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We are excited to announce that Principal Attorneys Seth Gausnell, Don O’Keefe, Bill Thomas, and Derek Ruzicka have all been named to the 2022 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list. In addition, Associate Attorney Hayley Hughes has been selected to be included in the 2022 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers are selected by peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. The lawyers reviewed go through a rigorous, multi-phase selection process, and are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only the top 5% of the total lawyers in the state are selected to the Super Lawyers list, and only 2.5% of attorneys are selected to the Rising Stars list. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

Seth Gausnell was recognized in the area of Personal Injury General: Defense. Seth has over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer and has tried over 100 cases to verdict. He is a mediator and a member of several legal and state bar associations and has lectured at seminars on transportation liability, premises liability, and broker/agent liability. Read more about Seth’s background and experience here.

Don O’Keefe was recognized in the area of Transportation/Maritime. Don has 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer and has tried more than 100 cases to verdict in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois. Don is a member of many prominent legal and state bar organizations and frequently recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for favorable verdicts. Read more about Don here.

Bill Thomas was recognized in the area of Construction Litigation. With over 25 years of trial law experience, Bill’s practice is diverse with an emphasis in complex litigation. He is a Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America and on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of construction arbitrators. Bill is involved in a number of professional organizations, has spoken at numerous conferences, and has authored a number of articles for different publications on a number of topics from product liability to construction law issues. Read more about Bill’s background here.

Derek Ruzicka was recognized in the area of Personal Injury Products: Defense. Derek has successfully handled many matters through completion in a number of difficult venues. Derek’s experience is extensive, having handled cases involving general liability matters, professional liability, toxic torts, including asbestos, benzene and other substances, product liability, trucking, and environmental claims. Read more about Derek here.

Hayley Hughes was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of Civil Litigation: Defense. Hayley engages in a variety of civil defense litigation ranging from general liability to professional liability, including complex litigation. Hayley is also involved in a number of professional organizations. Read more about Hayley here.

Congratulations to these exceptional attorneys for their recognition in the 2022 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List.

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