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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 2021 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list. In addition, Associate Neil Jackson has been selected to be included in the 2021 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers are selected by peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. The designation is reserved for those who exhibit excellence in practice. The lawyers reviewed go through a rigorous, multi-phase selection process, and 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.

Seth Gausnell was recognized as a leading attorney in the area of Personal Injury General: Defense. Seth has over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer and has tried over 100 cases to verdict. He is 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 practice area of Transportation/Maritime. Don has over 25 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. 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.

Neil Jackson was recognized for the 2021 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the practice area of Business Litigation. Neil has experience trying both jury and bench trials and has successfully obtained defense judgments in several cases. Read more about Neil here.

Congratulations to these exceptional attorneys for their recognition in the 2021 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List.

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