Stephen C. Thornberry
Steve Thornberry is an experienced trial lawyer practicing with Thornberry. Eischens & Brown, LLC.
Steve is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in Gladstone and attended Oak Park High School. He then attended
the University of Kansas and received a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and English. He is a 1995 graduate of the
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Megan, and their two children. Megan is the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of American World Forwarders.
Since graduating from law school, Steve has concentrated the majority of his practice preparing employment discrimination cases for trial. He has handled cases involving numerous federal and state statutes including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employers, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Missouri Human Rights Act, the Kansas Act Against Discrimination, section 1983, 1981, FMLA, ERISA and many other employment matters.
He has also worked on many personal injury matters including those involving automobile accidents, trucking accidents, product liability, dog bites, and premises liability matters.
Steve has significant trial experience serving as lead counsel in cases in both Kansas and Missouri, state and federal court, employment matters and personal injury matters. He also served as second chair in numerous trials in Missouri federal court, those cases involved significant jury verdicts. Additionally, Steve was lead counsel in a case in which a jury returned a verdict in favor of his client in excess of $150,000 in a significant punitive damages award. He has also handled a number of appellate matters and has successfully argued cases before both the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Recently, we were successful in Woods v. The Boeing Company & Spirit Aerosystems where the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Summary Judgment Order in an age discrimination case and directed the District Court to allow the case to proceed to trial.
Year Joined Firm
Areas of Practice
- Employment Discrimination
- Civil Rights Litigation
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Missouri, 1995
- Kansas, 1996
- U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1995
- University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
- J.D. - 1995
- University of Kansas
- B.A. - 1992
- Major: Economics
- Major: English
Honors and Awards
- "Best of the Bar," Kansas City Business Journal, 2003
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
- The Missouri Bar, Member
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Member, Kansas City Chapter
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
Past Employment Positions
- Thornberry Law Firm, 2003 - 2004
- The Meyers Law Firm, 1995 - 2003