Kenneth A. Slavens: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Kenneth A. Slavens

Partner
St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.
Phone314.345.6419

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate, Development & Construction
  • Construction & Design
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.345.6419
Fax: 314.480.1505
http://www.huschblackwell.com/ken-slavens/
 
University University of Missouri - Saint Louis, B.A., Political Science, 1974; University of Missouri - Saint Louis, M.A., Political Science, 1976
 
Law SchoolSaint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1979
 
Admitted1979, Missouri; 1980, Illinois; 1979, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; 1984, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois; 1990, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2005, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Torts & Insurance Practice; Construction Litigation Committee; Forum on the Construction Industry, Steering Committee

•Defense Research Institute and Trial Lawyers Association, Construction Law Committee, chair, 1997-1999

•The Missouri Bar, Construction Law Committee, chair, 1997-1999

•Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

•St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, Committee on Adversarial Relations

 
Biography

Ken's familiarity with the world of development and construction began when he worked as a laborer for a residential and small commercial contractor during college. Cultivating an appreciation for the industry, he went on to focus his legal practice along the same continuum. Ken represents architects, engineers, owners and contractors in various construction disputes, including claims for defective design and construction, delay allegations, cost overruns, interference, obstruction, property damage and suspension of work. He litigates claims arising from injuries on project sites or from defective construction. His substantial experience also comprises related civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.

In the area of construction litigation, Ken counts these among his accomplishments:

•Defended engineering company against claims brought by 20 separate property owners as a result of flood damage allegedly occurring during renovation of an interstate highway. Client was dismissed by all plaintiffs before trial.

Represented engineering company in $40 million claim resulting from a fire at a power plant. Matter was favorably settled at mediation.

Lead trial counsel for architects Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum in a claim for $3.89 million by a construction manager's contract with the owner. The trial judgment was reversed outright by the Missouri Court of Appeals. This was the first Missouri case to articulate the doctrine applicable to claims against design professionals by contractors.

Recognized by his peers as a leader in the construction industry, Ken has been named a Best Lawyer in Litigation-Construction law since 2005. In 2011, he was named the St. Louis Construction Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. In addition, Ken has been the voice on legal trends regarding design professional liability for the International Risk Management Institute website, providing commentary since May 2000.

Awards and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers In America, Litigation-Construction, 2005-2014; St. Louis Litigation-Construction Lawyer of the Year, 2011, 2014

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, 2006-2013; Top 100, 2009; Top 50 St. Louis, 2008, 2013

Strathmore's Who's Who in American Law

Experience

Represented Schafer Kline & Warren Engineers and won lawsuit for more than $100 million against property owners alleging water and air pollution. Vernon Hanes, et al. v. Continental Grain Co., et al., St. Louis City Circuit Court (Mo. 1999)

•Represented architects Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum in a claim for $3.89 million by a construction manager's contract with the owner. The trial judgment was reversed outright by the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. This was the first Missouri case to articulate the doctrine applicable to claims against design professionals by contractors. Fleischer-Seger Construction v. Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, St. Louis City Circuit Court (Mo. 1991)

•Advised A.A. Matthews (part of CRSS) in a lawsuit filed by a caissons contractor for cooling towers on a Tennessee Valley Authority project. The claim was for approximately $3.7 million. At the trial level, the court dismissed the case for failure to state a claim at close of plaintiff's case. The ruling was reversed and remanded by the Missouri Supreme Court. The case settled prior to retrial for approximately $150,000. Murphy v. A.A. Matthews, St. Louis City Circuit Court (Mo. 1997)

•Established the economic loss doctrine in Missouri. Fleischer-Seger Construction v. Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, 870 S.W.2d 832 (Mo.App.E.D. 1993)

•Represented a professional engineering firm in lawsuit by multiple home owners alleging property damage due to flooding during reconstruction of an interstate highway.

•Represented an assisted-living facility against subcontractor's suit alleging delay and impact damages.

•Established a cause of action for the negligent provision of expert engineering witness services. Murphy v. A.A. Matthews, 841 S.W.2d 671 (Mo. 1999)

•Addressed and established the constitutionality of the Missouri statute of repose related to construction projects. Blaske v. Smith & Entzeroth Inc., et al., 821 S.W.2d 822 (Mo. 1991)

Business Insights



Business Insights

4.23.14 Best Practices for Managing Construction Delay and Interference Claims
Real Estate, Development & Construction Seminar St. Louis, MO

10.28.13 A Cautionary Tale of Limited Liability Clauses, HotelNewsNow.com Real Estate, Development & Construction Article

10.17.13 Building Deeper Expertise: Mechanic Liens & Surety Bonds
Real Estate, Development & Construction Seminar St. Louis, MO

3.19.13 Consideration of Significant Contract Provisions, Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Missouri, Lorman Education Services
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO

5.01.11 Illinois Supreme Court Rejects an Expert Witness's Expanded Duty of Care, IRMI.com Article

9.16.09 Dispute Resolution Strategies, Reduce the Risk Drag Seminar
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO

4.29.08 Building Green: Green or Sustainable Construction in Missouri
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO

4.01.05 Staying on the Straight and Narrow: A Look at Selected Roles of the Design Professional During Construction Administration, American Council of Engineering Companies Annual Convention
Speaking Engagement

10.01.04 Liability of Design Professionals, Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Deskbook
Article

9.01.04 Contractual Issues and E&O Insurance, Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors 47th Annual Meeting
Speaking Engagement

In The News

10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
News Release

8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release

10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
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8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
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10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
News Release

9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
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10.28.10 Six Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named Best Lawyers 2011 Lawyers of the Year
News Release

10.13.10 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2010 Names 64 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; An Additional 20 Listed as Rising Stars
News Release

10.22.09 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2009 Names 73 Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys
News Release

 
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190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
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