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Join us for a weekly series of interviews with members of the legal community about important issues that shape practices and the communities they serve.

Episode 4: Don M. Downing

This week, MOLaw Now welcomes attorney Don M. Downing, managing partner of the St. Louis office of Gray, Ritter & Graham and a frequent advocate for farmers in agriculture-related litigation.

Downing served as chair of the plaintiffs’ executive committee in federal multidistrict litigation that recently resulted in Bayer agreeing to pay up to $400 million to settle claims against Monsanto for crop damage farmers in Missouri and elsewhere say was caused by its dicamba herbicide.

The settlement is part of a sweeping series of agreements valued at up to $12.1 billion, the bulk of which involves Monsanto’s well-known Roundup weed killer. Downing updates us on the complex negotiations behind the settlement, which is among the largest ever reached in U.S. civil litigation.

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Episode 3: Charles A. Weiss

Editor’s Note: Since this video was recorded, the court has set aside Donald Nash’s conviction and Nash has been released from custody.

This week, MOLawNow welcomes Attorney Charles A. Weiss, a partner with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in St. Louis, one of Missouri’s elite litigators — and a notable advocate for the wrongfully convicted.

Through pro bono work with colleagues at BCLP, Weiss has suceeded in freeing three Missouri men who’d spent decades in prison after they’d been wrongfully convicted of murder.

Now he would appear to be well on their way to doing so for Donald Nash, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1982. Weiss updates us on a special master’s report, recommending that the Missouri Supreme Court throw out Nash’s conviction, as well as ongoing efforts to free Nash from prison.

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Episode 2: St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger

This week, MOLaw Now welcomes representatives from St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger, an initiative of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and supported by the Saint Louis Bar Foundation.

St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger enables lawyers and legal professionals to volunteer and otherwise assist agencies and programs that work to reduce hunger and homelessness in the metro region. Since the onset of COVID-19 earlier this year, they’ve responded to a far greater demand for prepared meals, food supplies and other services.

Joining us to discuss their response to these needs are: Zoe W. Linza, BAMSL Executive Director; Beth C. Boggs, managing partner of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs and founder of Step It Up Inc.; and Sarah Bardol, a judicial law clerk with the Missouri Court of Appeals and a board member of BAMSL’s Young Lawyers Division.

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Episode 1: Patrick J. Steuve

As businesses across the country try to recover their losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have filed suit against insurance companies, alleging their insurers wrongly denied their claims for business interruption.

This week, we speak with attorney Patrick J. Stueve, a founding partner of the Stueve Siegel Hanson law firm in Kansas City, who has long been recognized by his peers as one of the top commercial trial lawyers in the Midwest and the nation.

He’s part of a team of lawyers who have undertaken litigation against insurers on behalf of businesses in Missouri, Kansas and other states. Those suits are among the first of what lawyers locally and nationally anticipate will be a wave of litigation regarding business interruption claims.

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