Christopher M. Isbell
Chris Isbell has broad experience in the areas of contracting, construction, regulatory compliance, and risk management obtained as a litigator in private practice, legal counsel for a state transportation agency, U.S. Department of Defense civilian, and commissioned military officer.
Before joining Baty Otto Coronado Scheer’s Kansas City office in May 2022, Chris was a litigation team leader in a private firm that handled civil and criminal matters relating to personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, insurance bad faith, and breach of contract. Prior to that, he served for two years as an assistant counsel to the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, providing in-house counsel on various legal issues and disputes relating to tort and governmental liability, contract drafting, and risk management, as well as involvement in intergovernmental and public relations.
An engineer by education and experience, Chris spent five years as a systems engineer with the Defense Contract Management Agency of the Department of Defense before attending law school. Chris has been active in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years. He served as an enlisted heavy equipment operator while working his way through college, then earned a commission in the Air Force as a civil engineer. He is currently commissioned as a field-grade officer and civil engineer. His rank is Air Force Major.
Throughout Chris’s work as an engineer and lawyer, whether as a civilian or military officer, he has built on that which has gone before. He has years of experience with boots-on-the ground contracting issues relating to large and small commercial and government projects. He understands the effects of budgets, licensing, weather, safety, and training. He has proven experience in project management of multiple simultaneous projects under adverse and stressful circumstances. He is familiar with local and international construction standards.
From “dirt-boy” to engineer to practicing lawyer, service to others has been Chris’s modus operandi. When not practicing law, he enjoys soccer, youth coaching, pickleball, and scuba.
AWARDS & SERVICE
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Intellectual Property Transactions & Licensing
- Community College of the Air Force
- University of Utah
- Gonzaga University School of Law
- The Missouri Bar
- Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers