Natalie Kussart, Shareholder

Biography

Natalie Kussart joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in September of 2007 as an associate after working for the firm as a summer associate in 2006 and as a law clerk from 2005 to 2007. Working with the Business Litigation and Products Liability Practice Groups, Natalie has experience in class actions, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury and tort defense, product and toxic tort liability, professional liability, medical malpractice defense, arbitration and mediation, and appellate work. Throughout her career, she has represented trucking and bus companies, hospitals, physicians, banks, mortgage providers, and manufacturers of automobiles, consumer products, heavy machinery, medical devices, recreational products, and drugs/pharmaceuticals.

Sharing Sandberg Phoenix’s focus on superior client service, Natalie prides herself on responding to client inquiries quickly and achieving the best possible result for her clients. She is committed to defending her clients effectively and efficiently.

“Every case is different and so are the clients who bring them to me.  I enjoy taking on each challenge and helping guide clients to a successful resolution, where possible,” said Natalie.

Outside her legal practice, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks, reading, watching movies, and traveling to warm destinations.

Background

Education

  • J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law, summa cum laude (graduating 2nd in her class), 2007
  • M.A., Illinois State University, 2004
  • B.A., Millikin University, summa cum laude, 2002

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Missouri State Court
  • Illinois State Court
  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • Southern District of Illinois

Associations/Awards

  • Named as a Rising Star by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in 2009, 2014-2017
  • Chair of Sandberg Phoenix’s internal Class Action Group
  • Member of Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Publication Chair of DRI’s Class Action Special Litigation Group
  • Member of the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member of ABA’s Class Actions & Derivative Suits Group
  • Member of the Missouri Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
  • Member of the Missouri Trucking Association, 2012-present
  • Award for Academic Excellence and Phi Kappa Phi, 2007
  • Nominated as Outstanding University Graduate Teacher, 2004
  • Award for International Communication  Association’s  Outstanding Graduate Teacher, 2004

Successes

March 2018 – Natalie won summary judgment for her client in an anti-trust class action case that was pending in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Illinois.

February 2018 – Natalie successfully settled a class action case in Missouri involving alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

January 2018 – Natalie assisted in defeating plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in an anti-trust class action case that was pending in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Illinois.

October 2017 – Natalie successfully negotiated a settlement of a class action case involving the titling of vehicles and alleged violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.

August 2017 – Natalie successfully settled a class action case that was pending in the Circuit Court of St. Louis City, Missouri regarding the “natural” label on a food product.

March 2017 – Natalie successfully negotiated a settlement in a class action case in Missouri involving a cleaning product.

March 2017 – Natalie successfully negotiated a settlement in a class action case that was pending in federal court in Arkansas concerning alleged violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act for balance billing.

February 2017 – Natalie successfully settled a class action case pending in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri involving alleged violations of the Landlord-Tenant Act and Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.

January 2017 – Natalie assisted as local counsel in obtaining preliminary and final approval of a class action settlement for a case involving alleged violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

September 2016 – Natalie assisted in successfully partially decertifying an anti-trust class in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois.

February 2015 – Natalie won a motion to dismiss in a class action case that was pending in the Western District of Missouri, in which plaintiff was alleging violations of 42 U.S.C. 1983 and the Religious Land Use Institutionalized Persons Act.

2014/2015 – Natalie successfully defended companion putative class actions in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri on behalf of a national mortgage lender and servicer. The litigations involved alleged violations of the Missouri Second Mortgage statute, including primary claims that arose under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.  In both cases, dismissal/summary judgment was obtained on the client’s behalf based primarily on statute of limitations grounds. The dismissal was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and was final when a Petition for Writ of Certiorari was recently denied by the United States Supreme Court.

March 2014 – Tuttle v. STERIS Corp. Natalie won summary judgment for her client in a contentious products liability case.

March 2012 – Burbridge v. Harsco Corporation, et al., Natalie assisted in trying and winning a defense verdict in a case involving a train conductor alleging permanent eye injuries from shattered glass from a train accident.

Publications
“Admissibility of Toxicology Reports to Establish Blood Alcohol Concentration,” DRI The Voice, Volume 16 Issue 13, April 5, 2017

”Driving Logs: Can Deficiencies Expose Motor Carriers and Their Drivers to Criminal and Civil Liability?” IADC Transportation Law Committee Newsletter, March 2013

“Reporting Medical Errors: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” 31 SIU L. J. 385, 2007

“Learning communities in the basic communication course: Exploring students’ perception of power and use of compliance-gaining strategies,” Basic Communication Course Annual, 19, 72-103, 2007

“Paid Bills v. Charged Bills: Insurance and the Collateral Source Rule,” 31 SIU L. J. 151, 2006

BIOGRAPHY

Natalie Kussart joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in September of 2007 as an associate after working for the firm as a summer associate in 2006 and as a law clerk from 2005 to 2007. Working with the Business Litigation and Products Liability Practice Groups, Natalie has experience in class actions, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury and tort defense, product and toxic tort liability, professional liability, medical malpractice defense, arbitration and mediation, and appellate work. Throughout her career, she has represented trucking and bus companies, hospitals, physicians, banks, mortgage providers, and manufacturers of automobiles, consumer products, heavy machinery, medical devices, recreational products, and drugs/pharmaceuticals.

Sharing Sandberg Phoenix’s focus on superior client service, Natalie prides herself on responding to client inquiries quickly and achieving the best possible result for her clients. She is committed to defending her clients effectively and efficiently.

“Every case is different and so are the clients who bring them to me.  I enjoy taking on each challenge and helping guide clients to a successful resolution, where possible,” said Natalie.

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