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  • Successful enforcement of limitation of liability clause

    Another McDowell Rice client succeeded in enforcing a contractual limitation of liability provision against a school district in a construction defect pending in Lake County, Illinois. The court granted partial summary judgment on an unsigned but fully-performed contract, holding that the plaintiff’s claims, which exceeded $3 million, were capped at approximately $79,000 by virtue of the limitation of liability provision. The parties subsequently settled the case for the limitation amount.

  • Summary judgment granted in favor of bank

    Summary judgment was entered in favor of McDowell Rice’s bank client in a guaranty enforcement and mortgage foreclosure action where mortgagor asserted lack of consideration, unconscionability and an Equal Credit Opportunity Act violation as affirmative defenses. Kristie Orme served as lead counsel for the bank as the motions were presented in July 2013 to Judge Sutherland in Johnson County District Court.

  • $2.3 million summary judgment granted in favor of bank

    Summary judgment was entered in favor of McDowell Rice’s bank client and against borrower and guarantor on all claims in the bank’s Petition to Enforce Notes, Guaranty, Security Interest and for Replevin for amounts due totaling in excess of $2.3 Million. Kristie Orme was lead counsel for the bank as the motion was presented in July 2013 to Judge Alexander in Clay County Circuit Court.

  • Summary judgment victory in tortious interference case

    McDowell Rice’s client was successful in defeating Defendant’s motion for summary judgment arguing that Plaintiff’s claims for tortious interference were barred as compulsory counterclaims, by collateral estoppel and because Plaintiffs could not prove their claims because Defendant’s communications were legally justified. In addition, McDowell, Rice’s client was also granted summary judgment on Defendant’s counterclaims, which the Court ruled were barred by res judicata. Plaintiff’s claims will now proceed to trial.

  • McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan - Ingrams Best Companies to Work For

    McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan is distinguished as a Winner (Small Company category) in Ingram's 2013 "Best Companies to Work For" competition.

  • Ingrams 2013 Legal Industry Outlook Assembly

    McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan co-sponsored Ingram’s 2013 Annual Legal Industry Outlook Assembly on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  The discussion focused heavily on corporate and business law.

  • 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.

  • 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.



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