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Civil Litigation | Local Counsel | Appellate Counsel

We love referrals!  Our business depends upon referrals from attorneys and we honor your client relationships.  We promise to do our best to serve our mutual clients' interests and preserve the referring attorney's relationship with any mutual client.  If we cannot assist your client, we will do our best to find a qualified attorney in the St. Louis area who can.  As former president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Managing Attorney Joan M. Swartz has developed a wide knowledge of attorneys in the area, their specialties and legal resources.

We realize the goals of mid to large law firms are often based on certain types of client work to the exclusion of others.  Many times we can assist those clients with legal services which fall outside the structure and goals of a larger firm.  Your clients can be our clients for a limited purpose and limited period of time.


Civil Litigation

We handle civil litigation matters, focusing on small businesses and professionals.  Our unique small business background has exposed us to a number of matters which require both monetary and equitable relief.  Much of our litigation experience has involved claims related to non-competition agreements, non-disclosure agreements and non-disparagement provisions requiring injunctive relief.  In addition, our experience in shareholder and partnership disputes has included both legal and equitable claims.

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Local Counsel

We act as local counsel in litigation throughout the area.  We work well with fellow attorneys to deliver value to our mutual clients.  As local counsel, we represent individuals and business concerns in both Federal and State litigation.  We have appeared frequently in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  We have cases pending in most Missouri state courts in our region including St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.  We have also represented clients in both Madison County and St. Clair County in Illinois.

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Appellate Counsel

We have handled appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, the United States Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals.  Your client is better served by collaborating with an attorney with appellate experience.  Appeals involve a different set of rules than trial court litigation and a different way of thinking. They involve more than just having different judges decide the same issues that were decided at trial. Many rules unique to the appellate courts color how appellate judges must consider and decide the case.  Remember, on appeal, the successful issues may be very different from those that were the focus at trial.  We can view the case with a new and fresh perspective, but also maintain a good working relationship with trial counsel.  We are committed to collaborating with trial counsel and rely on his/her experience with the case and client for judgment calls.

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