"Litigation is becoming lethal. It threatens economic viability for the nation and for the world. The trial lawyer must deal with it in the same manner as the physician deals with cancer. Excise it as early as possible but always win." Lee Turner interview XYZ
Lee Turner tried over 1,200 jury trials, and obtained record-breaking judgements on behalf of his clients. In the late 1980's, he obtained the dismissal of nine consecutive multi-million dollar cases against a manufacturer of the DPT vaccination for children. Lee Turner has tried many landmark cases: Brooks v. Dietz established Strict Liability in Tort for defective products in the State of Kansas; Miller v. Cudhay, American Salt and General Host was one of the first large lawsuits where landowners sued a large corporation on the principle of negligence and nuisance, and recovered $19 million dollars; and Bollinger v. Nuss which set out the parameters for Bad Faith cases in the State of Kansas. He was instrumental in Druflinger v. Artiles, one of the first cases in the nation to establish the duty of a mental health provider to warn or protect individuals against a potentially dangerous mental patient.
Founding Member of the ABA Section of Economics of Law Practice, Founder of the American Law Firm Association, Faculty Member of the National Trial Advocacy Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Originating Chairman of ABA, Special Committee on Legal Assistants, past Chairman of ABA committee on International Liaison, and past Chairman of Committee on National conference of Lawyers, Insurance Companies and Adjusters.
Mr. Turner published articles appearing in journals such as II Forum, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Defense Research Institute, Federation of Insurance Counsel Quarterly, The Independent Adjuster, Insurance Adjuster, The Journal, Law Office Economics, Legal Economics, Manual for Managing the Law Office, Personal Injury Annual, Psychiatry for Lawyers Handbook,and the University of Kansas Law Review.
LL.B., 1952, University of Kansas. Admitted to Bar, 1952, Kansas