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Joseph C. Blanner

Joseph-Blanner

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Equity Partner

Joe primarily focuses his practice on construction law, municipal law, real estate, and commercial and general civil litigation. Joe represents property owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and materials suppliers in contract negotiations, project execution, collections and litigation. Joe has filed and prosecuted approximately 800 mechanic’s lien and payment bond claims.

Joe also practices in the real estate area negotiating property purchases, commercial leases and represents a variety of subdivision homeowner’s associations. Joe is admitted to practice in the Missouri Circuit Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

University of Missouri – St. Louis – 1998
  • B.S. in Public Administration

St. Louis University – 2001
  • M.A. in Public Administration

St. Louis University School of Law – 2001
  • J.D.

Awards & Honors

  • “Roy F. Essen Outstanding Young Lawyer Award” – 2012 – St. Louis County Bar Association
  • “Citizen of the Year” – 2011 – City of Eureka
  • “Rising Star” – 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 – Superlawyer’s Magazine
  • “AV Preeminent – Peer Review Rating” – 2011 – Martindale Hubbell
  • “Up & Coming Lawyer” – 2009 – Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly

  • “Best Lawyers in America” in Construction Law and Litigation – Construction – 2013 & 2014
  • “Best Lawyers for Small Business” – 2013 – St. Louis Small Business Monthly
  • “100 St. Louisan’s to Know to Succeed in Small Business” – 2014 – St. Louis Small Business Monthly
  • Awarded a 10.0 rating (highest possible rating) by legal rating website AVVO.com
  • “40 Under 40” – 2016 – St. Louis Business Journal

  • “Client Choice Award” – 2016 – Lexology

Publications

  • Editor, “Contractor Delay, Disruption Claims, and Damages”, Chapter 12, Construction Law, Mo. Bar 2nd ed. 2004
  • Author, “Bid, Performance and Payment Bonds Defined”, St. Louis Construction News & Review, July 22, 2011
  • Author, “Contesting Public Work Awards in Missouri”, St. Louis Construction News & Review, Nov. 23, 2012
  • Co-author, “Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet: Has the Internet Changed Traditional Notions of Fair Play and Substantial Justice”, Missouri Bar Journal, Volume 60, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2004
  • Co-author, “Payment Bonds for Public Work Contractors”, Missouri Bar Journal, Volume 70, No. 1, January / February 2014

  • Author, “Ask the Expert: How are residential contractors affected by updates to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act?”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 9, 2011

Reported Decisions

  • Schultz v. Warren County, 295 S.W.3d 297 (Mo.App. E.D. 2009)
  • Schultz v. Warren County, 249 S.W.3d 898 (Mo.App. E.D. 2008)
  • Lee Deering Elec. Co. v. Pernikoff Const. Co., 247 S.W.3d 577 (Mo.App. E.D. 2008)
  • Fairchild v. Westport Pools, Inc., 203 S.W.3d 229 (Mo.App. E.D. 2006)
  • Control Technology Solutions v. Malden R-1 School District, 181 S.W.3d 80 (Mo.App. E.D. 2005)
  • State ex rel. Lighting and Power Services, Inc. v. Interface Construction Corp., 553 F.3d. 1150 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • Missouri Land Development I, LLC v. Raleigh Properties, Inc., ED 99258 (Mo.App. E.D. 2013)