University of Oregon School of Law,
Order of the Coif
Certificate in Environmental Law
University of Oregon ,
M.S., Environmental Studies, 2004
B.A., Biology, cum laude, 2000
US Ct Appeals, 8th Circuit (Covers AR, IA, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
American Agricultural Law Association
Membership and Program Committees, 2016
American Bar Association: Section of Litigation
Corporate Counsel Committee
American Bar Association: Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division
Agricultural Law Committee
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Member, Task Force on the Future of the Profession, 2015
St. Louis Agribusiness Club
Women in Agribusiness
Included in "Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers" Rising Stars, 2012-Present
Member of the inaugural class of the Deloitte St. Louis 100 Wise Women Program
Thompson Coburn LLP
Supreme Court of Missouri
Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Wolff, 2005-2007
Missouri Attorney General’s Office
Assistant Attorney General, 2004-2005
General Counsel for the Missouri State Board of Nursing
St. Louis Zoo Volunteer
YMCA of St. Louis
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Allocation Panel, 2009
Kim is a tenacious and passionate advocate for clients in contentious high-stakes litigation. Kim routinely handles all aspects of litigation in a number of industries, including financial services, agriculture, agribusiness, biotechnology, food, and manufacturing.
In her work, Kim is always guided by the client's true goals for the litigation, which usually means identifying the straightest path to a successful resolution, whether a swift remedy or a sophisticated long-term litigation strategy. Kim has extensive experience crafting clear, compelling legal arguments and articulating those arguments in briefs, memoranda, and oral arguments during all phases of a trial or appeal. Kim also routinely counsels clients on litigation strategy, e-discovery, and regulatory issues related to the litigation.
To better serve her clients, Kim works diligently to stay abreast of current industry and legal issues affecting the food and agribusiness industries and is an editor of the firm's Food Fight Blog. Through Food Fight, Kim works to bring relevant industry insights and timely legal updates to all food and agriculture industry stakeholders. Kim has a particular interest in food labeling litigation, GE seed litigation, food labeling laws and regulations (including the new bioengineered foods disclosure law), the Food Safety Modernization Act, produce safety rules, regulatory action by the USDA, and urban agriculture. Kim is also co-chair of a group of attorneys with a particular interest in ag reproduction litigation.
For several years, Kim has been active in every major litigation related to the release of genetically engineered plants. Drawing on her post-graduate studies in ecology, biology, and environmental studies, Kim can speak the language of agribusiness professionals and attorneys, and works with them directly on the best way to resolve complex commercial litigation in the areas of agriculture and biotechnology.
Part of the litigation team that serves as national counsel for a major for-profit higher education institution facing lawsuits and government investigations in jurisdictions across the country. As a former general counsel for the Missouri State Board of Nursing, Kim has been instrumental in responding to litigation involving the institution's nursing programs.
Worked on a groundbreaking appeal for a major agribusiness in a suit filed under the United States Warehouse Act. The resulting decision staved off an attack by another agribusiness that attempted to force the client to accept modified crops at its warehouses. The case was an issue of first impression before the 8th Circuit, and the favorable ruling allowed the client to determine its own strategy for accepting certain GMO crops.
Key member of the defense team that secured a walk-away result for a firm client in a case alleging trade secret theft where the plaintiff sought lost profits damages of over $50 million. This successful resolution followed the implementation of a litigation strategy designed to expose key weaknesses in the plaintiff's claims.
Primary author of a successful opposition to a motion for class certification in federal court. The resulting order was one of the first to articulate the ways in which the proposed injunction class did not meet the standard of seeking "primarily injunctive or declaratory" relief because the facts and circumstances alleged made clear that the primary intent of the litigation was monetary damages.
Primary author of a successful motion for summary judgment on a complex standing issue that allowed the client to proceed to trial with all of its requested damages categories intact.
"Not so Wonderful: What the food industry can learn from Pom’s faulty health claims"
Food Fight Blog July 2016
"What food, packaging and agribusinesses need to know about the first-ever nationwide GMO labeling law"
Food Fight Blog July 2016
"Education malpractice and student litigation: Achieving early dismissal";
REGucation Blog, May 2016
"Education malpractice and student litigation: How to assess claims";
REGucation Blog, May 2016
"Education malpractice and student litigation: New lessons learned";
REGucation Blog, April 2016
"Recent Cases Addressing the Educational Malpractice Doctrine: Three Key Lessons for Defending Against Student Claims";
Career Education Review, April 2016
"4 takeaways for higher ed from the Alabruda student lawsuit verdict";
REGucation Blog, March 2016
"9th Circuit sends herbicide debate back to the EPA";
Food Fight Blog, February 2016
"EPA sets flip-flopping precedent, reversing prior pesticide registration";
Food Fight Blog, December 2015
"Statutory Changes, New Regulations, and Compliance Deadlines Under the Food Safety Modernization Act"
TCLE October 4, 2016
"Recent Changes in Food Law: Regulation, Litigation and Legislative Updates"
American Agricultural Law Association Symposium October 2016
"The Future of the Profession";
Missouri Bar CLE, January 2016
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