Firm Profile > Husch Blackwell LLP > Washington DC, United States

Husch Blackwell LLP
750 17TH STREET N.W.
SUITE 1000
United States

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

The government contracts team at Husch Blackwell LLP is singled out for its experience of federal construction contracting, its knowledge of healthcare programs and its niche expertise in contracting matters involving the US Postal Service. Leveraging over two decades of practicing experience, Brian Waagner is the name to note for high-vale bid protest work and FCA litigation, while David Hendel leads bid protest matters for the firm's postal contractor clients. Steven Neeley is also recommended in the litigation space; he acts for contractor clients in litigation and arbitration, and is noted for his knowledge of the renewable energy industry. William Hughes in Milwaukee provides comprehensive employment law advisory work to government contractors, and is especially active in the technology and transportation sectors.

Practice head(s):

Brian Waagner

Key clients

Jacobs 4

Lendlease (US) Construction

The Clark Construction Group


Day & Zimmermann

JF Brennan Company


Express Scripts

United Parcel Service

Wellcare Health Plans

WPS Health Solutions


M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 4

Husch Blackwell LLP has a strong presence throughout the Midwest, but is fully capable of handling national and international transactions for public and private companies in the middle market. Indeed, the firm has extensive experience of inbound and outbound transactions, and in addition to its transactional work, it also advises on matters such as antitrust and general operational issues. Kansas City-based Kirstin Salzman heads the M&A, securities and corporate governance practice group; she has been recognized throughout the market for her transactional and advisory work, and has recently led work for clients including AMC Entertainment. Eric Lenzen leads the financial services and capital markets industry unit in Milwaukee. The team also has an on-the-ground presence in St. Louis.

Practice head(s):

Kirstin Salzman; Eric Lenzen

Key clients

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.

Austin Energy

CBL Properties

CFB Venture Fund, L.P.

Kohler Co.

Luxco, Inc.

Pollen, Inc. (C2FO)

TricorBraun Inc.

VantEdge Partners, LP

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Husch Blackwell LLP has a strong presence throughout the Midwest, where it is rated for its 'deep subject-matter knowledge' and its 'ability to partner with the client'. St. Louis-based Carrie Hermeling heads the real estate, development and construction team, and has expertise in corporate real estate transactions as well as real estate-related litigation. In addition to its work in core commercial real estate assets and social infrastructure developments, the team is highly regarded in deals involving stadiums and sports arenas, areas where Gregory Smith and Kevin Kelley in Denver are key contacts. Charles Renner in Kansas City is a name to note for public-private partnership work.

Practice head(s):

Carrie Hermeling 

Other key lawyers:


‘Deep subject-matter knowledge is table stakes. What makes Husch Blackwell unique is their ability to partner with the client — to understand the client’s strategy and outcome goals. I look to our real estate professionals at Husch Blackwell as trusted business advisors, not just legal counsellors.’

‘David Linenbroker and Courtney Hill have become trusted members of our real estate team.  We look to them for their business insights as well as their legal expertise.’

Key clients

City of Kansas City, Missouri

CBL & Associates Properties

Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District

Circuit of the Americas

Hunt Development Group


City of Phoenix, Arizona

Highland Development and The Davis Companies

Raven Development

Kiel Center Partners and the St. Louis Blues NHL team

Platform Ventures

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Paul Eberle Chief Executive 414 978 5550
Greg Smith Chairman 314 480 1720
Michael Hargens Commercial Litigation
JoAnn Sandifer Commercial Litigation
Steve Carman Energy
Steve Carman Food & Agribusiness
Curt Chase Healthcare
Hayley Hanson Higher Education
Scott Davis Insurance
John Cruciani Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy
Aron Carnahan Intellectual Property
Jeff Neeley International Trade
Paul Pautler Labor & Employment
Eric Lenzen Mergers & Acquisitions
Eric Lenzen Private Equity
Carrie Hermeling Real Estate, Development & Construction
Steve Camp Banking & Finance
Chris Rockers Banking & Finance
Derek Taylor Banking & Finance
Total partners firmwide : 323
Total lawyers firmwide : 622