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Litigation

Armstrong Teasdale litigators are driven by the success of our clients. Our team is consistently recognized for successfully defending complex and difficult cases against talented and well-prepared opposing counsel. The skills and strategy of our trial lawyers have resulted in more than 36 verdicts in the annual top 20 plaintiff and defense verdicts in the State of Missouri over the past 15 years. This includes the state’s top 2014 defense verdict, which we won on behalf of Missouri Gas Energy in a $30 million furnace explosion case.

This track record demonstrates the frequency that we take cases to trial as well as the resulting successes. Although no one really wants to litigate, our reputation shows we mean business. That differentiates us from other firms and puts us in a superior position to obtain the best result for our clients, whether through trial or settlement.

Our team, which includes three fellows of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, has wide-ranging experience in such key areas as bankruptcy, class action, employment and labor, health care, insurance, intellectual property, products liability, privacy and data security, telecommunications, tort and catastrophic events and white collar criminal defense. This background includes state, federal and administrative trial and appellate work as well as arbitration and mediation.

The Litigation practice is divided into a number of focused subgroups. One of these groups is Employment and Labor, which represents both unionized and non-unionized corporations and institutions in all aspects of employment-related legal matters and litigation. This includes providing advice and representation to clients in all aspects of their rights and obligations under a wide spectrum of employment discrimination laws.

Another example is our Health Care Litigation subgroup, which represents hospital systems, physician practice groups, individual physicians, nurses and all other medical specialists within the health care industry. This practice is not limited to defending litigated cases; we actively work with clients and risk managers to identify, avoid and resolve risk.

We also have a dedicated Intellectual Property Litigation group consisting of trial attorneys with a proven track record in this unique area that combines evolving scientific technologies with law. Using a team approach, our trial attorneys join forces with our patent lawyers and other intellectual property professionals, who have degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, biological sciences, electrical and mechanical engineering, information systems and other technical fields.

In addition to the traditional areas of litigation, the firm has nationally recognized niche practices in Security and Facility Clearance Services, and Fire and Electrical Liability.

Because the firm’s attorneys have specific backgrounds in every major practice area, we can rapidly assemble a focused, integrated and efficient team to address all important aspects of a client’s challenge and handle numerous cases in multiple jurisdictions and forums, including those located abroad.

Our attorneys are well-versed in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including those of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In addition, our international attorneys know how to obtain and take discovery abroad.

Whether matters are in the United States or overseas, you can count on Armstrong Teasdale to be with you every step of the way from preparation to resolution. We work as a team to develop strategy and resolve issues.

In addition, Armstrong Teasdale’s subsidiary Lawgical Choice provides high-quality litigation technology services to legal professionals throughout the United States. Lawgical Choice offers e-discovery services, trial consulting, courtroom technology, video reporting, imaging, coding, printing and extranet communication tools.

Representative Matters

Won a 2015 Missouri Supreme Court ruling that our client, a major utility, was immune from a wrongful death suit under the Missouri Recreational Land Use Act.

Cave Consulting Group, Inc. v. OptumInsight, Inc. (Northern District of California). Obtained jury verdict of patent infringement and awarded $12 million in past damages. Additionally, obtained complete defense verdict on defendant’s counterclaim for infringement of eight patents.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City in a qui tam False Claims Act (FCA) case seeking more than $1 billion on behalf of the United States. June 9, 2015 by U.S. United States District Court, Western District of Missouri.

Abbott v. Missouri Gas Energy. Won the largest 2014 defense verdict in Missouri on behalf of Missouri Gas Energy in a $30 million furnace explosion case. The ranking was reported by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Won the second-largest 2013 defense verdict in Missouri for its representation of St. Luke’s Hospital in a medical negligence case. The ranking was reported by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Frito-Lay North America Inc. v. Medallion Foods Inc. and Ralcorp Holdings Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division). Successfully defended clients against allegations of patent and trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation in litigation over bowl-shaped tortilla chips.

Morpho Detection, Inc. v. Smiths Detection, Inc. (Eastern District of Virginia). Obtained jury verdict of patent infringement in case involving equipment used at airports to screen luggage and individuals. 
 

Questions? Please contact one of our Litigation attorneys.

Practice Highlights

  • The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized the firm’s Litigation practice area and its Employment & Labor and White Collar Crime subgroups. Litigation partners Dan O’Toole and Kevin Evans also received a Band 1 status.
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers named 40 Armstrong Teasdale litigators to its 2015 edition, and 13 litigators were named Rising Stars.
  • Forty-five litigators were named to the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Clark Cole, Daniel Nelson, Daniel O’Toole, David Going, Edward Spalty, Kevin Stolworthy, Patrick Kenny, Robert Kaiser and Thomas Weaver were among the litigators named as “Lawyers of the Year.”
  • The firm also received first-tier rankings for numerous litigation categories contained in the 2015 list of “Best Law Firms” published by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers. They include: Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Construction, Eminent Domain & Condemnation, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Mass Tort/Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury – Defendants and Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers.