RELEASE: Husch Blackwell elects 18 to partnership

Husch Blackwell announced Wednesday that 18 attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2018.

“Our new partners reflect our firm’s commitment to recruiting and advancing exceptional talent,” said Maurice Watson, Husch Blackwell’s Chairman. “They have subject-matter and industry sector expertise along with extraordinary commitment to client service that our clients expect from us. We are proud of their accomplishments and welcome them to the partnership.”

Members of Husch Blackwell’s 2018 partner class from Missouri include:

Joseph E. Bredehoft, St. Louis, Financial Services & Capital Markets – Joe has extensive experience in state and federal historic rehabilitation credits, as well as state and federal New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC). He has worked on the development and redevelopment of projects ranging from office and retail properties in low-income communities to community facilities, hotels, factories and grocery stores. Joe earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law (2009) and his B.A. in Political Science from Truman State University (2005).

Matthew P. Diehr, St. Louis, Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation – Matt’s practice is focused on representing and advising clients in white collar investigations and litigation. He has successfully defended corporate clients combating claims raised by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, among other claims. He advises clients on effective ways to prevent and, if necessary, prosecute actions for trade secret and intellectual property theft, and was part of a team that obtained what is believed to be the first permanent injunction issued under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 in a high-profile corporate espionage matter for a Fortune 500 client. Matt earned his J.D. cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law (2009) and his B.A. cum laude in Political Economy and Political Science from Tulane University (2006).

Anthony G. Grice, St. Louis, Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation – Anthony focuses on labor and employment matters, advising employers on a variety of human resource issues. He has significant experience litigating single and multiple plaintiff discrimination and harassment cases. He also conducts workplace investigations and has successfully represented employers before a variety of federal and state administrative agencies. As part of the firm’s presence in St. Louis’ Cortex Innovation Community, Anthony helps manufacturing and tech-based startups address a variety of employment needs. He earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law (2009) and both his M.B.A. summa cum laude (2005) and B.S. summa cum laude in Marketing (2003) from Florida A&M University.

Lauren M. Hawkins, Springfield, MO, Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation – With a focus on corporate and transactional law, Lauren’s practice is primarily focused on buying and selling businesses and business assets.  She also counsels companies on a wide variety of legal and business issues present in day-to-day operations, such as trade and operational issues, regulatory requirements, corporate governance, creating and implementing company policies and procedures, risk management and drafting and negotiating many different types of agreements. She advises clients in a range of industries, including commercial airline, business aviation, automotive, transportation, energy, construction, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, resort and hospitality, and real estate. Lauren earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law and her B.S. in Political Science from Missouri State University.

Matthew D. Knepper, St. Louis, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education – Matt concentrates his practice in healthcare and commercial litigation, frequently defending healthcare and technology clients in lawsuits related to privacy issues and commercial disputes, and has extensive experience defending class actions. Matt also represents all types of healthcare entities, including physician groups, hospitals, pharmacies, and pharmacy benefit managers on a variety of legal issues related to reimbursement, contractual disputes, and general liability.  He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law (2009), his M.S. in Teaching from Pace University (2005), and his B.A. with honors in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis (2003).

Lindsey C. Lund, Springfield, MO, Real Estate, Development & Construction – Lindsey focuses her practice on transactional work that spans the commercial real estate space.  She has experience in the areas of investment real estate, condominium/timeshare projects, property owners’ associations, real estate litigation and workouts, title insurance coverage, tax issues, arena/stadium development, and other environmental, land use and development matters. Lindsey earned her J.D. cum laude from Southern Methodist University (2007) and her B.A. cum laude in Journalism from Butler University (2004).

Brooke E. Robertson, St. Louis, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education – Brooke counsels hospitals, physician and dental practices, pharmacies, payers, medical and pharmacy benefits managers, and other healthcare clients on diverse healthcare transactional, corporate, and regulatory matters.  She assists healthcare clients with sales and acquisitions, affiliations, mergers, and start-ups as well as general corporate and contracting matters. Brooke regularly advises clients on regulatory compliance issues, including payer reimbursement, Medicare and Medicaid, managed care, fraud and abuse, telemedicine, licensing, research compliance, insurance regulations, and government agency and private payer audits and has served as interim corporate counsel at health systems, a pharmacy benefits manager, and an air ambulance organization. Brooke earned her J.D. cum laude from Washington University School of Law (2009) and her B.A. summa cum laude from Drury University (2006).

Jason P. Romero, Kansas City, Real Estate, Development & Construction – Jason, a transactional attorney, assists companies with real estate and construction projects throughout the country. He is often a member of project teams consisting of developers, end-users, brokers, consultants, designers, and contractors, with the collective goal of satisfying objectives for national portfolio development and business growth. Jason earned his J.D. and his M.S. in Construction Management from the University of Kansas (both 2009), his MBA from the University of Kansas (2013) and his B.G.S. in American Studies from the University of Kansas (2006).

Wakaba Y. Tessier, Kansas City, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education – Wakaba focuses her practice on healthcare law. She counsels clients on HIPAA and other related privacy issues and advises hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers on complex federal and state regulatory compliance issues. She regularly develops compliance strategies and programs, policies, and procedures and conducts training. In addition, she is particularly experienced working with specialty pharmacies to resolve licensing and other compliance challenges. Wakaba earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law (2009), her M.S. in International Commerce and Policy from Valparaiso University (2008), and her B.A. in Psychology and Japanese Studies from Wellesley College (2002).

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