
Education:J.D. with distinction, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1992
Eric Lanham has been representing employers and insurance carriers in defending workers’ compensation claims since 1993. His experience encompasses all areas of workers’ compensation practice, and he works with clients to identify and implement ways to reduce the number and severity of workers’ compensation claims. His expertise is in handling complex workers’ compensation claims, defining the limits of workers’ compensation and employer’s liability policies, and protecting the subrogation interests of employers and insurers against claimant’s counsel who try to reduce those liens.
Mr. Lanham successfully defended one of the employers in Endicott v. Display Technologies, a Missouri Supreme Court decision defining the date of accident in repetitive trauma claims. He was the lead attorney in Miller v. American Royal, a Missouri Court of Appeals decision that reversed a Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission finding that the claimant was a statutory employee. Mr. Lanham convinced the Missouri Court of Appeals that a claimant's alcohol intoxication completely bars him from receiving benefits in Garcia v. Babcock & Wilcox. He persuaded the Kansas Court of Appeals to reverse a Board of Appeals finding that a claimant's knee injury arose out of and in the course of her employment in Johnson v. Johnson County. Most recently, he successfully defended the employer before the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission in Leal v. City Wide Transportation, one of the first new law decisions defining the “prevailing factor” issue. He frequently argues cases before administrative and appellate courts throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.
Mr. Lanham authored a quarterly review of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission decisions for the Missouri Workers Compensation Law Quarterly. The University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review published his article on the role of a court-appointed guardian ad litem, and a number of his articles appear in various magazines and newspapers. He presents workers' compensation seminars for clients, industry groups and the bar and is an active member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Committee. He is one of numerous MVP lawyers named as Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers.
Mr. Lanham is a shareholder with the firm, and currently serves as its Senior-Vice President of Client Services. He has served as the firm's President and CEO and has been its managing partner. Mr. Lanham is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and is admitted to practice law in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City, Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation for Inclusive Religious Education, and Camp Encourage, a summer camp for children with autism. He is the Committee Chair for his son’s Boy Scout troop and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is a past president of the Northwest Missouri Autism Project and a former member of the St. Therese Education Committee. Mr. Lanham and his wife have three children, and they are all avid Mizzou fans.