Eric D. Barton

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Eric Barton is a partner at Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP, with a complex litigation and trial practice with emphasis in business litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, and medical malpractice. He has tried numerous cases to juries in Mo., Kan., and Utah and has litigated in many other jurisdictions. Barton was a Rice Scholar at the KU School of Law, graduating with Order of the Coif honors in 1993 and receiving a faculty award for outstanding achievement. He then served judicial clerkships for Judge Stephen Anderson of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Fred Six of the Kansas Supreme Court before entering private practice. He teaches Trial Advocacy and has also taught Lawyering.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy



Representative Publications

Co-Author, DRI Trial Tactics Compendium: Appeals – Preserving the Record (2006); Co-Contributor, Daller, Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium (Aspen Law & Business, 2001); Co-Contributor, Daller, Product Liability Desk Reference, A Fifty-State Compendium (Aspen Law & Business, 2000).


J.D. Kansas, 1993, Note and Comment Editor, Kansas Law Review; B.S., Kansas State University, 1990.


Utah 1993, Kansas 1994, Missouri 2002, various federal courts

Career History

Law Clerk, Judge Stephen H. Anderson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1993-94; Research Attorney, Justice Fred N. Six, Kansas Supreme Court, 1994-95; Associate, Ray Quinney & Nebeker, 1995-2000; Shareholder, Ray Quinney & Nebeker, 2000-01; Lecturer, Kansas University, 2001-02, since 2005; Of Counsel, Wagstaff & Cartmell, 2001-02; Partner, Wagstaff & Cartmell, since 2002.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance