Husch Blackwell LLP > Kansas City, United States > Firm Profile
Husch Blackwell LLP Offices
4801 MAIN STREET
KANSAS CITY, MO 64112
Husch Blackwell LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Industry focus > Education Tier 1Fielding a coast-to-coast presence, Husch Blackwell LLP continues to be a market leader in education with demonstrable strength in Title IX independence reviews and investigations. Hayley Hanson leads the practice and handles sensitive investigations on sexual assault and racial discrimination in higher education institutions, having over two decades of experience in this area. She also has additional expertise in the Clery Act and Title IV Federal Student Aid matters. Litigator Derek Teeter represents colleges and universities in complex disputes, with a specialty in sexual misconduct, religious liberty and freedom of speech issues. In Austin, Scott Schneider is the name for employment related matters and institutional misconductIn Chicago, core members of the group include managing partner Julie Miceli who advises both private and public institutions on financial aid and charitable contributions, strengthened by her background as former general counsel for federal student aid at the US Department of Education, and Lisa Parker who has a health-care related education focus and a strong regulatory practice. Senior counsel Richard Goldstein in Boston is rated by peers and focuses on litigation for healthcare clients. The group has an active pro-bono practice advising prominent black institutions on additional federal funding. Lawyers are based in Kansas City unless otherwise stated.
Other key lawyers:
‘Husch Blackwell is a leader in content knowledge across all issues of higher education. They have an array of subject matter experts and capabilities are far superior to any firms with whom we have dealt. Not only do they have a historic and current firm grasp on legal precedents and laws, they have a practical focus and understanding of clients’ situations and look to the future in recommendations. HB’s uniqueness comes in the human touch, the content expertise, the value provided and frankly, exceptional results. We are pleased by collaboration across issues as associates break down silos to get at solutions – and look to the future in recommendations.’
‘Great quality people, personable, highly responsive, focused and dependable, teachers, mentors, listeners, connectors and collaborators, respectful, the highest of integrity – to name a few. Hayley Hanson leads the pack – but we have to name everyone with whom we come in contact – Derek Teeter, Sean Tassi, Annie Cartwright, Julie Miceli, Demetrius Peterson – to name a few!
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Indiana State University
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana State University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northwest Missouri State University
St. Louis University
Texas A&M University
University of Illinois
University of Tulsa
Wichita State University
William Jewell College
- Represented Franciscan University of Steubenville in a federal case in Ohio filed by a faculty member against the university alleging he was constructively discharged based on age and religious discrimination from his own students.
- Advised on an independent investigation of sexual misconduct at Louisiana State University.
- Represented Northwestern University in an energy P3 for the campus, including negotiating a master energy-as-a-service agreement that provides for multiple service agreements on behalf of the private university.
Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 3Husch Blackwell LLP ‘is very knowledge in the world of cannabis’ and handles cannabis and industrial hemp regulatory matters across all 50 states and Washington DC. The firm is primarily known for regulation and transaction work, but also provides expertise in corporate and securities, vendor contracts, employment law, corporate governance, real estate, IP, customs, sweepstakes, litigation and tax matters. The team is co-led from Denver by Steven Levine, who specializes in marijuana and industrial hemp regulatory work, as well as corporate and M&A, and Marshall Custer, who focuses his practice on the marijuana and industrial hemp industries. Associate Meghan Brennan left the firm in 2021.
Steven Levine; Marshall Custer
Other key lawyers:
Alyssa Samuel; Lowell Pearson; Allee Barton
‘Husch is very knowledge in the world of cannabis. They have been instrumental in setting up our investment structure as well helping navigate the compliance issues at both the state level and federal level.
‘Cannabis is incredibly tricky, even more than just state regs. You must be able to adapt to changing regulations and sometimes only legal advice is the answer. Husch has been key to our success.’
‘Marshall Custer and Alyssa Samuel are my right-hand folks. They are prompt to answer questions and explain certain items in which I am not familiar. They help on all issues of compliance, investment structure and general legal questions.
‘Lowell Pearson and Allee Barton worked with us on a license settlement with the MO Dept of Health. The settlement resulted in exactly the way we wanted. Our in house team did a ton of work on the settlement but Lowell and Allee were there to steer us in the right direction and help navigate a successful settlement.’
‘Well rounded team that knows the cannabis industry, is efficient and available. Works to get job efficiently and effectively. Transparent in process and billing.’
‘Their knowledge and desire to complete tasks. Very deal friendly.’
‘This is a full service law firm with deep resources. Cannabis businesses need access to competent legal help across the spectrum, and this practice can fulfill those needs without having to outsource.’
‘Marshall Custer with Husch Blackwell is not only an amazing attorney but also a genuine person. I know that Marshall always has my best interests in mind. I often ask Marshall the question if you were in my shoes how would you handle or approach a given situation. Marshall provides me with honest, truthful insight that I really appreciate and hadn’t found until I found Marshall. Marshall’s experience is not only exceptional with regards to cannabis matters but all things business. I’m a lucky person to have him in my corner.’
VCP23, LLC d/b/a Green Thumb Industries
Columbia Care, Inc.
Clear Cannabis, Inc.
Green Sage Real Estate
Los Sueños Farms
Futurevision d/b/a Medicine Man
Nutritional Elements d/b/a The Health Center
LivWell Enlightened Health
Steven F. Carman; John Crossley; Cacki Jewart
‘Responsive and competent.’
‘The Husch renewable team is top notch and best in class.’
Copenhagen Instructure Partners
ENGIE North America Inc.
LightsourceBP Renewable Energy
Orsted Onshore North America, Inc.
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (and Liberty Utilities Co.)
Taaleri Energia Oy
174 Power Global
Ares Energy Infrastructure
Swift Current Energy
Scout Clean Energy, LLC
Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
Sustainable Development Capital Ltd
Other key lawyers:
Jim Goettsch; Mary Anne O’Connell; Steve Carman; Kate Bechen
‘What makes Husch unique is their ability to deliver top tier legal talent at mid-tier/regional hourly rates without having to sacrifice the quality of their advice. I have been incredibly pleased with the collaboration and willingness to partner from Husch on items like secondments of paralegal assistance, hosting of contract portals, and billing procedures/processes.’
‘The team was excellent in working under intense deadlines and incredibly complicated matters across multiple mergers simultaneously.’
‘Deep bench of expertise.’
‘The team maintains a calm, thoughtful presence in a highly charged, time intensive matters.’
‘Excellent at anticipating next steps and guiding parties through a maze of conflicting issues.’
- Represented Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. II in the closing of its business combination with Embark Trucks Inc., a developer of autonomous technology for the trucking industry.
- Represented UpHealth Holdings, Inc., an innovative digital health company, in its business combination with GigCapital2, Inc. and Cloudbreak Health, LLC, a unified telemedicine and video medical interpretation solutions provider.
- Served as lead outside counsel to Casey’s in its $580m acquisition of Buchanan Energy, owner of Bucky’s Convenience Stores.
The Clark Construction Group, LLC
Lendlease (US) Public Partnerships LLC
Lawrence Livermore National Security
Day & Zimmermann
Express Scripts, Inc.
JF Brennan Company
Martin UAV, LLC
Total Administrative Services Corporation
W.S. Darley Company
Honeywell International Inc. (Aerospace)
Nicholson Construction Company
Kelli Meilink; Christine Fabin
Other key lawyers:
Toni Blackwood; Carrie Clairborne
Lindt & Sprüngli
Christensen Farms and Feedlots, Inc.
Northwest Missouri State University
- Assisted DataChat with H-1B Cap cases.
Real estate Tier 4Husch Blackwell LLP focuses on the Midwest real estate market. Its primary St Louis office is led by Caroline Hermeling, a seasoned partner in regional and nationwide real estate sales and acquisitions, development and leases. She also represents lenders in the enforcement of loan and security agreements, notes, guaranties, deeds of trust and related documents.
‘The firm provides a high touch at a relatively low cost. Husch Blackwell provides an extremely high level of service on par with the best firms in the country.’
‘The individual attorneys I work with at Husch Blackwell are the most business oriented lawyers I work with. I trust them completely with my work.’
‘The extent of the Real Estate team’s knowledge and experience is a strength that I consider to be unparalleled.’
‘This firm is a true business partner. They not only deliver tremendous legal service, but also are eager to work with us on alternative billing, diversity and technology.’
National Storage Affiliates
City of Anaheim, California/Angel Stadium
City of Fresno, California/Fresno Grizzlies
EPC Real Estate Group
MGE Capital LLC
Great Rivers Greenway District
Pearl Capital Management
- Represented Diode Ventures in the development of a technology campus called Golden Plains, which will be a high-end, multifacility data center.
- Represented Raven Development in the acquisition of an approximately $3.5bn, 5,000-acre mixed-use development consisting of residential, commercial, a golf course, a ski resort and lodge, and other amenities in Granby, Colorado.
- Represented Western Union in the transfer of more than 25 properties associated with a M&A transaction.
‘They are easy to work with and get the job done. They are always on time and provide helpful direction. The collaboration was exactly what we needed.’
‘I have valued their honesty and attention to detail without going over the top. They provide value and don’t just milk the clock. Curt Chase specifically is a pleasure to work with.’
UpHealth Holdings, Inc.
Kansas City Orthopedic Association
Edward Elmhurst Health System
- Advised Talksapce on the corporate and regulatory aspects of its $1.4bn spac offering.
Husch Blackwell LLP > Firm Profile
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 25 offices, including our virtual office, the Link, we provide legal insight and business leadership that helps our clients identify smart solutions, advance their goals and move forward. In 2021, the firm added office locations in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, and Providence.
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 forming 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 and natural resources; financial services and capital markets; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and education; real estate, development and 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.
|Paul Eberle||Chief Executivefirstname.lastname@example.org||414 978 5550|
|Catherine Hanaway||Chairemail@example.com||314 480 1903|
|Dan Bray||Banking & Finance|
|Michael Hargens||Commercial Litigation|
|JoAnn Sandifer||Commercial Litigation|
|Steve Levine||Food & Agribusiness|
|Brian Waagner||Government Contracts|
|Hayley Hanson||Higher Education|
|John Cruciani||Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy|
|Dan Cohn||Intellectual Property|
|Daisy Manning||Intellectual Property|
|Cortney Morgan||International Trade & Supply Chain|
|Erik Eisenmann||Labor & Employment|
|Kirstin Salzman||Mergers & Acquisitions|
|Ed Wilson||Private Equity|
|Carrie Hermeling||Real Estate, Development & Construction|
|Jeff Jensen||White Collar, Internal Investigations & Compliance|
Staff FiguresTotal partners firmwide : 364 Total lawyers firmwide : 862
- Industry focus > Education
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort
- Industry focus > Cannabis
- Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power
- M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)