Firm Litigation

Litigation

Members of the Firm have experience representing banks, major corporations, governmental agencies, and small businesses. The Firm specializes in the defense of self-insured companies in personal injury and property damage claims. The Firm’s clients have been both plaintiffs and defendants.

We have handled a variety of commercial, business and personal injury cases including, business and contractual disputes, promissory notes and guarantees, defects in workmanship and property damage resulting from negligence, bankruptcy-related litigation matters, collection matters, premises liability lawsuits, asbestos personal injury and property claims, lender liability lawsuits, product liability, insurance coverage disputes, insurance defense, real estate related litigation, and commercial and residential mortgage foreclosures. The Firm has experience in the trial and appeal of civil actions involving both state and federal courts.

In an effort to control litigation costs, our attorneys perform a thoughtful and creative analysis of the issues presented in the case, within the first ninety (90) days following receipt of a file, so that an effective defense strategy can be put into place early in the case. Using this approach, it has been our experience that many cases can be disposed of rather early in the litigation process. We have been successful in disposing of many of these cases through the use of well-aimed defense motions, which have obviated the need for a jury trial as demonstrated by a few of our results noted below:

  • Defense Motion for Summary Judgment (St. Louis City Circuit Court). Plaintiffs filed this wrongful death lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, against nine (9) defendants seeking damages from his exposure to asbestos-containing products. The gravamen of Plaintiff’s claim against our Client was that as the owner of the premises where the Decedent was allegedly exposed to asbestos, it owed a duty of reasonable care to him and breached that duty. It was a claim for direct negligence.

    Following extensive discovery and the filing of a motion for summary judgment, our Client was voluntarily dismissed from the lawsuit.

  • Defense Motion for Summary Judgment (St. Louis City Circuit Court). Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against our Client, and Defendant homeowner, seeking $8 million in damages for injuries she sustained in an automobile accident.  Plaintiff was a passenger in an automobile driven by her husband. Plaintiff’s spouse died from injuries sustained in the accident. She subsequently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against both Defendants.   Following extensive discovery in the Plaintiff’s personal injury lawsuit, we filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of said Defendant which was granted by the Court.

  • Defense Motion for Summary Judgment (St. Louis City Circuit Court). This was a landowner’s liability lawsuit brought against our Client. Following discovery, a motion for summary judgment was filed on behalf of said Defendant, which the Court granted.

  • Defense Motion for Summary Judgment (St. Louis County Circuit Court). This case involved a claim for medical malpractice. The Plaintiff sued several doctors and nurses contending that they were negligent in their treatment of him while he was in the hospital for heart surgery. Our firm was retained by the insurance company to represent one of the nurse Defendants. Following discovery, a motion for summary judgment was filed on behalf of that Defendant, which the court granted.
  • Defense Motion for Summary Judgment (United States District Court, E.D. Mo.). This was a lawsuit against the Defendant arising out of his failure to pay promissory notes guaranteed by him. We obtained summary judgment against the Defendant in amount of $210,990.77, plus full payment of attorneys’ fees.
  • Defense Motion for Summary Judgment (United States District Court, E.D. Mo.). This was a lawsuit brought against Defendants for breach of their guarantees. We obtained summary judgment against the Defendants in the amount of $9,033,429.55, plus payment of attorneys’ fees.
  • Defense Motion for Summary Judgment (United States District Court, E.D. Mo.). This was a lawsuit against the Defendants for failure to pay $2,480,000 pursuant to their guarantees. We obtained summary judgment in the District Court for the full amount due, plus payment of attorneys’ fees.

Firm attorneys are also skilled in the construction and negotiation of settlements and alternative dispute resolution techniques. It is our belief that certain cases are best handled in a forum other than a formal courtroom, and we have advised clients to use an alternative forum when it was in their best interest to do so. We thoroughly evaluate the merits of a case and assist with the selection of a mediator whose skills, approach and expertise will most likely facilitate the resolution of the dispute. Our extensive mediation experience compliments the trial practice services we offer our clients.