Experience

$30 Million Private Equity Financing and Formation of Specialty Brokerage

Advised a national independent enterprise risk management agency on completion of $30 million in private equity financing. In connection with the financing, advised client on formation and capitalization of a specialty brokerage and investment banking platform offering insurance solutions to public and private companies and private equity sponsors.

Sale of Assets of For-Profit Colleges

Served as sellers’ counsel in sale of substantially all of the assets of a for profit college, including counsel on regulatory and accreditation requirements and compliance.

Favorable Resolution in Consumer Protection Lawsuit Seeking Multimillion-Dollar Damages

Obtained favorable resolution of a broad-ranging Illinois Consumer Protection Act lawsuit seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages filed by the Illinois Attorney General against a multi-campus private school. 

Dismissal of Fraud, MMPA Case Against College Owner

Secured dismissal of a case against the owner of a career training college after the college closed abruptly. The plaintiffs filed suit for fraud and violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act alleging the college and its advertisements knowingly made false representations of student outcomes. After obtaining depositions from the two plaintiffs where they admitted they had no contact with the client, we also obtained sworn affidavits from former employees saying the client had no part in the day-to-day operations of the college or the drafting of its advertisements. The plaintiffs were unable to find witnesses to say otherwise and voluntarily dismissed the case.

Reduced Financial Aid Liability for University

Represented a private university in the appeal of a United States Department of Education program review. The school had been ordered to refund over $500,000 due to problems found by the Department of Education in how the university verified student income and eligibility for financial aid. We drafted an appeal requesting that the department reduce the refund liability by $133,000 and grant the university an administrative hearing. The department accepted the appeal without hearing and agreed to the reduction in liability.

Favorable Settlement and Dispute Resolution for Hospitality Industry Client

Successfully prosecuted claim for declaratory relief in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on behalf of business owner regarding a multimillion-dollar loan contract, resulting in favorable settlement for client and resolution of disputed loan terms.

Represented Marijuana Business Owner in Dispute

Represented an executive and owner of several marijuana cultivation and dispensary businesses in successfully resolving a wide-ranging business dispute with the co-owners of his businesses and negotiating favorable buy-out terms for his ownership interests in the various companies.

Successfully Resolved Federal Suit for B-to-B Wholesale Client

Successfully resolved through mediation a federal court lawsuit involving our client, a B-to-B wholesale website in the hemp products industry. The client was a co-defendant in a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, tortious interference with a contractual relationship, civil conspiracy and false advertising. We brought counterclaims on behalf of the client to invalidate the plaintiffs’ trademarks.

Trial Counsel in $240 Million Suit for College Brought By Colorado Attorney General

Served as counsel in a first-of-its-kind, five-day preliminary injunction hearing, winning a complete victory for a large career college, in which the Colorado Attorney General’s office sought 21 separate, broad injunctions. Subsequently tried a four-week bench trial against consumer protection and lending claims where the Colorado Attorney General sought $240 million. A decision in the matter is pending.

Successful Representation of Marijuana Law Client in Administrative Proceeding in Colorado

Successfully represented a client with a retail cultivation license in an administrative proceeding brought by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the Marijuana Enforcement Division. The client had been under a Summary Suspension and Rule to Show Cause Order for three months and was a few weeks from being evicted from his facility. Armstrong Teasdale was able to quickly secure a meeting with the government representatives and negotiate a resolution of the Show Cause that included no fine and minimal absence from the industry, which was the client’s primary objective.

Defense in Deceptive Marketing Campaign for Private School

Represented a private school in allegations brought by the Illinois attorney general claiming that their internet marketing campaign is inherently deceptive because of the search terms it bid on in its Google AdWords® account. Filed motions for summary judgment and obtained key concessions in depositions that negated the state’s theory. 

Defense Verdict for University System in Four-Day Wage and Hour Trial

Secured a defense verdict for a for-profit university system in a four-day trial on a wage and hour claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Resolution for College in Consumer Protection Litigation

Represented client college in a consumer protection investigation and subsequent litigation brought by the Illinois attorney general. Following negotiations, the matter was revolved on favorable terms.

Reversed Trial Court Decision on Appeal for For-Profit College

Represented for-profit college system in a wide-ranging consumer protection investigation brought by the Colorado Attorney General. Convinced the Colorado Court of Appeals to reverse a trial court decision that would have prevented the college from disclosing graduate employment statistics in accordance with accreditation standards. This ensured the college could present data on par with other colleges and universities. 

Summary Judgment for University in Mass Arbitration

Won summary judgment in favor of a private university in a mass arbitration brought by students claiming that the school had defrauded them into enrolling and withholding material information about the value of degrees awarded by the university.