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Daniel Blegen has an active civil litigation practice in Missouri and nationwide. His practice includes a broad array of business litigation, ranging from breaches of contract and business torts, to trade secret theft and unfair competition, to governmental investigations and enforcement actions. Mr. Blegen represents corporations and individuals, both as plaintiffs and defendants. As litigation increasingly involves questions of data integrity and destruction of evidence, his unique experience and expertise in the area of computer forensic investigations provides an added benefit to his clients.
Represented Defendants/Counterclaim-Plaintiffs in successfully obtaining a $6.1 million jury verdict for breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy, including $5.5 million in punitive damages, following a thirteen-day jury trial in Jackson County, Missouri. The plaintiffs initially filed claims against clients on various theories, all of which were dismissed by the Court prior to trial. At trial, persuaded the jury that Counterclaim-Defendants improperly used their control over Counterclaim-Plaintiffs to take monies for lavish personal entertainment and other self-dealing transactions, and that the award of punitive damages was appropriate to deter future conduct. Raizada Group, LP et. al. v. PHC Holding Company, LLC, et. al., No. 1416-CV14245 (Jackson County, Missouri, November 1, 2017).
Obtained $31.3 million jury verdict on behalf of Hallmark Cards Incorporated in a trade secret misappropriation action against Monitor Clipper Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, which used stolen Hallmark trade secrets to acquire a competitor to Hallmark. The jury returned the verdict following a two-week trial that included substantial evidence of misappropriation and computer forensic evidence of document destruction. Hallmark Cards, Incorporated v. Monitor Clipper Partners (W.D. Mo.). On appeal, the 8th Circuit affirmed the judgment. Hallmark Cards, Incorporated v. Monitor Clipper Partners, LLC, — F.3d —-, 2014 WL 3408853 (8th Cir. July 15, 2014).
Obtained $373 million award in a 6-week arbitration for client American Century, involving over 50 witnesses, against one of the country’s largest financial institution and defended that award and judgment through appeals and to payment.
Represented Hallmark Cards Incorporated in breach of employment agreement and trade secret misappropriation case against a former executive, resulting in verdict for Hallmark. Hallmark Cards, Incorporated v. Janet L. Murley (W.D. Mo.), aff’d, (8th Cir. 2013).
Represented board of directors of bank in connection with FDIC investigation into the largest bank fraud in Arkansas history.
Represented processor of prescription drug claims in breach of contract lawsuit brought by largest long-term care pharmacy in the United States. Omnicare v. Argus Health Systems (Jackson County, Missouri)
Represented manufacturer of advanced insulated coating system in trademark litigation against infringing manufacturer. Superior Products v. GEMS (D. Kan.)
Represented financial advisor in case alleging breach of non-solicitation agreement brought by multinational banking corporation. U.S. Bank v. Cavner (W.D. Mo.)
Substantial experience representing executives, officers, and directors in internal investigations, shareholder disputes, and governmental investigation and enforcement actions.
Law Clerk, Judge Scott O. Wright
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1998-2000
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D.,1998
• Order of the Coif
• Order of Barristers
• Missouri Law Review
University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A.,1994
Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015-2017
Best of the Bar
Kansas City Business Journal, 2010, 2012 and 2016
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section President’s Award, 2000
American Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
• President, 2017
• Board of Directors, 2008-present
• Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors, 2000-2007
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
United States District Court for the District of Kansas