Our attorneys are home grown and Midwest bred, hold Kansas/Missouri law licensure, and our office is conveniently located in the Kansas City metro area.

Shields Law Group and our attorneys have over 35 years of combined litigation experience in Midwest courts, and the Syngenta federal MDL consolidation is conveniently located in the U.S. District Court of Kansas City, Kansas.

We are also filing cases in the Minnesota State Court consolidation.

Our firm is experienced in mass tort complex litigation, and we know how to manage economic loss claims on behalf of corn producers nationwide.

Our attorneys work for you on a 30% contingency fee basis.  If we make no recovery for you and your farm, then you owe us nothing.  That is how we do business at the Shields Law Group, LLC, now and since our beginning in 2006.

Spencer Shields – An Experienced Mass Tort Lawyer that Married a Farmer’s daugther

Spencer Shields has been practicing personal injury, product liability and complex tort law since his graduation from Washburn law school in 1996. It is all he does. For over eighteen years, Mr. Shields’ clients have benefited from his experience and reputation as a respected, professional trial attorney who represents only victims and their families against big insurance, large corporations and multi-national drug and medical device manufacturers.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Shields has tried approximately twenty jury trials, all involving injury and torts of some sort suffered by individuals. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Shields worked on the discovery team at the behest of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Bishpenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1967, handling various discovery and subpoena assignments in this complex economic loss case coordinated in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Shields and his firm handled over 350 client case reviews from prospective plaintiffs from all across the United States, filing and litigating multiple high-flex knee implant claims for their clients in In Re Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272, now pending before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In addition, Mr. Shields was on Plaintiffs’ litigation teams in both Chamberlain v. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.,and

McGauley v. Allstate Insurance Co., two Kansas consumer class action lawsuits which alleged multiple violations of the Kansas No-Fault Automobile Reparations Act. Finally, Mr. Shields’ currently represents injured clients with defective metal-on-metal hip implants in several pending complex product liability litigations, including In Re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2441, now pending in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Many attorneys claim to be trial attorneys. Many attorneys claim to know complex tort litigation. Spencer Shields and the Shields Law Group, LLC not only claim it, but we also back it up. If you are a prospective Midwest farmer looking to sign your individual economic loss claim against Syngenta AG, know that by retaining the Shields Law Group, LLC as your counsel, you are getting not only an experienced tort litigation firm with experience in both complex, multi-district litigation practice and economic loss claims, but also an  attorney with a proven track record prosecuting mass litigation on behalf of our large

James T. Yoakum – Midwest Corn Farmers Attorney

James T. Yoakum is a native Kansan and practicing attorney with over 17 years of legal and litigation experience.  Jim graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas with a degree in education, and later graduated from Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas in 1996. Over the course of his legal career, Jim has had the pleasure of representing over 1,500 clients from all walks of life.  Not only is Jim experienced in plaintiffs’ personal injury and tort litigation, but he is also well versed in multiple other areas of the law.

Jim is a resident of Wyandotte County, Kansas and is very active in his community. In 1995 he was elected to the three member Wyandotte County Commission and served as a County Commissioner until it was absolved into the newly created Unified Government.  During his time as a Commissioner, Commissioner Yoakum sponsored a county initiative calling for a feasibility study into building a NASCAR racetrack in Kansas City. We now know the fruits of Jim’s early vision as the Kansas Speedway.  Mr. Yoakum has also been a strong supporter of American Legion Baseball in Wyandotte County since 1988, having served his local chapter as a manager, coach, fundraiser and scheduler.

Mr. Yoakum also served as the City prosecutor in Edwardsville, Kansas from 2001-2008, a part-time position which required many of a late night at the court.  Jim is a graduate of Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas State University and the Washburn School of Law.