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

THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014 - These are sample of interiors to be used for Williams, Venker & Sanders portrait background. They were not intended to be "architectural" photos.
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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?”

Amazon Echo with its microphone enabled.

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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Finding the Right Attorney

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An attorney is an attorney, right?  Wrong.  Like many attorneys, since graduating from law school, I have been asked a number of legal questions spanning various areas of the law.  These questions have come from a variety of sources: friends of friends, colleagues, family members, neighbors, etc.  There are times when I am familiar with the area of law and know the answer to the obscure question I am being asked with little to no background information provided, but more often than not, I do not know the answer and have to respond accordingly. Continue Reading

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Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Ingredient List Label on Product Not an Absolute Defense to Claim for Deceptive Merchandising Practices

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Murphy v. Stonewall Kitchen, LLC, No. 104072 (November 8, 2016)

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, reversed a trial court’s order dismissing an action on the grounds that an ingredient list label was a complete legal defense to a claim for deceptive merchandising practices because the consumer could not reasonably be deceived or misled by the packaging.  The court held that the presence of an ingredient list label on a product is not an absolute defense, though Continue Reading

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WVS Establishes Office in Kansas City and Welcomes New Partner

THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014 - These are sample of interiors to be used for Williams, Venker & Sanders portrait background. They were not intended to be "architectural" photos.
©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

ST. LOUIS, MO – February 2, 2017 – Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, is pleased to welcome the addition of Michael McMullen as the latest partner to join the growing law firm. Mr. McMullen will be located in Kansas City at the firm’s newest location, joining WVS from Schlee, McMullen, McCarthy & Hansen, P.C. where he was one the founding members.

In his distinguished 30 year career Mr. McMullen has represented a number of national clients in his products defense practice. Specializing in catastrophic accident cases, he has investigated and defended lawsuits in 37 states, obtaining numerous defense Continue Reading

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Missouri Supreme Court Addresses Insurer Intervention, Garnishment Proceedings and Bad Faith Findings

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Allen v. Bryers and Atain Specialty Insurance Company,
— S.W.3d —, 2016 WL 7378560 (Mo. banc, December 20, 2016)

In a recent opinion, the Missouri Supreme Court addressed the timing for an insurer’s intervention in a case involving a Section 537.065 between the plaintiff and an insured, as well as the more-than-bare-bones showing required for a finding of insurer bad faith. Continue Reading

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Supreme Court of Missouri Holds No Waiver of Work Product Privilege When Party Rescinds Designation of Expert Witness Without Disclosing the Expert’s Analysis or Conclusions

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State ex rel. Jason H. Malashock v. The Honorable Michael T. Jamison, SC 95606 (November 1, 2016)

The Supreme Court of Missouri reversed a trial court’s order permitting the deposition of a plaintiff expert witness on the grounds that, by designating the expert, the plaintiff had waived the work product privilege. Continue Reading

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WVS Proudly Supports 25th Annual Motion for Kids Holiday Party

Paul Venker, WVS co-founder, and President of the St. Louis Bar Foundation, speaks about the event in the video recap

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