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Missouri Lawyers Media’s profile of Diedre Peters

Please take time to read Missouri Lawyers Media's profile of Diedre Peters from the Up & Coming Award honors September 29 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis. Congratulations to Ms. Peters. Diedre Peters, 40 – Missouri Lawyers Media (molawyersmedia.com) Pictured here with Peters are some of her Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas and Hanschen, LLC partners and associate (l to r) : Trey Watkins, Bryan Nickell, Peters and Tom Collins, during the awards ceremony.

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Peters Named Up & Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Media

Diedre A. Peters, partner, Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas and Hanschen, LLC, was honored as one of the 2021 Up & Coming Missouri Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Media September 29 during a reception at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis. Missouri Lawyers Media annually honors rising stars of the Missouri legal community and next-generation leaders. “Diedre is already one of the outstanding legal thinkers and writers among Missouri lawyers. Judges and other attorneys have recognized that her skills are exceptional. We are [...]

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Best Law Firms 2021

Sikeston Law Firm Garners Third 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 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 [...]

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Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas and Hanschen, LLC, proudly welcomes

Tony C. “Trey” Watkins, III, as an associate to the firm. Trey graduated with a Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law in May 2020 and was sworn into the Missouri Bar in September 2020. While a law student, Trey served on the Southern Illinois University School of Law Journal as Note Editor and Staff. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science/Pre-Law from Fontbonne University in St. Louis where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He received Fontbonne’s Outstanding Graduate [...]

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$400 Million Dicamba Settlement Agreement Reached

Monsanto’s successor Bayer AG has agreed to pay up to $300 Million to soybean producers and additional amounts to producers of other non-soybean and specialty crops who have suffered dicamba damage from dicamba sprayed ‘over the top’ of dicamba tolerant soybeans or cotton between 2015 and 2020.  Bayer has agreed to pay attorneys fees, litigation expenses and claims administration expenses and other costs in addition to the amounts provided to qualified claimants.  The total settlement value is expected to [...]

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Firm News

Firm attorneys have continued to represent clients in both transactions and litigation matters during the Covid Virus response while honoring the requests of elected officials.  Throughout the social distancing program, Firm lawyers have remained available to clients with respect to issues relating to the pandemic response and regular legal matters. In March, Diedre Peters closed large asset purchases of two separate businesses in the agricultural services sector for a firm client.  In March, Joseph Blanton completed a transaction in which a [...]

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Thomas Collins elected as LCA Fellow

Thomas W. Collins, III, has been elected as a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a national honorary society which is limited to the top 1/2 of 1 percent of litigation attorneys. Collins was installed as a Fellow at the fall meeting of the society in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina on October 24. Firm members Joseph Blanton and Bryan Nickell are also LCA fellows.

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Blanton Law Firm News

Diedre Peters, formerly an associate with the Firm, became a member of the Firm effective January 1, 2019.  Diedre is a native of Bertrand, Missouri and is a graduate of Charleston High School.   Diedre is a graduate of Columbia College and a magnum cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law.  While in law school, Diedre served as an Associate Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review.  Diedre focuses her practice on litigation and transactions. Joseph Blanton and Bryan Nickell obtained a defense [...]

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