Brad Leitch

Brad Leitch

Attorney at Law
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Attorney Overview

Brad Leitch has more than 30 years’ experience litigating and arbitrating construction and business disputes throughout the United States.

Brad concentrates his practice in the areas of construction, professional design, and complex commercial litigation. Brad’s practice includes representation of owners, contractors, subcontractors, developers, architects, and engineers in litigation, arbitrations and mediations involving all types and sizes of projects and claims, from mechanics liens to nine-figure multi-party lawsuits and arbitrations. Brad’s arbitration experience includes arbitrations under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Representative cases are discussed below.

Brad’s experience also includes representing clients as plaintiffs, defendants and third-parties in cases involving insurance and surety coverage, commercial fraud and other torts, trade secret infringement, franchising rights, contract disputes, business torts, and environmental cleanup and cost recovery claims.

Brad joined James Sobba, LLC in 2022. Previously, he was a partner with Lathrop GPM, LLP and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (n/k/a Dentons) and an associate with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne.

Representative Matters

  • Brad recently led a team of lawyers and paralegals in prosecution and defense in a multi-party arbitration of claims and counterclaims totaling nearly $100 million arising out of the construction of a 175 turbine wind farm. The matter involved alleged construction delays, supplier delays, cost overruns, construction and equipment defects, warranty, insurance and other claims and resulted in substantial recovery in favor of the client.
  • Brad lead the successful defense of a general contractor against claims in excess of $8,000,000 by a subcontractor arising out of the construction of a 135-mile power transmission system across the northwest quarter of Missouri.
  • Brad recently represented the owner of a senior living facility in litigation recovering substantial damages against a fire protection contractor for defective design and installation of a dry pipe fire suppression system, which froze due to the design and installation defects, flooding substantial parts of the facility.
  • Brad pursued claims on behalf of a non-profit and recovered substantial damages that resulted from the flawed design and construction of a residential facility for families in need.
  • Brad successfully prosecuted claims against architects and engineers for defective design of a multi-level shopping center parking garage, which was discovered mid-project, requiring demolition of completed work, re-design of structures, and rebuilding, causing cost overruns, substantial delay to completion of the garage, and loss of revenue to tenants of the center.
  • Brad led a team of lawyers in the representation of a Fortune 500 construction materials manufacturer in an arbitration arising out of the design and construction of a new industrial manufacturing plant in the Kansas City, MO area.
  • Brad was lead counsel in defense of a Fortune 500 power generation and distribution company in litigation in the federal court in the Northern District of Illinois arising out of the client’s re-engineering of the backup power system of a nuclear power plant. The dispute involved allegations of engineering and design errors and resulting construction delays, with total damages claimed of $40 million. The case was resolved for a small fraction of that amount.

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV Preeminent” Rating
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) intensive litigation training program

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Construction and Litigation Sections
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar