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Husch Blackwell LLP
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DENVER, CO 80202
United States

Industry focus > Education Tier 1

Predominantly based in Kansas City, Husch Blackwell LLP’s coast-to-coast team offers a strong regulatory and compliance focus, servicing all facets of the industry, including public institutions, state university systems, private institutions, specialty, religious, and for-profit institutions, specialized accrediting agencies, and K-12 school districts. The group has an active pro-bono practice advising prominent black institutions on additional federal funding. With deep experience in education, Hayley Hanson co-heads the practice with particular expertise in handling sensitive high-profile reviews investigations on sexual assault and racial discrimination in higher education institutions as well as Title IV Federal Student Aid matters. Co-head Sean Tassi assists public and private education institutions in transactions and regulatory compliance matters alongside general advising. Litigator Derek Teeter represents colleges and universities in complex disputes, with a specialty in sexual misconduct, religious liberty and freedom of speech issues. In Chicago, Lisa Parker has a strong regulatory practice, advising both small private institutions and publicly-traded schools on financial aid and charitable contributions, and Julie Miceli, the former deputy general counsel for higher education and federal student aid at the U.S. Department of Education, advises institutions on issues related to campus safety, including Title IX, the Clery Act, serving minors and emergency planning and response. Austin-based Scott Schneider is a key contact for employment matters and institutional misconduct.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Hanson; Sean Tassi

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Parker; Julie Miceli; Scott Schneider; Jason Montgomery; Michael Raupp; Derek Teeter


‘The HB team has a broad range of experience handling education regulatory and policy issues. The group is responsive and highly collaborative.’

‘Lisa Parker’s work stands out as a relationship partner. She is always responsive and hard working.’

Key clients

Chicago State

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Indiana State University

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Johns Hopkins University

Northwestern University

Northwest Missouri State University

St. Louis University

Texas A&M University

United Educators

University of Illinois

University of Tulsa

Wichita State University

William Jewell College

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

Husch Blackwell LLP‘s e-discovery team is highly active in litigation, with experience in a broad range of matters including IP disputes, breaches of contract, and class-action lawsuits. ‘All-star’ Tessa Jacob, based in Kansas City, has expertise managing e-discovery in active litigation, and provides the full range of discovery management to clients. Jacob co-leads the department alongside Steven Neeley, who works from Washington DC on litigation and arbitration related to government contracts, construction projects, and renewable energy. Taylor Concannon Hausmann, located in Kansas City, is also key.

Practice head(s):

Tessa Jacob; Steven Neeley

Other key lawyers:


‘Tessa Jacobs is an all-star. She gets brought in with normal lawyers that can’t understand ESI.’

‘They are trustworthy, honest, and find creative solutions.’

‘Tessa Jacobs is extremely knowledgeable, and is a thought leader through her participation in The Sedona Conference and the National eDiscovery Leadership Institue (NELI).’

Key clients


Provisur Technologies, Inc.


First Bank & Trust

Lindt & Sprungli Inc

Compass Minerals

Integra LifeSciences

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

Traditionally very strong out of its St Louis headquarters, and continuing to broaden its geographic reach,  Husch Blackwell LLP is increasingly taking on national roles in toxic tort matters, alongside more regional mandates. Although the scope of the firm’s toxic tort workload is broad, the team which is co-headed by J.Y Miller and Brandon Mueller , remains particular effective in handling asbestos litigation where it is noted for its ability to provide ‘strategic solutions that are innovative and practical’. Oakland-based partner Lisa Oberg , who is ‘exceptional at delivering client based solutions’, excels in managing the mass tort liabilities of clients involving asbestos and benzene, where she is noted for her ability to co-ordinate and oversee local counsel law firms.

Practice head(s):

J.Y. Miller; Brandan Mueller

Other key lawyers:

Jen Dlugosz; Jennifer Lee; Francis LoCoco; Melissa Merlin; Frederic Norris; Lisa Oberg; Joseph Orlet; Mark Zellmer


The Husch Blackwell team works collaboratively and implements strategic solutions that are innovative and practical in the mass tort arena.’

‘The team is good at assessing risk and designing solutions to minimize risk in order to provide added protection to its clients.’

‘The team has deep experience and a reputation that is admired and respected.’

Lisa Oberg is exceptional at delivering client based solutions that align with the business goals of their clients.’

‘Frank LoCoco is able to take over complex legal matters where others have failed.’

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Represented Bayer/Monsanto in a month-long trial in state court in Medford, Oregon, when a 12-person jury unanimously rejected the plaintiff’s claims that Roundup, which he had used around his house since the 1970s, caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or that Bayer/Monsanto was negligent.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Husch Blackwell LLP‘s energy & natural resources team is well known for its capabilities in tax related matters, and is also experienced with project and tax equity finance, energy regulatory matters and M&A. Kansas City-based head Anna Kimbrell has broad experience in advising developers and owners on the whole life-cycle of wind and solar energy projects, including development, construction and acquisition. In Denver, environmental and permitting expert Megan P. Caldwell is also recommended, while Linda L. Walsh in Washington DC specializes in regulatory issues, especially related to the electric utility industry. Omaha’s transactional lawyer David E. Gardels is recognized for his expertise in low carbon renewable projects. Robert Joseph joined the Chicago office from Jones Day, and strengthens the team with his expertise in corporate finance, securities law disclosure, and corporate governance matters. With particular skills in supporting clients in energy transitions and valuable knowledge on wind and solar energy developments, Mashaal Bhaidani in Austin was promoted to partner in January 2023, as was Springfield-based transactional lawyer Christopher Peterson. John Crossley, Brogan Sullivan , Jim Goetsch and Maria Faconti left the practice in 2022.  

Practice head(s):

Anna Kimbrell


‘The Husch team is unique in my experience because they cover almost all 50 states and so can be a one stop shop for local counsel on a transaction with multiple jurisdictions. They produce quality work product in a timely manner and so offer a very easy solution for local counsel assignments. They are also extremely cooperative and easy to work with.’

‘Megan Caldwell has always been very responsive and staffed matters quickly and with skilled attorneys in each area that we have required in the various jurisdictions we have needed, and has provided fantastic permitting advice in many cases as well. Brian Pullin has been a fantastic real estate lawyer on many transactions for us and always produces timely work that can be counted on for its thoroughness. I would recommend the team to any primary counsel that wants an easy local counsel solution across multiple jurisdictions available with a single call.’

Key clients

Fortescue Future Industries

Lightsource bp Renewable Energy

SunVest Solar, LLC

Tri-State Generation and Transmission

Convergent Energy + Power

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Jupiter Power

Green Plains, Inc.

Sandhill Advanced Biofuels, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the project development and achieving financing of the 476 MWdc Fighting Jays Solar Project in Fort Bend County, Texas.
  • Advised Jupiter Power in the closing of a portfolio debt financing for six stand-alone battery storage projects in Texas.
  • Represented Sandhill Advanced Biofuels, LLC in the sale of four RNG projects that are in various stages of development to Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 3

Husch Blackwell LLP handles regulatory and transactional work, and has overseen cannabis as well as industrial hemp regulatory mandates across all 50 states. The department also assists clients in customs, corporate and securities, drug development, and employment law as well as litigation and tax matters. Marshall Custer co-leads the team alongside Steven Levine who often advises significant domestic cannabis clients. The team heads are supported by associates Megan Beebe, Lindy Martinez and Alyssa Samuel, the latter of whom is noted for her expertise in cannabis related regulatory matters. All mentioned individuals are based in Denver.

Practice head(s):

Steven Levine; Marshall Custer

Other key lawyers:


The team I work with at Husch Blackwell is one of the top teams that provides services to my industry. They have exceptional knowledge in regards to all matters that effect my industry. Along with a comprehensive team of highly skills attorneys that provide specific counsel in areas that effect my business. The team is always available for a quick call or is quick to respond via email to question, concerns and real immediate problems. Within our highly regulated industry the firm has implemented a number of practices that ensure our licenses are all renewed timely and we stay compliant with all governing bodies. We would not be were we are today as a company without the guidance and support that Husch Blackwell has provided us.’

Marshall Custer is exceptional and I always feel he has my company along by my interests at the forefront when faced with decisions and counsel. Marshall is always available at a moments notice when time is of the essence. His ability to look at issues we face with a clear mind and thought process always brings about a clear and concise path forward. When Marshall isn’t the person for a given task he is quick to find the correct individual within the firm to arrive at a quick resolution. I have always thought of Marshall as a true friend and an amazing advisor to myself and my companies.’

Key clients

PharmaCann, Inc.


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

Native Roots

NR ParentCo, LLC d/b/a Native Roots

240L Holdings, LLC

Key Investment Partners


Marquee Brands

Lightshade; Buddy Boy; PotCo

MidAmeriCanna, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Colorado-based LivWell Holdings, Inc. in its closed sale to PharmaCann Inc.
  • Acted as outside general counsel to Medicine Man in the sale of the business to Columbia Care.
  • Represented cannabis cultivator Los Sueños Farms as seller’s counsel in its recent $67 million sale to Curaleaf.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Small and mid-size companies entrust Husch Blackwell LLP with their most significant M&A, contractual issues and corporate governance matters. The team, which is managed Kirstin Salzman in Kansas City, attracts considerable praise from clients for its ‘thoughtful, pragmatic approach to dealmaking‘. In the same office, Edward Wilson assists private equity funds, as well as strategic buyers and sellers in corporate transactions. Based in St Louis, Ashley Edwards concentrates on the consumer goods and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kirstin Salzman

Other key lawyers:

Edward Wilson; Steven Carman; John Moore; Philip Koutnik; Ashley Edwards


‘Strong, comprehensive team that can handle the details and the overall strategy for transactions.’

‘Reasonable, approachable, but willing to fight for their clients’ interests.’

‘Exceptional client service. Thoughtful, pragmatic approach to dealmaking while protecting our interests.’

Key clients

OmniMax International

Peaksware Holdings

JF Brennan and Sons Company

Paric Corporation

Hultafors Group NA

Cequel III LLC

PS Capital

Roto Sports

Key Investment Partners


v2 Ventures Group

Fiber Energy Products

Gundersen Health System

NVNG Investment Advisors

Diamond Club Entertainment

Mental Health Emergency Center, Inc.

TS Ortho Solutions, LLC


National Produce Consultants



Government > Government contracts Tier 4

Husch Blackwell LLP‘s ‘very knowledgeable’ government contracts team is particularly known for its strong litigation offering, with a proven track record in bid protests and disputes before federal courts. Alongside this practice, the group assists contractor and subcontractors with compliance matters, government investigations and federal and state government healthcare programs. The Washington DC-based team is led by Brian Waagner, who is especially sought after to handle complex litigation. Hal Perloff is well versed in suspension and debarment proceeding, while Steven Neeley is recommended for bid protests. Another key name is Michael Schrier.

Practice head(s):

Brian Waagner


‘Very knowledgeable team that knows the specific matter requirements.’

‘Very knowledgeable. Prompt responses, to the point and keeping cost efficiency very well. Open-minded about different options. Customer case satisfaction.’

‘We have been a client for years and the team’s expertise and vast experience have helped us with claims and navigate the myriad world of government contracting.’

‘Brian Waagner is without peer regarding government contracting. He understands the FAR, talks plainly and is a great resource for us.’

Key clients

BCFS Health and Human Services

Advance Business Capital

Express Scripts, Inc. (subsidiary of Cigna Corporation)

Crosstown Courier Service Inc.

Widescope Consulting and Contracting Services

Bosworth Steel Erector, Inc.

EFC Services, Inc.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

Exhibiting ‘expertise and incredible legal talent‘, the team at Husch Blackwell LLP assists hospices and behavioral health providers with service closures, and the creation of ambulatory surgery centers. Practice head Curt Chase works out of the Kansas City office, where he utilizes his ‘rare and exceptional‘ skills and experience to advise hospitals and health systems on physician hospital integration arrangements. Based in Austin, Hal Katz assists both for-profit and non-profit governmental healthcare businesses on collaborations, and transactional matters, while Ellee Cochran acts for managed care companies and physicians in matters concerning Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, private audits, and patient issues. Regarded by clients as a ‘clever problem solver‘, Robert Blaisdell supports the team from Boston, representing physician groups and nursing homes with HIPAA compliance, medical staff credentialing and peer review, and plans of correction.

Practice head(s):

Curt Chase

Other key lawyers:


‘The HB team have subject matter experts. They are accessible and their advocacy is unsurpassed.’

‘The team works together seamlessly, and their responsiveness is incredible. I would feel as if I was on an island without them.’

‘Tom Shorter’s presence lends a steadiness and calming influence to any meeting or issue he’s involved in. His ability to keep four health care competitors and County leaders focused on the key points that need to be moved forward is impressive.’

‘Curt Chase is an exceptional and knowledgeable healthcare attorney. The diversity, expertise and incredible legal talent across this organization is second to none.’

‘Curt Chase has a vast and intense knowledge of healthcare law across all spectrums. His experience and skills are very rare and exceptional, and he always provides a pathway for resolution or compromise to get the best outcome.’

‘Robert Blaisdell is clearly a subject matter expert when it comes to legal matters and their intersection with healthcare in Massachusetts. He is a clever problem solver while remaining compassionate and considerate of those impacted by his decisions.’

Key clients

North Bend Medical Center

Edward Elmhurst Health System

Bryan Health

Mid Dakota Clinic

Health Management Systems, Inc.

Work highlights

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

Husch Blackwell LLP‘s ITC practice operates largely out of Kansas City and Washington DC, where many major ITC litigation players are located. The ITC practice works as part of a wider international trade team of the firm, allowing the individuals access to broader expertise.  The work of the team spans industries, with clients including leaders in the biotech, automotive, shoe manufacturing, and vaping cartridge spaces,. ‘Thoughtful attorney and solid litigator’ Beau Jackson acts on some of the most prominent ITC cases, notably representing Ventria Bioscience in a matter with intricate trade and IP issues across the United States and China. St Louis-based Jennifer Hoekel is also of note, as a talented first-chair intellectual property trial lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Beau Jackson

Other key lawyers:


‘Husch Blackwell’s practice is unique because they bring strong ITC and patent litigation experience from a lower cost platform in the midwest.’

‘The main ITC litigator at the firm is Beau Jackson, a thoughtful attorney and solid litigator. Beau’s client demeanor, and his litigation approach, is consistent with his midwest location. He is decent and polite in both regards, and is generally well-liked.’


Key clients

Ventria Bioscience Inc.

Laird Connectivity Inc.

Clore Automotive, LLC

Halo2Cloud, LLC; ZAGG Inc.; QVC, Inc.

The Calico Group Inc.

Mould Industria de Matrizes Ltda., d/b/a/ Boaonda

Dometic Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Ventria Bioscience in the Commission’s review of its previous determination, affirming that Wuhan Healthgen Biotechnology Corp. and its distributors violated U.S. trade law by importing and selling products that infringe Ventria’s patent.
  • Represented Laird Connectivity Inc in securing an ITC ruling that the client did not violate Section 337 of the Tariff Act in relation to imported products alleged to infringe on wireless module patents.
  • Represented multiple respondents accused of patent infringement by the complainant, The NOCO Company.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Home to members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Husch Blackwell LLP represents a breadth of clients across the education, energy, food and agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and telecommunications industries. Co-lead of the team Kelli Meilink works alongside employers in the development of immigration planning, including employer-sponsored work authorization, as well as H-1B and labor certification application processes. Also co-lead of the team, Christine Fabin assists organizations that hire foreign nationals with immigration policy development and training programs, regulatory compliance and I-9 due diligence in addition to sponsorship petitions and applications for work authorization. All individuals that have been mentioned are located in Kansas City.

Practice head(s):

Kelli Meilink; Christine Fabin

Key clients

Lindt & Sprüngli

Christensen Farms and Feedlots, Inc.

Northwest Missouri State University



Kansas City Public Schools

Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church

Lindt & Sprüngli

Work highlights

  • Represented Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church in helping bring a pastor from Cuba to the United States to start a Spanish speaking ministry at an existing United Methodist Church in Independence, Missouri.

Real estate Tier 4

Husch Blackwell LLP’s real estate practice concentrates on REIT transactions and funds, corporate real estate, retail, logistics, telecoms facilities and stadium development, land use and opportunity zones. Sports facility expert Kevin Kelley in Denver continues to assist with the relocation of an NFL team to a new stadium-anchored 300+ acre mixed-use development. In Kansas City, Charles Renner heads the public-private partnership group. In St Louis, key partners include David Linenbroker, David Richardson and head of practice, Carrie Hermeling.

Practice head(s):

Carrie Hermeling


‘The team at Husch Blackwell is top-notch. Every person I encountered was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Calls and emails were returned promptly. The team took the time to ask questions to understand the unique aspects of the situation. When new issues arose outside of the initial scope, the team was able to bring in additional lawyers to assist in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Moreover, all of the solutions offered were extremely practical and easy to apply.’

‘Excellence in legal service delivery for real estate matters and true business partners. Firm has worked with our company on several initiatives, including alternative fee arrangements and increased diversity in the teams that provide us support. Collaboration is always excellent. Firm is focused on meeting our objectives efficiently, timely and at a fair cost.’

‘David Linenbroker is one of the best real estate lawyers I know, and he is a true business partner to our company.’

‘We use this team for real estate transactions in Colorado and Utah. Not only is the team knowledgeable about local issues, but they are also well-connected within the market. They can also draw specific expertise from elsewhere in the country as needed.’

Key clients

National Storage Affiliates

City of Anaheim, California/Angel Stadium

City of Oakland, California/ Oakland A’s Waterfront Ballpark District

Diode Ventures

GaleHart Communities

Mac Properties

MGE Capital LLC

Northwestern University

U.S. Bank

Northwest Missouri State University

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.

Cobalt Partners

Marquette University

Carbon Health

Untamed Equity

Impact Seven, Incorporated

FirstPathway Community Development

Clayco, Inc.

CBL Properties

Raven Development

Western Union

Great Rivers Greenway District

Tegethoff Development, LLC

TE Connectivity


Work highlights

  • Represented Diode Ventures in the development of a technology campus called Golden Plains, which will be a high-end, multifacility data center that will cost $8.2 billion.
  • Represented Raven Development in the acquisition of an approximately 5,000-acre mixed-use development consisting of residential, commercial, a golf course, a ski resort and lodge, and other amenities in Granby, Colorado.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 5

Husch Blackwell LLP‘s practice largely focuses on advising lenders and borrowers throughout the Midwest, West and Mid-South on real estate debt financing, including construction, bridge, mezzanine, term and syndicated loans. Head of practice Dan Bray resides in Denver, and is noted for his expertise in loans secured by multifamily, office, industrial, self storage, resort and retail, and senior housing properties.

Practice head(s):

Dan Bray

Key clients

BMO Harris Bank N.A.

U.S. Bank National Association

Commerce Bank

National Storage Affiliates

MRP Capital Group

NorthPoint Development

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.

JPMorgan Bank, N.A.

PNC Bank, National Association

Simmons Bank

Texas Capital Bank

International Trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions

Husch Blackwell LLP punches above its weight in the export controls and economic sanctions spheres. The team has a particular focus on US sanctions programs concerning Cuba, Iran, Russia and Venezuela, as well as US entity list restrictions.

International Trade > Trade remedies and trade policy

National firm Husch Blackwell LLP houses a growing trade remedies practice, which added six new clients over the past year. Senior counsel Jeffrey Neeley steers a team that is particularly noted for its expertise in matters related to China, India, and East Asia.

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. With more than 20 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. In 2023, the firm opened an office in Minneapollis.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Jamie Lawless Chief Executive 202 378 2305
Catherine Hanaway Chair 314 480 1903
Dan Bray Banking & Finance
Michael Hargens Commercial Litigation
Anna Kimbrell Energy
Steve Levine Food & Agribusiness
Brian Waagner Government Contracts
Curt Chase Healthcare
Hayley Hanson Higher Education
Sean Tassi Higher Education
Scott Davis Insurance
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
Jon Giokas Real Estate, Development & Construction
Jody Rudman White Collar, Internal Investigations & Compliance
Total partners firmwide : 402
Total lawyers firmwide : 932