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.
Some employers have their new hires sign an agreement saying
that if a suit is filed by either party, it can only be filed in certain
specified courts. Recently, a maritime
employee filed suit in the City of St. Louis against Fox Smith’s client where
such a venue agreement existed.
Plaintiff’s suit in the City of St. Louis violated the agreement as it
was not an agreed to venue. A motion to
dismiss was prepared, filed, and argued.
The plaintiff’s attorney vehemently opposed the motion to dismiss,
arguing that it was an unjust and unfair agreement which, though signed by the
plaintiff, he never read. The court agreed
with our position and granted the motion to dismiss finding that the venue
agreement was proper and that none of the claims made by plaintiff were
supported. The court went so far as to
tell the plaintiff’s attorney that if suit was re-filed, it had to be filed in
one of the two permissible venues identified in the agreement. In many cases, venue agreements can be very
helpful to our clients as an effective risk management tool. If you believe a venue agreement might be an
effective risk management tool for you or you have questions, please call Ron
Fox at 314-588-7001 or email him at email@example.com.