Abby E. McClellan

Kansas City - Associate | 816-714-7123 (Direct) |

Abby McClellan advocates for people who have been harmed by dangerous products – particularly dangerous drugs or medical devices. Named a “Rising Star” by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, she focuses on large-scale cases that involve thousands of plaintiffs across the United States.

Among her current cases:

  • Abby represents individuals who took Risperdal, a drug designed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism-related irritability, and experienced gynecomastia, the development of abnormal breast tissue. The litigation, which involves more than 10,000 plaintiffs, alleges that the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warning about this side effect and failed to properly research Risperdal.
  • Abby is litigating on behalf of individuals who were prescribed Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and suffered catastrophic injuries, including heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and death. The lawsuits allege the manufacturers failed to warn users and marketed TRT for symptoms the drug was not designed to treat.
  • Abby was appointed by a federal judge to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the Taxotere Products Liability Litigation, multidistrict litigation that consolidates lawsuits alleging that the breast cancer drug caused permanent hair loss. As a part of this committee, Abby helps oversee the complex management of the plaintiffs’ litigation, which involves breast cancer survivors from across the country.

Abby finds personal fulfillment from working for vulnerable individuals; her younger brother is autistic, and before attending law school, she was a special education teacher. During law school, Abby worked for the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Human Development, where she wrote grants to support people with developmental disabilities in the workplace. As an attorney, she is motivated to pursue accountability and answers for patients and their families.

As a teacher, Abby worked with students with behavior and developmental disabilities in kindergarten, first grade and second grade in Fort Madison, Iowa. Although she is no longer in the classroom, she applies this background in her legal practice; she takes pride in her ability to explain complex legal and medical subjects.

She also runs the lawyer volunteer tutoring program at Operation Breakthrough, a facility which provides a safe educational environment for children in poverty. The program, which helps kids with reading and homework, reaches up to 100 kids each year.


Current Cases:

Prescription Drug Litigation. Abby is part of the litigation team representing individuals experiencing harmful side effects from the prescription medications Risperdal, Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Taxotere. 

In November 2016, a United States Judge appointed Abby to a leadership role as a member of the Taxotere Litigation Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2016

Missouri, 2013


University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law, J.D., 2013

Honors: Dean's List; CALI award for highest grade in Civil Procedure

Drury University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 2008


Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club - Member

P.E.O. Women’s Organization - Member

Nelson Atkins Museum 'Party Arty' - Committee Member, 2016


Professional Organizations

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) -  Member

Tutor at Operation Breakthrough for Lawyer's Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP)

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation Annual Liberty & Justice Gala Committee -  Member

Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) -  Member

Lawyers Association of Kansas City (LAKC) -  Member

Missouri Bar - Member

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Young Alum - Council Member

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