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Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Backing clients every step
of the way.

Husch Blackwell is committed to resolving disputes for clients as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Whether litigation arises over a routine business deal or under extraordinary circumstances, we strive to obtain resolutions that keep clients moving forward with minimal disruption. 
    
Our 300-plus trial and appellate attorneys are known for skillfully exploring creative options to achieve favorable results inside and outside the courtroom. Alternative dispute resolution is a particular strength, but when trial is the best or only option, our attorneys are fierce advocates. We also embrace innovative technologies such as machine learning and customized client litigation portals that increase efficiency, reduce legal spend and result in superior outcomes. 

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CoxHealth

CoxHealth prevailed in a defamation lawsuit brought against the hospital system and an executive.

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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Husch Blackwell put together a coalition to help clarify CERCLA in an influential U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief.

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Farmobile LLC

Farmobile secured a complete defense victory in enterprise-threatening trade secret litigation.

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Express Scripts, Inc.

ESI prevailed against antitrust allegations, and then turned its counterclaims into a $20 million judgment.

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Conagra Brands

Our team clarified important points of law regarding CBAs in this class action suit. 

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CityDeck Landing LLC

Our team filed a rare petition for a supervisory writ with the Wisconsin Supreme Court—and won the case.

Representative Experience

  • Secured complete and final dismissal on the merits of a putative class action for Compana Pet Brands (Manna Pro Products LLC), a leading animal care and nutrition company, in connection with its Nutri-Vet Hip & Joint supplements (glucosamine/chondroitin) for dogs concerning claims of false or misleading labels and deceptive advertising practices. Perry v. Manna Pro Products, LLC, E.D.Mo., Case No. 4:22-cv-00127-AGF.
  • Successfully defended our client, a large coal company, against a claim by Gulf Power seeking over $100 million in damages as a result of client’s alleged breach of a multi-year coal supply agreement. Our team successfully argued that Gulf Power failed to prove that its cover purchases of coal were reasonable. The case was litigated for more than three years and included several unsuccessful mediation sessions lasting several days each.
  • Served as trial counsel for major accounting firm in a federal securities action in Alabama that resulted in favorable settlement.
  • Defended bank directors in class action case involving the issuance of subordinated capital notes. Plaintiffs alleged breaches of state and federal securities laws claiming the bank and directors defrauded them by failing to disclose the precarious nature of the institution’s capital position. Secured summary judgment in favor of the directors.
  • Served as trial counsel for physicians’ group in connection with fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of fraudulent accounting and financial practices within a significant medical practice. Obtained a multimillion dollar verdict following five-week jury trial.
  • Defended failed savings and loan institution’s officers and directors against allegations of negligently underwriting and authorizing loans that ultimately defaulted and caused significant losses. Obtained favorable rulings and settlement for institution.
  • Represented multi-national electronics company as lead counsel in $55 million breach of contract/tortious interference lawsuit with a former Brazilian distributor and joint venture partner. Favorable settlement after discovery concluded.
  • Represented electronics company in its defense of a $20 million breach of contract and fraud case brought by a paging company. Jury verdict in favor of client was affirmed on appeal.
  • Defended a telecommunications company and its principals in a lawsuit brought by a Singapore telecommunications company alleging breach of contract and theft of trade secrets. Obtained a dismissal of all claims without payment of any money to the plaintiff.
  • Obtained summary judgment for one of the world’s largest corrugated box and packaging companies against claims of breach of contract and wrongful discharge, seeking more than $1 million in individual damages.
  • Obtained jury verdict for St. Louis architectural firm in a fraud case over the construction of a palace in Saudi Arabia.
  • Represented North America’s largest intercity bus transportation provider in $200 million defective design and breach of contract lawsuit brought in Illinois Circuit Court.
  • Represented a large bank in significant litigation involving contract and tort claims against the bank by certain borrowers. An identical case involving the client and the same issues had been defended by another firm in state court and the client was ordered to pay more than $14 million. Using creative arguments that had not been asserted by prior counsel, secured a complete victory on all claims, with summary judgment eventually entered in favor of client.
  • Represented CuraScript Inc. in $100 million breach of supply agreement lawsuit by one of the largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in the world. Court granted CuraScript’s motion to dismiss the majority of the damages based on a limitation of liability provision contained in the agreement between the parties. The remaining portion of the case was settled on favorable terms to CuraScript.
  • Defended chemical company in lawsuit alleging breach of requirements contract for failure to supply product. Case was successfully mediated after briefing on client’s Daubert motion to bar plaintiff’s expert from testifying to lost profit model.
  • Won a summary judgment from the Missouri Court of Appeals that protects the right of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) to recover the costs of health benefits paid to federal employees.
  • Represented franchisor of children’s hair salons in nonjury trial against franchisee that closed store with more than three years remaining in the franchise agreement. Obtained judgment for unpaid royalties and advertising fees, plus attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented franchisor of tanning salons in several lawsuits against franchisees’ claims of breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation. Obtained judgment for franchisor on all claims, as well as on its counterclaims against franchisees, awarding ownership of franchisees’ stores and attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented temporary labor franchisor against franchisee that breached franchise agreement by operating a separate business placing temporary computer consultants with clients. Obtained jury verdict for all unpaid royalties, plus attorneys’ fees.
  • Obtained summary judgment for franchisor against claim that franchisor misappropriated money from the national advertising fund and received excessive supplier rebates on franchisees’ purchases.
  • Obtained dismissal of franchisee’s lawsuit against franchisor of home cleaning service in lawsuit alleging fraud and misrepresentation in sale of franchise.
  • Successfully prosecuted a more than $20 million U.S. Tax Court case, with a finding for taxpayer on proper method of depreciating natural gas gathering assets.
  • Represented gas gathering companies in qui tam multidistrict litigation proceeding alleging fraudulent underpayment of royalties to U.S. government on gas produced from federal leases. Clients ultimately were dismissed without any payment to relator or to government.
Blog | June 17, 2020
Pitfalls of Remote Depositions
Insight | December 2019, Vol. 38, No. 12
Maricopa Lawyer: Four Steps to Winning an Arizona Bid Protest
Media Mentions | September 27, 2022
Using Technology to Fight the Litigation Talent War
Media Mentions | September 13, 2022
BizTimes: Rising Stars in Law: Catarina Colón
Media Mentions | September 13, 2022
BizTimes: Rising Stars in Law: Emily Stedman
Media Mentions | September 13, 2022
BizTimes: Rising Stars in Law: Margaret Heitkamp
News Releases | July 27, 2022
Smitha Chintamaneni Joins Husch Blackwell's Milwaukee Office

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Smitha Chintamaneni has joined the firm’s Financial Services & Capital Markets industry group as a partner in the firm’s Milwaukee office.

News Releases | June 03, 2022
Husch Blackwell Secures Pair of Decisions Affirming Dismissal of COVID-19 Coverage Claims in the Seventh Circuit

The Seventh Circuit affirmed two district court rulings granting motions to dismiss COVID-19 business-interruption coverage claims.

News Releases | May 02, 2022
Former Univ. of Missouri System General Counsel Joins Husch Blackwell

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Steve Owens has joined the firm’s Kansas City office as senior counsel in its Higher Education practice group after serving as the general counsel of the University of Missouri System for the past 14 years.

News Releases | April 27, 2022
Husch Blackwell Prevails in Discrimination Lawsuit for CoxHealth

Husch Blackwell earned a victory in Missouri state court for CoxHealth, the Springfield-based healthcare system, in connection with race, national origin, workers’ compensation and disability discrimination claims, as well as claims of retaliation.

News Releases | April 21, 2022
Husch Blackwell Earns Appellate Victory in Wisconsin Land Use Case

Husch Blackwell prevailed for a plaintiff landowner in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals against the City of Brookfield in a closely-watched land use case.

News Releases | March 28, 2022
Husch Blackwell Welcomes Emily Constantine to Its Government Contracts Practice Group

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Emily Constantine has joined the firm as a senior counsel in its Government Contracts group

News Releases | January 27, 2022
Husch Blackwell Litigators Shortlisted in Three States for 2022 Benchmark Litigation US Awards

Husch Blackwell was shortlisted for 2022 Law Firm of Year by Benchmark Litigation in Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Media Mentions | January 23, 2022
BizTimes: Notable Women in Law: Ann Maher
Media Mentions | January 23, 2022
BizTimes: Notable Women in Law: Lisa Lawless
News Releases | December 06, 2021
Husch Blackwell Elects 36 to 2022 Partnership Class
Media Mentions | September 02, 2021
Law360: Real Estate Lawyers on the Move (log-in required)
Media Mentions | August 02, 2021
Austin Monthly: Austin's Top Attorneys 2021
Media Mentions | June 11, 2021
Reuters: Week Ahead in Insurance: June 14, 2021
Media Mentions | May 28, 2021
The Regulatory Review: Week in Review
Media Mentions | April 26, 2021
C-SPAN: Guam v. United States Oral Argument
News Releases | April 01, 2021
Husch Blackwell Expands California Footprint
Media Mentions | January 29, 2021
Hamilton County Herald: Husch Blackwell welcomes four
News Releases | August 19, 2020
Husch Blackwell Scores Eighth Circuit Win for Farmobile in Trade Secret Dispute

The earlier court ruling granted summary judgment to Farmobile.

Media Mentions | July 02, 2020
Business Insurance: Up Close - Jason R. Fathallah
News Releases | May 28, 2020
Husch Blackwell Named CLOC's Inaugural Legal Innovation in Operations Project Award Winner

Husch Blackwell is believed to be the only law firm to date to be recognized by both the CLOC LIO Project and ACC Value Champion award series for its ability to implement legal solutions that cut spending, improve predictability and achieve better outcomes.

News Releases | May 27, 2020
Jason Fathallah Joins Husch Blackwell's Litigation, Insurance Groups

Fathallah is a first-chair trial lawyer with a national practice; he has also litigated some of the most significant insurance coverage and business disputes in recent Wisconsin state history.

News Releases | March 31, 2020
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Chooses Two Husch Blackwell Litigators for 2020 Women's Justice Awards

Jones and Robinson are members of the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group and Construction Litigation practice team.

News Releases | January 10, 2020
Husch Blackwell Secures Federal Circuit Victory for Nidec Motor

The case involved complex applications of Illinois contract law to intellectual property licensing agreements.

News Releases | December 20, 2019
Samantha Lunn Selected for Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program

The TBA Leadership Law program equips Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.

Media Mentions | November-December 2019
The Nebraska Bar: NSBA Member Spotlights
News Releases | November 11, 2019
26 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

The firm has 16 attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list and 10 attorneys named to the Rising Stars list.

News Releases | November 05, 2019
Husch Blackwell Celebrates eDiscovery Day
Testimonials Carey Bartell, Vice President, Chief Counsel – Legal & Government Affairs, Conagra Brands Inc.

“The team’s expertise in the substantive legal issues, combined with the investment they made to develop a deep knowledge of our business, has made them a uniquely effective litigation partner.”

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Testimonials Dr. Masuma Reed, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Founder, Mindful Life Counseling

“The lawyers at HB came in and helped us at a very scary time. Our business was threatened with a lawsuit. But their counsel helped us through that. Now, they are assisting us again with answers to employment and hiring questions. And its just in time, too, because we are growing with new hires!”

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Case Study

Express Scripts prevails against antitrust allegations.

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