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Mark Anstoetter

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Environmental & Toxic Tort; Food, Beverage & Agribusiness; Design & Construction


Co-Chair, Environmental & Toxic Tort LItigation Practice Group


Mark has more than 27 years of experience establishing effective legal strategies that position companies to anticipate and defend against environmental, toxic tort, agribusiness/food safety and crisis-related claims. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business notes, "Mark Anstoetter is hailed as 'a very smart and aggressive lawyer who digs deep into the technical details,'" and in 2017 awarded him Band 1 status in Environmental Law. As chair of the firm’s Chambers-recognized Toxic Tort Practice and co-chair of the Agribusiness and Food Safety Practice, he leads litigation at state and federal levels in addition to handling high-stakes enforcement matters and client counseling requiring complex issues management. 

Mark’s litigation and regulatory experience in the agribusiness sector includes matters involving releases from Underground Storage Tanks (USTs); fumigation-related claims involving storage facilities and transportation of grain for food processing; negotiating consent orders for remediation at agribusiness and food storage facilities; defending citizen suit, state and federal agency enforcement over agribusiness operations involving claims under CERCLA, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act; and defending private-party personal injury and property damage claims. Mark’s client defense often involves managing parallel agency enforcement or investigations brought by EPA, OSHA, NIOSH and ATSDR.


American Bar Association; Defense Research Institute; Kansas Bar Association; Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; The Missouri Bar


J.D., University of Denver, 1989; B.S., Iowa State University, 1982

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP’s department is particularly active in food and beverages litigation, where the key contacts are Mark Anstoetter, Katie Calderon and James Muehlberger, and matters concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In one recent highlight, Chicago-based Matthew Sitzer successfully defended Ernida in a TCPA class action. The products team is co-led by Holly Smith and Ann Songer. The firm strengthened its practice with the January 2018 hire of three litigators from Sedgwick LLP, namely Michael Healy, Wyne Wolff and Emily Weissenberger. San Francisco-based Frank Kelly and Kenneth Reilly in Miami are other key figures. All named partners are based in Kansas City, unless otherwise stated.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense

The toxic tort and exposure practice at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP is jointly led by Kansas City-based Mark Anstoetter and David Erickson and advises on medical, environmental and asbestos-related cases. The team represents manufacturers in class actions and mass torts and is recommended for its trial expertise. Well-known litigator Michael Healy joined the San Francisco office in January 2018 from Sedgwick LLP.

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