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Hon. Jay A. Daugherty, Mediator & Arbitrator, Kansas City, Missouri.

Hon. Jay A. Daugherty

Jay Daugherty Mediation & Arbitration Center
4717 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO, 64112
Tel: (816) 931-6300
Cell: (816) 210-3613
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Recognized to Missouri Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Florida, Kansas, Nebraska

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 2011
  • Total Mediations (as of Sep 2020): 2200
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Sep 2020): 20
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As a Circuit Judge for 20 years, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for 7 years, and one of Missouri's leaders in the development of the practice of mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Jay has conducted trials in nearly every area of the law. As a Circuit Judge and an ALJ, he conducted hundreds of jury trials and thousands of court trials. In the area of dispute resolution, besides serving as the Chair of the Supreme Court ADR Commission and conducting hundreds of settlement conferences as a judge, in private practice he has conducted scores of arbitrations and hundreds of mediations since joining the Shaffer Lombardo Shurin law firm as well as conducting judicial settlement conferences in his own cases. The result is extensive mediation, negotiation and litigation experience in nearly every area of the law.

In recent years, Jay has twice been selected by the bar as Kansas City’s Mediator of the Year (2017 and 2019) and has conducted well over 2,000 mediations.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada - Masters in the Judiciary, 1995
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri Juris Doctor, 1981
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, 1978

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Kansas City Mediator of the Year 2017 and 2019
  • ALS Association, Chairman of the National Board of Trustees, 2009 – 2014
  • ALS Association, George Brett ALS Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008
  • ALS Association National Board of Trustees, Los Angeles, California (Member of the Board, 1995-present; Vice-Chair, 2003-2004
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 601 (Chairman of the Board, 2003-2005)
  • Kentucky Colonel, Appointed by Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton, 2000
  • George Brett Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, Chair, 1999
  • Missouri Bar
  • UMKC Law Foundation
  • Country Club Christian Church

Rates Information

$425.00 per hour

The billing rate is $425 per hour for preparation and conducting most mediations. However, the rate is $545per hour for class action/multiparty cases if the mediation involves 4 or more parties. If the matter does not settle as a result of the mediation, our Mediators will continue to mediate the case by phone as long as there is any possibility mediation can resolve the case. There is no charge for follow up services unless the follow-up sessions are very time consuming and the time results in a settlement. For mediations requiring travel outside of the metropolitan area, any travel time is billed at 1/2 the hourly rate plus reasonable expenses for lodging, food and air. The parties to the case will share all mediation fees and expenses equally, unless otherwise agreed.

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