Congratulations to Ken McClain who has been named to Ingram’s 250 for the second straight year. The annual award, given by the local business publication, recognizes the most powerful and influential business leaders in the greater Kansas City region.

Ingram’s called Mr. McClain one of the nation’s elite personal-injury trial lawyers, securing jury and bench verdicts, or outright settlements through negotiation, for a combined $1 billion-plus.

“He has held to account asbestos suppliers, the tobacco industry and companies that produced artificial butter flavoring for microwave popcorn,” Ingram’s wrote.

The magazine also cited Mr. McClain for his key role in revitalizing the historic Independence Square by pouring millions of dollars into various retail and restaurant storefronts and helping bring new residential development to the square with the construction of the Market Square Townhomes.