The essence of the firm’s practice is advocacy, whether at trial or before an appellate court, whether negotiating a settlement or presenting a client’s perspective to an investigative agency. The firm does not limit itself to any particular area of litigation; our experience has been that good advocates can effectively represent their clients in a broad range of contexts. Indeed, a varied litigation background can often yield fresh insights in any individual case.

There are practice areas, however, where lawyers in the firm have developed particular knowledge and experience by virtue of the cases the firm has handled. These include representation of corporations and individuals in federal and state courts in commercial and business litigation, including contract disputes, environmental claims, insurance coverage disputes, shareholder class actions and derivative suits, qui tam and RICO claims, and fiduciary litigation. The firm also has extensive experience in professional liability defense by virtue of its representation of many of the most prominent lawyers and law firms in Missouri.

The firm has an active criminal defense practice, routinely representing corporations and individuals in criminal matters in both state and federal jurisdictions. These are often white collar cases involving allegations of fraud or program abuse, although the firm also has had notable success in high-profile cases representing clients charged with more traditional crimes. The firm has conducted internal investigations for both private and public entities, as well as represented individuals in the context of internal investigations.

More information about the firm’s experience in particular practice areas can be found under the headings below.