Jacqueline Whipple

Dentons US LLP

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Dentons US LLP
Kansas City, MO
Phone 1: 816-460-2432

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Jacqueline Whipple is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution and White Collar and Government Investigations practices. Her experience includes counseling clients on government investigations and litigation, conducting internal investigations of both domestic and multinational organizations and assisting in the defense of complex litigation and enforcement actions by government agencies, with a particular focus on actions involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and antitrust fraud.

Jacqueline also handles a wide range of litigation and appellate work, including breach of contract, insurance, environmental tort, trade secrets, employment, class action, condemnation and construction disputes. She has litigated disputes in federal courts, state courts and in arbitration.

Jacqueline handles all aspects of pretrial litigation, including dispute resolution strategy, e-discovery efforts, depositions, arguing motions and drafting dispositive and other motions. Jacqueline has second-chair experience with jury trials, and first-chair experience with appellate practice. She also has experience with the energy industry, including proceedings before regulatory and legislative bodies.

 Representative Matters

Multinational health care company: Assisted in forming a defensive strategy, and conducting internal investigations in multiple jurisdictions for compliance with the US FCPA. 

Closely held professional corporation: Defending against an American Arbitration Association (AAA) claim brought by a departing member of a closely held professional corporation, Jacqueline successfully assisted the client in resisting the departing member's dispute regarding severance. As a result of Jacqueline's strategic discovery, persuasive pretrial motions and vigorous presentation of evidence at hearing, the arbitrator entirely rejected the plaintiff’s liability and damages theories.

International franchise company: Represented in strategic settlements and arbitrations. Jacqueline assisted in structuring favorable franchise agreement re-negotiations, and in resolving franchisee disputes through mediation and arbitration, in multiple jurisdictions.

Seventh Circuit Appeal: represented indigent pro bono client; developed innovative appellate arguments and presented oral argument; Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued written opinion noting errors in conduct of the trial.

Domestic violence appeal: Secured an appellate victory for a woman and son who were denied a domestic violence protection order by the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Illinois First District Appellate Court agreed that the lower court failed to comply with the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, and reversed and remanded for a plenary hearing in compliance with the statutory requirements.

Other Distinctions

Super Lawyers “Missouri & Kansas Rising Star,” 2017 and 2018.

Co-presenter, “Contract litigation strategies: When Standard Terms Lead to Substandard Results,” Practicing Law Institute, April 10, 2019 

Presenter, “How To Get Your Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out),” National Business Institute's Seminar on Civil Trial: Everything You Need To Know, Overland Park, Kansas October 25, 2018 

Presenter, "Motions in Limine," National Business Institute's Seminar on Advanced Civil Litigation Skills, Overland Park, Kansas, June 2017

 Prior Experience

Served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Beth Phillips, US District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Also worked as a summer clerk for the Hon. Nanette K. Laughrey, US District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Practice Areas

  • Appeals
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime