Steven McCartan

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

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Grand Boulevard 2555
Kansas City 64108 MO US

Steven M. McCartan has 20 years of experience representing financial-services, insurance, and other business clients.  His focus is in three areas:

  • Collecting payment on business contracts, including audited insurance premium and loan enforcement, in civil/bankruptcy court;
  • Defending counterclaims arising from contract enforcement; and
    Defending individual and class consumer protection claims, both in court and arbitrations, including claims under:

    • ECOA
    • FDCPA
    • FCRA
    • Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
    • State Consumer Protection Statutes
    • TILA

Steve manages litigation in these areas throughout the United States. By handling cases through a single source, there are enormous strategic and economic benefits to clients.

Among other things, this structure facilitates greater consistency of approach in handling disputes. In using a single firm to handle the litigation across geographic lines—in some cases, working with local firms—it creates institutional knowledge that helps to manage costs and achieve better outcomes.

Representative Matters:

  • Class Actions
    • Resolved a consumer class action involving an alleged unlawful fee with client paying no damages;
    • Obtained an order denying class certification of a proposed 18-state class action involving consumer claims in the title insurance industry.
  • Consumer Protection
    • Secured Tenth Circuit ruling upholding dismissal of Truth in Lending Act (TILA) claim for failure to timely contest credit card transactions;
    • Secured judgment for a financial institution against a debtor asserting defense under Regulation B of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act; and
    • Secured summary judgment on a claim that a finance company’s collection action constituted a malicious prosecution against the debtor.
  • Secured a full judgment of nearly $300,000 in insurance premium in dispute related to an insurance audit over the coding of workers;
  • Recovered full subpoena costs incurred by client in having to respond to burdensome subpoena obligations.


  • J.D., University of Missouri – Columbia, 1999
  • M.Sc., University of Edinburgh, 1997
  • B.A., University of Missouri – Columbia, 1995

Bar Admissions:

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar

Community Involvement:

  • Journal of Dispute Resolution, Editor-in-Chief
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
  • The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurion Class (2009)


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Grand Boulevard 2555
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