Douglas C. McKenna is a member of the Kansas City office’s litigation department. In his civil law practice, he litigates cases in the federal and state courts of Kansas and Missouri as well as Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, Colorado, and the Southern District of New York. Doug also argues appeals at various court levels including the U.S. Supreme Court. Also practicing administrative law, Doug has handled administrative hearings and negotiations for businesses and individuals before Kansas and Missouri governmental agencies and before federal agencies such as OSHA, EEOC, and the Department of Labor, among others.

Doug is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Practice Areas


  • University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 1973)
  • Dartmouth College (A.B., 1969)
    • History
    • Dragon Senior Society
    • Varsity basketball team

Legal Background

  • Associate, Orr & Reno
  • Partner, Alder, Nelson & McKenna, Overland Park, KS
  • Partner and member, Watson & Marshall, L.C., formerly Watson, Ess, Marshall & Enggas, Kansas City, MO

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Former President and currently on Board of Directors, Dartmouth Lawyer's Association
  • Former Foundation President and member, Johnson County Bar Association


  • Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar
  • New Hampshire (past membership)

Representative Transactions

  • Assisted ProPharma Group, Inc. in undergoing a major corporate reorganization including an infusion of venture capital funds from Jump Capital, a new line of credit with JPMorgan Chase, and the acquisition of a UK company, Professional Information Limited