At ACT Law Firm, LLC we believe that working alongside brilliant, creative people is its own reward, and our core team collaborates with some of the most talented and innovative trial attorneys across the United States.  Information about our core team is below.  

Angela L. Angotti

Ms. Angotti’s law practice focuses on employment law, Railroad & FELA defense, personal injury litigation, civil rights actions, and consumer protection act claims.  Ms. Angotti knows that you can’t defend what you don’t understand, and she is passionate about learning her clients' industries, products, and the facts of each case.  

Honors and Awards:

  • 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • On March 8, 2016, Angela Lee Angotti was selected to become an Associate Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.  The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows. 
  • Class President, University of Kansas School of Law, 2008
  • Alumni Award, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2005

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Missouri Bar, 2009
  • Kansas Bar, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Member Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member Wyandotte County Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Railroad Data for Defense Counsel , BNSF Railway Litigation Conference
  • Social Networks & Litigation, Association Of American Railroads
  • Preservation of Electronic Evidence, Foremost Insurance Group
  • The Psychology of Storytelling, NARTC

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Hatch v. BNSF Railway Company, 08-cv-1878, Wyandotte County, Kansas, 2009
  • Gilliand v. BNSF Railway Company, 07-cv-1066, Wyandotte County, Kansas, 2008
  • Winn v. BNSF Railway, 09-cv-104, Sumner County District Court, 2011
  • Bullock v. BNSF, Wyandotte County District Court, 2013
  • Davila v. BNSF Railway, Wyandotte County District Court, 2010
  • Ast v. BNSF Railway Company, 2:09-cv-02519-EFM, (D. Kan. 2012)
  • Schipper v. BNSF Railway Company et al, 2:07-cv-02249-JPO, (D. Kan. 2009)
  • Terry v. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas et al, 2:09-cv-02094 (D. Kan. 2011) 
  • Vore v. Capstone Turbine Corporation, 2:14-cv-02352-EFM-KGS, (D. Kan. 2015)

Educational Background:

  • Ms. Angotti attended the Cambridge summer law program in 2005, and she received her J.D. in 2008 from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was the President of her law school class from 2007-2008, and the Secretary for the Women’s Law Association from 2006-2007.  She received her B.A. degrees in 2005 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, in philosophy and political science, and is a recipient of the UMKC Alumni award.

Carl L. Christensen

 Civil Trial Attorney (defense), May 2012 – July 2016.  Litigated dozens of railroad (FELA and crossing accident cases), insurance defense, and other cases.  Experience in all phases of civil litigation, from initial discovery through trial and appeal. Researched, authored, and argued dozens of motions before numerous judges in Jackson County, Wyandotte County, and various other courts. In-depth knowledge of various aspects of railroad operations, rules, regulations, and practices. 3 jury trials, including a defense verdict in a grade-crossing case in DeKalb county, MO and what was effectively a defense verdict in a FELA case in Jackson County, MO.

Civil trial experience includes significant involvement in every aspect of trial, including cross-examination of Plaintiff and other key fact witnesses, cross-examination of Plaintiff’s experts, direct examination of defense experts, opening statement, et cetera.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Law Office of Carl L. Christensen, San Antonio, Texas, Solo Practitioner, 2010-2012

Started my own law practice from the ground up after honorable discharge from the Army.  Numerous criminal trials and courts-martial, including Military cases and cases in Texas State and Federal courts .

U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Senior Defense Counsel, 2007-2010

50 criminal trials (courts-martial, under rules and procedure substantially identical to that in federal courts), including 29 contested trials (17 jury trials) and 25 felony cases; numerous acquittals; represented hundreds of clients on a wide range of criminal and adverse administrative actions.

Cases encompassed entire spectrum of offenses, from AWOL, DWI and drug use/possession to rape, child pornography, child molestation, and attempted murder.

Led and managed a full-service criminal defense office, supervising several subordinate trial attorneys and a civilian paralegal.

Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (in the rank of Captain)

U.S. Army Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Bliss, Texas, Trial Counsel (Prosecutor), 2005-2007

33 criminal trials (courts-martial, under rules and procedure substantially identical to that in federal courts), including 14 contested trials (8 jury trials) and 16 felony cases

Cases encompassed entire spectrum of offenses, from AWOL, drug use/possession, and military-specific offenses all the way to rape, violent assaults, international drug smuggling conspiracies, and murder

Managed a brigade-level legal office, supervising several paralegals and ensuring timely processing of hundreds of disciplinary actions for 28 different commanders at all levels of command

EDUCATION

University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor, 2003

Texas Christian University, Bachelor of Science (Political Science), 2000