Husch Blackwell, St. Louis
JoAnn Sandifer, who oversees Husch Blackwell’s appellate group, represented the Sny Island Levee Drainage District in Illinois in an eight-year case involving the assessment of property values in the district. Through Sandifer’s work, the district received court approval — later affirmed on appeal — for its method of assessing properties.
The case earned her an Influential Appellate Advocate at the 2017 Missouri Lawyers Awards. It’s also an example of the work she’s done on behalf of companies, municipalities and various civic groups in the St. Louis area.
Other clients have included the St. Louis Land Clearance Authority and the owners of the St. Louis Blues, for whom she fended off challenges to financing upgrades at the Scottrade Center and the St. Louis Cardinals’ stadium. She’s played key roles in eminent domain cases, including a 2008 case in which the Missouri Supreme Court allowed a dental practice to be condemned as part of a redevelopment effort.
She also represented the defendant hospital in Margiotta v. Christian Hospital Northeast Northwest, which was part of a trio of cases in the Supreme Court in 2010 that delineated when a fired at-will employee can sue for wrongful discharge.
Sandifer earned her law degree in 1988 from Saint Louis University.