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To avoid conflicts of interest, vigilance is key

Even experienced and well-meaning attorneys can suddenly find themselves in representations that present conflicts of interests. Vigilance and a game plan are key to preventing these conflicts from becoming a bar disciplinary action or a malpractice claim. In a recent ...

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Polsinelli faces legal-malpractice claim at trial over 2012 trade-secrets case

This story was updated to clarify that the attorney defendants named in the suit against Polsinelli were dismissed prior to trial.  Donald C. Stevens II was a medical-malpractice and insurance-defense attorney when he joined a Polsinelli colleague in 2009 in ...

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Charles Patterson, former bar president, dies in L.A.

Charles “Chuck” Patterson, a former president of The Missouri Bar who went on to a high-profile career in Los Angeles, died July 24 at age 77. Patterson served as bar president from 1983 to 1984 and previously had been president ...

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Mayer named to KC election board

Gov. Mike Parson named attorney Alyssa Mayer to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners. Mayer is an associate at Husch Blackwell, where she practices commercial litigation. She earned her law degree from Washington University and is a former judicial ...

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Appeals court denies challenge to juvenile’s murder sentence from 2011 shooting

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District on Aug. 21 upheld the sentence of life with a chance of parole for a man who claimed his punishment for first-degree murder committed when he was a juvenile violated the ex post ...

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Woman injured through tear in uterus settles med-mal claim

A woman who alleged she suffered major complications from a gynecologic surgery settled her medical-negligence case for $950,000, according to her attorney. Robert D. Kingsland of Dempsey & Kingsland in Kansas City said his client, a 37-year-old Kentucky resident and ...

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Supreme Court places Lebanon lawyer on interim suspension

A Lebanon attorney involved in a pending disciplinary case has been suspended after the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel said it found multiple instances in which he forged client signatures on settlements and entered into settlements without notifying them. The ...

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Family of trucking-company employee to receive $4.35M

A widow and other surviving family members of a trucking-company employee who died in a collision will receive a $4.35 million settlement from the trucking company. In October 2016, the man was sleeping in a tractor-trailer truck being driven by ...

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