Experience

Obtained Summary Judgment in Life Insurance Action

Obtained summary judgment for defendant on claim seeking life insurance benefits and equitable relief.

Preliminary Injunction Denied for Utility Company

Co-chaired the defense of a multiple-day preliminary injunction hearing involving vegetation management by a local utility. Secured a denial of the preliminary injunction.

Defense Verdict for Physical Therapist in Medical Malpractice Claim

First-chaired a three-day jury trial and secured a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case against a physical therapist.

Obtained Judgment for Utility Company in Three-Day Trial

Obtained judgment for regional provider of electricity against a municipality relating to transmission vegetation management following a three-day bench trial.

Obtained Dismissal in Product Liability Action

Obtained dismissal of manufacturer in product liability action.

Assisted with Reversal of Significant Judgment

Assisted with appeal that resulted in reversal of $240,000,000 in punitive damages in a personal injury action.

Obtained Judgment in Premises Liability Action

Obtained judgment for property owner in premises liability action.

Obtained Dismissal in Insurance Action

Drafted winning motion to dismiss on behalf of insurer’s parent company.

Obtained Dismissal of Premises Liability Action

Drafted and argued winning motion to dismiss of premises liability action.

Assisted Trial Team with Jury Instructions in Class Action Seeking Significant Punitive Damages

Served as jury instruction consultant for defendant in jury trial of class action brought under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.

Obtained Dismissal in ERISA Action

Obtained dismissal of claims administrator in ERISA action.

Defense Verdict for Tobacco Company in Multibillion-Dollar Case

Served as local counsel for multiple tobacco companies in an action seeking billions of dollars in reimbursement for alleged health care costs. Secured a defense verdict after a four-month jury trial. Voted the #1 Top Defense Win in 2011 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Obtained Judgment for Insurer in Fatality Claim

Obtained judgment for insurer on an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy.

Defense Verdict in Arbitration for Construction Manager

Obtained a complete defense victory in arbitration for a construction manager against a claim of improper scheduling.

Successful Outcome for Trailer Company in Action Following Fatal Accident

Successfully defended trailer leasing company in MCS-90 action arising out of tractor-trailer accident involving multiple deaths and injuries.

Summary Judgment for Life Insurance Company

Obtained summary judgment for life insurer based on misrepresentation in the application.

Obtained Attorney Fee Award in Interpleader Action

Obtained substantial attorney fee award for issuer of deferred annuities in interpleader action arising from dispute as to ownership of annuity proceeds.

Obtained Dismissal in Premises Liability Action

Obtained dismissal for property manager in premises liability action.

Judgment Affirmed on Appeal in ERISA Action

Obtained judgment on the administrative record for third party administrator in ERISA action, which was then affirmed on appeal.

TIF Case Affirmed on Appeal

Obtained judgment affirmed on appeal for multiple cities against a Missouri county in a tax increment financing case for failure to remit tax revenue.

Dismissal of Wrongful Death Case

Obtained dismissal of wrongful death action based on premised liability.

Defense Verdict for Defendant in Battery, Punitive Damages Action

Secured a defense verdict in a jury trial in which the defendant faced civil battery and punitive damages charges.

Defense Verdict for Product Manufacturer

Served as local trial counsel in successful defense of manufacturer in product liability action.

Obtained Judgment for Construction Company

Successfully tried mechanic’s lien action to the Court on behalf of construction company.

Defense Verdict for Property Owner

Obtained defense verdict for property owner in premises liability action.