We provide cost-effective advice to companies and individuals in all aspects of business and commercial litigation between companies and conflicts among partners, shareholders, and former employees. We advise individuals and business clients regarding internal disputes and litigation with other parties relating to contracts, fiduciary duties, trade secrets, non-competes, fraud, consumer violations, and business torts.
Our firm has handled numerous commercial litigation lawsuits and pre-suit negotiations on behalf of shareholders and directors of corporations involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, conversion, and RICO violations. We also represent employers and employees in cases concerning the misappropriation of trade secrets, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, duty of loyalty, and Lanham Act violations.
We litigate serious, high-exposure personal injury cases relating to premises liability, products liability, trucking accidents, automobile accidents, and workplace injuries. The nature of the injuries range from wrongful death and catastrophic injuries to soft tissue injuries. We also have experience in cases involving spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury and neurological deficits, catastrophic loss of limbs and appendages, and complex regional pain syndrome.
General Counsel Services
We serve as outside general counsel to small business owners in a variety of routine and complex corporate matters designed to assist in the establishment, protection, and growth of their business. The scope of our representation begins with legally forming the business and ends with dissolution and winding up of the business. Specific services include:
Formation of corporation, LLC, or limited partnership
Draft of shareholder or partnership agreement and operating agreement (LLCs)
Drafting employment agreements
Drafting non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements
Reviewing franchise agreements
Advising clients regarding employment termination
Preparing or reviewing employment separation agreements
Pursuing collection actions against customers
Drafting and revising stock purchase and asset purchase agreements
Filing corporate dissolution and winding up forms
Our litigation experience is invaluable in identifying and avoiding potential pitfalls in advising clients regarding business transactions.
We have expertise analyzing insurance coverages and litigating bad faith claims on behalf of insurers and policyholders regarding commercial general liability, umbrella/excess, business auto, automobile, and homeowners’ policies. Such claims include filing and defending coverage cases through declaratory judgment actions, garnishment proceedings, and claims of extra-contractual liability. Our firm consults with clients at all stages of the claims process, including the tender of a claim, the initial insurance coverage analysis, a determination of exposure when multiple insurers are involved, and subrogation against other insurers and other parties.
We aggressively represent owners, design professionals, general and subcontractors, and material suppliers in all sizes and facets of construction litigation. We routinely address the difficult issues facing the construction industry today, including contract analysis, risk transfer and avoidance, contractual and non-contractual indemnity, OSHA compliance, construction defects, catastrophic injury claims, mechanics liens, warranty claims, insurance coverage, insurance defense matters, and appeals.
Mediation & Arbitration
John's experience in business, construction, and personal injury claims with a complex insurance coverage component make him uniquely qualified to mediate and arbitrate matters in Missouri and Kansas. He is a MAP Category I Neutral in W.D. Mo. and Court Approved Mediator in D. Kan., having undergone training under Missouri Rule 17 and Kansas Rule 901.