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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1984
    • B.G.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1977
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court, 1991
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Philip Bledsoe's years of experience and many commercial trials and arbitrations bring substance and practical judgment to solving clients' problems. Having tried more than 50 cases, there is little Phil has not seen before. He is able to give clients an in-depth perspective that has been built on his experience with many types of businesses and substantive areas of law. Phil also recognizes that litigation is rarely a client's first choice, and a substantial portion of his practice is litigation avoidance and proper evaluation of the case so that a realistic resolution can be achieved.

Phil's business-centric approach embraces active participation with the client to always answer the question: What is the client's business goal? Reaching that goal is best achieved by the counsel and the client working in an active partnership. He has worked with both publicly traded companies and many closely held businesses (both small and large) in industries such as real estate development, financial services and banking, software development, computer sales, petroleum marketing, organic foods, sales and distribution, manufacturing, sports regulation, and consulting.

  • Assumed representation for a bank on three related “lender liability” cases resulting in a reversal in significant part in the first case; trying the second case before the same bankruptcy court, before the same judge, and resulting in a verdict in favor of the bank; and trying the third case in a Kentucky state court in a month-long jury trial to a favorable result.
  • Represented multinational, publicly traded company in defending a substantial claim brought against the company and its subsidiaries for interference with contract, fraud, and piercing the corporate veil. The verdict was in favor of the client, following a two-and-one-half-month jury trial.
  • Represented a distributor in breach of a national distribution agreement involving industrial electric motors. The case was arbitrated and $1.4 million was awarded in favor of the client.
  • Represented a publicly traded software company in a contract dispute arising from startup of a marketing subsidiary and claim to pierce corporate veil. The jury verdict returned in favor of the client.
  • Represented a publicly traded telecommunications company in its claim against a national long-distance carrier for breach of carrier contract. Amount of $2.7 million was awarded in favor of the client
  • Represented an organic food company in defending class action allegations concerning labeling. The class certification was denied, and no appeal was taken.
  • Represented a publicly traded, national uniform company claiming breach of a requirements contract by a multinational service company. The case settled for an amount in excess of the pretrial demand during the jury trial.
  • Represented an insurance company in defense of a class action case concerning a coverage form for all policies sold in Colorado for a five-year time period. Resolved the matter early before certification, by corrective notice, with some return of the premium, and continued use of policy form.
  • Defended a multinational real estate developer in claim brought by the city of Kansas City for a claimed failure to redevelop the historic Union Station. Following a multiple-week jury trial, verdict rendered in favor of the client. The case resolved favorably pending appeal.
  • Represented the owner of a large office building on a claim of redevelopment blight against a longtime holder of “redevelopment rights.” The case resolved favorably one day before trial.
  • Represented a national real estate broker in a suit involving a nationwide representation contract with a national casual dining company. The case was resolved shortly before trial.
  • Represented a national restaurant company in a lease dispute with strip-center developer. After a one-week trial, the case was resolved on appeal.
  • Defended a bank client in a class action case on an issue of claim for restitution and recovery for “illegal” interest arising from a unique loan program. The class was denied.
  • Represented minority shareholders of a locally owned community bank in a dispute regarding corporate governance and potential sale of the bank. The matter resolved after minority shareholders obtained a preliminary injunction.
  • Represented a publicly listed company in a securities claim brought by investors/warrant holders in a claim for breach of the warrant agreements. The matter resolved following fairness hearing.
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