Dowd Bennett, St. Louis
Jay Nixon runs his practice on public policy appellate cases.
In 2018, he secured regulatory permission for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a 780-mile line to carry wind-generated electricity through northern Missouri, in a case before the Missouri Supreme Court. That same year in that same court, he argued in favor of a law allowing insurance companies to intervene in some qualifying settlements.
Missouri Lawyers Media recognized him as a Legal Champion in 2022 for his briefs in two cases. Nixon wrote the brief before the Missouri Court of Appeals Southern District that cleared the way for the state to develop Eleven Point State Park. Another brief was before the Supreme Court case determining the Department of Conservation’s spending authority.
Nixon, a Democrat, served as Missouri governor from 2009 to 2017 before joining Dowd Bennett in 2017. He previously served four terms as the state’s attorney general, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court twice in that role. He earned his law degree in 1981 from the University of Missouri.