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Rex A. Sharp

Biography

Rex Sharp has thirty-five years of experience representing individuals and businesses in litigation matters throughout the United States. Rex has been appointed as lead counsel many times in class action matters representing clients in nationwide and state-wide class actions. Rex has substantial experience advising clients in the oil and gas, beef, and trucking industries as well.

Admission & Qualifications
  • Kansas
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court – District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Missouri (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court – District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 7th Circuit (2009); LCA (2016-Present)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Memberships
  • Member, Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys (1996-2016)
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Former President, Southwest Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Foundation – Fellow Silver
  • Kansas Inn of Court, Master
Distinctions
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocacy Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy (1997-present)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow (2016)
  • SuperLawyers, Missouri & Kansas, Class Actions (2008-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America® Class Actions-Plaintiffs (2013-present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2023 Mass Torts, Litigations/Class Actions-Plaintiffs, “Lawyer of the Year” – Kansas City
  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum (1996)
  • Martindale Hubbell Rating AV
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Campbell Moot Court Finalist
  • S. Anthony Benton Best Brief Awards
  • Journal of Law Reform, Associate Note Editor
  • Team member for the AAI Antitrust Enforcement Awards 2022. Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice for work In re EpiPen Marketing, Sales Practices and Antitrust Litigation.
Selected Recent Cases
  • In re Linerboard Antitrust Litigation, 2005 WL 1625040 (E.D. Pa. July 11, 2005)
  • Freeman Industries, LLC v. Eastman Chemical Co., 172 S.W.2d 512 (Tenn. 2005)
  • Merriman v. Crompton Corp., 146 P.3d 162 (Kan. 2006)
  • Dragon v. Vanguard Industries, 144 P.3d 1279 (Kan. 2006)
  • Farmland Nat. Beef Packing Co. v. Stone Container Corp., 2006 WL 2356958 (Kan. Dist. Ct. 2006)
  • Johnson v. Westhoff Sand Co., Inc., 135 P.3d 1127 (Kan. 2006)
  • Chance v. U.S. Tobacco Co, 2006 WL 1390382 (Kan. Dist. Ct. 2006)
  • Merriam v. Crompton Corp., 282 Kan. 433, 146 P.3d 162 (2006)
  • Anderson Contracting, Inc. v. DSM Copolymers, Inc., 776 N.W.2d 846 (Iowa 2009)
  • Manfredi v. BCCS of KC, 340 S.W.3d 126 (Mo. App. W.D. Feb. 22, 2011) (en banc)
  • Hockett v. Trees Oil Co., 292 Kan. 213, 251 P.3d 65 (2011)
  • Freebird v. Cimarex Energy Co., 46 Kan. App. 2d 631, 264 P.3d 500 (2011)
  • Anderson Office Supply, Inc. v. Advanced Medical Assoc., P.A., 47 Kan. App. 2d 140, 273 P.3d 786 (2012)
  • Eatinger v. BP Amer. Prod. Co., 528 Fed Appx. 859 (10th Cir. 2013)
  • Wallace B. Roderick Rev. Living Trust v. XTO Energy, Inc., 725 F.3d 1213 (10th Cir. 2013)
  • Hershey v. ExxonMobil Oil Corp., 550 Fed. Appx. 556 (10th Cir. 2013)
  • Roco, Inc. v. EOG Resources, Inc., 2014 WL 5430251 (D. Kan. Oct. 24, 2014)
  • Dart Cherokee Basin Op. Co., LLC v. Owens, 135 S. Ct. 547 (U.S. Dec. 15, 2014)
  • Gagnon v. Merit Energy Co., LLC, 2015 WL 1326626 (D. Colo. March 19, 2015)
  • Catron v. Colt Energy, Inc., 2015 WL 3967007 (D. Kan. June 30, 2015)
  • Fawcett v. Oil Producers Inc. of Kansas, 302 Kan. 350, 352 P.3d 1032 (Kan. 2015)
  • Western Heritage Ins. Co. v. Asphalt Wizards, 795 F.3d 832 (8th Cir. 2015)
  • Whisenant v. Sheridan Prod. Co., LLC, 2015 WL 5828205 (10th Cir. Oct. 7, 2015)
  • State v. Morrison, 302 Kan. 804, 359 P.3d 60 (Kan. 2015)
  • In re Class 8 Transmission Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, 2015 WL 6181748 (D. Del. Oct. 21, 2015)
  • Barraza v Cricket Wireless LLC, 2015 WL 6689396 (N.D. Ca. Nov 3, 2015)
  • Gagnon v. Merit Energy Co., LLC, 2015 WL 9489609 (D. Colo. Dec. 30, 2015)
  • Schell v. OXY USA Inc, 2016 WL 524110 (10th Cir. Feb. 9, 2016)
Selected Recent Publications
  • Author Note, “The Admissibility of Prior Silence to Impeach the Testimony of Criminal Defendants, 18 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 741-766 (1985)
  • Sharp, “Paying for the Crimes of Others? Landowner Liability for Crimes on the Premises,” 29 South Texas Law Review 11-81 (1987)
  • ABA Survey of Class Actions Law, Kansas 2007-2015
Presentations
  • Kansas Special Committee on the Judiciary, Testimony on Senate Bill 53 (Daubert rule), November 3, 2005
  • SWKBA Annual Meeting, September 10, 2004, “The Big Case”
  • “The Ethics of Witness Preparation”, Third Annual Ethics Symposium, The Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court, May 16, 2002
  • Professional Responsibility Update, UMKC, June 27, 2001
  • “Kansas Tort Claims Act”, Southwest Kansas Bar Association Garden City CLE (1997), Southwest Kansas Bar Association Annual Meeting (1994)
  • Kansas Legislative Task Force on Gas Gathering, Testimony (1996)
  • Kansas Corporation Commission, Testimony on Gas Gathering Regulation (1995)
  • Municipal Risk Management, Liberal, KS (1995)
  • Kansas Inn of Court, Various Presentations