Susan Bindler

SUSAN E. BINDLER

Partner

(314) 241-2224

sbindler@haar-woods.com

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Professional Profile

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Ms. Bindler's practice involves both civil and criminal litigation. Her civil practice includes fiduciary litigation, commercial and employment disputes, professional liability defense, and insurance coverage litigation. She has extensive experience representing trustees and minority and majority shareholders in complex cases involving questions of corporate governance, shareholder rights, fiduciary obligations and trust interpretation and construction. She has represented corporations and individuals in federal and state criminal proceedings, grand jury investigations, and proceedings before governmental entities. She has also conducted a number of internal investigations for public corporations and private entities.

Ms. Bindler is an accomplished appellate advocate. She has appeared before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, the Missouri Supreme Court and Missouri courts of appeal. Her clients on appeal have included major law firms and a prominent University. Her appellate cases have addressed a wide range of topics such as the constitutionality of statutory caps on medical malpractice awards, the causation requirements in legal malpractice cases, the constitutionality of restrictions on the sale of Indian artifacts and important procedural questions regarding forum selection clauses.

Representative Matters

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented numerous lawyers and law firms in defense of legal malpractice claims arising in various different contexts, including civil litigation, trusts and estates and transactional matters.

  • Represented trustees in defense of claims of breach of fiduciary duty.

  • Represented directors of large privately-held company in dispute regarding corporate governance and in related suit involving breach of fiduciary duty allegations over stock held in family trust.

  • Represented majority shareholders of bank holding company in defense of claims of breach of fiduciary duty and oppression of minority shareholders

  • Represented former CFO of Fortune 500 corporation in defending federal wire fraud charges and civil class action litigation alleging accounting fraud.

  • Represented state legislator acquitted of criminal assault charges.

  • Represented municipality in securities arbitration challenging unauthorized investments of broker.

  • Represented international energy company and obtained dismissal of class action alleging PCB contamination along multi-state natural gas pipeline.

  • Represented physicians and medical institution in several different medical malpractice and wrongful death actions

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

Washington University, Juris Doctor
Order of the Coif
Primary Notes and Comments Editor, Washington University
Law Quarterly
Golden Quill Award

Duke University, Bachelor of Arts

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Barrister, Theodore McMillian American Inns of Court, 2013-2015
  • Criminal Justice Act, Lead Panel Attorney, 2006-2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington University School of Law, 2001, Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington University School of Law, 2002, 2006-2007, Pre-Trial Procedure
  • Legal Advisory Committee Chair, Dance St. Louis

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Law and Politics, Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer, White Collar Criminal Defense.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Contributing Author, Materials for National Business Institute Seminar on White Collar Crime, 2004
  • "Peek and Spy: A Proposal for Federal Regulation of Electronic Monitoring in the Work Place," 70 Wash. U. Law Q. 853 (September 1992)
  • "The Effective Date of a Transfer by Check under Section 547(b) of the Bankruptcy Code," 70 Wash. U. Law Q. 209 (May 1992)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Board Member, Dance St. Louis
  • Volunteer, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts