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David H. Luce

Shareholder & General Counsel

“The best way to cope with trouble is to stay out of it as much as possible.” – Jack Nicklaus

Areas of Concentration

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law

Experience at Work

Dave has extensive experience—in the boardroom and the courtroom. He brings over 30 years of diverse experience to managing and resolving a wide range of litigation matters. He concentrates his practice in general civil litigation, including commercial, employment and real estate disputes.

Dave advises individuals and organizational clients to achieve the best possible result for the client through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or trial. He listens to clients and focuses on strategies to minimize risk and avoid litigation where possible. Dave has tried numerous jury trials to successful verdicts and handled many bench trials, arbitrations and mediations of commercial and employment disputes, quiet title actions, regulatory disputes, and non-compete.

In addition to the private practice of law, Dave was the in-house counsel at Koch Industries, Inc., the nation’s largest privately-held corporation, and at Trans World Airlines. Dave applies his decades of experience to providing comprehensive guidance and counseling to individual and corporate clients on a broad-spectrum of legal subject areas.

In the Community

Dave and his wife, Debi, mediate disputes on a daily basis between their pit bull and cocker spaniel.  Dave is an avid golfer and enjoys cooking and rooting for his Kansas Jayhawks.

Awards & Designations

Awards

  • Super Lawyers® | Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List, Super Lawyer, (2011 – 2012, 2014, 2017 – 2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® | Employment Law/Management, St. Louis (2018 – Present)

Recognitions

  • Washington University School of Law | Order of the Coif

Appointments

  • Supreme Court of Missouri | Regional Disciplinary Committee | Member (2013 – 2016)

Significant Experience

Representations

  • Obtaining an $11.1 million jury verdict in favor of a Missouri manufacturer against its insurance carrier.
  • Obtaining a defense jury verdict in a race discrimination case in Missouri state court.
  • Obtaining a defense jury verdict in a business tort case where the plaintiff sought over $2 million.
  • Obtaining a jury verdict in favor of an executive who was sued for violating a non-compete agreement.

Published Decisions

  • Affirming grant of summary judgment to client in labor and employment case. [Smith v. American Airlines, 414 F.3d 949 (8th Cir. 2005)]
  • Affirming jury verdict in favor of client in commercial/real estate dispute. [
  • River City Development Associates LLC v. Accurate Disbursing Co., LLC, 345 S.W.3d 867 (Mo. App. 2011)]
  • Upholding clients’ position on state Sunshine Law or FOIA requests. [State ex rel. Daly v. Information Technology Services of the City of St. Louis, 417 S.W.3d 804 (Mo. App. 2013)]
  • Affirming grant of summary judgment to client on claims that provisions of City Charter was unconstitutional. [Nuener v. City of St. Louis, 537 S.W.3d 750 (Mo. App. 2017)]

Admissions & Qualifications

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals
    • Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Educational Background

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law (1986)
  • B.S., English, The Ohio State University (1983)
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Luce Obtains Summary Judgment in Discrimination Lawsuit