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John Smith Recognized for Work in Life Sciences and Product Liability

John Smith has been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Who’s Who Legal Lists for top lawyers in both the Life Sciences (Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology) and Product Liability Defense sectors.

Only those nominated and confirmed by WWL research are included.  Nominees must have received at least four independent nominations from their clients and peers.  WWL then conducts research and circulates preliminary lists of nominees to groups of private practitioners and corporate counsel with an interest in the area.  Subsequent telephone and face-to-face interviews are conducted to refine the listing to a group who, by general agreement, are considered to be pre-eminent in the field.

Who’s Who Legal identifies the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of law in over 100 countries.  For more information, see (

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Michael E. Donelson and Sarah B. Mangelsdorf Named Partners

Fox Smith is pleased to announce the naming of two new partners, Michael E. Donelson and Sarah B. Mangelsdorf.  Since joining Fox Smith, Mike has practiced civil litigation with an emphasis on professional liability, personal injury, and product liability defense.  Mike practices in both Missouri and Illinois and has extensive trial experience successfully representing his clients in both bench and jury trials in multiple jurisdictions in both states.  Sarah concentrates her practice in environmental law, administrative law, and complex litigation.  Prior to joining Fox Smith, Sarah worked for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and provided legal counsel to numerous governmental agencies on matters pertaining to environmental law and policy, administrative law, energy efficiency, and hazardous substances in the workplace.  Sarah is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois.

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Ryan Mohr and Sarah Mangelsdorf Speak at Joint Meeting of Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) and Gateway Society of Hazardous Materials Managers (GSHMM)

Ryan Mohr and Sarah Mangelsdorf, partners at Fox Smith, LLC, spoke at the February 8 joint meeting of Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) and Gateway Society of Hazardous Materials  Managers (GSHMM) at the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis.  Ryan and Sarah spoke on “Responding to Government Inquiries.”

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Bart Sullivan to Speak to Drug and Medical Litigation Seminar

Bart Sullivan will be speaking to on Jury Selection at ACI’s Drug & Medical Litigation Boot Camp on July 30, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.  The conference is an interactive pre-trial, trial, and settlement skills master class for pharma and med device companies and their counsel.  For more information, please visit     

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John Smith to Speak on MDL Litigation

Multi-District Litigation is the highest-stakes civil litigation in the US legal system.  John Smith has served as lead counsel, liaison counsel, trial counsel and settlement counsel in MDL actions.  In New York City at the end of November, he will be addressing the question of whether MDL litigation truly serves the purposes for which it is intended.  This marks the second time John has been asked by the American Conference Institute to speak regarding MDL Litigation at its annual Drug & Medical Device conference.

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Fox Smith to Host Free Seminar – “Preventing Problems: Things You Should Know”

You are Invited! Join us for a morning of information on October 4, 2018 – Preventing Problems: Things You Should Know. Topics will cover Electronic Stored Information Handling/Litigation Holds, Cybersecurity Update, Whistleblower Lawsuits, and Workplace Issues Involving Social Media. Please RSVP to No cost.

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Madison Johnston Joins the Firm

Madison (Maddie) M. Johnston recently joined the Fox Smith, LLC team. After graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2017, Maddie worked for a large St. Louis defense firm. While in law school, Maddie worked for a local defense firm and as a Legal Intern for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Since joining Fox Smith, Maddie has acquired knowledge assisting in the defense of local hospitals and physicians as well as pharmaceutical and environmental companies. She is licensed to practice in Missouri. Madison received a BA in Environmental Studies from Denison University, Granville, OH, in 2014.

Maddie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a non-profit prairie conservation organization. While at St. Louis University School of Law, Maddie was a lead editor on the Journal of Health Law and Policy. She also served as the President of the Environmental Law Society as well as the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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Fox Smith LLC presented Award of Achievement

In 2017, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) partnered with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to implement an important program to encourage and support pro bono legal services, and to publicly recognize those lawyers and law firms who stepped up to the Challenge. Seventeen St. Louis law firms, including Fox Smith, LLC, accepted the challenge and signed up as charter participants pledging ten hours of pro bono work per attorney for 2017. The goal of this Challenge was to bring the assistance of St. Louis attorneys both to those in need of legal help but who could not afford it, and to charitable endeavors. Thanks to the efforts of the firm’s attorneys, Fox Smith was presented with an Award of Achievement. The Challenge has been renewed for 2018, and formally launched at a luncheon event on January 25, 2018, at the St. Louis Club, during which participating firms, including Fox Smith, signed a ceremonial pledge that is on display at the BAMSL Bar Center.