Experience

Missouri Human Rights Act Trial Work

Tried several Missouri Human Rights Act cases to juries in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, including claims of age, race, gender and disability discrimination; race and age retaliation; and age and disability harassment/hostile work environment.

Defense Verdict for Insurance Client

Obtained a defense verdict for our insurance client following a three-week trial. The plaintiff sought $3.1 million related to a consent decree where it agreed to clean up soil and groundwater contamination from a manufacturing site. The insurers asserted that the plaintiff knew about the contamination for decades and did not properly notify its insurers, and that prior claims had been made associated with the contamination without proper notice. The jury found in favor of the insurers on all claims.

Obtained Reversal of Decision in Favor of Education Client

Argued a case to the Missouri Supreme Court obtaining reversal of lower court's judgment allowing damages in excess of the statutory damage cap. The Court found, for the first time, that a sovereign entity's liability is capped at $300,000 (plus inflation) irrespective of the amount of liability insurance purchased by the sovereign.

Secured Defense Verdict for Client on Appeal

Secured writ of prohibition for education industry client, making defense verdict final. Investigated and responded to untimely post-verdict attempt to amend pleadings. Prevailed on appeal when post-verdict actions attempted without jurisdiction.

Dismissal of Suit for Public Entity in the Education Industry

Won a dismissal after removal to federal court on behalf of a public entity and its employees for failure to exhaust administrative remedies with proper administrative agency.

Preliminary Injunction in Discrimination Investigation Matter

Obtained a preliminary injunction order in federal court enjoining the Missouri Commission on Human Rights from investigating allegations of discrimination filed against client.