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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law
    • A.B., Duke University
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Alan is a litigator who understands that litigation, while often reviled, can have its uses. It can be a wake-up call for businesses – a sign that a company’s practices should be improved and its processes reevaluated. Litigation can vindicate actions taken by a company, or it can force a recalcitrant adversary to comply with a contract or the law. Litigation can be a deterrent or a weapon. Litigation can also be a strategic business tactic that can have a positive impact on the client’s bottom line.

And sometimes litigation is best if avoided.

For more than 30 years, Alan’s talent has been in helping clients determine the benefits from existing or potential litigation, and whether the benefits outweigh the costs. Alan helps clients analyze each use of litigation for its utility in promoting the client’s long and short-term goals. He also counsels clients on litigation avoidance strategies and alternative dispute resolution options. Alan primarily focuses on assisting companies in navigating business-to-business disputes, defending large multi-national companies in product liability cases, and helping companies recover monies pursuant to insurance coverage.
 
He has brought his business-minded, goal-oriented approach to bear  for a wide variety of clients in a variety of settings:

  • National counsel for various companies with respect to a variety of contract/business disputes
  • National coordinating/trial counsel for manufacturers pertaining to allegations of product liability
  • Insurance recovery counsel seeking reimbursement for damages or expenses from insurance companies
  • Regional counsel for several Fortune 500 companies pertaining to allegations of damages caused by goods
  • Advisor on business contracts pertaining to cost-effective ways to manage, minimize, leverage, and avoid disputes

Alan understands that sometimes the best course of action is to go on the offensive – but not be offensive. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of business clients and helped clients avoid millions more, and is known for unparalleled responsiveness.

  • Prevailing in federal court on affirmative claims of fraud and breach of contract.
  • Recovery of millions of dollars from insurance company for failing to properly calculate insurance coverage.
  • Prevailed in a week-long arbitration recovering several millions of dollars on behalf of client.
  • Acted as national trial counsel for more than 10 years with respect to a series of products liability claims, including national and local strategy for responding to claims, recovery from co-defendants and insurers, hiring and firing local counsel, and trying claims when necessary.
  • Prevailed in arbitration pertaining to cross-border dispute.
  • Prevailed before Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals including on cross-appeal.
  • Prevailed in an arbitration proceeding including proving perjury by an employee of the opposing party.
  • Recovery of substantial sums from insurance companies pertaining to property damage claims.
  • National defense counsel on behalf of a Fortune 500 company related to product defect claims.
  • Primary outside counsel for a multinational company for all national and international litigation matters, including business disputes, insurance claims, product defect and preventative measures to avoid disputes.
     
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Center for Emerging Technologies
2013 Advance St. Louis Series
October 2013
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