Alternative Dispute Resolution & Early Resolution . . .
RDM has attorneys who are on the approved mediator lists for the State of Missouri, the US District Court – Western District of Missouri, and the US District Court – District of Kansas. These attorneys have served in a number of civil cases as mediators and co-mediators.
Appellate Advocacy . . .
RDM’s attorneys have decades of experience handling appeals in state and federal courts. The ability to winnow out the strongest issues, craft a compelling argument, and effectively present the case to the appellate tribunal mark RDM’s attorneys as effective appellate advocates.
Commercial Litigation/Business Organizations . . .
RDM attorneys represent corporations, partnerships, and individuals in a full range of business disputes, including corporate and partnership disputes, unfair competition claims, royalty disputes, tortious interference claims, commercial and residential construction disputes, real estate, consumer protection, and general contract issues.
When trial becomes necessary, RDM’s team of trial counsel has a long history of success in complex and multi-jurisdictional matters, including both defense and prosecution of affirmative claims.
Employment & Labor Law . . .
RDM attorneys have experience in defending business organizations and individuals in state, federal courts and administrative agencies in all areas of employment and labor law, including discrimination, wrongful termination, non compete agreements, trade secrets, wage and hour disputes and FLSA collective actions. RDM’s attorneys understand the complexity of employer/employee relationships and the applicable federal and state law which governs those situations.
Insurance Defense & Coverage . . .
RDM serves as panel counsel for national insurance companies in defending claims for personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, vexatious refusal, bad faith, and coverage disputes.
RDM’s insurance coverage attorneys are involved in rendering coverage opinions, consulting with insurers on the interpretation and application of insurance policies, and in prosecuting declaratory judgment actions to construe insurance policies.
Medical & Pharmaceutical Litigation . . .
RDM attorneys represent doctors, pharmacists, orthodontists, dentists and other medical professionals who face allegations in courts and before state licensing boards.
Products Liability, Toxic Torts, & Enviromental Law . . .
RDM is a nationally recognized leader in the defense of asbestos exposure cases. RDM has represented abatement contractors and manufacturers of insulation materials, boilers, drywall and joint compounds, ceiling tiles, gaskets, electrical components and friction materials. RDM has litigated cases throughout the United States, including all of the well-known “judicial hellholes” for defendants. RDM’s vast experience gives clients confidence in our evaluation of cases and, if necessary, the ability to try a case to verdict. RDM has also handled a variety of other toxic tort matters, including benzene, toluene, silica, and volatile organic compound (VOCs) exposure cases as well as groundwater and public nuisance cases. RDM has successfully defended clients involving allegedly defective helicopters, tree stands, exercise equipment, fireworks, go-carts, cleaning solvents, scaffolding, trailer hitches and hydraulic farm equipment, press and light curtain failure, and elevators.
Professional Liability . . .
RDM attorneys defend organizations and individuals in malpractice actions covering a variety of industries and professions including: doctors, lawyers, accountants, design professionals, and insurance agents. RDM attorneys recognize the needs of professionals, including the specifics of their business, when counseling and defending those facing malpractice claims. This experience allows RDM attorneys to quickly develop practical solutions while also maintaining the ability to try a case to verdict.
Trial Tactics & Consulting . . .
The trial tactics team provides guidance to companies, insurance carriers, and their attorneys on preparation, strategies, and advocacy for trials. RDM’s extensive courtroom experience gives clients a reasoned and experienced voice in determining and developing litigation strategy, corporate representative testimony, and expert scientific or medical defenses.
The Diversity Committee . . .
Rasmussen Dickey Moore LLC has a standing Diversity Committee, headed by partner Dyanna Ballou. While all firm lawyers are encouraged to attend Committee meetings and events, the focus is on the firm’s diverse attorneys. The firm’s minority and female associates all voluntarily participate in the Committee. The Committee supports attendance at various career building and diversity workshops, meetings and CLEs.
But the Committee’s primary focus is developing the rain-making potential of our diverse attorneys because we believe that power in a law firm – and in one’s career – is based on having one’s own book of business. RDM believes that each of its attorneys must be encouraged and supported in the never-ending process of developing and maintaining clients both for their personal career stability and for the future of the firm. The most successful attorneys at any firm are those who grow and build the firm. It is RDM’s belief that the best way to ensure that its diverse attorneys have a voice—whether at RDM or at any other firm—is to control their own work by having their own clients.
The goal of RDM’s Diversity Committee’s rainmaking initiative is to ensure that the firm’s diverse attorneys receive one-on-one and group mentoring on developing his or her career and clients. It is intended to teach the firm’s diverse attorneys how to market themselves and, as importantly, how to make marketing activities a regular part of each work day.
To that end, the Committee meets monthly to develop and execute personal marketing plans – from initial mission statements to a detailed plan with specific annual marketing goals and action points. Individual plans are geared to each attorney’s individual professional interests and tenure in the profession. Each month, each attorney chooses a specific marketing goal to accomplish that month to be reported and discussed with the group. The monthly group meetings are an accepting place to discuss successes and failures where everyone is encouraged to develop a marketing plan that works for them.
Examples of specific individual marketing goals that have been completed by Committee members in 2018 include:
- Active participation in local and state bar association committees
- Published articles in legal publications
- Membership on local business and charity boards
- Participation in local bar outreach events
- Speeches at national defense attorney meetings
- Presentations at local and national CLEs
- Mentoring relationships with in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies