Husch Blackwell is a Midwest powerhouse firm headquartered in Missouri, with expansion offices in Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The team of 300-plus trial and appellate attorneys are known for achieving favorable results for clients inside and outside the courtroom.
Omaha, Nebraska’s Marnie Jensen led the team that prevailed in August 2020 before the US Court of Appeals on behalf of Farmobile in trade secret litigation initiated by a competitor in 2016, leading to the Nebraska Firm of the Year award at the 2021 Benchmark Litigation Awards. She routinely handles breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims, trade secret claims, intellectual property issues, unfair competition allegations and shareholder disputes.
Seasoned St. Louis trial counsel Joseph Orlet is active on toxic tort and mass tort litigation, as well as in product liability disputes. He serves as lead counsel to Bayer in an action alleging the defendant misappropriated confidential information in violation of company policies, employment agreement, and federal and state law. Fellow partner JoAnn Sandifer focuses on real estate, commercial and appellate litigation. As lead partner to the St. Louis County Council, Sandifer secured a victory in expedited proceedings before a St. Louis County judge on behalf of three St. Louis County Council members sued by the St. Louis County Counselor in a dispute over leadership of the County Council for the 2021 calendar year. Christopher Smith is a skilled litigator who is recognized for his work in class actions and bet-the-company cases. Smith is lead counsel to Centene Corp. in an action that alleges the defendant made false and misleading statements and omissions in connection with the purchase or sale of the company's stock both by the company itself and by the defendant. The Court granted Centene’s motion to dismiss, which was dismissed with prejudice for plaintiffs’ failure to make a demand upon Centene's board of directors before pursuing this derivative action. Rudy Telscher is a revered intellectual property litigator whose expertise spans district and appellate courts across the country, including arguments before the US Supreme Court. A testament to Telscher’s success is the securing of a recent victory for Sotera Wireless before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office resulting in PTAB precedent when the Board decided to institute an inter partes review of a patent that is the subject of a pending, parallel lawsuit in US District Court regarding an alarm system for medical monitoring equipment. The Board found Husch Blackwell’s arguments and methods so useful that it marked this decision precedential to help future IPR parties in navigating PTAB procedure. Jefferson City managing partner Lowell Pearson is a trusted litigator who is active in government actions, employment, and constitutional cases. Pearson successfully intervened as lead counsel in two lawsuits, and secured placement on the August ballot for an initiative petition to expand eligibility of Medicaid in Missouri.
Jeffrey Simon, the Kansas City managing partner, is an experienced litigator with a diverse practice. He is active in a host of business disputes, including prosecuting and defending intellectual property cases, antirust actions, securities fraud, class actions, breach of contract, among other areas. Simon represented Farm Journal in prosecuting a trade secrets claim against a former employee and defending counterclaims for advancement of legal fees. The matter recently settled on favorable terms.
Chicago-based litigator Don Mizerk is a distinguished intellectual property advocate who was part of the lead counsel team that recently secured a victory for TruPharma in its federal court litigation brought by a competitor alleging false advertising and unjust enrichment, among other counts, in connection with the manufacture and sale of a medical cream.