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On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, a jury in Jackson County, Missouri found welding rod manufacturers Hobart Brothers and Lincoln Electric not liable for damages related to asbestos claims. RDM attorneys Kurt Rasmussen, Dyanna Ballou, and Justin Ijei defended against the claim.

Jessica Shumaker at Missouri Lawyers Weekly has a full synopsis of the case, Laningham v. Hobart Brothers and Lincoln Electric.

Update: RDM’s victory in this case has been named a Top Defense Verdict for 2017.

RDM attorneys sign the Pro Bono Pledge.

Rasmussen Dickey Moore believes in the importance of pro bono work and, accordingly, commits to encouraging and supporting pro bono activities.

Project Pro Bono for the Public Good, a partnership of KCMBA and LAWMO.

Project Pro Bono is a partnership between Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO).

Law firms that sign the Pro Bono Pledge promise to make a commitment to the provision of pro bono legal services in the Kansas City area by actively seeking opportunities to provide pro bono services, setting specific goals for yearly pro bono work, and encouraging firm-wide participation in pro bono initiatives.

RDM celebrates 20 years.

In honor of Rasmussen Dickey Moore’s 20th anniversary year, the firm unveiled a shortened name and a new Kansas City office location. An open house was held on December 1st to celebrate RDM’s achievements, clients, and families.

RDM celebrates 20 years.

RDM was established as Rasmussen, Willis, Dickey, & Moore in 1996 by four partners from the former Kansas City law firm of Watson & Marshall, L.C. Over the years there have been changes of locations, names, procedures, and people, but the founding principle of providing exceptional legal service remains in place today.

RDM celebrates 20 years.

We thank our growing team of attorneys for their dedicated work, and we thank our clients for allowing us to serve them over the last 20 years. We look forward to the next 20 years and beyond!

A brown recluse. RDM successfully defended a premises liability claim involving a spider bite at a hotel.

RDM attorneys John Kellogg and Justin Ijei represented a motel sued by a guest for an alleged brown recluse spider bite in a motel room. After a four day trial, a Jackson County jury returned a unanimous defense verdict.

The case may have been one of the first Missouri premises liability cases involving an alleged venomous spider bite. “It was important to show the jury that our client acted appropriately and used adequate pest control measures in treating its property,” Ijei said. “We’re very pleased that the jury found no liability and rendered a verdict in our client’s favor.”

Premises liability.

Despite your best efforts to eliminate the potential for injury, accidents can happen. Call on RDM’s attorneys to help you when you face a premises liability claim.

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Alligator. Photo by Laura Wolf.

RDM’s Kevin Deenihan and Matt Jensen discuss fighting reptile theory in an article titled “Fighting Reptile Theory in Court: Making Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Feel Survival Danger” in the February 2016 issue of the Defense Research Institute‘s Trials and Tribulations. “Awareness of this vulnerability and familiarity with typical Reptile Theory tactics are keys to using this weakness against Plaintiffs’ counsel,” write Deenihan and Jensen. Read the entire article below.

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