Lathrop GPM


6 ranked lawyersBand 2MissouriUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Well-established firm offering a full suite of litigation services. Represents clients on a broad array of matters, from personal injury and wrongful death claims to investigations and class actions relating to product liability and environmental tort. Also has a strong record representing clients in the healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing and financial services industries.


An impressed client says: "They are an excellent team, one of the top firms we use in the US. They are very responsive and really listen."

Another notes that "they are very professional and competent. They display organized thinking, are focused on results and are very good at listening and understanding our priorities."

A source comments: "The team is extremely competent and diversified in expertise. They're pretty spectacular."

Work highlights

Continues to represent Georgia-Pacific in two separate lawsuits relating to alleged failure of structural lumber produced at Georgia-Pacific sawmills.

Continues to represent HANOR in a case brought by the Humane Society of the US alleging violations of the EPCRA field in the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Notable practitioners

Clayton-based Charles Ron Hobbs focuses on assisting clients in toxic torts and environmental claims, with expert knowledge of related insurance laws.
"He has represented us very well and has achieved outstanding results" "What I like most about Ron is his tenacity and competitiveness. He is a bulldog, and you really want a tenacious bulldog leading your team when you are chasing recovery from an obstinate opposition."

David Frye practices in tort and commercial litigation matters. He is well experienced in defending lawsuits involving personal injury, toxic tort exposure and commercial litigation.
"He is a great communicator, has excellent litigation skills, and is extremely relatable and customer service-oriented." "He is a very experienced litigator and knows how to handle any issue that is thrown at us."

Jay Felton is especially known for his work on product liability disputes. His practice also covers a wide range of investigations and regulatory matters.
"He is a great tactician, very keen at identifying issues. He is a great communicator and always thinking ahead."

Jean Paul Bradshaw 's practice includes advising clients on environmental and regulatory matters, as well as False Claims Act investigations.

Mara Cohara leads the firm's environmental and tort practice. She focuses on litigation matters including product liability, nuisance and toxic torts. She is well experienced in advising on large-scale matters and high-profile lawsuits.
"She is eminently bright, practical, and really listens to us in strategizing and coming to a proper resolution rather than just litigating."

Matthew Jacober is head of the firm's litigation and dispute resolution team and advises clients on the full range of commercial disputes across a variety of industries.
"He is extremely strong and powerful on cross examinations and depositions." "Matt is very technically skilled and manages our cases well."

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The work of our Missouri Litigation team (Tort & Environmental, led by Mara Cohara; and Litigation & Dispute Resolution, led by Matthew Jacober) reaches courts at all levels for clients of all sizes. The team has experience representing clients at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and has been instrumental in developing legislation affecting several industries. We have vast experience at efficiently managing large complex cases, assessing and developing strategies, reaching efficient resolutions and persuasively arguing cases.

Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team comprises attorneys with diverse offerings, including Antitrust & Trade Regulation; Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution; Appellate; Complex Financial Litigation; Class Action; Creditors’ Rights; ERISA; Complex Commercial Litigation; Investigations & White-Collar Defense; Non-Compete, Non-Solicit, Trade Secrets and Other Restrictive Covenants; Professional Liability; and Shareholder Disputes.

Our Tort & Environmental team holistically addresses tort claims, including investigation and defense, insurance recovery and claim prevention advice. Key areas of our tort practice include Contaminants and Toxic Tort, Agricultural Nuisance, Personal / Premises Liability; Transportation Liability; Product Liability; and Organizational Misconduct. The group is known for its deep Toxic and Mass Tort portfolio and has defended hundreds of claims against agricultural and industrial clients.


Cohara, Mara (Head of Department)

Jacober, Matthew (Head of Department)

Bien, Richard

Blomberg, Chad

Bradshaw II, Jean Paul

Cantwell, Emily

Cunningham, Allyson

Felton, J A (Jay)

Fields, Brian

Ford Jr, William F

Fries, Brian

Frye, David R

Gasper, Kate

Griffin, Jennifer

Haden, Jonathan

Hobbs, Charles Ron

Housh III, Tedrick

Kuhlman, Kevin

Leitch, Bradley

Millin, Sarah

Moeller, James

Moloney, James

Moore, Jehan

Rhodes, Bernard

Rhyne, Richard

Ricke, Andrew

Sellers, Kent


American International Industries (AII)

Bank of America

Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC (BNSF)

Deere & Co.

The HANOR Company


Agribusiness & Food

Automobiles & Parts



Commercial & Professional Services

Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing


Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Forestry & Paper

Health Care


Mining & Metals

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Private Clients / Individuals

Real Estate


Software & Computer Services

Technology, Hardware & Electronics


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Litigation Department

Lathrop GPM

Department location

2345 Grand Boulevard

Kansas City



MO 64108

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Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Jean Paul Bradshaw II
Band 2
Missouri: Kansas City & Surrounds

Litigation: General Commercial

David R Frye
Band 4
J A (Jay) Felton
Band 3
Mara Cohara
Band 4
Missouri: St Louis & Surrounds

Litigation: General Commercial

Charles Ron Hobbs
Band 3
Matthew Jacober
Band 3