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Leading Concussion Lawyer Paul D. Anderson Joins Humphrey, Farrington & McClain

Humphrey, Farrington & McClain in Independence has announced that Paul D. Anderson has joined the firm’s team of attorneys.

Anderson is an accomplished litigator who helped pioneer the NFL and NCAA Concussion Litigation. He will bring his creative talents to HFM, where he will lead HFM’s Sports Litigation and Brain Injury Practice, as well as its emerging Cannabis Law Practice.

Anderson was previously an attorney for The Klamann Law Firm in Kansas City. He was part of the team, along with attorneys from Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, which secured a landmark settlement for the family of Derek Sheely in a wrongful death brain injury lawsuit against the NCAA and other parties. Additionally, during the last five years, Anderson and Kenneth McClain teamed up to recover millions of dollars for their retired NFL player clients.

Anderson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2012. While in law school, Anderson created the nationally-acclaimed website, It became the “go-to source” for chronicling the litigation against the NFL and NCAA. described Anderson as “one of the nation’s leading experts on concussion law.” The national media regularly seeks his insight, and he has been a panelist at multiple CLEs and sports law symposiums discussing the NFL and NCAA concussion litigation.

Beginning in 2015, Anderson became an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where he taught a course entitled, “The Emergence and Transformation of Concussion Litigation.” Anderson also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas where he teaches Sports Law.

Anderson has written frequently for Hackney Publications.

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NFL Releases 2017 Health and Safety Report

Earlier this week, the National Football League (NFL) released the 2017 Health and Safety Report, which highlights progress under the Play Smart. Play Safe. initiative, as well as other NFL player health and safety efforts. The digital report—featuring a wide variety of interactive content—can be found here:

“Outlined in this year’s report is a demonstration of our ongoing efforts to both learn and do more,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter introducing the 2017 NFL Health and Safety Report. “We will continue to seek solutions to ensure our entire football family and all those who love to play the game are provided with the best information, tools and support to protect their health and well-being.”

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In Case You Missed the October 2017 Concussion Litigation Reporter

Published four weeks ago, here’s the table of contents for October 2017 Concussion Litigation Reporter, here’s the Table of Contents of that issue, which, as always, features “timely reporting on developments and legal strategies at the intersection of sports and concussions—articles that benefit practicing attorneys who may be pursuing a claim or defending a client:”

  • The NFL’s Head Injury Research and the Law: An Overview of Liability under the Voluntary Undertaking Doctrine
  • When Football Players Suffer from Concussions, Who Is Responsible?
  • Third Circuit Affirms Lower Court, Denying Relief to Parents of Concussed Football Player
  • Hockey Enforcer Unsuccessful at District Court, Appeals to Seventh Circuit
  • Researchers Identify Possible Biomarker for Diagnosing CTE During Life
  • Controversy Stirs as Youth Football Coach Is Suspended for Reinserting Player
  • Mother Alleges Doctor Broke for Concussion Protocol, Leading to Serious Brain Injury
  • Legal Infighting Marks Hearing on NFL Concussion Litigation in Philly
  • High School Football Participation Has ‘Peaked’, Further Declines Likely, Says CU Boulder Professor

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