Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.
5250 W. 116th Place, Suite 400
Leawood, Kansas 66211
Phone: (913) 387-1850
Bar & Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Law, J.D. 1992, With Distinction
- University of Kansas, B.A. 1989
Ken is an AV rated (preeminent) attorney and has more than 20 years of experience handling commercial matters and construction claims, litigation, arbitration, risk management, and contract drafting/negotiation. Ken also has extensive experience with commercial matters (including banking and insurance litigation), personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, insurance coverage and fraud. In the construction industry, Ken has represented design professionals, owners, contractors, sureties, and suppliers and has handled virtually every type of claim arising from a commercial project, e.g., defects in all design disciplines, delay and impact, job site safety, wrongful termination, liquidated damages, cardinal change, differing site conditions, and other contract disputes. Ken has also spoken on a number of construction issues, including mold claims, differing site conditions, OSHA matters, lien claims and other issues of interest to owners, contractors, and design professionals. He has also authored chapters for several construction law publications, including Missouri Construction Law published by The Missouri Bar, Kansas Construction Law published by Aspen Publishing and Construction Change Order Claims published by Wiley Law.
Activities and Memberships
- Kansas Bar Association
- The Missouri Bar, Vice Chair, Construction Law Committee
- The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, former chair, Construction Law Committee
- Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, 1995
- Johnson County Bar Association
Honors and Recognition
- Order of the Bench & Robe, 1992
- Selected as among The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law
- Fellow – Construction Lawyers Society of America
- Selected for Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation
- Received highest ranking from Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent
“We are lock-step in our approach, particularly in mediation. He has a perfect style. He did everything I would have done. I am really impressed with him. I have no hesitancy to use him on construction litigation or general litigation.” General Counsel, Fortune 500 Company.
Kenton (Ken) Snow represents a Fortune 500 company in multiple cases involving a 2013 natural gas explosion that destroyed a Kansas City restaurant. The claims asserted by the various plaintiffs include claims for wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage that involve millions of dollars in damage. In one case, Ken tried a six-week jury trial involving more than 65 fact and expert witnesses. In that case, the plaintiffs received less than 20 percent of their last settlement demand and no punitive damages.
Ken represented another Fortune 500 company in a case involving construction defects at over 20 properties in 10 different states. In that case, Ken personally took over 100 depositions of fact and expert witnesses and attended multiple mediations before the case was resolved via a confidential settlement.
Ken recently represented an engineering firm in a multi-million-dollar dispute involving the design and construction of a large retaining wall in Oklahoma. After multiple depositions, Ken was able to resolve the matter on behalf of his client for less than 10% of the claimed damages.
Publications and Presentations
- Co-Author, State-By-State Guide to Design and Construction Contracts and Claims, Second Edition, Aspen Publishers, 2013 (Kansas Law Chapter)
- Co-Author, Cumulative Supplements (Kansas Law Chapter, State-By-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims, Aspen Publishers 2008 – present
- Co-Author, Missouri Bar Construction Law Manual, Chapter on Mechanic’s Liens
- Speaker: Learning from the Mistakes of Others – Project Documentation in the 21st Century, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Annual Convention, 2019
- Speaker: OSHA Issues, Kansas City, Missouri Home Builders Association, 2005
- Speaker: Mold: What’s the Big Deal?, January 2003
- Speaker: Changes in Contracts and Differing Site Claims, National Business Institute, Inc., 2002
- Speaker: Mechanic’s Lien Issues, Construction Law Seminar, 1993