- Real Estate
- Development & Construction
- Land Use
- Business Litigation
- Consumer Fraud Litigation
- Levee & Flood Protection
|Contact Info||Telephone: 314.480.1833|
|University ||University of Missouri - Columbia, B.S.B.A., Finance, summa cum laude, 1986|
|Law School||Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1988 Order of the Woolsack, Saint Louis University Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief|
|Admitted||1989 Illinois; 1993, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; 1988, Missouri; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1999, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois; 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 2013, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee; 2004, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 2009 U.S. District Court; 2012, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 2013, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 2004, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit|
Professional Associations and Memberships
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Appellate Practice Group Committee
•The Missouri Bar, Eminent Domain and Municipal Law and Practice committees
JoAnn is a zealous trial and appellate advocate within the firm's Real Estate, Development & Construction group. She represents public and private entities in real estate, zoning and municipal disputes, and she handles a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. JoAnn has also represented corporate and financial institutions in numerous disputes relating to contracts, mortgages and loan agreements.
JoAnn has briefed and argued precedent-setting cases involving commercial and constitutional issues in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Courts of Appeal and the appellate courts of numerous other states. She is experienced in the preparation of transfer applications, writ petitions and other pleadings in the appellate courts, and she pursues creative options for success on appeal.
She is co-chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Specialty Center, co-chair of the firm's Appellate Practice Group, and a member of the firm's Partner Board.
Awards and Recognitions
Best Overall Article, Real Property, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law's Probate & Property Magazine, 2013
•Represented the owner of a large manufacturing facility in securing a 50 percent reduction in facility's property assessment, entitling the client to a multi-million dollar refund.
•Represented regional developer of retail centers in a dispute with a national real estate trust over $14 million in personal guarantees. A summary judgment order cut the client's liability in half.
•Represented a national developer of retail shopping centers in seminal appeal challenging the use of eminent domain for development purposes. The Missouri Supreme Court reversed the decision below, ruled in a favor of the client, and authorized the condemnation to proceed.
•Represented mortgage registry company in numerous cases nationwide, defending the company's business model and the validity of its mortgage interests. Won several leading cases for the company at both the trial and appellate levels.
•Represented mortgage registry company in multi-million dollar qui-tam action on behalf of counties seeking damages for alleged misrepresentations in recorded document and alleged avoidance of recording fees. Obtained order dismissing case for failure to state a claim.
•Represented developer in litigation seeking to block demolition of a building for a mixed-use development project. Tenant demanded more than $1 million for the termination of lease. Obtained a declaratory judgment upholding the termination of the lease and ordering tenant to pay back rent.
•Represented a transportation development district against statutory and constitutional challenges to its trolley project. Obtained summary judgment from the United States District Court dismissing all claims.
•Represented the developer of a resort community defending challenges to its development under restrictive covenants. Obtained declaratory judgment in favor of the client that was upheld on appeal.
•Defended several employers in retaliatory discharge cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals and Missouri Supreme Court. Set leading precedent in the area.
•Represented a chemical distributor before the court of appeals on supplier's claims of product liability and negligence. The court reversed the grant of summary judgment to the supplier and ruled in favor of our client.
7.01.13 MERS Remains Afloat in a Sea of Foreclosures, Probate and Property Magazine
Real Estate, Development & Construction
10.24.12 MERS - Its Standing & Future
2.10.10 Changes in Whistleblower Tort Claims in Missouri
7.01.09 Crafting Persuasive Briefs for Missouri Appellate Courts, St. Louis Bar Journal
1.01.09 Valuation, Chapter 9, Missouri CLE deskbook on Condemnation Practice
4.01.07 The Use of Eminent Domain for Economic Development: Where Does Missouri Stand?, St. Louis Bar Journal
3.01.07 The Jurisdictional Prerequisites to Eminent Domain in Missouri, CLE International
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