Joseph H. Guffey: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Joseph H. Guffey

Partner
St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.
Phone314.480.1814

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Technology
  • Manufacturing & Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Toxic Tort
  • Business Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Product Liability
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.480.1814
Fax: 314.480.1505
http://www.huschblackwell.com/joe-guffey/
 
University University of Missouri-Saint Louis, B.S., Education, with honors, 1978; University of Missouri-Saint Louis, M.Ed., Counseling, 1982
 
Law SchoolSaint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985 Order of the Woolsack, Saint Louis University Law Journal, Editor
 
Admitted1985, Missouri; 1986, Illinois; 1986, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois; 1986, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2000, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 2001, U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas; 2001, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas; 2008, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Defense Research Institute

•The Missouri Bar

•Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

 
Biography

Corporations and company executives look to Joe for specific and knowledgeable guidance in business-critical litigation. A trial attorney within the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry team, Joe focuses on product liability and related wrongful death and personal injury cases, along with business and employment litigation. He has tried numerous jury and bench trials and has obtained defense verdicts in courtrooms nationwide. Joe regularly defends cases for industry clients against plaintiffs alleging injuries from defective products, such as firearms, ammunition, circuit breakers, electrical equipment, gas grills, medical equipment, O rings, transformers and other industrial products; toxic tort cases; and failure-to-warn claims.

Joe also defends corporate clients in numerous cases covering complex business litigation, contract disputes, commercial litigation and fraud claims, and all aspects of employment law issues, including age, gender, race, sexual harassment, disability, hostile environment, noncompete agreements and nonsolicitation matters and temporary restraining order (TRO) litigation in federal and state courts.

Joe's significant victories include:

•Obtaining a defense verdict for global electronics and engineering company Siemens AG after a two-week jury trial. Plaintiff alleged a traumatic brain injury and was seeking $21 million in damages. The jury returned a defense verdict and found no negligence by client and found plaintiff negligent and assessed her 100 percent of the fault.

Attaining a defense jury verdict for major manufacturer Olin in a negligence liability action involving alleged toxic exposure that resulted in second-degree burns and alleged permanent respiratory problems.

In addition, Joe evaluates claims and cases and works with clients to avoid litigation and, if sued, to minimize the expense and exposure of the lawsuit. He has been involved in more than 300 mediations and routinely achieves a resolution below the evaluated authority.

In the healthcare industry, Joe defends nursing homes in a broad range of litigation matters involving professional malpractice, contracts and compliance issues.

Joe co-developed several OSHA seminars with a professional services firm that is similarly organized by industry group. The manufacturing industry-focused seminar was successfully presented in Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis.

Awards and Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Civic Involvement

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis, Golf Tournament Committee, 2003-present

Experience

Obtained a defense verdict for global electronics and engineering company Siemens AG after a two-week jury trial in Milwaukee County, Wis., Circuit Court. Plaintiff alleged a traumatic brain injury and was seeking $21 million in damages. The jury returned a defense verdict and found no negligence by client and found plaintiff negligent and assessed her 100 percent of the fault.

•Attained a defense jury verdict for major manufacturer Olin Corp. in a negligence liability action involving alleged toxic exposure that resulted in second-degree burns and alleged permanent respiratory problems.

•Tried a failure-to-warn case on behalf of major manufacturer Olin in Florence, S.C., in which the jury verdict was substantially lower than the plaintiff's demand.

•Represented one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in federal court in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a case alleging gender discrimination, breach of contract, fraud, breach of public policy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. After plaintiff was terminated for her low scores on product knowledge tests, she alleged the company treated new male employees more favorably than new female employees. Moved for summary judgment on all claims except for gender discrimination with favorable results, and the gender discrimination claims were submitted to jury after one-week trial. The jury awarded a defense verdict.

•Obtained a defense verdict in an employment case when plaintiff sued client, BJC Medical Group, an affiliate of BJC HealthCare, alleging that she was terminated because she was disabled and/or the employer perceived her as disabled. The jury returned a defense verdict after approximately 30 minutes. BJC is one of the largest employers in Missouri.

•Defended one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in an age and disability discrimination action arising out of a termination decision. Secured summary judgment in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.

Business Insights



Business Insights

9.03.13 California Appellate Court Affirms Limits on Liability for Compatible Products Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog

5.29.13 Contract Liability & Indemnity Issues For Manufacturers
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Seminar St. Louis, MO

5.03.12 A Crisis Team and Plan of Action
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Seminar St. Louis, MO

10.01.10 The Missouri Supreme Court Addresses HIPAA and Ex Parte Contact, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Article

7.01.10 Asserting the Workers Compensation Exclusive Remedy Bar After McCracken, Journal of the Missouri Bar
Article

11.01.09 Preparation and Control of the 'Facts Beyond Change' - Key Strategies to a Successful Cross-Examination, Navigating the Federal Trial Program
Speaking Engagement

1.01.05 Product Liability Prevention Program
Speaking Engagement

 
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Joseph H. Guffey

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441




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