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Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas and Hanschen, LLC in Sikeston, Mo., has been named a Tier 1 law firm for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Commercial Litigation in the St. Louis Metropolitan by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms in 2021,” and the firm was also named a Tier 2 law firm for Products Liability Litigation – Defendants in the St. Louis Metropolitan.

This is the 11th consecutive year U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® collaboratively announced the rankings, and the third year consecutive Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas and Hanschen, LLC has been recognized.

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

“Our attorneys and staff work hard for our clients, and we are very honored to be recognized again by U.S. News,” said Joseph C. Blanton Jr., partner in the firm.

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

“We are also recognized in Commercial Litigation and Products Liability – Defendants,” added Thomas W. Collins, a partner in the firm. “We continue focus on the best representation in these areas and have been recognized by our peers.”

The 2021 rankings are based on the highest lawyer and firm participation on record, incorporating 8.3 million evaluations of more than 110,000 individual leading lawyers from more than 22,000 firms.

“For the 2021 ‘Best Law Firms’ publication, the evaluation process has remained just as rigorous and discerning as it did when we first started 11 years ago.” Says Phil Greer, CEO of Best Lawyers. “This year we reviewed 15,587 law firms throughout the United States – across 75 national practice areas – and a total of

2,179 firms received a national law firm ranking. We are proud that the ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings continue to act as an indicator of excellence throughout the legal industry.”

Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are recognized on a national and regional-based scale. Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers.

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and clients from the same communities and practice areas. Awards were given in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan practice areas.

Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas & Hanschen, LLC, specializes in civil litigation in State and Federal Courts, including medical malpractice, products liability, personal injury cases and commercial 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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Attorney Patrick Douglas has been appointed to the Nominating Committee for 2018 for the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association. The purpose of this Committee is to develop a recommendation of people to serve as Officers, Executive Committee Members, and State Vice Presidents for the upcoming year.

The Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association was first organized in 1922 and is comprised of 145-member organization includes levee boards, drainage districts, municipalities, port and harbor commissions, other State agencies and businesses throughout the Mississippi River Watershed which is 41% of the United States of America. The Association’s President and Vice Presidents are members of the Congress of the United States.

The principal objective of the Association is the support and sponsorship of the Mississippi River Valley Flood Control and Navigation interests to protecting the nation’s flood control system, by assuring re-investment in water infrastructure for the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

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Attorney Patrick Douglas has become a member of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association.   The Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association was first organized in 1922 and is comprised of 145-member organization includes levee boards, drainage districts, municipalities, port and harbor commissions, other State agencies and businesses throughout the Mississippi River Watershed which is 41% of the United States of America.  The Association is comprised of a large group of individuals who are businessmen, property owners, conservationists, farmers, attorneys, doctors, wildlife enthusiasts, engineers, accountants, environmentalists, civil servants, and elected officials from all political parties that share common problems and concerns including flood control, navigation, channel improvements, and major drainage in the Mississippi River Watershed which impact the welfare and prosperity of the nation.  Patrick represents a number of local drainage and levee districts in Southeast Missouri.  The Association’s  President and Vice Presidents are members of the Congress of the United States. The principal objective of the Association is the support and sponsorship of the Mississippi River Valley Flood Control and Navigation interests to protecting the nation’s flood control system, by assuring re-investment in water infrastructure for the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

 
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As you are no doubt aware, a tentative settlement in the amount of $1.51 Billion has been reached between Syngenta Corporation and Farmers who have been damaged economically as a result of Syngenta’s premature marketing of two genetically modified strains of corn Agrisure Viptera® and Agrisure Duracade™ that were outlawed in China. The preliminary settlement is pending in the multi-district litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

If you are a member of the class eligible to receive recovery from the settlement, you must file your claims with the Court-Ordered Settlement administrator no later than October 12, 2018.  The official website for processing your claims is found here, or you can go directly to the website at www.cornseedsettlement.com.   You can print the claim forms, or file them directly on-line.  Please note that any crop share landlords that you have MUST FILE THEIR OWN CLAIM Form.  Please inform any such landlords and provide them with this information as well.

If you are a current client of our firm, and have questions about filing your claim, or if you are seeking to file a claim, please contact Patrick Douglas at (573) 471-1000 or at pdouglas@blantonlaw.com. 

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If you are a farmer, you’ve likely seen the signs of Dicamba damage in our local bootheel counties.  Cupped soybean leaves, stunted growth, and ultimately, reduced yields are a result of this damage.  If you have suffered Dicamba related damage, Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas & Hanschen , LLC is happy to help.  We live in Southeast Missouri, and this is clearly a problem for our local agricultural economy.  We will be happy to discuss your claim and help you obtain compensation for your losses.

Please call us today at (573) 471-1000 or e-mail Patrick Douglas at pdouglas@blantonlaw.com to discuss your claims. 

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Patrick Douglas (left) recently obtained a summary judgment in favor of a Firm Client in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in a product liability case.

The Firm is now on the approved panel counsel list for Healthcare Services Group, a large insurer of Hospitals and Physicians in Missouri.


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The firm recently was named this Spring to the Missouri Defense Panel for TEAMHealth, which contracts to provide ER physicians to Missouri Hospitals.

Shaun Hanschen recently argued the case of Parr, et al. v. Breeden, et al. in the Missouri Supreme Court. The Court’s decision is expected to determine the fate of co-employee liability cases in Missouri. Attorneys in the firm recently represented some of the shareholders in the liquidation of an agri-business in the Missouri Bootheel. The firm supervised the sale of assets through a competitive bidding process. The assets sold included a cotton gin and approximately 1200 acres of farmland.

Attorney Patrick Douglas testified this Spring before the Missouri House Transportation Committee to advocate for improvements in state statutes governing levee districts.

Attorneys Joseph Blanton and John Cozean tried a 7 day medical malpractice case this January in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri and obtained a defense verdict for the firm’s client physician. The case involved a significant injury and was defended with expert testimony from a leading cancer physical medicine and rehabilitation expert from Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City.

Blanton, Rice, Nickell, Cozean and Collins attorneys have represented several shareholders in the division of a three office Southeast Missouri professional practice into three separate companies. The division of the company was accomplished through negotiation and without litigation.

Attorney Joseph Blanton has served as an arbitrator during 2014 and 2015 in the division of a large industrial construction contracting company into two new companies. The parties have presented numerous legal issues for resolution by the Arbitrator on an expedited and cost-effective basis when compared to litigation.

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