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Angela D. Gupta

With over 30 years of legal experience, Angela is passionately committed to helping parties effectively and efficiently resolve disputes.  A problem-solver at heart, Angela is a quick study of complex legal and factual issues and has a strong ability to connect with and understand the perspectives of all sides in a case.  Angela uses her mediation skills and the experience she developed in private practice and at the federal court to help parties evaluate the strengths of a case and find practical solutions to resolve their disputes. 

From 2000-2019, Angela worked closely with federal judges in the District of Kansas to help resolve countless cases involving a broad range of federal and state laws including: employment discrimination, wage and hour, and non-compete matters; consumer protection; civil rights; breach of contract; insurance and reinsurance coverage; intellectual property; ERISA; personal injury; and various tort and business disputes. In this capacity, Angela assisted with judicial decision-making at all stages of litigation including jury trials, court hearings, summary judgment, discovery, evidentiary rulings, class actions, and MDL proceedings. 

In private practice with two major Kansas City law firms, Angela litigated cases on behalf of corporations and individuals regarding employment, commercial, and bankruptcy matters.  Her experience includes first and second chair trial work, court hearings, all aspects of discovery including depositions and expert witnesses, pleadings, motions practice, mediation, and settlement negotiations.  Angela also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Kansas, where she represented the United States, federal agencies, and federal employees in a wide variety of matters including employment, civil rights, labor, personal injury, debt collection, tax, bankruptcy, and foreclosure under federal and state law. 

Angela is an Approved Mediator in the Western District of Missouri and District of Kansas federal courts and in the State of Kansas.  Additionally, Angela is an Arbitrator for FINRA and serves on the Special Master Legal Team for David R. Cohen in the Opioid MDL in the Northern District for Ohio federal court.  Angela frequently speaks on ADR topics and is a coach for mediation training at Johnson County Community College.  Angela is active in several professional organizations and currently serves as President of the Johnson County Bar Association and President of the Board of Directors for Kansas Legal Services, Inc. 


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Areas of Experience: 

  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/MDL
  • Consumer Protection
  • Contracts
  • Employment
  • Fact Finding
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Negligence
  • Non-Compete
  • Personal Injury
  • Public Nuisance
  • Real Estate
  • RICO
  • Special Master
  • Wage and Hour

 Education, Credentials, and Legal Experience: 

  • Approved Mediator:
    • Western District of Missouri Federal Court, 2019-present
    • State of Kansas, 2013-present
    • District of Kansas Federal Court, 2019-present
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial and Employment Panels 2022 to present
  • Mediator, American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial and Employment Panels, 2022 to present
  • Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), 2020-present
  • ADR Training:
    • Mediating the Litigated Case, Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2019
    • 13th Annual Arbitration Training Institute, American Bar Association, 2020
    • Civil Mediation Training, Johnson County Community College, 201
    • Principles of Core Mediation: How to Settle Disputes, Johnson County Community College, 2013
  • Special Master Legal Team for David R. Cohen, Opioid MDL, N.D. Ohio, 2019-present
  • Mediation Coach, Johnson County Community College, 2017-present
  • Chambers Counsel to Judge Kathryn H. Vratil, D. Kan., 2000-2019, 1992-1996
  • Assistant United States Attorney, D. Kan., 1999-2000
  • Litigation Associate, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP, Kansas City, MO, 1996-98
  • Litigation Associate, Lathrop & Norquist (now Lathrop GPM), Kansas City, MO, 1991-1992
  • Attorney in Missouri and Kansas
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • B.S., Business Administration, With Honors, University of Kansas, 1988 

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Leadership: 

  • Bench-Bar Committee, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • President, Johnson County Bar Association
  • President, Board of Directors, Kansas Legal Services, Inc.
  • President-Elect, KCMBA Federal Courts Advocates Section
  • President-Elect, KBA Employment Section
  • Treasurer, Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court
  • Pro Bono Certificate (2021), Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Heartland Mediators Association
  • Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association  
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Angela D. Gupta
Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC
866-357-2800 (o)
913-558-6963 (c)

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CLE/CME Presentations:

  • “Cognitive Biases and Their Effect on Negotiations and Decision-Making,” KBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2021.  

  • “Hidden Bias and Its Impact on Negotiations & Decision-Making,” Dispute Resolution Through a 2020 Lens, Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC, 2020.

  • Moderator, “Judicial Perspectives on Mediation,” Updates and Outliers in Dispute Resolution, KBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2019.

  • “Navigating Mediation in the District of Kansas,” Hot Topics in Dispute Resolution, 13th Annual Fall Seminar, Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC, 2019.

  • Panelist, “Nuts and Bolts of Summary Judgment Practice,” KCMBA Federal Courts Advocates, 2017

  • “What’s Trending in D. Kan.: Tips from the Federal Bench,” KCMBA Federal Courts Advocates, 2016.

Articles by Angela:  The Benefits of Independent Investigations

What Attorneys Say:

“You did an excellent job of dealing with incredibly complex legal issues and facts.  Not to mention some interesting and strong personalities.  I will assuredly be contacting you in the future regarding other cases.”
    - Plaintiff’s Counsel in class action commercial contract dispute

“Even though we were frustrated by our adversaries, we were all grateful for (and impressed by) your skills and grasp of everything and will definitely be back for future cases.”
    - Plaintiff’s Counsel in class action commercial contract dispute

“Thanks, Angela!  Our team is very pleased with the result and gives you a good deal of credit for us getting to a resolution.  I'll certainly keep you in mind for future mediations.” 
    - Employment Defense Counsel

“My client accepts the mediator’s proposal. Thank you, Angela.  We appreciate your help to bring the matter to resolution.”
    - Consumer Defense Counsel

“Thank you VERY much for your excellent efforts.”
   - Plaintiff’s Counsel in class action commercial contract dispute

“My client agrees to the terms stated below.  Thank you again for your hard work today.”
   - Employment Defense Counsel

“Your statement of the terms of the settlement are correct, and my clients are in agreement. Thank you, once again, for your hard work.  Really enjoyed working with you as well. Helluva job lady.”
    - Real Estate Defense Counsel

“Thanks again, Angela.  Your expertise is greatly appreciated.  And please know that [your former colleague] sends a greeting to you as well; she was thrilled (but not surprised) to know a long-time clerk for an esteemed federal judge is conducting thorough mediations!”
    - Real Estate Defense Counsel

“Plaintiff agrees to the below terms. Thanks for all of your hard work, Angela!”
    - Employment Plaintiff’s Counsel

“We very much appreciate all your hard work today, Angela. Thank you very much. Yes, that correctly recites our agreement.”
   - Real Estate Defense Counsel

“Settlement Confirmed.  And thanks for mediating for us today!”
    - Real Estate Plaintiff’s Counsel

About Angela:

The oldest of five children, Angela grew up in Shawnee, Kansas, in a dual-cultural, dual-religion home.  Her father, an electrical engineer and business owner, came from India to attend graduate school at K-State and decided to stay after meeting her mother, a fourth-generation Kansan who became a school teacher and then homemaker.  Angela attended Catholic church and school and also learned about the Hindu religion and culture from her father and on many trips to visit extended family in India.  These experiences shaped Angela’s outlook on life in that she is very open-minded and tends to focus on similarities rather than differences among people and their viewpoints and life experiences.  These qualities reflect positively on Angela’s mediation abilities, as she has a keen sense for connecting with and understanding the perspectives of all sides to a dispute. 



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