Chief Legal Counsel
Ivan Nugent has been counseling and defending KCPS for 6 years. Prior to joining KCPS, Ivan worked as a Missouri Public Defender in St. Joseph, Missouri. After 6 years representing KCPS as a staff attorney and lead litigation attorney, Ivan spent some time representing Missouri school districts at the law firm of Guin Mundorf, LLC in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ivan's passion for KCPS and its students brought him back to KCPS in April of 2017. Ivan is an accomplished litigator and trial attorney. Ivan has defended KCPS in more than 10 jury trials and in 2016 successfully defended 6 trials on behalf of KCPS.
Ivan is from Kansas City and comes from a family of educators. Both of Ivan's parents are educators, and his father was a long-time teacher in KCPS. Ivan was a college basketball player at Rockhurst University. He graduated with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics and an MBA with an emphasis in management and marketing. Ivan earned his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan's Cooley Law School.