Areas of Practice:

  • Business Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Product Liability

Licensed In:

  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Kathleen A. Hardee

Of Counsel

Kathy’s primary goal is to understand her client’s business objectives and to collaborate in a way to accomplish those goals. She is a trial attorney and a mediator with over 30 years of experience representing clients in complex cases in state and federal courts across the country and has tried numerous jury and bench trials to conclusion, including appeals. Throughout her career Kathy has worked in the areas of business litigation, personal injury and products liability. She is a frequent writer and speaker on risk management and works with her clients to proactively minimize the risks of litigation.


University of Kansas Law School, J.D.

University of Kansas, Bachelor of Social Welfare, with distinction

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Professional Practice

  • Wallace Saunders, 2021 – Present
  • Partner, Polsinelli, 2000 – 2020
  • Partner, Gilliland & Hayes, 1994 – 2000
  • Associate & Partner, Hosking, King, McGannon & Hahn, 1986 – 1994


Professional Licensure

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas, Missouri and Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • United States Tax Court


Professional Accomplishments

  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Trained Mediator
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Certified
  • Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) Certified
  • Successful jury and bench trials throughout the country in state and federal court

Civic Activities

  • Frequent speaker and writer on risk management issues for manufacturers, labeling and product safety.
  • American Bar Association, Litigation & Business Section and Products Liability Section
  • Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KLAP)
  • Missouri Lawyers Assistance Program (MOLAP)
  • Skywalk Memorial Foundation, Legal Advisor and Director
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Contact Kathleen

To connect with Kathy, reach out via the below email address.