E. Wayne Taff has served as the lead trial lawyer for both plaintiffs and defendants in civil lawsuits since 1977.  He has tried lawsuits in numerous state and federal courts in Missouri, Kansas and throughout the United States.


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As trial counsel representing plaintiffs, Wayne obtained a number of verdicts of $1,000,000 or more.  Since 1981, the majority of his practice has been devoted to defending civil cases and handling complex insurance coverage issues on behalf of insureds, injured parties and insurers alike.   He has served as national, regional and local trial counsel throughout the United States for numerous product and chemical manufacturers and presently serves as national counsel and trial counsel for a client with asbestos matters pending nationwide.   His primary areas of practice include products liability, aviation, toxic torts, trucking, commercial litigation and insurance coverage. He has substantial experience in trying a wide variety of high exposure cases, having served as the lead defense trial lawyer in an aviation/product liability suit brought by the survivors of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan following the Governor’s death in an aircraft crash.

Following completion of his tour of duty in Vietnam for the U.S. Marine Corps, Wayne received his B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, graduating in the top five percent of his class. He received his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, graduating third in his class. Wayne was a member of the Order of Bench and Robe and Law Review.


He is admitted before the United States Supreme Court, all Missouri courts, the 8th United States Circuits Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Western District of Missouri, the Eastern District of Missouri and the District of Kansas.

Wayne has been very active in the Defense Research Institute, serving as Secretary Treasurer, Director, Chair of the Products Liability Committee, Chair of the Expert Witness Committee, and Chair of the Law Institute, with responsibility for all educational programs presented by DRI. Wayne recently completed service as Chair Emeritus of DRI's Law Institute in which capacity he was responsible for all international educational programming. He is also a member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.


He has extensively lectured and published nationally and internationally on products liability, insurance coverage, expert witnesses, trial tactics, toxic torts and ethics. He was the first recipient of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers' Outstanding Service Award, and was honored by DRI with the Louis Potter Award for lifetime professional achievement and the Rich Krochock Award for his work in training and educating young lawyers.

Wayne and his wife Mary, his three children, their spouses and many grandchildren live on the family property in the country near Independence, Missouri. 
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