Tessa leads Husch Blackwell’s cutting edge eDiscovery Solutions team and has spearheaded the firm’s efforts to provide consistent, defensible and repeatable eDiscovery solutions for our clients. She is responsible for establishing and implementing best practices for eDiscovery as well as providing the related education and training for our attorneys and litigation technology staff.
A practicing attorney for 20 years, Tessa’s strong understanding of the substantive and strategic aspects of litigation informs the counsel she provides to clients and case teams on all aspects of eDiscovery. She works with clients and case teams to create strategic, cost-effective and defensible discovery plans.
Todd is a partner at Votava, Nantz & Johnson in Kansas City, practicing exclusively in wrongful death, serious personal injury and employment discrimination. He is currently serving as adjunct professor in Advanced Litigation Drafting. Todd attended undergrad at the University of Iowa and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1999. He holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available grade from a service where fewer than 5% of all law firms even qualify to be reviewed. Todd has also been named “Best of the Bar” by the Kansas City Business Journal since 2009 and has consistently been selected by his peers through Thomson Reuters as a “Super Lawyer”, a Top 50 Lawyer in Kansas City and a Top 100 Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas in the field of personal injury litigation.
Adjunct Prof. Philip Krause teaches Advising Life Sciences and Technology Entrepreneurs and is a coach of the Law School Intellectual Property Meet competition team. He has been affiliated with prominent Kansas City-based law firms for most of his career, but Philip is an entrepreneur in his own right and currently has his own private law practice seeking to transform how lawyers interact with entrepreneurial clients and deliver the distinctive range of legal services they require through innovative service delivery models. His broad-based experience encompasses the entire life cycle of high-growth ventures, including structuring and organizing the enterprise, establishing relationships with key constituencies, acquiring, protecting and licensing intellectual property assets, securing capital resources through financing transactions, and realizing wealth through exit transactions. As a transactional lawyer, Philip has handled a full range of complex business transactions. Philip’s publications include the Missouri Bar and lectures for the Kansas City Entrepreneurs Club. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in English and business administration from William Jewell College, and J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Michelle Masoner practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and debtor-creditor rights with Bryan Cave LLP. She co-authored and edited “How Secure Are You? Secured Creditors in Commercial and Consumer Bankruptcies” published by the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Bankruptcy, Restructuring, Debtor-Creditor Rights