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Overview

As a federal appellate and state supreme court clerk, Mohsen focused on communicating clearly and simply. It's a useful skill that he draws on while advocating for clients in trial and appellate courts.

Mohsen brings diligence and dedication to every case he works on. In his briefing practice, Mohsen focuses on getting to the heart of the issue through simple, straightforward writing. He believes that every word matters and enjoys editing and organizing his writing. Mohsen has briefed issues in trial and appellate courts involving, among other things, contractual interpretation, statutory interpretation, sovereign immunity, arbitration law, jury selection, evidentiary challenges, administrative law, injunctive relief, § 1983 litigation, and business torts.

Likewise, as a judicial law clerk, Mohsen assisted judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Missouri in analyzing issues raised in a wide range of civil and criminal matters. Mohsen's clerkship experience helps him analyze issues objectively, and then use that objective analysis to advance clients' positions.

In his trial-level practice, Mohsen has helped prepare multiple complex commercial cases for trial. He has experience in motion arguments, discovery, factual development, case strategy, client counseling, depositions, expert witness preparation, and trial witness preparation.

Mohsen is also active in the community, serving in various leadership roles in The Missouri Bar and on several boards in the St. Louis area.


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Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Appellate, Rising Star, 2019
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2018-2019
  • St. Louis Business Journal, 30 Under 30 Award, 2017
  • FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leaders, Spring 2017

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
  • B.A., University of Missouri
    • summa cum laude
    • Economics and Political Science
    • Trulaske College of Business Study Abroad Programs, Student Manager (Spain, summers 2010 and 12; China, summer 2011)

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Federal Bar Association, St. Louis Chapter
  • The Missouri Bar, Leadership Academy, Co-Chair, 2017-present; Committee on Diversity, Vice Chair, 2018-present; Young Lawyers' Section Council, St. Louis County representative, 2020

Clerkships

  • The Hon. Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • The Hon. Laura Denvir Stith, Supreme Court of Missouri
Experience

Appellate Litigation

  • Briefed and won application for transfer to the Supreme Court of Missouri in a case involving a venireperson for-cause challenge. Argued that court of appeals' decision made it significantly more difficult to rehabilitate a venireperson, in contravention of standard of review and statute governing for-cause challenge. Briefed and won transferred appeal.
  • Briefed and orally argued appeal in Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court, obtaining partial reversal on evidentiary issues—despite prior counsel not presenting any evidence at trial—in a sibling dispute over the guardianship of their mother's person and $750,000 estate. Argument focused on how trial court's decision was not supported by the evidence.
  • Briefed and won appeal in Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, affirming trial court's decision to deny motion to compel arbitration. Presented an argument on appeal that was not presented at the trial court: the defendant did not meet its burden before the trial court to show that the Federal Arbitration Act applied, meaning the Missouri Uniform Arbitration Act applied. Then argued that the arbitration agreement did not meet the Missouri Uniform Arbitration Act's notice requirement, rendering the arbitration agreement unenforceable. The court of appeals agreed, invoking the general rule that a court can affirm on any basis in the record.
  • Briefed appeal in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, seeking affirmance of a trial court's early entry of summary judgment in a class action brought under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act regarding price listings on gas pumps. Argued that trial court did not err in granting summary judgment because no reasonable consumer would be deceived by client's pricing display because display used simple language that is easy for reasonable consumers to understand. After filing brief, appellant agreed to dismiss appeal without any payout from client.
  • Briefed appeal in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, seeking affirmance of a trial court's grant of motion to dismiss on the grounds that client—a private entity that allegedly contracted with the state to provide services to probationers—was not a state actor subject to liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Argument focused on how state did not delegate any constitutional duty or state function to client. After filing of brief, parties agreed to favorable, global settlement of this case and companion case.

Trial-Level Litigation

  • Member of trial team representing natural gas company in a breach of lease dispute in Jackson County, Missouri circuit court. Obtained summary judgment two weeks before trial, which cut in half plaintiff's claimed damages. Limited jury verdict to $30,000, despite plaintiff requesting $1.3 million from jury. Briefed and orally argued motion for directed verdict, obtaining partial victory that removed two categories of damages. Briefed motion to strike one of plaintiff's expert witnesses based on that expert's opinion being largely parroted from unavailable witnesses; resulted in court limiting expert's testimony. Briefed motions in limine and assisted in witness preparation and other trial tasks.
  • Member of trial team representing pharmacy benefits manager in pharmacy contractual termination dispute where pharmacy sought over $30 million in damages against client, and client sought $20 million on counterclaim. Less than a week before trial, obtained summary judgment on plaintiff's claim on various grounds that plaintiff failed to substantially comply with its contractual obligation. An hour before jury selection, parties entered into $20 million consent judgment on client's counterclaim. Prepared direct examination outline for damages expert witness, briefed motions in limine, and assisted in other trial preparation tasks.
  • Represented private university in an injunction proceeding brought by a concerned citizen regarding university's decision to demolish a dangerous, but historic, structure on its property. After evidentiary hearing, dissolved temporary restraining order that citizen obtained without notice; court accepted argument that plaintiff lacked standing. Court applied same rationale to deny the plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction, after a second evidentiary hearing. Following the denial of the preliminary injunction, citizen dismissed lawsuit.
  • Briefed, orally argued, and won motions to dismiss in state and federal court in a complex, publicized case brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against client, a private drug rehabilitation facility that allegedly contracted with the state to provide services for probationers. Plaintiff argued that client failed to report certain information to the decedent's probation officer, causing the decedent's death. The federal court dismissed case, accepting argument that the client did not act under color of state law within the meaning of § 1983. The state court dismissed case, agreeing that the plaintiff did not plead facts establishing that the client's alleged failure to report treatment information to the decedent's probation officer proximately caused death.
  • Represented pharmacy benefits manager in pharmacy contractual termination dispute. Recognized early in case that named plaintiff did not have contract with client; instead, client had contract with named plaintiff's predecessor, which had violated contract by assigning it to named plaintiff in violation. Moved for summary judgment early in case based on that ground, which resulted in plaintiff voluntarily dismissing case with prejudice.
  • Represented paint and coating company in a breach of warranty lawsuit brought by construction company that purchased client's products. Obtain early favorable settlement and represented client at mediation, focusing on arguments that plaintiff improperly used client's products and that the bulk of plaintiff's claimed damages would be barred by the statute of limitations.
  • Appointed by U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Missouri to represent inmate against private prisoner contractors in a deliberate indifference lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Obtained favorable, pre-summary judgment settlement.
Outside the Office

Mohsen enjoys soccer, golf, and reading.

His best soccer memory is being in Spain for the entire 2010 World Cup, which Spain won. Recent books that Mohsen has enjoyed include "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, "Leading" by Sir Alex Ferguson, and "Grit” by Angela Duckworth. 

Community Leadership
  • International Institute Community Development Corporation, Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, Career Services Alumni Advisory Board, 2019-present
  • Chaminade College Preparatory School, Alumni Association Board, September 2019-present

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