Jeffrey D. Rowe is a partner at Dickerson Oxton who focuses his practice on wrongful death and serious injury cases resulting from brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, and catastrophic orthopedic injuries. Jeff has represented clients in all types of complex litigation, with a focus on large personal injury lawsuits, including trucking collisions, product liability, medical malpractice, cases involving policyholder insurance coverage matters, and related complex commercial disputes. Having litigated and tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal court, Jeff’s work has resulted in multiple multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and numerous seven and eight figure settlements for his clients.
Jeff has handled cases in federal and state courts across the country, including Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Texas. Throughout his career, Jeff has represented victims of defective products, medical malpractice, explosions, and issues arising from the negligence of professionals such as engineers and construction companies. He has litigated a wide variety of product liability cases, including automotive cases involving defective airbags, defective seatbelts, seatback failures, roof crush, and other crashworthiness problems. Jeff has made an impact on child passenger safety through his work representing catastrophically injured children and their families in numerous cases concerning defective child safety seats (child restraint systems), including rear-facing infant seats, forward-facing harnessed seats, and belt-positioning booster seats. Some of Jeff’s work was featured in a 2020 ProPublica investigative article about the dangerous marketing of belt-positioning booster seats.
Jeff was born and raised in the Kansas City area. He earned his law degree from the University of Kansas, where he was a Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy staff member. A proud Jayhawk, Jeff also spent his undergraduate years in Lawrence and graduated from KU with a business degree.
After graduating law school, Jeff began his legal career serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles E. Atwell in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. He then started in private practice as an associate attorney at a Kansas City law firm focusing on civil defense litigation, including defending physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits. Jeff’s compassion for the victims of wrongful conduct led him to change that focus after just a few years. Since then, he has dedicated his career to representing individuals and families who have suffered a catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
Honors and Awards
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020
- National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2012-2020
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Civil Plaintiff, 2020-2023
- Best Lawyers, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2021-2023