Attorneys

Jennifer L. Howell

Associate

Having the ability to help people in a significant way was the key factor in my decision to become an attorney. I believe putting a client’s welfare first is the key to success in our profession. I accomplish this by continually studying the law, actively advocating for my client, and engaging at the highest level of my ability at all times. Brinker & Doyen supports me in these goals with a network of outstanding attorneys and staff assistants.”

Education

• Louisiana State University (B.A., 2005, summa cum laude)
• University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 2009)

Memberships

• Missouri Bar
• Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
• Illinois Bar
• Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Practice Areas

• Civil Litigation
• Insurance Defense
• Personal Injury Defense

News & Accomplishments

Fri, Jun 8, 2018

Eastman and Bowgren Win Summary Judgment for Ambulance Operator

In a case filed in the City of St. Louis, Plaintiff argued she had been injured in an automobile accident caused by Defendant, an ambulance operator, when its vehicle activated its emergency lights and sirens near an intersection, thereby “forcing” another driver into the intersection and into the path of Plaintiff’s oncoming vehicle. After extensive […]

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Brinker and Eastman Win Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Trial

Jeffrey Brinker and Andrew Eastman won a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, successfully defending a dermatologist and her corporation which were alleged to have mistreated a minor patient with isotretinoin, an acne medication. Plaintiff alleged he had been improperly started on the drug, and that […]

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Fri, Aug 4, 2017

Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Dental Malpractice Case

Plaintiff, who was 70 years old, alleged that she went to my client for a loose tooth and a cavity. Plaintiff alleged that my client recommended that her remaining 18 teeth needed to be removed and that she needed full upper and lower dentures.  Plaintiff thereafter had my client remove her teeth, however, Plaintiff alleged […]

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Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Eastman and Brinker Win Dismissal of Medical Malpractice Suit

After extensive briefing and several days of oral argument, Andrew Eastman and Jeffrey Brinker won the dismissal of a medical malpractice suit which had been filed as a breach of contract action. Plaintiff, a woman unsatisfied with the results of a cosmetic surgery, argued that she had contracted for a particular surgical outcome with Defendant, […]

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Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Mazzei Wins Summary Judgment for Condo Board Members

On September 22, 2008, a Special Owners Meeting was held by the Board of Managers for a Condominium Association. At the Special Owners Meeting, a proposal was introduced regarding the installation and funding of vinyl siding on buildings and garages on Sunset property. A Special Assessment was issued to fund the installation of the vinyl […]

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Fri, Sep 4, 2015

Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Plaintiff was seen by my client for a mass in her parotid gland. My client diagnosed the mass as benign and surgically removed it. Subsequent pathology confirmed that the mass was benign. Plaintiff was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her parotid gland approximately 1 ½ years after my client performed surgery. Plaintiff alleged that […]

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Fri, Sep 4, 2015

Gary Paul and Larry Smith selected for Best Lawyers in America 2016

Gary Paul and Larry Smith were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Gary has been selected in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law. Larry has been selected in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense and Insurance Law.

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Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Plaintiff underwent hip surgery on August 30, 2005. On September 1, he developed pulmonary embolisms and atrial fibrillation. Plaintiff’s orthopedic surgeon consulted my client to treat the PEs and afib. My client placed the plaintiff on anticoagulants. On September 3, the plaintiff’s lab work indicated that he had a significant internal bleed. My client and […]

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Fields and Eastman Win Defense Verdict in Illinois Medical Malpractice Trial

Stephen Fields and Andrew Eastman won a defense verdict after a week-long medical malpractice trial in southern Illinois. Plaintiff alleged he had been intubated unnecessarily by an emergency department physician following respiratory collapse caused by combined alcohol and benzodiazepine intoxication.  Medical records, experts, and fact witness testimony showed that, contrary to plaintiff’s allegations, intubation had […]

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Larry and Aaron Win Appeal of Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Larry obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death medical malpractice case. In the case, Decedent was a 22-year-old girl who presented to the emergency room with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.   She eventually passed away approximately four days after her admission.  An autopsy was performed after the death and it was determined that Decedent […]

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Gary Paul and Larry Smith selected for Best Lawyers in America 2015

Gary Paul and Larry Smith were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Gary has been selected in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law. Larry has been selected in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense and Insurance Law. Larry was the […]

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Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Dan Lohse on 2014 Super Lawyers List of Rising Stars

Dan Lohse has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Super Lawyers Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars list.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of attorneys based upon independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  Dan has been selected in the field of medical malpractice defense.

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Tue, Aug 5, 2014

Larry obtains a Defendant’s verdict in case involving post-traumatic stress

Larry’s  client was driving his dump truck westbound on Highway 270 when he started choking on coffee.  He blacked out and his truck ran into the concrete median.  A large bolt broke off of the truck’s steering box and flew across the median.  Plaintiff was traveling eastbound on 270 and the bolt embedded itself into […]

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Tue, Aug 5, 2014

Harper obtains favorable verdict in case of admitted liability

Harper tried a case of admitted liability to a verdict in the Circuit Court of Saint Charles County.The pretrial offer was in the amount of $45,000.00 and plaintiff’s lowest pretrial demand was $350,000.00. The plaintiff’s  attorney requested $800,000.00 from the jury. The jury returned a verdict for $42,000.

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Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Harper and Mandel Obtain Summary Judgment in Underinsured Stacking Case

Harper and Mandel successfully argued a Motion for Summary Judgment in an Underinsured Motorist Coverage  stacking case. In the case, the Plaintiff was involved in an accident with a motorist with liability limits of $25,000. The Plaintiff possessed a policy of insurance which provided underinsured motorist coverage for three vehicles. The Plaintiff argued they were […]

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Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Harper Obtains Favorable Jury Verdict

Scott Harper tried a case of admitted liability in a rear end accident. The case was tried in the Circuit Court of Saint Louis County. Harper presented evidence of limited damage to the plaintiff’s vehicle and of plaintiff’s prior injury history. The pretrial demand was $100,000. The pretrial offer was $10,000. The jury returned a […]

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Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Decedent was a 22-year-old girl who presented to the emergency room with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  She was then treated for dehydration.  Decedent was thereafter admitted to the hospital under the care of my client. My client treated Decedent for gastroenteritis and dehydration.  Her condition initially improved; however, she thereafter started to deteriorate.  My […]

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Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Fields and Eastman Earn Dismissal of Illinois Suit

Stephen Fields and Andrew Eastman won dismissal of a personal injury case in St. Clair County, Illinois on the basis of a unique Illinois statute of limitations which governs lawsuits against public entities. Plaintiff, whose elderly father had been a passenger in a bus operated by a transportation service, sued the college which administered the […]

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Wed, Nov 13, 2013

Mort Wins Workers Compensation Case

Terry Mort obtained a favorable award at trial in a workers compensation case. The employee claimed a back injury from a lifting incident, but did not obtain medical treatment for nearly a year, and had a history of a prior low back surgery. The accident was not in dispute. The case was tried on the […]

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Fri, Nov 1, 2013

Dietrich wins summary judgment in uninsured motorist case

Jennifer Dietrich won a motion for summary judgment in the Circuit Court of Franklin County in a case involving uninsured motorist coverage for the death of the insureds’ granddaughter in an automobile accident.  The insureds’ daughter brought suit against the insureds’ automobile insurance carrier alleging she and her daughter were entitled to uninsured motorist benefits […]

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Wed, Oct 2, 2013

Gary Paul and Larry Smith selected for Best Lawyers in America 2014

  Gary Paul and Larry Smith were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Gary has been selected in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law, and Larry has been selected in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense and Insurance Law.

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Wed, Oct 2, 2013

Smith obtains great result in a case of admitted liability.

Larry tried an automobile accident case where his client rear-ended the Plaintiff. Liability was admitted and damages was the only issue for the jury to decide. The impact was significant in that approximately $10,000 in damage was done to the rear of Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff complained of soft tissue injuries to her neck and back.  […]

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Wed, Oct 2, 2013

Brinker wins dismissal of suit against employer’s workers compensation carrier

Jeff Brinker won a motion to dismiss in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in a case involving an employee who sued her employer’s workers compensation carrier for allegedly failing to provide timely benefits. Brinker won the motion by arguing (1) that plaintiff failed to state a cause of action for civil relief against […]

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Tue, Aug 27, 2013

Fields and Schultz Obtain Defense Verdict

Stephen Fields and Allison Schultz defended a hospital on a fall that occurred in a parking lot.  Plaintiff claimed she slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot.  The defense contended there was no ice in the area of the fall.  Plaintiff told the paramedic and ER nurse that she stepped off of a […]

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Tue, Aug 27, 2013

Fields Obtains Verdict for Less Than Amount Offered Before Trial

Stephen Fields tried an automobile accident case in St. Louis County Circuit Court.  Fault was admitted on behalf of his client, and the issue was damages.  Plaintiff claimed to have suffered injury to his back as a result of a rear-end collision.  The medical bills totaled over $5,000.00. Photographs showed no damage to the vehicles.  […]

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Thu, Apr 25, 2013

Sanner and Loeschner Obtain Defense Verdict on Wrongful Death Claim

Jon Sanner and Laurie Loeschner defended an apartment complex owner and management company on a wrongful death claim arising from the death of an 20-month-old toddler. The parents of the deceased child claimed that their son died as a result of injuries suffered when the kitchen stove tipped over and suffocated the child as he […]

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Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Jeff Brinker Speaks at Advanced Trial Skills Conference

Jeff Brinker participated as a speaker at The Judicial Conference on Advanced Trial Skills: Complex Litigation at the Lake of the Ozarks. Jeff was one of the presenters on trial problems/issues. Approximately 35 judges from around the state attended the event which was sponsored by the Trial Judge Education Committee of the Office of State […]

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Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Brinker Obtains Jury Verdict for Amount Offered Before Trial

Jeff Brinker tried an automobile accident case in St. Louis City Circuit Court. Fault was admitted on behalf of his client, and the issue was causation and damages. Plaintiff claimed spinal injuries and that he injured both knees when they slammed into the dashboard as a result of the head-on collision. Plaintiff’s spine injuries resolved, […]

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Tue, Apr 2, 2013

Andrew Eastman Speaks on Fundamentals of Contract Law and Negotiation.

Andrew Eastman participated as a panel member and speaker at a forum for authors, literary agents and publishers hosted by Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts. Approximately 50 local authors, agents and publishing house representatives attended the event, which was hosted by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.

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Mon, Mar 25, 2013

Sanner obtains jury verdict for a third of plaintiff’s demand

Jon Sanner tried a vehicular accident case in Jefferson County Circuit Court. His client caused the accident by drifting into oncoming traffic. Another vehicle swerved to avoid the vehicle driven by the defendant and lost control. This vehicle also crossed the center line of the highway and impacted the plaintiff’s vehicle, which had been traveling […]

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Tue, Mar 12, 2013

Mandel wins summary judgment in underinsured stacking case

Aaron Mandel won a summary judgment motion in the Circuit Court of the City of St Louis in a case involving stacking of underinsured motorist coverage available under a fleet policy. In the case, the automobile insurance carrier provided underinsured motor vehicle coverage on more than twenty vehicle owned by the plaintiff’s employer. The plaintiff […]

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Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Harper Obtains Verdict $115,000.00 Less Than Demand.

Underinsured motorist case tried in Wayne County Missouri.  Plaintiff had injuries to her neck and brachial plexus region which had resulted in severe loss of use of plaintiff’s left arm.  Plaintiff claimed that she was unable to continue working as a mail carrier.  The pre-trial demand was $150,000.00.  At trial, Harper admitted liability and that […]

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Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Scott Harper Obtains Verdict $115,000.00 Less Than the Pre-Suit Demand

Underinsured motorist case tried in Wayne County Missouri.  Plaintiff had injuries to her neck and brachial plexus region which had resulted in severe loss of use of plaintiff’s left arm.  Plaintiff claimed that she was unable to continue working as a mail carrier.  The pre-trial demand was $150,000.00.  At trial, Harper admitted liability and that […]

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Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Harper Obtains Verdict $250,000.00 Less Than Plaintiffs’ Demand

This was an automobile accident case with admitted liability and plaintiff husband was in ICU for six days following the accident.  Wife had more minor injuries.  Combined medical expenses exceeded $160,000.00.  Harper argued plaintiff husband had a good recovery and that the continuing problems were due to preexisting conditions.  The jury agreed and returned with […]

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Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Scott Harper Obtains Verdict of $250,000.00 Less Than Plaintiffs’ Pre-Suit Demand

This was an automobile accident case with admitted liability and plaintiff husband was in ICU for six days following the accident.  Wife had more minor injuries.  Combined medical expenses exceeded $160,000.00.  Harper argued plaintiff husband had a good recovery and that the continuing problems were due to preexisting conditions.  The jury agreed and returned with […]

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Tue, Dec 18, 2012

Jon Sanner Obtains Defense Verdict in Rearend Motor Vehicle Accident

Jon Sanner obtained a defense verdict in a case where his client rearended plaintiff’s stopped vehicle. The defendant’s fault was admitted in Sanner’s opening statement and the jury was asked to decide whether plaintiff sustained any damages as a result of the accident. A treating chiropractor offered opinions on plaintiff’s injuries but his ties to […]

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Tue, Dec 11, 2012

Larry Smith Obtains Defendant’s Verdict for City of Columbia

Larry Smith represented the City of Columbia in a case where the Plaintiff alleged that the mirror on a bus operated by the City struck her in the back of the head as she walked down the sidewalk. Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the incident and now suffers from migraine […]

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Mon, Oct 29, 2012

Gary Paul and Larry Smith selected for Best Lawyers in America 2013

Gary Paul and Larry Smith were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Gary has been selected in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law, and Larry has been selected in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense and Insurance Law.

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Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Fortune names Brinker & Doyen, L.L.P. as a top ranked law firm in the U.S.

Brinker & Doyen, L.L.P., has once again been selected as one of the top ranked law firms in the country to be published in the December 24, 2012 issue of Fortune.  Of the more than 250,000 law firms in the U.S. rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal peer-rating service, less than 2,500 firms were selected. Attorneys are […]

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Thu, Sep 20, 2012

Jeff Brinker obtains Defendant’s verdict

Jeff Brinker obtained a Defendant’s verdict in a first party case against a carrier client brought by an insured who claimed that a significant loss to property sustained during a move was either covered by the insured’s trip transit policy, or the agent had misrepresented the coverage available under the policy.

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Wed, Sep 12, 2012

Stephen Fields speaks to St. Louis Association of Healthcare Risk Managers

Stephen Fields presented to the St. Louis Association of Healthcare Risk Managers an overview of the increasing number of patients with mental illness presenting to the ER. The presentation addressed the American College of Emergency Physicians Policy Statement on critical issues that arise with these patients, the Psychiatric Evaluation as recommended by the American Psychiatric […]

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Fri, Sep 7, 2012

Jeff Brinker tries premises liability case resulting in verdict of about half of settlement demand

Jeff Brinker tried a week long premises liability case against a retailer involving a fall causing alleged permanent disability. The jury returned a verdict for Plaintiff that was approximately half of what the case could have been settled for.

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Wed, Aug 22, 2012

Larry Smith obtains defendant’s verdict in automobile accident case

Larry Smith obtained a defendant’s verdict in an automobile accident case wherein plaintiff alleged that his client ran a red light causing significant personal injury to the plaintiff. Medical specials totaled over $75,000.00. Plaintiff’s attorney had demanded the $100,000.00 policy limits and had setup Larry’s client for bad faith.

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Fri, Aug 17, 2012

Terry Mort obtains a Defendant’s Award in a workers’ compensation case

Terry Mort obtained a Defendant’s Award in a workers compensation case. The St. Louis Division of Workers Compensation found that, under the 2005 changes to the Workers Compensation Statute, the claim was not compensable because the employee slipped and fell on property not owned or controlled by the employer. The Employee argued that because the […]

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Sat, Aug 11, 2012

Stephen Fields presents to insurance professionals on claims involving a minor

Stephen Fields spoke to representatives of Church Mutual Insurance Company on settlements of claims involving a minor. The presentation included when is court approval required, the process for obtaining court approval, structure settlements, and keeping confidentiality.

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Tue, Aug 7, 2012

Jeff Brinker named regional chair of CLM

The St. Louis Chapter of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (formerly Council on Litigation Management) has been formed. CLM is a national organization of approximately 20,000 professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. Jeff Brinker is one of the Missouri state chairs, and a regional chair of CLM.

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Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Governor Nixon signs House Bill 1540

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1540 which restores an employee’s immunity for a co-employee’s workplace injury or death except where the employee engaged in “an affirmative and negligent act that purposefully and dangerously caused or increased the risk of injury.” The legislation was in response to an August, 2010 Western District of Missouri […]

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Tue, Jun 5, 2012

Jeff Brinker completes term as MODL President

Jeff Brinker completed his term as President of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, handing the gavel to Bob Buckley of Columbia, Missouri at MODL’s annual meeting in Branson. “It was both eye opening and very rewarding,” Jeff told the gathering. “To have represented MODL and its members before the judiciary, legislature, and other legal […]

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Thu, May 31, 2012

Gary Paul and Larry Smith obtain summary judgment in legal malpractice case

Gary Paul and Larry Smith obtained summary judgment in a legal malpractice case. The underlying case involved patent infringement. The Plaintiff alleged $30,000,000.00 in damages.

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Tue, May 8, 2012

Jim Thoele obtains a directed verdict for hospital

Jim Thoele obtained a directed verdict for a hospital and the jury returned a nominal award against a nurse in a case wherein plaintiff alleged improper access of an electronic hospital record by a nurse that was not providing care to plaintiff. Inadvertent access of the electronic record was admitted when the nurse attempted to […]

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Thu, Apr 12, 2012

Sanner obtains summary judgment in premises liability case

Jon Sanner obtained summary judgment in a case wherein plaintiff alleged that she was sexually assaulted while attending a party in an apartment building owned and operated by defendant. The court found that defendant had no duty to protect plaintiff from the actions of another invitee to a party and there were no prior acts […]

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Mon, Mar 12, 2012

Michael Bowgren obtains defendant’s verdict in premises liability case

Michael Bowgren obtained a defendant’s verdict for a hospital in a case wherein plaintiff alleged the hospital’s shuttle driver failed to assist her in deboarding. Plaintiff sought damages for her injuries.  

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Thu, Mar 1, 2012

Sanner obtains defendant’s verdict in motor transport case

Jon Sanner obtained a defendant’s verdict in a case wherein plaintiff alleged that defendant driver was negligent for losing control of his vehicle when a tire on an equipment trailer he was pulling suffered a blowout. The company that rented the trailer to our client was also named as a defendant. Plaintiff presented evidence of […]

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Tue, Feb 14, 2012

Harper obtains defendant’s verdict in automobile liability case

Scott Harper obtained a defendant’s verdict in a case wherein he represented the driver of a car that was making a right turn and collided with a motorcycle that was passing on the right as he was fleeing from the police. The driver of the motorcycle was killed on impact.

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Wed, Feb 8, 2012

Scott Harper presents successful defense, jury delivers verdict within minutes

Johnson v. Bryant concluded with a 12 minute jury deliberation before receiving a defense verdict on a wrongful death case arising out of a motorcycle/car accident in St. Louis City.

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Around the Office

In Jennifer’s office you’ll find …

LSU TIGERS FOOTBALL
Jennifer is an LSU alum and an avid fan. She has great memories of beautiful Saturday afternoons spent cheering on her team in Baton Rouge.

GLOBE
Jennifer loves to travel and enjoyed living overseas. She’s always looking for a new adventure.

BODY COMBAT GLOVE WRAPS
Jennifer’s body combat classes strengthen her both physically
and mentally.