Attorney Profile

Christopher E. Roberts, Esq.

Partner

Dedicated. Creative. Driven.

Mr. Roberts provides each of his clients dedication, creativity, and the drive to help them achieve their objectives. Mr. Roberts is a skilled litigator who enjoys practicing law. He prides himself on working hard to provide his clients solutions to complex and novel legal issues.

The primary focus of Mr. Roberts's practice is representing consumers in class action litigation. He has successfully resolved class action cases against debt collectors, high-interest lenders, debt settlement companies, timeshare companies, auto dealerships, gyms, telemarketers and many other companies.

Mr. Roberts's practice also includes representing people with a wide variety of individual consumer-related claims. Mr. Roberts has successfully represented people who have been sued over loans with interest rates exceeding 700%. He has successfully represented people in cases where a company attempted to collect over $40,000.00 on a loan for less than $3,000.00. He has successfully represented people who improperly had judgments entered against them. He has successfully represented people who have been misled by debt settlement companies. He has successfully represented people who have been subjected to improper debt collection practices.  He has successfully represented people who have had their wages improperly garnished. In short, there are relatively few consumer-related issues that Mr. Roberts has not encountered.

The dedication of Mr. Roberts and his law partner, David Butsch, has ultimately led to millions of dollars being paid to consumers and millions of dollars of debt being eliminated for consumers.

When Mr. Roberts is not litigating cases, he makes a concerted effort to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in class action litigation and consumer law. Mr. Roberts is a nationally-published author and a nationally-recognized lecturer on class action issues. As part of this effort, Mr. Roberts frequently contributes to the American Bar Association (ABA) and The Missouri Bar.

In law school, Mr. Roberts served as an editor for the UMKC Law Review and as a staff member for The Urban Lawyer. Mr. Roberts also received academic honors in law school and the Candler S. Rogers Writing Award for the most outstanding piece of legal writing submitted to the UMKC Law Review.

At the University of Kansas, Mr. Roberts was a member of the football team and received academic honors. He was a member of Mark Mangino's first recruiting class. Mr. Roberts was a member of the Jayhawks team that played in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl.

While Mr. Roberts loves the practice of law, what he loves most is spending time with his wife and two daughters. His dedication to his clients is only surpassed by his dedication to being a "girl dad."

Business Litigation Attorney Christopher E. Roberts

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Kansas, B.G.S., 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Publications

  • 2020 Survey of Federal Class Action Law: A U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit-by-Circuit Analysis, American Bar Association (2020) (author of the chapter on class action law in the Eighth Circuit).
  • Tips for Tracking Down and Pursuing Robocallers and Spam Texters, American Bar Association – Section of Litigation, Consumer Litigation Committee (2019).
  • Competing Definitions of an Auto-Dialer Under the TCPA, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Consumer Litigation Committee (2019).
  • 2018 Survey of Federal Class Action Law: A Circuit-by-Circuit Analysis, American Bar Association (2018) (author of the chapter on class action law in the Eighth Circuit).
  • Emerging Issues Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Consumer Litigation Committee (2017).
  • A Guide to Navigating CAFA’s Home-State Exception, American Bar Association – Section of Litigation, Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee (2013).
  • Class Actions 101: Surviving a Rule 12 Motion to Dismiss, American Bar Association – Section of Litigation, Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee (2013).
  • Can I Still Google My Yahoo? Reframing the Net Neutrality Debate – Why Legislation Actually Means Deregulation, 77 UMKC L. Rev. 765 (2009).
  • Is MySpace Their Space?: Protecting Student Cyberspeech in a Post- Morse v. Frederick World, 76 UMKC L. Rev. 1177 (2008).

Awards & Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers - 2020 Rising Star - Consumer Law
  • Super Lawyers – 2019 Rising Star – Consumer Law
  • Super Lawyers – 2018 Rising Star – Consumer Law
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly – 2013 Up & Coming Lawyers

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association - Consumer Litigation Committee - co-chair of the subcommittee on FDCPA and TCPA litigation, 2016-present
  • American Bar Association - Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee, 2012-present
  • The Missouri Bar - Solo and Small Firm Committee - Current vice-chair of the planning committee for The Missouri Bar's annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, 2014-present

Community Involvement

  • Pathways to Independence, Board of Directors, 2012-2018
  • GenNext – United Way of Greater St. Louis, Steering Committee, 2013-2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "The Upcoming Supreme Court Case, Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid et al., and Key Legal Issues Under the TCPA," Federal Communications Bar Association, 2020
  • Presenter, "Rikki, Please Lose My Number: Helping Clients Use the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Other Laws to Fight Annoying Robocalls and Text Messages," The Missouri Bar, 2020
  • Presenter, "Consumer Protection Challenges Amid COVID-19," American Bar Association – Section of Litigation, Consumer Litigation Committee, 2020
  • Presenter, “Using the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to Fight Back Against Robocalls, Unsolicited Calls and Spam Text Messages,” The Missouri Bar, 2020
  • Presenter, “Hot Topics in TCPA Litigation,” American Bar Association – Section of Litigation, Consumer Litigation Committee, 2020
  • Presenter, “How to Turn a Collection Defense Case Into a Case for Your Client,” The Missouri Bar, 2020
  • Presenter, “You Have Class! How to Identify Class Action Cases in Your Everyday Life and Practice,” The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2019
  • Presenter, “The Evolving Definition of an Automatic Telephone Dialing System Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act,” American Bar Association – Section of Litigation, Consumer Litigation Committee, 2018
  • Presenter, “Recovering Costs and Attorney’s Fees Defending Debt Collection Cases,” The Missouri Bar, 2017
  • Presenter, “How to Contest an Arbitration Clause,” The Missouri Bar, 2016
  • Presenter, “You Have Class! How to Identify Class Action Cases in Your Everyday Practice,” The Missouri Bar, 2014
  • Presenter, “The Fundamentals of Class Action Litigation – Identifying Potential Cases,” The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2013
  • Presenter, “Making Sense of Food Labels,” Slow Food St. Louis, 2013