Civil Justice Law Firm LLC represents workers and consumers who have been mistreated by businesses. As an employee, you have a legal right to the wages you earn. With few exceptions, you have a right to be paid for the time you work—all the time, not just part of it. The law defines your rights to your tips, commissions, hourly wages, and overtime.
And as a consumer of products and services, you have a right to be treated with complete honesty, and to enforce the terms of the deal that was made.
Civil Justice Law Firm handles these cases—whether individually or as a class-action—on a contingent-fee basis, so attorney fees are paid only if and when your claim is paid by the business that owes you money. Please contact CJLF for a free consultation about your potential case.
The firm was formed by Lee Anderson to fulfill a passion for working for people’s rights. Lee has represented literally thousands of employees across the United States to recover unpaid wages from multi-billion dollar employers. Throughout his legal career, Lee has focused on class actions as an effective tool to help people when a business has harmed many people in a common way. Lee has successfully obtained class certification in numerous cases, and successfully tried a federal class action case for thousands of workers to obtain their unpaid wages. Of course, past results are no guarantee of success in your particular case, and the facts and law applicable to each case may vary the outcome.
Lee was selected by the Kansas City legal community as a Rising Star Super Lawyer for both 2011 and 2012. In 2010, he received the President’s Award from the KCMBA, in recognition for his work with the Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, the premier trial-skills training program in the Kansas City area. He is a 2007 graduate of the KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy and is a member of the Federal Court Advocates Section. He has been described by his clients as an “A+” lawyer, and even his opponents praise the quality of his work.
Lee’s legal work is informed by his background in business. Before starting law school, Lee was Assistant Vice President and Electronic Banking Manager for a $1 Billion regional bank in Missouri, handling regulatory review and daily operational responsibilities. Previously, he was a database programmer for a risk-management consultancy in Chicago. Lee began his legal career clerking for the Honorable Ronald R. Holliger at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, where he gained a wealth of knowledge about how judges think. Lee then began private practice at a business litigation boutique, where he represented large corporate clients in multi-million dollar contract and intellectual property disputes and class actions. In 2008, Lee joined a premier, national plaintiffs’ firm, where he represented consumers and workers in cases involving fraud, breach of contract, and violations of wage laws.
Lee received his J.D. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, magna cum laude, Order of Barristers. During law school, Lee served on the Moot Court Board and the Law Review, receiving the Candler S. Rogers Award for the best legal writing submitted to the Law Review. His award-winning article was approvingly discussed by the Kansas Supreme Court in Dragon v. Vanguard Indus., Inc., 144 P.3d 1279 (Kan. 2006). He also served on UMKC’s National Trial Team at the national competition in Boston, defeating Harvard Law School. In addition to course-work, Lee interned at the U.S. Attorney’s office, and at Legal Aid. Lee received his B.S. in philosophy and English (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University Scholar) and his M.A. in English from the University of South Dakota, in his home town of Vermillion. As a graduate student at USD, Lee taught literature and composition.
Lee has successfully obtained settlements even before a lawsuit needed to be filed. When a lawsuit is necessary to protect his clients’ rights, Lee has depth of experience in employee and consumer class actions. Some of Lee’s representative cases are as follows:
Garcia, et al. v. Tyson Foods, Inc. et al.: Lee tried a wage and hour class action against Tyson Foods on behalf of workers at Tyson’s Holcomb, Kansas facility. The plaintiffs alleged they were not paid for the time they spent putting on and taking off protective clothing and gear and the time they spent walking throughout the huge meat processing facilities. The plaintiffs won major victories in defeating Tyson’s multiple bids for summary judgment. In March 2011, a federal jury in Kansas found against Tyson for violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Kansas Wage Payment Act (KWPA).
McCormack-Missouri Wireless, Inc., et al. v. George K. Baum Advisors LLC, et al.: In this securities case against investment bankers and brokers for statutory and common law fraud, Lee represented more than a dozen independent telephone companies and not-for-profit co-ops in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Kentucky seeking to recover more than $25 million they invested in Crossroads Wireless. The case concluded with a confidential settlement.
Small World Wireless v. AT&T Mobility: Lee represented the owner of numerous AT&T wireless franchise stores in Missouri and Kansas, asserting that AT&T breached its contract and engaged in unfair competition. The case concluded with a confidential settlement.
Gipson v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.: Lee represented nearly 2,000 call center workers seeking unpaid overtime in Southwestern Bell’s five-state southwest region. The case concluded with a confidential settlement.
Dernovish et al. v. AT&T Operations: When Lee’s prosecution of the case against Southwestern Bell (see above) attracted the attention of call center workers employed by Bell’s affiliate AT&T Operations, Lee filed suit against AT&T in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 1,000 workers joined the case, which concluded with a confidential settlement.
Teeter v. NCR Corp.: In the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the employer of thousands of Customer Engineers across the United States agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle claims for unpaid wages.
Lee is licensed in Missouri and Kansas, and is admitted to federal courts for the Third, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits and the Western District of Missouri, the District of Kansas, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.