Chip, a trial attorney, has settled, tried and consulted on numerous lawsuits throughout the country involving construction defect, personal injury, wage and hour, class action, insurance litigation, government relations, and government contracts (including initiative and referendum processes).
Window & Door Litigation
He focuses much of his construction defect litigation in defending window and door manufacturers and others within the fenestration industry coast to coast. He handles multiple complex and large cases in several states at once. Additionally, Chip routinely speaks nationally on critical and timely issues affecting the window and door industry including the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, National Glass Association's Glass Build America, Glazing Executives Forum, Northeast Window and Door Association, and MyGlass.com webinars. He also contributes articles for Glass Magazine and Window & Door Magazine.
Severe and Complex Personal Injury
Chip has handled a number of severe and complex personal injury cases. His team's tenacious investigation of the facts surrounding a client's tragedy sets Call & Gentry apart from other firms. Careful attention to detail, strategy, facts, and the law, together with a keen understanding of how the world works, important values, and ultimately holding responsible parties accountable serve as a recipe for success. Chip and the team at Call & Gentry recently obtained a $15,500,000.00 result for a young boy tragically injured when the car he was riding in collided with semi-truck parked on the highway.
Wage & Hour
Chip was one of the lead attorneys in a nationally recognized wage and hour class action, Fast v. Applebee's International, Inc. Chip and his team represented over 5,600 servers and bartenders, Tipped Employees, that claimed Applebee's failed to properly pay them wages by violating the "20% rule." The employees claimed that they spent far more than 20% of their shifts performing non-tipped work or general preparation and maintenance. After a 6 year fight that involved many depositions in many different states, tens of thousands of documents, and an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and back, the case was successfully resolved. www.applebeesclassaction.com. Chip and Call & Gentry Law Group are currently part of a team focused on helping employees obtain fair wages for fair work throughout the country.
Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
Chip has also been involved in complex insurance coverage disputes involving millions of dollars, multiple layers of coverage, various triggering events, attachment points, contract interpretation, bad faith failure to defend, bad faith failure to settle, vexatious failure to pay, and agreements under 537.065 of the Missouri Revised Statutes to help insureds protect their personal assets when an insurer or insurers fail to properly defend insureds or to properly settle cases within policy limits. In one case where Chip's client was not being appropriately protected by its insurance carriers, Chip helped protect the insured's personal assets and the insurance carriers were required to pay approximately $55,000,000.
Community Involvement & Charitable Organizations
Chip believes in giving back and is highly involved in the Jefferson City Community and charitable organizations. He sponsors St. Peter Church's Annual St. Peter Interparish School Golf Classic ( www.stpeterjc.org), American Heart Association, and the Boys & Girls Club. He enjoys being an active Scout Leader with Boy Scout Troop 4. He also serves on the St. Peter Parish & Education Foundation board. As an accomplished pilot, Chip helps fly individuals around the country at no cost, to obtain necessary medical care through Angel Flight Central. www.angelflightcentral.org. Chip is also a Founding Member of Cherokees to Oshkosh, LLC, a family oriented group of pilots that gather around the country and fly in formation into Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin annually. www.cherokees2osh.com. The group's motto is "Growing Our Family One Aviator at a Time!" He is also on the state-wide board of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. CASA's mission is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in Missouri by promoting the development, expansion and improvement of CASA programs statewide. Chip, a diehard Missouri Tiger fan, has been to every home football game since 1990. Go Tigers! Chip is a proud member of the Jefferson City Country Club. He is honored to have been voted Jefferson City's Best Attorney in 2013! http://jeffersoncitymag.com/citys-best/citys-best-people/
Chip's wife, Pam, a social worker for the Jefferson City Public School System, and their children, Alex and Grace, live in Jefferson City.
Areas of Practice
- Defense of Window & Door Manufacturers
- Personal Injury
- Unfair Wage & Hour Practices
- Business Litigation
- Governmental Relations & Contracts
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1997
Pro Hac Vice in various states throughout the country
- University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, J.D. - 1997 with honors
- University of Missouri Columbia, A.B, Major in Political Science - 1994
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