Fox Smith, LLC has named Meggie Gentzen Partner effective 1/1/2020. Meggie joined the firm in 2012. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.
Peter Cosgrove joined the Fox Smith team in 2019. Prior to joining Fox Smith, Peter practiced at a large, regional defense firm in St. Louis. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, health law, and professional liability.
Larry Pratt, a Washington University School of Law graduate, recently joined the Fox Smith team. Prior to joining Fox Smith, Larry practiced at mid-sized defense firms in their St. Louis offices. Before entering private practice, Larry was an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Larry focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction, trucking, premises liability, auto liability, errors and omissions, municipality defense, employment and appellate work.
Maddie Johnston won a Defense Judgment following a bench
tried legal malpractice case in Franklin County, Missouri in favor of a local
law firm. Plaintiff alleged that her attorney wrongfully withdrew from her case
after she was unable to pay any more of her legal fees. The defendant law firm
filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s claim, as well as a counterclaim to
collect Plaintiff’s unpaid balance. The motion was granted, so the trial moved
forward on the law firm’s counterclaim. After presenting evidence that 1)
Plaintiff breached her contract with the law firm by failing to pay her legal
fees, and 2) Plaintiff unjustly retained the benefit of “free” legal services,
the court entered judgment on behalf of the law firm and ordered Plaintiff to
pay her outstanding legal bills.
Sarah Mangelsdorf has been
reappointed Chair for the Missouri Bar’s Administrative Law Committee for
2019-2020. Sarah concentrates her practice in environmental and administrative
law. For several years, Sarah has provided legal counsel to numerous
governmental agencies on a variety of matters pertaining to environmental law and
policy, administrative law, energy efficiency, and hazardous substances in the
workplace. As a former Assistant Attorney General in the Agriculture and
Environmental Division, Sarah litigated cases involving various Missouri
environmental laws and regulations.
Meggie Gentzen won a Defense Judgment following a bench tried defamation case in Williamson County, Illinois in favor of a local restaurant. Plaintiff alleged her supervisor made defamatory statements to a third party regarding Plaintiff’s work-related conduct. The defense focused on establishing that Defendant did not make a defamatory statement, as well as application of a qualified privilege applicable to Defendant, Plaintiff’s supervisor. At the close of Plaintiff’s case-in-chief, Meggie moved for a directed judgment which the Court granted in favor of Defendant.
Bart Sullivan will be speaking at ACI’s Drug & Medical Device seminar in New York City in December. Bart is slated to discuss electronic discovery issues in complex litigation. For more information, please visit https://www.americanconference.com/24th-annual-conference-drug-medical-device-litigation/
Ron Fox will be speaking at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Maritime Seminar on September 27, 2019. Ron will be addressing the group on the topic of Maritime Hiring Practices. Please visit https://lnkd.in/gFVuxMH for more details or to register for this seminar.
Colter Kennedy, a Washington University School of Law graduate, recently joined the Fox Smith team. After law school, Colter worked for the Missouri Public Defender where he was the recipient of “Get in the Way of Injustice” Award for drafting and arguing outstanding legal motions. Later, Colter practiced at a large St. Louis defense firm. While in law school, Colter interned for the Honorable William G. Cobb of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Colter focuses his practice in the areas of maritime law, commercial litigation, insurance law, and premise liability.
Suzanne Smith has been named Vice Chair of DRI
Product Liability Hand and Power Tools Group. DRI (Defense Research
Institute) is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house
counsel. DRI, serving the defense bar for more than 50 years, hosts 29 substantive
committees, including the Product Liability Hand and Power Tools Group, whose
focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about specific areas of
practice and cutting edge trends in litigation. Membership in DRI provides
access to resources and tools for attorneys who strive to provide high-quality,
balanced and excellent service to their clients and corporations.