Jonathan Barton, Shareholder

Biography

Jonathan Barton is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. He is a member of the firm’s products liability practice group and is active in the firm’s general litigation and business litigation practice. Jon is engaged in all aspects of litigation from the initial claim investigation stage through trial before the bench and jury in both state and federal courts. He has extensive experience in defending products liability cases involving a wide array of industrial machinery, motorized vehicles, electrical components (including medium and high voltage equipment) and consumer goods. Jon is also experienced in cases involving fire science, premises liability, transportation law, intellectual property litigation and insurance defense.

Jon is a regular speaker to members of the Missouri and Illinois Bar as well as attorneys and general counsel on a national basis. He presents seminars on issues involving integration of technology during the discovery process and at trial as well as advanced trial and deposition skills and techniques. Jon also hosts a yearly web seminar on ethics from the litigator’s perspective.

Jon received the honor of being named by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers in Missouri for 2008. Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers named him a Rising Star in 2010 and a Super Lawyer from 2011 – 2016 in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Products.

He was chosen as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” recipients based on his career achievements and community work. In addition, Jon received an AV Peer Review Rating on Martindale Hubbell which was given by his peers for his high level of professional excellence.

Background

Civic Activities
Volunteer: St. Louis Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (2001 to present). Board of Directors (2011 to present). Routinely assists artists with questions concerning the law with a special emphasis on intellectual property issues.

Volunteer: Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (2001 to present). Volunteer yearly as a guest judge for the high school mock trial competition.

Adjunct Professor: Washington University. Coach of the national intercollegiate mock trial team – 2003-2005.

Professional Activities
Jon is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Missouri, the Supreme Court of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri as well as for the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, Western District of Michigan and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jon has also been admitted pro-hac vice to handle matters for various clients in state and federal court in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, New York, Michigan, Connecticut and Colorado.

He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Bar Association of the Central and Southern District of Illinois, the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts in St. Louis.

Jon is a member of the Order of Barristers and is the recipient of two consecutive Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Awards for Excellence in Advocacy, issued by American College of Trial Lawyers.

Jon chairs the firm’s Technology Committee and serves on the firm’s Professional Development Committee.

Education
Jon earned his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Drake University School of Law in 1998.

He received his B.A. in Political Science from Saint Louis University in 1994.

Successes

Publications and Reviews
Deskbook Reviewer: Missouri Damages, Consortium and Derivative Claims, (MoBar 3rd ed. 2011).

Author: Missouri Evidence § 10, Credibility and Impeachment of Witnesses, 2010 Supplement (MoBar 5th ed. 2010).

Author: Missouri Tort Law, 3rd Ed., 2010 Cumulative Supplement Chapter 19—Statute and Ordinance Violations

Author: Partnering With Your Client: A Recipe for Success in Product Liability Litigation, Corporate Counsel Magazine (December 2007).

Deskbook Reviewer: Missouri Civil Procedure, Rule 67: Dismissal of Civil Actions, (MoBar 3rd ed. 2007).

Author: Missouri Evidence § 10, Credibility and Impeachment of Witnesses, (MoBar 5th ed. 2006).

Deskbook Reviewer: Missouri Tort Law, § 14, Product Liability (MoBar 3rd ed. 2003).

Speaking Engagements
Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the “Rambo” Litigator, NBI/West Legal Education (August 9, 2011).

Practical Evidence for Civil Litigators, Missouri Bar CLE (June 3, 2011).

Litigating in an Electronic World-Effective Use of Social Media, Tokio Marine Nichido, Pasadena, CA (March 1, 2011).

Ethics: Effect on Corporate IT Policies on Otherwise Privileged Communications, Network of Trial Law Firms, Kiawah Island, S.C. (November 5, 2010).

Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the “Rambo” Litigator, NBI/West Legal Education (September 29, 2010).

Product Liability Litigation From Beginning to End, PLRB/LIRB, Atlanta, Georgia (June 22-23, 2010).

E-Discovery: In-House Counsel’s Reaction to Pension Committee Decision, Network of Trial Law Firms, Phoenix, Arizona (April 23, 2010).

Mastering the Art of Taking and Defending Depositions, The Missouri Bar, (February 26, 2010).

Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case, NBI/West Legal Education (January 14, 2010).

Emerging Responsibilities for In-House CounselE-Discovery: What Other In-House Counsel are Doing, Network of Trial Law Firms, Laguna Beach, California (November 7, 2010).

E-Discovery Challenges Facing In-House Counsel, Network of Trial Law Firms, New York (August 7, 2009).

Litigating to Win through Advanced Trial Advocacy, NBI/West Legal Education (June 30, 2009).

E-Discovery Challenges Facing In-House Counsel, Network of Trial Law Firms, Napa, California (April 26, 2009).

Refining Your Opening and Closing Statements, NBI/West Legal Education (March 20, 2009).

Document Management in the Trenches, IPE Institute (January 29, 2009).

Winning Your First Civil Trial, NBI/West Legal Education (October 13, 2008).

Ethics from the Litigators Perspective, National Business Institute (June 30, 2008).

Litigating to Win through Advanced Trial Advocacy, NBI/West Legal Education (June 26, 2008).

E-Discovery: A To Z Workshop, West Legal Works (June 17-18, 2008).

Mastering the Art of Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, Missouri Bar CLE (February 8, 2008).

Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case, National Business Institute (January 31, 2008).

Ethics in Advocacy: The Litigator’s Perspective NBI/West Legal Education (December 27, 2007).

Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics, National Business Institute (November 30, 2007).

Building Your Civil Trial Skills, National Business Institute (August 29, 2007).

Comprehensive Cross Examination Skills, NBI/West Legal Education (June 21, 2007).

Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy, National Business Institute (May 18, 2007).

Trial Preparation from State to Finish for Paralegals, Institute for Paralegal Education (March 28, 2007).

The Art of Settlement, National Business Institute (March 27, 2007).

How to Get Evidence and Expert Testimony Admitted Into Court, National Business Institute (January 25, 2007).

Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy, National Business Institute, (June 28, 2006).

Ethics in Advocacy: The Litigator’s Perspective NBI/West Legal Education (June 26, 2006).

Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients in Missouri (The Defense Perspective), National Business Institute, (August 24, 2005).

Superior Deposition Strategies in Missouri Civil Trial Practice, National Business Institute (November 17, 2004).

State Civil Litigation in Missouri, Lorman Education Services (May 19, 2004).

Guest Lecturer: Ethics and Advocacy: Case Studies and Practical Applications for the Civil Litigator, University of Houston Law Center (January 9, 2004). Presented with Dr. Jeffrey S. Wigand, the former VP of Research and Development for Brown & Williamson and the subject of the movie “The Insider.”

Representative Litigation Experience
Defended consumer product manufacturer (television) in an $11 million wrongful death case involving 37 year old male in the City of St. Louis— obtained confidential settlement of less than 1% of original demand 2 weeks before trial.

Represented consumer product manufacturer (refrigerator) in a multi-million dollar wrongful death case involving the death of two children ages 4 and 6—reached a confidential six figure settlement prior to trial.

Represented consumer product manufacturer (wood burning stove) in a $5 million personal injury case involving 12 year old boy with burns to 93% of his body—confidential settlement reached at mediation for less than $325,000.

Represented industrial component part manufacturer (control limit switch) in a $4 million personal injury (paraplegic) wrongful death case—obtained dismissal prior to trial.

Defended RV manufacturer in personal injury wrongful death claim involving component product recalled for containing a defect which caused fire—obtained dismissal after mediation.

Defended motorcycle manufacturer in personal injury claim involving recall due to alleged throttle sticking—obtained favorable confidential settlement.

Represented trucking company and driver in $2 million wrongful death case involving 18 year old girl—confidential settlement reached for less than $20,000.

Represented industrial component part manufacturer (control limit switch) in a $4 million wrongful death case involving worker struck in head by a falling crane hook—obtained dismissal prior to trial.

Defended vehicle manufacturer in property damage subrogation claim alleging vehicle fire which allegedly spread and burned down plaintiff’s home damaging same in the amount of $300,000—obtained confidential settlement for less than $15,000.

Represented rental company in a wrongful death case involving contact with power lines while operating a boom lift—obtained confidential settlement for less than $20,000 (paid by co-defendant under indemnification agreement).

Defended manufacturer of marine motor in breach of warranty and property damage claim—tried to verdict—jury awarded damages to plaintiff and fees awarded pursuant to MMWA.

Represented industrial electrical equipment manufacturer (medium/high voltage switch gear) in a $5 million property damage construction defect claim involving an overvoltage event and resulting fire—obtained confidential settlement of less than $25,000.

Defended industrial manufacturer (circuit breaker) in a $1.2 million subrogation claim—obtained settlement during mediation for less than $100,000.

(Notable Verdicts & Reported Cases) Litigation Experience
Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund v. Investors, Ins. Co. of America, 451 F.3d 925 (8th Cir. 2006).

Baskin v. Parkview Housing (2004). The plaintiff alleged wrongful eviction and conversion of personal property seeking over $700,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. Jon represented the defendant, Parkview Housing Corporation. The case was tried for three days in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County and resulted in a unanimous defense verdict.

City of St. Louis, et al. v. American Tobacco, Co., et al., 2003 WL 23277277 (Mo. Cir. December 16, 2003).

Grigaitis v. My Way Transportation (2002). The plaintiff alleged personal injury and property damage as a result of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer. Jon represented the defendant, My Way Transportation. The case was tried for two days in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis and resulted in a unanimous defense verdict.

Schwarzen v. Harrah’s St. Louis Riverport, 72 S.W.3d 223, 224 (Mo. App. E.D. 2002).

State ex rel. MSX International v. Dolan, 38 S.W.3d 427, 430 (Mo. banc 2001).

BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Barton is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. He is a member of the firm’s products liability practice group and is active in the firm’s general litigation and business litigation practice. Jon is engaged in all aspects of litigation from the initial claim investigation stage through trial before the bench and jury in both state and federal courts. He has extensive experience in defending products liability cases involving a wide array of industrial machinery, motorized vehicles, electrical components (including medium and high voltage equipment) and consumer goods. Jon is also experienced in cases involving fire science, premises liability, transportation law, intellectual property litigation and insurance defense.

Jon is a regular speaker to members of the Missouri and Illinois Bar as well as attorneys and general counsel on a national basis. He presents seminars on issues involving integration of technology during the discovery process and at trial as well as advanced trial and deposition skills and techniques. Jon also hosts a yearly web seminar on ethics from the litigator’s perspective.

Jon received the honor of being named by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers in Missouri for 2008. Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers named him a Rising Star in 2010 and a Super Lawyer in 2011 and 2012 in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Products.

He was chosen as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” recipients based on his career achievements and community work. In addition, Jon received an AV Peer Review Rating on Martindale Hubbell which was given by his peers for his high level of professional excellence.

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