Our Attorneys

Jill Kanatzar

Committed to stand up for victims of abuse or neglect.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Jill Kanatzar
With more than 40 jury cases tried, Jill Kanatzar is one of the more experienced plaintiff attorneys in the region. Her deep experience in cases related to school sexual abuse, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence spans more than 20 years. She is a partner at our firm.

Jill has managed all aspects of litigation dockets, including the review, investigation, discovery, depositions and the trial of the cases. “My entire career, I’ve been committed to be the voice of people who are victims of abuse or neglect. Our firm can speak for them, give them a voice, when they might not be able to speak for themselves.”

Prior to joining the firm, Jill was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Jackson County, Missouri, where she prosecuted felony criminal cases including robberies, burglaries, assaults and homicides. Jill spent the majority of her tenure with the Prosecutor's Office in the Child Abuse & Sex Crimes Unit. She participated in numerous jury trials including cases of adult sex crimes and crimes perpetrated against children.

Jill entered private practice in 1998 when she joined Stigall, Humphrey, Lucas, Henry & Dollar. She soon began representing families and patients injured by abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Jill was appointed by the Supreme Court of Missouri to serve on the 16th Circuit Bar Ethics Committee. This panel reviews complaints brought against other lawyers to determine whether probable cause exists and if ethical violations have occurred.


Area of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1998
  • Kansas, 2006



  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1994
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 1991
    • B.S.
Major: Economics; Major: Political Science


Professional Association and Memberships

  • Jackson County Child Sexual Abuse Task Force, Former Chair
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Nursing Home Negligence Committee, Member
  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Missouri Supreme Court Regional Disciplinary Committee, Former Chair
  • Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Member of Board of Directors, Past President

Awards and Honors 

  • Missouri Lawyer's Weekly - Women's Justice Award, Litigation Practitioner 
  • Super Lawers - Super Lawyer - 2018, 2008-2010
  • Jackson County Child Advocacy Coalition - Child Advocate Award
  • Jackson County Prosecutor's Office - Louis Lombardo Prosecutor of the Year Award


Publications & Appearances

  • Deposing Nurses in Nursing Home and Emergency Room Malpractice cases - Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2018
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