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  • Education
    • J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 1995, Dean's Honors; Washburn Law Journal (1994-1995)
    • B.A., University of Kansas, 1991,

      Political Science

      Internship, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C., 1991

  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2001
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2005
    • Pro hac vice, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Oklahoma, 2010
    • Pro hac vice, Arizona State Court
    • Pro hac vice, Florida State Court
    • Pro hac vice, North Carolina Federal Court

Todd Ehlert is an accomplished and experienced trial attorney. He has first-chaired more than 35 jury and 300 bench trials to verdict; has substantial experience trying large, complex cases in arbitrations; and has successfully argued multiple cases on appeal before Missouri appellate courts. Todd’s primary practice areas include commercial and health care litigation. Todd’s civil practice has included:

  • Complex commercial litigation and trial practice
  • Health care-related litigation (including the defense of hospitals, clinics, physicians, and nurses in medical malpractice, privacy/confidentiality, and premises liability actions)
  • Defense of public and private utilities in wrongful death suits, personal injury actions, and Occupations Safety and Health Administration investigations
  • Corporate director and officer liability litigation (including actions for breach of fiduciary duty, officer and director liability, and shareholder derivative suits)
  • Antitrust actions (including price-fixing, customer allocation, unfair competition, monopolization, vertical restraints, market allocation, and illegal tying arrangements)
  • Insurance coverage and bad-faith actions
  • Defense of municipal and county governments, governmental employees, elected officials, and law enforcement agencies/officers
  • Products liability actions
  • Non-compete/non-solicit actions
  • Adversary bankruptcy proceedings
  • Franchise-related litigation
  • Multilevel, direct and network marketing litigation (having represented distributors and network marketing companies across the nation in state and federal courts)

In recognition of his extensive jury trial experience and community civic involvement, Todd was recognized as one of the top attorneys in the State of Missouri by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2008.

  • After eight years of complex commercial litigation, helped recover significant awards and settlements for prominent distributors engaged in associated multilevel marketing businesses that were seeking to recover tens of millions of dollars in commercial litigation cases filed in state and federal courts in Missouri and Florida. Their claims included a variety of tort, contract, and antitrust claims.
  • Secured a federal court settlement of approximately $4 million, plus the recovery of secured collateral, for an international receivable investment services business against automobile dealerships and their related financing companies and owners. The claims arose from a series of complex finance and security agreements involving dealerships in multiple states.
  • Represented a hospital in claims brought against it by a medical group based on a complex licensing agreement. The group asserted claims against the hospital exceeding $6 million, including breach of contract, tortious interference with contract and prospective advantage, and fraud. Settled the matter for the hospital on extremely favorable terms.
  • Defended a variety of health care providers in medical malpractice actions (both wrongful death and medical negligence), including hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, cardiologists, cardio-thoracic surgeons, internists, hospitalists, pulmonary/critical care specialists, home health care providers, surgeons, and nurses.
  • In a case in which the plaintiffs sought millions of dollars in damages, represented a radiology group and its radiologists in a lawsuit brought by their former partners, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and breach of a non-compete agreement. Helped secure the dismissal of all clients from the case shortly before trial.
  • Representing a large, national franchisee, successfully defended multiple lawsuits filed in Kansas and Missouri state and federal courts alleging “successor liability” theories against clients. Secured the outright dismissals of all claims and suits.
  • Represented clients in Occupational Safety and Health Administration-related death investigations. Two matters included: (1) a privately owned utility company involving an employee’s fatal electrocution, and (2) an international lift manufacturer involving an employee being crushed and killed. Negotiated highly favorable settlements with OSHA on behalf of clients in both instances, resulting in minimal penalties of approximately $10,000 per death.
  • Defended physicians, hospitals, and affiliated financial organizations in several breach of fiduciary duty and confidentiality cases related to the disclosure of protected patient information.
  • Represented a large community hospital and a leading, national health care system in a variety of matters, including premises liability actions, employee-related matters, and antitrust actions.
  • Argued two “co-employee” cases before the Western District Court of Appeals. Defended an owner sued by an employee who suffered a traumatic brain injury. Obtained dismissal of one suit and successfully negotiated a R.S.Mo. § 537.065 agreement in the other.
  • Defended a concrete company, three executives, and five employees in a co-employee liability suit related to a mixer-truck rollover. After filing a motion to dismiss, secured the dismissal of all defendants.
  • Successfully defended a large organization’s vice president of operations in a personal injury suit brought by a worker who was crushed by a forklift. Secured the outright dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims against the vice president without the payment of any settlement monies.
  • Defended a public electric utility company in the alleged electrocution and wrongful death of an independent contractor in which plaintiffs sought millions of dollars in damages. After extensive litigation, plaintiffs dismissed their action one week before trial without the payment of any settlement monies.
  • Following many years of protracted litigation in related cases, tried to verdict an equitable garnishment action resulting in a judgment exceeding $815,000, which was upheld on appeal by the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District.
Publications & Presentations
Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Volume 18, No. 35
August 30, 2004
Publications & Presentations
Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Volume 18, No. 32
August 9, 2004
Publications & Presentations
Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Volume 18, No. 29
July 19, 2004
Publications & Presentations
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