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High-profile partners join Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane has added two well-known partners to its Kansas City and St. Louis offices.

Dan Blegen, a veteran litigator and former president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, joined the firm on June 1. The next day, the firm announced that Jane Fedder is joining the firm’s St. Louis office.

Blegen, previously with German May, will be part of the litigation and dispute resolution practice group.  His practice includes breaches of contract, business torts, trade secrets and intellectual property disputes. He also represents business officials in internal investigations, shareholder disputes and governmental investigation and enforcement actions.

Among his notable cases is a $373 million arbitration award unsealed in 2012 for American Century Investments in a breach of contract case, as well as a $31.3 million federal jury verdict in 2012 for Hallmark in a trademark secrets case.

Blegen served as KCMBA’s president in 2017. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri in 1998.

Fedder, previously a partner at both Polsinelli and Husch Blackwell, brings to Spencer Fane a respected national practice in environmental and energy law. Her work includes significant judicial decisions under the federal Superfund law addressing rights for nonsettling parties to intervene and challenge settlements between the EPA and other private parties, a corporate officer’s freedom from personal liability, and the rejection of liability for sellers of reusable electrical transformers insulated with PCB-containing fluid.

She earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1988.