Larry is an experienced litigator on Husch Blackwell's Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals team and defends professional liability cases including medical claims. Having represented surgeons and physicians in Missouri and Kansas for more than 40 years, Larry has achieved many defense victories for doctors accused of injuring patients by substandard medical care. In addition, he has effectively defended engineers accused of design or performance failures, as well as aggressively opposing a number of significant product liability cases.
Larry's experience includes:
•Obtaining a complete defense verdict for healthcare clients confronting medical malpractice claims in excess of $6 million.
Defending two physicians with favorable results in lawsuit over knee replacement surgery.
Larry serves the healthcare industry outside of the practice of law. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Saint Luke's Home Healthcare & Hospice. He also has taught at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Awards and Recognitions
American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
•The Best Lawyers In America, Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 1983-2014; Medical Malpractice Law, 1983-2012; Kansas City Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2009; Kansas City Medical Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year, 2010; Kansas City Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants Lawyer of the Year, 2012
•Ingram's, Best Lawyers in Kansas City, 2012
•Kansas City Bar Association Dean of the Trial Bar Award, 1999
•Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2002, 2004
•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Legacy Award, 2012
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Professional Liability: Defense, 2005
•University of Missouri Distinguished Alumni Award, 1985
•University of Missouri Distinguished Service Award, 2005
•Volunteer of the Year Award, CASE District VI Conference, 2007
Diastole on Hospital Hill, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Board of Directors, 1992-present
•Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, vestry
•Powell Gardens, Board of Directors, 2012-present
•Saint Luke's Home Healthcare & Hospice, Board of Directors, 2012-present
•Truman Library Institute, Board of Directors, 2008-present
•University of Missouri, Development Council, president, 1996-2001
•University of Missouri, One Billion Dollar For All We Call Mizzou Campaign, co-chair, 2001-2008
•University of Missouri Law School Foundation
Obtained a complete defense verdict, upheld by the Missouri Court of Appeals, on behalf of healthcare clients facing medical malpractice claims in excess of $6 million.
•Secured defense verdict in lawsuit alleging failure to administer an appropriate dose of preoperative antibiotics before plaintiff's knee replacement surgery. An infection led to the removal of prosthetic knee and, ultimately, a knee fusion. Defended the two anesthesiologists under a theory that antibiotics had been administered preoperatively and the time recorded in the medical records was nothing more than a 'charting error.'
•Prosecuted a jury trial on behalf of the University of Missouri to gain permission for construction of the Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond Scholar's Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School.
•Defended civil engineers accused of substandard professional work and won a $10 million jury case in federal court in Orlando, Fla., in which Amtrak claimed a derailment was caused by poor civil engineering at a rail crossing.
In The News
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
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
10.13.11 Twelve Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
12.08.09 Three Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2010 Lawyers of the Year