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Attorneys
Left to right: Diedre Peters, Thomas W. Collins III, Joseph C. Blanton, Jr., Bryan E. Nickell, Shaun D. Hanschen,Tony C. "Trey" Watkins III, Patrick R. Douglas

The Law Offices of Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas & Hanschen, LLC specializes in civil litigation in State and Federal Courts, including both 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.

They bring vast experience in providing counsel to local, regional and national firms of the healthcare, financial, insurance, real estate, agriculture and manufacturing industries. Learn more about the firm and the services it provides.

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The Firm actively practices throughout Missouri, focusing on high-profile, high-stakes civil litigation in State and Federal Courts, including personal injury and business and probate litigation. Members of the firm also have an active transactions practice with regular involvement in the largest transactions and disputes in Southeast Missouri.

Four attorneys served as judicial clerks in Federal and State Courts. Six of the attorneys served as law review and journal editors. The Firm employs three full-time nurse consultants with BSN degrees and extensive experience in medical-legal matters. Three attorneys are Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Attorneys in the Firm represent several Hospitals, a large healthcare holding company, the largest retailer in the world, many individual physicians and medical groups, community banks, farm credit system institutions, many small and medium size companies and businesses, numerous large and small farmers, a number of large agricultural businesses, school districts and a large municipal utility with its own power plant, and many churches and not-for-profit organizations. The Firm has successfully prosecuted class actions and defeated attempts to certify classes when defending class actions.

Best Law Firm 2019
Best Law Firm 2020
Best Law Firm 2021

Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas & Hanschen, LLC in Sikeston, Missouri, offers attention to detail, thoroughness of preparation and commitment to each client. Call 573-471-1000 to arrange an appointment or contact the firm online for more information.

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History

Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas, and Hanschen, LLC each day builds on its 106-year history. More than a century ago, Harry Blanton moved to Sikeston, Missouri after graduating from Georgetown Law School. He later became Scott County Prosecuting Attorney after campaigning on horseback. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri in 1933. His youngest brother, David Blanton, graduated from Harvard Law School that year and began working in the practice. David would be elected Scott County Prosecuting Attorney in 1940 and worked at the firm until 1999. Other partners who built the firm over the years included Thomas Gilmore and Bernard Rice. Mr. Rice was associated with the firm for 55 years. The legacy established by these partners continues today. Our diverse practice focuses on the most challenging litigation and transactions in the area. The firm also has a strong commitment to community service. The Firm and its members are involved in many civic and professional activities in Southeast Missouri and around the State. That commitment to public service is a key component of our Firm.