Pete Woods

PETE WOODS

Partner

(314) 241-2224

petewoods@haar-woods.com

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Professional Profile

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Mr. Woods' civil litigation and arbitration practice includes trials and appeals in federal and state court, with an emphasis on business litigation, family law and real estate. His business litigation experience includes the representation of manufacturers, banks, securities and transportation brokers, utility companies and individuals in cases involving such diverse subjects as civil RICO, fraud, shareholder rights, Merchandise Act claims, breach of contract, personal injury, and terms and conditions of employment.

His family law practice regularly includes contested dissolution cases involving a wide range of issues such as spousal support, division of property and child custody. Mr. Woods is often specially retained to focus on valuing business interests, including professional practices. Subjects of his family law cases handled on appeal include the enforceability of post-nuptial agreements, spousal support rights after traumatic injuries, and the determination of marital/separate property rights in lengthy marriages.

His real estate cases have included eminent domain, zoning, contractor/developer disputes, professional liability and numerous and varied contractual disputes. Other matters he has briefed and argued on appeal include cases involving the Missouri Franchise Act, fraud, and tortious interference with business expectancies.

Mr. Woods has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation and as a Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer in  Business Litigation.

Representative Matters

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented national tractor distributor and obtained summary judgment in defense of Franchise Act, fraud and tortious interference claims in federal court

  • Represented transportation broker and obtained summary judgment in defense of civil RICO claims brought by Fortune 500 company. Ultimately prevailed on associated claims for over $3 million in an arbitration hearing

  • Represented trusts in obtaining summary judgement against trailer park owners for over $1 million in breach of contract claim

  • Represented individual in obtaining judgment against brokerage company for over $1 million dollars in damages for conversion of securities in violation of its internal policies

  • Represented commercial heater manufacturer in pursuing damages associated with a component part producer’s breach of warranties

  • Represented individual partners in law firms related to contested family law matters

  • Represented owners (and spouses, at times) of St. Louis companies in contested divorces addressing the value of their company ownership interests

  • Represented spouse suffering traumatic brain injury in suit to modify/extend maintenance payments beyond the original termination date

  • Represented IT company in enforcing terms of acquisition agreement

  • Represented securities brokers in defense of claims alleging breach of brokers' duties

  • Represented various builders, individuals and neighborhood associations regarding the enforcement of zoning provisions and indenture agreements.

  • Represented custom home builder in enforcing exclusive contract relationship with subdivision

  • Represented individual builders for construction code violations

  • Represented utility companies, banks and bakery in defense of employment discrimination claims

  • Represented numerous companies and individuals regarding cases relating to the terms and conditions of employment

  • Represented shareholder and corporations in shareholder rights actions

PRACTICE AREAS

Education

Washington University, Juris Doctor
University of Missouri/Columbia, Bachelor of Arts

  • Member, Mystical 7 Honor Society
  • Member, Intercollegiate Football and Baseball teams

BAR ADMISSIONS

Missouri
United States District Court For the Eastern District of Missouri
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States Court of Claims

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • American Bar Association, committees on litigation and domestic relations
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • St. Louis County Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
  • Law and Politics, Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer, Business Litigation

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Vice President, St. Louis Chapter of National Football League Players Association (retired)
  • Founder and Chairman, Reconcilers, Inc. (local racial reconciliation)
  • Former Church Chairman, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
  • Member, Christian Legal Society of St. Louis
  • Member, National Football League Alumni Association
  • Former Board Member, St. Louis Sports Commission
  • Former Board Member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

LECTURER OR PANELIST

  • Washington University School of Law (employment matters, sports law, litigation)
  • Seminars (discovery phase topics, legal ethics, various domestic relations topics)

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

  • Quarterback, National Football League, 1978-81
  • Outstate Coordinator, Harriett Woods for Senate campaign, 1982
  • Founder and President, ProWorld Sports Management (player agent), 1984-87