Mr. Woods' civil litigation and arbitration practice includes trials and appeals in federal and state court, with an emphasis on business litigation, family law and real estate. His business litigation experience includes the representation of manufacturers, banks, securities and transportation brokers, utility companies and individuals in cases involving such diverse subjects as civil RICO, fraud, shareholder rights, Merchandise Act claims, breach of contract, personal injury, and terms and conditions of employment.
His family law practice regularly includes contested dissolution cases involving a wide range of issues such as spousal support, division of property and child custody. Mr. Woods is often specially retained to focus on valuing business interests, including professional practices. Subjects of his family law cases handled on appeal include the enforceability of post-nuptial agreements, spousal support rights after traumatic injuries, and the determination of marital/separate property rights in lengthy marriages.
His real estate cases have included eminent domain, zoning, contractor/developer disputes, professional liability and numerous and varied contractual disputes. Other matters he has briefed and argued on appeal include cases involving the Missouri Franchise Act, fraud, and tortious interference with business expectancies.
A. B. MAURI FOOD, INC. (d/b/a FLEISCHMANN'S YEAST) v. JOHN HAROLD AND BUSINESS LOGISTICS, Inc. — Represented transportation broker and his company, obtaining summary judgment in defense of civil RICO claims brought by Fortune 500 company. Ultimately prevailed on associated claims brought by Fleischmann's Yeast for over $3 million in an arbitration hearing.
COLE'S TRACTOR AND EQUIPMENT, INC. V. HOMIER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY, INC. — Represented national tractor distributor and obtained summary judgment in defense of Franchise Act, fraud and tortious interference claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. This case involved allegations of institutional fraud claims directed at the client's distributors. Summary judgment turned on convincing the Judge to strike the testimony of a key expert witness based on a Daubert challenge to his testimony on economic damages.
REALCO, INC., ET AL V. TRY US, LLC — Represented trusts in obtaining summary judgment against trailer park owners for over $1 million in breach of contract claim
FRENCH V. FRENCH — Represented spouse in addressing valuation and allocation of owner/spouse's interests in multi-million dollar venture capital firms.
Goessling v. Goessling — This case contains a complicated set of facts involving family member transfers of property through trusts and other estate planning vehicles, making the property tracing and characterization difficult. Other aspects, such as spousal support contain some unusual twists, as well.