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  • Ingrams 2013 Legal Industry Outlook Assembly

    McDowell Rice Smith & Buchananco-sponsored Ingram’s 2013 Annual Legal Industry Outlook Assembly on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  The discussion focused heavily on corporate and business law. Senior Partner and Chairman Pete Smith co-chaired the assembly; Jonathan Margolies was also a participant.  More than ten of the most prominent law firms in Kansas City participated in the assembly.

  • Best Law Firm Awards & Recognition

    Best Law Firms list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2011 - Present

  • Mike Gorman wins summary judgment in Missouri State Court wrongful termination case

    In January 2010, Mike Gorman won summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a wrongful termination (whistleblower) lawsuit filed in Missouri state court.

  • Tom Buchanan obtains Nevada Supreme Court Order which severely limits damage exposure for engineering consulting firm

    On March 26, 2009, McDowell, Rice attorney Tom Buchanan obtained a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court of Nevada. In turn, the ruling led to an extremely favorable settlement of a major case for his client, a national engineering firm. In this case, The Mandalay Resort Group sued for negligence and breach of contract arising out of the design and construction of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandalay ultimately claimed damages of approximately $32 million alleged to have resulted from the settlement or subsidence of the structure.

  • Jury awards more than $16 million to small business

    On May 7, 2009, McDowell, Rice attorney Tom Buchanan won a $16,738,500 victory for ICE Corp., a small Kansas manufacturer of aircraft de-icing controllers. ICE sued corporate giant Hamilton Sundstrand and its French affiliate, Ratier Figeac, for misappropriation of ICE’s trade secrets. The lawsuit involved development and sale to Airbus of de-icing controllers to be used on military aircraft.

  • Pete Smith guides business clients through stressful economic times

    Pete Smith is well known in the legal community for his tenacious and effective trial advocacy.  However, he also is recognized nationally for his expertise in guiding clients through difficult business and economic problems. In today’s troubled economy, clients call on Mr. Smith for practical legal advice and creative solutions to their business difficulties.  He routinely is quoted in the press as a knowledgeable source of information on commercial transactions, business development, and bankruptcy law.

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