Elizabeth G. McCulley

Member

Kansas City, Missouri

816-303-1500 | 816-585-7076 (C)

816-527-8068 (F)

Mcculley@SWM.LEGAL

 

Landowners rely on Liz to advocate for compensation when the government takes their private property for public use. Her national class action practice focuses on protecting landowners’ Fifth Amendment rights to just compensation for property designated for Rails-to-Trails developments, pipeline and utility projects, and other inverse condemnation actions.

Over the past ten years, Liz has obtained an abundance of rulings and settlements in favor of landowners’ rights, holding the federal government liable for taking of citizen and business interests in former railroad rights-of-way. Her representative matters include the nation’s two largest Rails-to-Trails settlements to date:

  • Raulerson, et al., v. United States: Recovered $33 million for 260 landowners whose property was taken for a Rails-to-Trails recreational trail in Beaufort, South Carolina.
  • Haggart, et al., v. United States: Negotiated a $141 million settlement for 253 property owners in Seattle, Washington, after the Surface Transportation Board authorized a trail on land formerly subject to a railroad easement.

Liz has 17 years of experience in class action litigation, including property law, product liability, personal injury and business law. She honed her case management skills working in pharmaceutical litigation, where she managed large dockets involving complex claims, multiple jurisdictions and hundreds of plaintiffs. She applies that organizational discipline to her work in Rails-to-Trails cases; Liz often serves as the primary point of contact for clients throughout the lifespan of a case, and she takes personal pride in being timely, accessible and responsive.

Liz volunteers at her alma mater, the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and enjoys working with law students and her former professors; she believes it is important to give back to the community.

ADMISSIONS

Missouri Supreme Court
United States District Court Western District of Missouri
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute Professional Ethics Committee Trial Tactics Committee

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS

Contributing author: "50 State Questionnaire Consumer Protection Statutes and Class Actions" (ABA 2009).

Contributing author: "Federal Jurisdiction Based on Removal: A 50-State Survey" (ABA, Section of Litigation, Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee, 2008).

"School of Sharks? Bar Fitness
Requirements of Good Moral Character and the Role of Law Schools," Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics; Spring 2001. 

education

University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, JD, with distinction, 2001

  • Law Review

  • Order of the Bench and Robe

Avila College, BA (Business Administration), 1991

INDUSTRIES

Healthcare
Insurance
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device

PRACTICES

Complex, Class Action & MDL Rails-to-Trails
Medical Malpractice Defense
Personal Injury Defense Product Liability
Toxic/Mass Tort & Environmental