New Associate Joins Williams Venker & Sanders

ST. LOUIS, MO – March 22, 2017 – Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, is pleased to welcome the addition of Scott Gershenson as the newest associate to join the growing practice.

Mr. Gershenson graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in 2012, and his practice currently focuses on medical malpractice, transportation, and general liability claims. Scott is regarded for his experience representing clients at all stages of litigation.

In addition to his work, Scott is engaged as a community leader serving as a young professional’s board member for the St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled, n/k/a LifeBridge Partnership.

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8th Circuit Denies UIM Coverage Again Based Upon Mo. Supreme Court Decision in Rodriguez v. General Accident Insurance Company

For a third time in four years, the 8th Circuit has denied UIM coverage to an insured based upon the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in Rodriguez v. General Accident Insurance Company of America, 808 S.W.2d 379 (Mo. banc 1991).  In Amco Insurance Company v. Judith Williams, et al. (16-2723), the 8th Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment pursuant to Rodriguez despite Continue Reading

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Kaltenbach Named to Young Professionals Advisory Board

Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, is pleased to announce that Associate Claire Kaltenbach has been offered a seat on the St. Luke’s Hospital Young Professionals Advisory Board.

The group is filled with young professionals dedicated to promoting a healthy region, providing social and business opportunities, and supporting St. Luke’s Hospital in numerous dynamic ways.  Overall their input helps shape the way for enhancing the reach of the organization within the surrounding community.

Claire will be officially welcomed during the group’s next meeting on Friday, March 24th.

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Missouri Supreme Court Tightens the Reins on Personal Jurisdiction

State ex rel. Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. The Honorable Colleen Dolan2017 WL 770977, No. SC95514 (February 28, 2017)

In a recent opinion, the Missouri Supreme Court continued the U.S. Supreme Court’s trend toward limiting personal jurisdiction over a non-resident defendant.1  In State ex rel. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Dolan, the Court held Norfolk’s substantial and continuous business in the state of Missouri was insufficient to establish general personal jurisdiction over Norfolk. Read more ›

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Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Plaintiff Cannot Use Savings Statute to Revive Dismissed Lawsuit Brought by Improper Plaintiff

Love v. Piatchek, No. 103690 (November 8, 2016)

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit as being time-barred.  The court held that the plaintiff could not rely on an earlier lawsuit and Missouri’s “savings” statute because the earlier suit was brought by an improper plaintiff who lacked standing.

In the first lawsuit, a grandmother sued for the wrongful death of her grandson.  On the eve of trial, the grandmother dismissed Continue Reading

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Williams Venker & Sanders Grows Kansas City Office with Addition of New Associate

ST. LOUIS, MO – February 23, 2017Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, is pleased to welcome the addition of Jordan Burns as the newest associate to join the growing practice. Mr. Burns will be based in Kansas City where WVS recently opened its new office at the beginning of 2017.

Mr. Burns graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2012, and his practice currently focuses on catastrophic accident cases where he represents an array of clients throughout the United States in both state and federal courts.  Jordan is regarded Continue Reading

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“Alexa, Are My Questions to You Discoverable?”

The Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker controlled with your voice. It features a personal assistant, “Alexa,” who will perform various tasks for the user in response to the “wake word,” Alexa. Over the holidays, I observed my fiance’s family engaging with their new gift, asking her to “turn off the lights,” “find a Christmas Story on TV,” “call an Uber,” “what’s Eric Hosmer’s batting average,” and “recite the Gettysburg Address” (OK, that last one was made up, but it would be a fun question to ask her). Continue Reading

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