Tara A. Nealey

Leaders in Law endorses Tara Nealey as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Missouri, USA. If you wish to get in touch with Tara please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Tara Nealey is a member of the Science and Technology practice group, with a background in academic physiology research. She focuses on advising clients with intellectual property questions related to life science technologies. After completing her Ph.D. in neurophysiology followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in retinal research, she moved to the practice of patent law. Her experience encompasses a decade of providing patent counsel to clients ranging from individual inventor, to public and private universities and research institutions, start-up companies, mid-size firms and Fortune 500 companies including generic and branded pharmaceutical companies. She prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications, provides patentability reviews and opinions, freedom to operate and clearance opinions and product design arounds, does patent landscaping, and analyzes in- and out-licenses of patented technologies. She recently assisted a Fortune 500 company in analyzing the patent landscape relating to RNAi molecules and products in support of a complex multi-party licensing and business strategy. She has also recently assisted two start-up companies in securing the IP protection necessary for successful rounds of venture capital funding.

An important aspect of Tara’s practice involves advising clients on developing a comprehensive patenting and patent portfolio strategy, legal aspects of licensing and commercialization strategies, and also reviewing technology and “know-how” licenses, confidentiality agreements, and material transfer agreements. She also counsels clients on trade secret protection and unfair competition, and related copyright and trademark issues.

Tara’s areas of technological expertise include biotechnology and medical technologies including:

– Pharmaceuticals

– Nucleic acids including RNAi molecules and delivery technologies

– Peptides and proteins

– Cell membrane permeable molecules

– Vectors including viral vectors

– Protein-tagging methods and labels

– Genetically modified organisms

– Cell-based therapies including stem cell therapies

– Medical imaging compositions and techniques

– Neural therapies

– Brain-computer devices

– Antibodies

– Vaccines

– Smart catheters and stents

– Low level laser therapy devices

– Orthopedic devices

– Functionalized biocompatible nanoparticles

– Nano-engineered bioassay techniques

– Cell cultures

– Engineered tissues

Tara is also an active member of the firm’s multi-disciplinary practice which focuses on emerging technology companies having varied legal needs relating to their technology focus. Clients benefiting from this practice include those developing technologies in the life sciences, information technology and energy. In St. Louis, members of the group include corporate and IP attorneys with a wide range of experience, who also work closely with a variety of organizations to support programs fostering tech-based entrepreneurism in the region, including Arch Grants, Capital Innovators, Olin Cup, and the RCGA.

Distinctions

– Part-Owner and Member of Biotactica, LLC

– “Client Choice Award” winner for Patents in Missouri, 2017

– Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, 2014-2016

Memberships

– The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

– The American Intellectual Property Law Association

– Missouri Biotechnology Organization

– Plant and Life Sciences Network of St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association

Firm Description:

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation.

In 1972 Jim Polsinelli and colleagues formed the firm to serve business and real estate clients in a small office in the historic Country Club Plaza District in Kansas City, Missouri. The firm has continued to see impressive growth over its 45+ year history with expanding practice areas and office additions, most recently in Miami. The addition of these offices is part of our strategic plan to better serve the increasing needs of our clients.

We strive to align our services to our clients’ business goals. Doing so has allowed us to attract experienced attorneys across the country seeking a platform best suited to their clients’ priorities. With our firm’s concentration of presence in lower-overhead markets, we are able to offer more comprehensive services than local or regional firms and more competitive overall cost than national firms concentrated in higher cost markets.

 

Michael D. Fielding

Leaders in Law endorses Michael Fielding as our exclusively recommended Business Law expert in Missouri, USA. If you wish to get in touch with Michael please use the contact information provided above.

Michael efficiently enforces lenders’ rights against troubled borrowers.

Many clients that Michael counsels find themselves as creditors to troubled and insolvent borrowers. Although he assists clients across industries, he focuses his practice on lenders with distressed agriculture loans. Michael takes a straightforward, no-nonsense approach, seeking to maximize recoveries for these lending institutions, while minimizing their time and fees. Michael’s advocacy often results in enforcing loans, crafting workouts and representing lenders in state and federal courts (including bankruptcy proceedings) on matters involving defunct borrowers.

Michael also proactively advises clients on minimizing exposure to bankruptcy avoidance actions such as preferential transfers and constructively fraudulent conveyances. His extremely efficient approach has generated significantly low settlement amounts for clients while minimizing both the time and attorney’s fees needed to get those results. His work includes the development of Pref-Defend—a proprietary program used to efficiently defend preferential transfer claims for which Michael was given a Top Legal Innovation Award. He is one of just a handful of attorneys in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa who are board certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification.*

Clients in agribusiness and other sectors appreciate Michael’s reputation as a thought leader. He has authored over 30 articles nationally and internationally and given more than 60 presentations. His recent writings and speaking engagements illuminate issues central to banks and other lending institutions wrestling with troubled loans.

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2021
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2013-2016
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2011-2020; Top 100, 2018; Rising Star, 2008-2010
  • IFLR1000, Restructuring and Insolvency (Missouri), Highly Regarded, 2018-2019
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Top Legal Innovation Award
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2019

Education

  • J.D., Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
    • cum laude
  • B.A., Brigham Young University
    • Economics
    • Spanish Minor
    • with honors

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Utah
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • American Board of Certification, Director, 2016-2018; Marketing Committee, Chair, 2018
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Labor & Employment Committee, Co-Chair, 2016; Education Director, 2014-2016; Newsletter Editor, 2013
  • Risk Management Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Kansas City Chapter, Board of Directors, 2010-2013; Religious Freedom Committee, 2015-2018
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • National Eagle Scout Association

Languages

  • Spanish

Firm Description:

The lawyers of Husch Blackwell understand that deep legal subject-matter expertise is merely the first step in building strong client relationships. Our firm is dedicated to an absolute focus on client service, building knowledge of each client’s business and delivering measurable value. From offices in 18 U.S. cities we provide legal insight and business leadership that helps our clients identify smart solutions, advance their goals and move forward.

With predecessor firms stretching back over a century, Husch Blackwell has a deep commitment to and a shared history with the communities we serve. The firm’s current configuration is the product of a 2008 merger between St. Louis-based Husch & Eppenberger and Kansas City-based Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin to form a powerhouse Midwestern law firm. The firm has continued to expand its footprint throughout the Midwest since the merger, most notably combining with Texas-based Brown McCarroll in 2013 and Milwaukee-based Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek in 2016.

Rather than traditional legal practice areas, Husch Blackwell is organized around six strategic industries—Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Services & Capital Markets; Food & Agribusiness; Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education; Real Estate, Development & Construction; and Technology, Manufacturing and Transportation. This structure, implemented in 2012, provides the firm with the ability to field deep, interdisciplinary teams capable of quickly identifying the right skill sets required by each client’s unique legal and business challenges.

 

Gregg A. Kinney

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION

Gregg A. Kinney focuses his practice on trials involving complex litigation matters, including:

  • Toxic tort benzene exposure
  • Products liability
  • Premises liability
  • Governmental and civil rights
  • Jones Act and maritime lawsuits
  • Trucking liability

Mr. Kinney has represented clients in Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. He serves as regional counsel for a national client frequently named in toxic tort litigation in the Midwest. Mr. Kinney represents municipalities and police departments in constitutional claims, including deprivation of civil rights and police misconduct. He also represents local casinos, as well as a group of colleges and universities throughout Missouri, in personal injury and premises liability claims.

BAR/PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

AWARDS, HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2015-2018)

LAW SCHOOL HONORS/INVOLVEMENT

  • Order of the Coif

LEGAL LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

  • “Governmental Immunities in Illinois and Missouri,” Tokio Marine HCC Public Risk Group presentation (Auburn Hills MI, 2017)
  • “Preparing For and Taking a Medical Deposition,” HeplerBroom University (Edwardsville IL, 2011)
  • “Defending Plaintiff’s Claimed Medical Bills in Illinois and Missouri,” HeplerBroom University (Edwardsville IL, 2009)
  • “Litigating Slip and Fall Cases in Illinois,” HeplerBroom University (St. Louis MO, 2009)

REPRESENTATIVE/RECENT CASE RESULTS

  • Obtained summary judgment for defendants on plaintiffs’ claims of false arrest, false imprisonment, defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, failure to train, and breach of contract. (Wallace, et al. v. City of Washington, et al., US District Court, Central District of Illinois, Case No. 1:14-cv-01457; March 2017)
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant as to plaintiff’s premises liability claim, based on issue of constructive notice. (Austin v. Alton Casino, LLC, US District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Case No. 3:14-cv-01258; September 2016)
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant on plaintiff’s claims of false arrest and failure to Mirandize. (Ray v. Kedzior and Martin, US District Court, Central District of Illinois, Case No.1:13-cv.01338; June, 2016)

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Tracing its history to 1894, the law firm of HeplerBroom LLC is one of the most experienced and distinguished law firms in Missouri and Illinois. The Firm’s commitment to providing quality legal services that are responsive, innovative, and efficient has enabled us to grow steadily over the years and to offer an ever increasing array of legal expertise to our clients.

HeplerBroom LLC’s trial lawyers handle cases in a wide variety of areas, primarily representing defendants in civil law suits including CLASS ACTIONPHARMACEUTICAL & MEDICAL DEVICESPRODUCTS LIABILITYPERSONAL INJURYASBESTOS & TOXIC TORTEMPLOYMENT & LABORMEDICAL & PROFESSIONAL LIABILITYNURSING HOME LAWINSURANCE LAWCOMMERCIAL & ANTITRUST LITIGATION as well as WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE.

HeplerBroom LLC offers sophisticated estate planning services for business owners and other individuals with substantial net worth.

HeplerBroom LLC provides comprehensive representation for its business clients, from entity selection and formation to day-to-day management and employment issues, tax planning, contract preparation, real estate matters, succession planning and representation in mergers, acquisitions, and sales.

With four offices in Illinois [EDWARDSVILLE (next to the Madison County courthouse), SPRINGFIELDCHICAGO, and CRYSTAL LAKE (located in McHenry County)], one in downtown ST. LOUIS, and our newest location in northwestern Indiana (HAMMOND), the firm is conveniently located to serve clients throughout Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

Kirk D. Holman

Kirk D. Holman of Holman Schiavone, LLC, comes from a hard-working New England family with humble beginnings. From the time he was a young boy, he yearned to be an attorney so that he could defend the rights of the underdog and champion worthy causes. He represents clients in Kansas City, Missouri, in cases involving civil rights, constitutional law, discrimination, employment and labor law and sexual harassment.

While in his first year of law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Mr. Holman grew interested in employment law after a life-changing event in his family. His father was working in a ditch when the dirt collapsed because of a lack of proper supports. He endured numerous surgeries but was never able to work after the accident. His parents struggled on just his mother’s income, and he watched his father grieve the loss of a job that represented 35 years of employment.

As a result of this experience, Mr. Holman realized that he could help others protect their rights. He began clerking for the United States Department of Labor in an effort to learn employment law. He is now admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Missouri, the U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

As a respected speaker in the legal field, Mr. Holman has been asked to speak on numerous topics, such as issues in human resources, the Missouri Human Rights Act and the plaintiff’s perspective of corporations. He has also been honored as “Best of the Bar” for Employment Litigation by the Kansas City Business Journal in addition to being named as a Missouri & Kansas “Super Lawyer” every year since 2011.. Mr. Holman is Member of “The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for the State of Missouri. The Association is a national organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as trial lawyers, both civil plaintiff and criminal defense. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell. This mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that his legal peers and the judiciary rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He has tried to verdict as first chair two verdicts in excess of $10,000,000, one additional verdict in excess of $5,000,000, and four additional verdicts in excess of $1,000,000. In addition to these seven and eight figure verdicts, he has to verdict as first chair twelve verdicts in excess of $125,000.

He has been a member of both the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association since 2000.

The Employment Law Practice:

At Holman Schiavone, LLC, our lawyers represent employees in a wide range of employment law disputes. Whether you are facing discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination or another adverse employment action, our attorneys are here to stand up for your rights.

In every case we handle, we stand up for the individual against the unfair practices of employers. We handle a wide range of employment law matters, including:

  • Civil rights in the workplace
  • Constitutional law violations
  • Labor law violations
  • Workplace health and safety violations
  • Breach of contract issues
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Misclassification of employees issues
  • Overtime pay issues
  • Off-the-clock pay issues
  • Meal and rest break violations
  • Long-term disability insurance claim matters
  • Employer retaliation
  • Discrimination and harassment in the workplace
  • Unlawful disclosure of your HIV status

We will work with you personally to gain an understanding of your situation and help you explore your legal options. Our goal is to achieve the results that are best for you, and we are prepared to do so in or out of court.

We can also help you take a proactive stance to avoid future legal entanglements.

We can carefully review your employment-related documents, such as:

  • Employment contracts
  • Benefits contracts
  • Severance agreements
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements

The time you invest in making sure you understand every aspect of your employment can save you a good deal of trouble later. By discussing your options with one of our Kansas City employment law attorneys, you can clarify all of your rights and responsibilities.

Charles Vantine

Leaders in Law endorses Charles Vantine as our exclusively recommended Construction Law expert in the USA – Missouri. If you wish to get in touch with Charles, please use the contact information provided above.

Charlie is a member of Dentons’ Construction Practice Group. He has represented a wide variety of clients in all project phases, including project contracting and procurement, project administration and dispute resolution. His clients have included project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, design professionals, utilities and manufacturers.

Charlie’s experience in the pre-construction transactional phase of construction projects includes a broad range of project delivery methodologies, including traditional design-bid-build contracts, design-build contracts, construction management contracts, EPC contracts, EPCM contracts, development contracts, professional services contracts and other contractual arrangements on multi-million dollar projects. Moreover, Charlie regularly counsels clients in real-time throughout the course of construction as issues arise on projects.

Charlie has handled complex issue and multiple party dispute resolution at the state, federal and appellate level, as well as in the alternative dispute resolution forums of mediation and arbitration. Charlie has experience in prosecuting and defending significant construction disputes, including but not limited to design and construction defect claims, schedule/delay claims, contract default claims, mechanic’s liens, improper workmanship claims, error and omission claims, payment and performance bond claims, UCC claims, and other contractually based disputes.

Experience

  • Represented luxury resort developer in connection with the construction of an ultra-high-end luxury casino hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Represented quasi-public utility board of directors with respect to nuclear power facility in South Carolina.
  • Represented well known film producer in the development of expansive movie studio property in Georgia.
  • Represented solar developer with respect to engineering, procurement and construction agreements for future developments.
  • Represented client with respect to engineering, procurement and construction contract disputes relating to a coal-fired power facility. The claims involved schedule and defect related issues.
  • Represented an industrial manufacturer with respect to an engineering, procurement and construction management agreement in connection with a new production facility.
  • Represented a renewable developer with respect to an engineering, procurement and construction contract in connection with a wind generation facility.
  • Represented design-build JV in connection with a dispute relating to an ethanol production facility, which included schedule and delay claims and claims of construction and design defects.
  • Represented natural gas supplier with respect to an engineering, procurement and construction management agreement in connection with a natural gas storage and compression facility in Louisiana.
  • Represented natural gas supplier with respect to an engineering, procurement and construction management agreement in connection with a natural gas pipeline project in Louisiana.
  • Represented natural gas supplier in a dispute relating to an engineering, procurement and construction management agreement in connection with a natural gas compression, storage and pipeline project in California.
  • Represented owner of a biodiesel production facility relating to project delays, defect claims and mechanic’s liens.
  • Represented Native American hotel and casino operator in connection with facility design and construction issues.
  • Represented multi-unit residential developer in connection with all aspects of the design and construction of mixed use facilities.
  • Represented major hotel operator in dispute with regard to design and construction defects.
  • Represented major hotel operator in dispute regarding improper installation of flooring in rooms that created cupping of wood floors.
  • Represented Native American casino operator in dispute regarding design defect in raised flooring.
  • Represented major hotel operator in dispute regarding incomplete work and mechanics liens in property relating to contractors failure to pay subs money paid by owner.
  • Represented major developer with regard to hotel construction contract for high rise hotel in suburban Kansas City.
  • Represented Native American hotel and casino operator with regard to construction and engineering contracts and transactions for a casino hotel in California.
  • Represented infrastructure contractor in various bid protests and other contractual disputes.
  • Represented professional sports team with regard to certain disputes relating to a civic facility.

Billee Elliott McAuliffe

Leaders in Law endorses Billee Elliott McAuliffe as our exclusively recommended IT Law expert in the USA – Missouri. If you wish to get in touch with Billee please use the contact information provided above.

Billee Elliott McAuliffe practices in Lewis Rice’s Corporate Department, with a particular focus on information technology (IT).

As IT is now the conduit upon which all businesses operate, this area of law touches on nearly all aspects of a client’s business. Along with information technology law, Billee has extensive experience throughout corporate law, including technology licensing, cybersecurity and data privacy, mergers and acquisitions, and general business and corporate law. As such, regardless of what type of business utilizes a particular technology, Billee has the background and perspective to understand the needs of that business or business unit and has the expertise to interpret the various areas of law implicated by such needs. Utilizing such understanding and expertise, Billee addresses the needs of each client and each engagement with a well-rounded, practical, client-centered approach.

In today’s world, data and the equipment and/or software in which that data are held or used are often a business’s largest assets. Frequently, that data and software is held in third-party servers at a location hundreds of miles from a client’s headquarters. Ensuring that such data is adequately protected is a priority for Billee in each transaction. Additionally, the purchase and sale of such data, software, and equipment is a major component of most mergers and acquisitions. For example, transitioning a company’s enterprise resource system and the data contained therein is often the most crucial aspect of any acquisition, for without that system and data, the plant or business cannot operate. Billee is often called upon to consult with both purchasing entities and selling entities about the purchase/sale and transition of data, software, and IT equipment in a variety of merger and acquisition transactions. Having adequate IT representation early in the purchase/sale process is crucial to the success of any such transition. Billee has assisted numerous clients with these transactions and stands ready and willing to assist you with yours.

In addition to her busy law practice, Billee is a mother of triplets and therefore dedicates much of her free time volunteering for organizations primarily related to children and education.

Practice Areas

– Information Technology

– Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

– Technology Licensing

– Corporate

– Mergers & Acquisitions

– Business & Corporate Finance

Education

Southern Illinois University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2001)

– Journal of Legal Medicine, commentary editor-in-chief

– Legal Perspectives, editor of student case summaries

– Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Purdue University (M.A., 1994)

– Political Science

– University of Minnesota (B.A., 1992)

Political Science

Legal Background

– Adjunct faculty member, Maryville University (January-May 2004)

– Summer associate, Lewis Rice LLC (2000)

– Legal research assistant for Dean Thomas Britton, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1999-2001)

Professional Affiliations

– American Bar Association

– Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Admissions

– Missouri Bar

– Illinois Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

– President, Maddee’s Wings

– Board Member, COPE24 – Changing Our Parenting Experience