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Lawrence L. Pratt has joined Fox Smith, LLC

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.

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Madison (Maddie) Johnston Wins Defense Judgment

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.

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Sarah Mangelsdorf Reappointed as Chair for the Missouri Bar’s Administrative Law Committee

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.

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Meggie Gentzen Wins Defense Judgment

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.

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Colter Kennedy joins Fox Smith, LLC

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.

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Suzanne Smith named Vice Chair of DRI Product Liability Hand and Power Tools Group

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.