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November 2017 News

Sikeston Law Firm Garners U.S. News Best Lawyers Listing 

 SIKESTON -- Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas and Hanschen, LLC in Sikeston, Mo., has been named a Tier 1 law firm for Medical Malpractice Defendant by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms in 2018,” and the firm also was also included in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Joseph C. Blanton Jr. of the firm was also selected by his peers for inclusion in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice – Defendants and Products Liability Litigation – Defendants.

Attorneys in the firm include: Joseph C. Blanton, Jr., Bryan E. Nickell, Thomas W. Collins, III, Patrick R. Douglas, Shaun D. Hanschen, Lewis M. Blanton and Deidre A. Peters.

“Our attorneys and staff work hard for our clients, and we are very honored to receive this recognition from U.S. News,” said Joseph C. Blanton Jr., partner in the firm.

“This year we are honored to be a Tier 1 law firm for Medical Malpractice.  Our experience in medical malpractice gives us a unique perspective that we pass on to our clients,” added Bryan Nickell, partner in the firm.

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Best Lawyers methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Best Lawyers organization’s belief has always been that the quality of a peer review survey is directly related to the quality of the voters.

Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas & Hanschen, LLC, specializes in civil litigation in State and Federal Courts, including medical malpractice, products liability, personal injury cases and business litigation. Since 1914, the firm has established itself as one of the leading law firms in the State of Missouri and actively practices in 30 counties in the state's southeastern region, as well as in the St. Louis area.
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October 2017 News

Joseph Blanton, Bryan Nickell and Diedre Peters represented a St. Louis area client in a contested arbitration proceeding in St. Louis County. The Firm’s client received an Arbitration Award of all of the damages claimed.

Joseph Blanton served as a member of the trial practice faculty during the Fall Meeting of Fellows of Litigation Counsel of America held on October 18-20, 2017 in Bal Harbour, FL. Blanton spoke on the process of preparing a Closing Argument. Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation only honorary society of trial attorneys limited to the top ½% of litigation attorneys.

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August 2017 News
Joseph Blanton and the Firm have been chosen to appear in the U. S. News and World Report listing for Best Lawyers in America for 2018 in the areas of commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense and product liability defense.
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July 2017 News

Attorneys Joseph Blanton and Diedre Peters recently obtained favorable rulings from the U. S. District Court in Cape Girardeau dismissing the firm’s client from two professional liability suits.

Attorneys Tom Collins and Bryan Nickell received a favorable ruling in a permanent total disability worker’s compensation case in July.  

Attorney Joseph Blanton obtained a confidential settlement for a firm client in a premises liability case involving the construction of stairs in June 2016.  

The firm was recently engaged in new matters involving the construction of a well for a rural water district, and several transactions relating to the sale of power and the leasing of fiber optic system by a municipal utility.

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November 2016 News

Joseph Blanton and John Cozean along with attorneys from Shook, Hardy and Bacon of Kansas City successfully represented a large financial services company in defeating an attempt to certify a class action in Wayne County, Missouri.

Attorney Shaun Hanschen has been admitted to practice in the State of Arkansas. Firm attorneys are now admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Kansas and Arkansas as well as numerous Federal District Courts, U. S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U. S. Supreme Court and U. S. Tax Court.

Attorney Joseph Blanton has been named as the representative of Legal Services of Southern Missouri on the Missouri Statewide IOLTA Board. This Board is responsible for allocating the earnings from Missouri attorney IOLTA accounts among the Legal Services programs in Missouri. 

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October 2016 News

Diedre Peters has joined the firm as an associate.  Diedre is a native of Mississippi County, Missouri and graduated from Charleston High School.  She is a graduate of Columbia College and the University of Illinois Law School.  At the University of Illinois, she was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review.

Joseph Blanton has been named as a member of the Federal Practice Committee for the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and a trustee of the Missouri Supreme Court Historical Society.

 

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Joseph Blanton has been designated a Premier Trial Attorney for the State of Missouri from the National Academy of Jurisprudence. This designation is limited to the Top 100 Trial Attorneys in the state.

He has also been included in the 2017 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America for medical malpractice and product liability defense and commercial litigation.

He, along with the firm, have been retained by a large financial services company to defend a putative class action pending in Southeast Missouri.

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May 2016 Updates

Joseph Blanton, Rachel Harris and Shaun Hanschen received a favorable ruling in May 2016 from the Missouri Court of Appeals in a case styled Lawson Estate v. Murphy. The case involved a challenge to a ruling made by the Probate Court of Dunklin County, Missouri relating to a conservatorship estate which owns a large farm. The Court of Appeals affirmed the actions taken by the firm’s clients with respect to the farming operation.

Joseph Blanton, Shaun Hanschen and John Cozean recently obtained a summary judgment for a firm client in a lawsuit against a large insurance company that had denied liability under a life insurance policy. The case was styled Price v. Prudential Life Insurance Company of America. The U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Southeastern Division, ruled that the firm’s client should recover the face amount of the policy, $173,000, after finding that the client was entitled to reformation of the policy’s beneficiary form.

Joseph Blanton and Lewis Blanton recently settled a boundary line dispute case for the firm’s clients, which include a national drugstore chain and its landlord in Dexter, Missouri. The case involved complicate land title and surveying issues.

The National Academy of Jurisprudence has selected Joseph C. Blanton, Jr. as a Premier Trial Attorney for the State of Missouri.

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April 2016 Updates

Joe Blanton and Shaun Hanschen recently settled a Federal Court case on behalf of a client. The settlement is confidential. The firm in 2016 has closed a number of significant transactions involving farms and real estate.

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Joseph Blanton and Shaun Hanschen obtained a pre-suit settlement in January 2016 for a client in a premises liability suit in the amount of $300,000. The client suffered a broken arm in the incident.

Joseph Blanton and Shaun Hanschen advised a group of local investors in December 2016 in the sale of a nationally franchised hotel.

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