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Saint Joseph
700 South Riverside Road, Suite 200
Saint Joseph, MO 64507
4510 Belleview Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64111
5250 W. 116th Place, Suite 400
Leawood, KS 66211
Phone: (913) 387-1600
Fax: (913) 928-6739
Email: tehlert@rousepc.com
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Bar Admissions:

Kansas, 1995
Missouri, 2000
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Pro hac vice, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Oklahoma
Pro hac vice, Arizona
Pro hac vice, Florida
Pro hac vice, North Carolina Federal Court
Pro hac vice, Illinois


  • Washburn University School of Law J.D., 1995
    Dean’s Honors
    Washburn Law Journal, 1994-1995
  • University of Kansas, B.S., Political Science, 1991
    Internship, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C., 1991


Todd is an accomplished and experienced trial attorney. Throughout his nearly twenty-five year legal career, he has tried approximately 350 trials to verdict; has substantial experience trying large, complex cases in arbitration; and has successfully argued multiple cases on appeal before appellate courts. His practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of disputes, with a concentration in business litigation. To date, total damages in the cases he has been involved with exceed $675 million.

Todd joined the firm in 2019. Before that, he was a shareholder in an AmLaw 100 national law firm.

Areas of Practice

  • Business litigation
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreement disputes
  • Will and trust disputes
  • Corporate officer and director liability
  • Catastrophic losses and injury


  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • St. Joseph Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Co-Vice Chair, Business Litigation Section

Publications, Presentations, Honors and Reported Opinions

  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer (2008)
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 18, No. 35
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 18, No. 32
  • 34 Washburn Law Journal 119, 1994 (Don’t Disobey the Parental Preference Doctrine)
  • Injunctions and Other Non-Monetary Remedies in Business Disputes, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Business Torts Handbook, Chapter 12 (2017)
  • CLE Presenter, KCMBA Annual Business Litigation Seminar, Injunctions and Other Non-Monetary Remedies in Business Disputes, 2018
  • CLE Facilitator, KCMBA CLE By the Hour, Maximizing Your Effectiveness in Mediation: Do’s and Don’ts from Three Seasoned Mediators
  • Recipient of Red Ribbon Award for Victim’s Rights from the DUI Victim’s Center of Kansas for efforts in prosecuting DUI-related homicides and manslaughters
  • Payne v. City of St. Joseph, MO, 135 S.W.3d 444(Mo.App. 2004)
  • Nitro Distributing Inc. v. Dunn, et al., 194 S.W.3d 339 (Mo. 2006)
  • Netco Inc. v. Dunn, et al., 194 S.W.3d 353 (Mo. 2006)
  • Nitro Distributing, Inc, et al., v. Alticor, Inc., 453 F.3d 995 (8th 2006)
  • Treaster v. Betts, 297 S.W.3d 94 (App. 2009)
  • Treaster v. Betts, 324 S.W.3d 487 (Mo.App. 2010)
  • Peterson v. Discover Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 460 S.W.3d 393 (Mo.App. 2015)
  • Ideker Farms, Inc. v. United States, 136 Fed.Cl. 654 (2018)
  • CLE Presenter, KCMBA Annual Business Litigation Seminar, Obtaining and Proving an Award of Attorneys’ Fees (2019)

Civic Involvement

  • St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors)
  • United Way of Greater St. Joseph (Board of Directors; Nominating Committee; Audit Committee; Campaign Cabinet Member/Professional Division)
  • Missouri Western State University Foundation (Board of Directors; Chair, Bylaws Committee; Vice-Chair, Committee on Directorship)
  • St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce Young Executives Network (Chair)
  • St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce Booster’s Club (President; Board of Directors)
  • Kansas Chapter Delta Upsilon Fraternity Alumni Corporation Board (Board of Directors)
  • The Cathedral of St. Joseph (School Board; Pastoral Council; Finance Review Committee; Strategic Task Force; Marketing Committee; Volunteer Teacher, Introduction to Law)
  • Twin Spires Museum (Board of Directors)
  • City of St. Joseph Charter Review Commission (Commissioner)
  • Bishop LeBlond High School (School Advisory Board; Strategic Planning Committee)
  • Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center (Instructor)