About Ron Spradley

Born June 15, 1940, Ron is a former Assistant Attorney General of Missouri, in charge of the Kansas City office in 1970 and 1971. He opened his own law firm in 1974 in downtown Kansas City. Ron served as chairman of the Commercial Law Committee of the Missouri Bar in 1987 and 1988 and has been a faculty member of ABA and Banking Law Institute Seminars on banking and lender liability issues. He has authored several articles on Corporate, Banking and Commercial Legal issues, including the Commercial & Banking Litigation Committee Newsletter, a publication of a litigation section committee of the American Bar Association. He has handled cases in state and federal courts within and outside of Missouri for almost 40 years. Ron is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and remains active in his church and community.


  • University of Missouri School of Law, J.D., 1967, Order of the Coif, Missouri Law Review
  • University of Missouri, B.A., 1961

Notable Experience

Employee Contract Litigation: Obtained complete relief for Respondent Employer in jury trial and appeal of employee’s suit for breach of contract and alleged fraud.  Verdict and Judgment for employer on employee claims; damages for employer and its attorney’s fees; a permanent injunction against employee on employer’s counterclaim, all upheld on appeal.  Refrigeration Industries, Inc. v. Nemmers, 880 S. W. 2d 912 (Mo. App.).

Shareholder Dissenters’ Rights Litigation in Freeze Out Merger.  Represented minority shareholder being frozen out of family controlled corporation who was offered $35.00 per share for 20,960 shares in freeze-out plan of merger.  Preserved her statutory dissenter’s rights under Missouri law and tried valuation case in state court.  After a six day trial she was awarded $75.90 per share or $857,264.00 more than the merger plan offered her.  Court’s award was upheld on appeal. King v. F. T. J., Inc., 765 S. W. 2d 301 (Mo. App.).

Appeal of Federal Agency (OSHA) and Review Commission (OSHRC) decision that Client Employer willfully violated safety standards in employee fatality case: Successfully represented Employer in appeal to U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, obtaining outright reversal of decision by federal agency that employer committed violations of safety standards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).  Client employer had been cited for serious violations in an electrocution death of a utility construction worker and assessed monetary penalty.  On appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals the appeals court vacated the decision and citation of the Commission against our client “in all respects” and set it aside.  Capital Electric Line Builders of Kansas, Inc. v. Ray Marshall, Secretary of Labor, 678 F. 2d 128 (10th Circuit).

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1967
  • Western District of Missouri, 1968
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1982
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1986
  • Kansas District Court, 1998
  • Western District of Michigan, 1999
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • American, Missouri, and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations, Member

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating
  • U. S. Marine Corps, Officer 1962-65
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