Track Record & Recognition

Recent Successes:

  • Two separate defense jury verdicts in Jackson County, Missouri state court in cases brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”).  Plaintiffs were former prosecuting attorneys claiming discrimination and retaliation. After brief deliberations, the jury in both cases found for our client on all counts.
  • A defense award in arbitration claims of misclassification of a manager under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Claimant, a store manager at a car maintenance business, filed suit claiming that while he was the store manager, he primarily performed non-exempt duties.  The arbitrator disagreed and ruled in our clients favor on all counts.
  • A defense jury verdict in Jackson County, Missouri state court in a case brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act ("MHRA"). Plaintiff, a former employee who was terminated for rules violations, claimed that she was discriminated against on account of her race. Additionally, she alleged that the company retaliated against her because she participated in an investigation involving a co-worker. After two hours of deliberation, the jury found for our client on all counts.
  • Plaintiff’s verdict of $162 million in Jackson County, after a three week trial, on behalf of our client, a community foundation that provides health care grants to uninsured and underserved in the Kansas City community.  This lawsuit is still active, pending the outcome of a court supervised accounting.  For more information on this case, see the articles printed in The New York Times, the Kansas City Business Journal, and The Kansas City Star.
  • Defense verdict in Jackson County, Missouri involving defense of fraudulent misrepresentation claims brought by several plaintiffs involved in acquisition of and financing for a car dealership. SBH represented the financing subsidiary of a major automobile manufacturer on both the defense of claims brought under Missouri law and on client’s counterclaims. After a two-plus week jury trial, the jury found in favor of the defendants and each count and awarded SBH’s client roughly $800,000 on its counterclaims. Exposure to our client: more than $18,000,000 in actual and punitive damages.
  • A defense jury verdict in Jackson County, Missouri state court in a two-plaintiff case brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act ("MHRA"), brought against a family-owned grocery chain. Plaintiffs alleged that they were selected for a reduction-in-force due to their age. One of the plaintiffs worked for the company for almost 30 years and was terminated in favor of keeping a 28-year old employee who had worked for the employer for four years. After a week-long trial, the jury returned defense verdicts in both cases. The jury deliberated for less than an hour.
  • A successful appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court from the West Virginia Human Rights Commission that overturned and reversed a judgment of more than $650,000 on claims of national origin discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge.
  • A defense award in arbitration claims of gender discrimination and retaliation brought by three former human resources managers against our client, an international, publically traded financial services company. Exposure to our client: $1.5 million.
  • A defense jury verdict in Jackson County, Missouri state court in claims of age discrimination arising under the MHRA brought against a locally-owned family business. The Missouri Commission on Human Rights found "cause" that there was discrimination. The jury did not. Exposure to our client: the company's continued existence as ongoing enterprise.
  • A defense jury verdict in Jackson County, Missouri state court alleging claims of age discrimination under the MHRA brought against a mid-sized chemical company. The evidence included an email claiming that the company would only hire employees under the age of 45. Exposure to our client: $1 million.
  • A verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action involving the enforceability of a non-compete agreement under Missouri law. After a week bench trial, our client won on all claims and was awarded all attorneys' fees incurred in the case.
  • A defense jury verdict in Wyandotte County, Kansas state court in claims alleging consumer fraud against a national provider of funeral services. The claim was widely publicized on local television after the plaintiff's claims were covered by a consumer advocacy reporter. The reporter – now a well-known local anchorman – testified at trial for the plaintiff. The jury found for our client.
  • Motions to dismiss or summary judgment granted in at least 30 different cases involving claims of race, age, and gender discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, and business tort claims on behalf of SBH's clients in the last 24 months.

Accolades:

  • Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC was recognized by the BTI Consulting Group as  being among 293 law firms from across the country as a “BTI Brand Elite Law Firm.”  This list is prepared based upon BTI’s surveys of corporate clients, and is a testament to the value and customer service we provide to our clients.
  • Paul Seyferth, Michael Blumenthal, and Kimberly Jones were included in the 2013 edition of the The Best Lawyers in America, 19th edition in the practice areas of Employment Law - Management and/or Litigation - Labor & Employment.
  • SBH was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for obtaining one of the five top employment defense verdicts in Missouri in 2011, in a case tried by Paul Seyferth and Michael Blumenthal.
  • Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC was designated by the Super Lawyers Business Edition (2011) as the top “small” (i.e., 2-10 attorneys) law firm in Missouri for employment law.
  • Paul Seyferth was recently elected a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by a lawyer’s peers of one’s sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence. 
  • SBH was awarded "Best Law Firm in Missouri for Labor & Employment Work 2009/10" and Kansas City's "go to" law firm to handle complex commercial cases and defend difficult employment disputes by Corporate Intl Magazine in their 2009/10 US Legal Awards.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked SBH as a “Tier-1” law firm in both "Employment Law - Management" and “Labor Law-Management” in Missouri (2013).
  • Chambers USA (2012) SBH is listed as a Band 1 “Leading Firm” in the Labor & Employment law segment.  Chambers USA wrote that SBH “has become a significant force in the Midwest.”
  • Chambers USA (2010) wrote that SBH "has a substantial profile for major commercial and employment litigation, and handles claims of discrimination and harassment made against elected officials, corporate executives and business leaders. Sources also praise the firm's employment counseling and management training . . . The lawyers are assured and adopt highly creative strategies; the group is utterly deserving of its reputation."
  • Paul Seyferth, Mike Blumenthal, Charlie Harris, and Kimberly Jones have been repeatedly recognized by a peer review as Missouri/Kansas “Super Lawyers” in the field of labor and employment law.  Mike Blumenthal was recognized in that review as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Missouri/Kansas and one of the top 50 Super Lawyers in Kansas City.
  • Paul Seyferth and Mike Blumenthal have been repeatedly recognized by The Kansas City Business Journal’s peer review as “Best of the Bar” in labor and employment law. 
  • Charlie Harris, Jr. served as President of the Missouri Bar Association, 2007-2008.  
  • Charlie was selected by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for the “Best Lawyer in Missouri” award. 
  • Four of our lawyers served as law clerks to federal judges before entering private practice. 
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