Husch Blackwell welcomes litigation attorney Joan K. Archer, Ph.D., to the Kansas City, Mo., office as Senior Counsel. Archer joins the Food & Agribusiness industry group and brings substantial experience handling complex business and product liability litigation, licensing disputes and covenant not to compete litigation on behalf of animal health and other clients. She has also provided a significant amount of intellectual property and brand management counseling and advertising review services.
Archer assists food and chemical manufacturers, agricultural biotech companies, financial institutions, seminar industry and footwear and accessories industry clients, among others. Her experience includes handling numerous trademark/trade dress infringement cases and litigating several trademark cases in which consumer products were at issue. She litigated a major Robinson-Patman Act antitrust case on behalf of the largest cattle growth implant manufacturer in the United States, and was lead counsel in a landmark electronic discovery case, Balboa Threadworks, Inc. v. Stucky. Archer has worked in firms throughout the Kansas City area since graduating from law school and, most recently, was a member of the litigation department of an AmLaw 200 firm.
Archer received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (1992), where she was Managing Editor for Kansas Law Review. While there, she earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies and Jury Behavior from the University of Kansas (1991). She received her M.A. in Communication Studies from Wayne State University (1984) in Detroit, Mich., and her B.A. in Speech Communication from Gonzaga University (1982) in Spokane, Wash.
Husch Blackwell’s Food & Agribusiness team consists of more than 50 attorneys who are fully committed to serving the legal needs of the industry. The group advises businesses that grow, process, store, distribute or sell food, beverages, animal or agricultural products and companies that supply goods or services to them. They are knowledgeable regarding the particular issues faced by these clients and its surrounding regulatory environment.