Portia Kayser's practice focuses on litigation and appeals in the areas of municipality, construction, and business law ranging from acting as general/national counsel to litigating complex commercial cases. She earned her Juris Doctor and Certificate of International and Comparative Law, cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law. She has been recognized by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly as a Women's Justice Award Winner, and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from construction contracts to appellate advocacy. While in law school, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Judge E. Richard Webber of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Kayser also has an MBA in International Management and has over 15 years of experience as a consultant providing business planning, marketing, and financial analysis.
University of Wyoming, B.A.
Thunderbird, Garvin School of Global Management, M.I.M., MBA
St. Louis University School of Law, JD, cum laude
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Universal Bar License - Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut,
District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah,
U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
Florida Bar - Regularly Admitted Pro Hac Vice
Illinois State Bar Association
Council Member - Construction Law Council
Co-Chair - Construction Law Council Law School Outreach
US Bankruptcy Court Eastern District Local Rules Advisory Committee
Bar Association of St. Clair County, Illinois
The Lawyers Association
Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis
American Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Employers Beware – Missouri Strikes Another Blow to Enforcement of Employee Arbitration Agreements; March 2015
Navigating Missouri Punitive Damages in the wake of Lewellen v. Franklin; September 2014
Missouri Lawyers Weekly, February 1, 2010: "Violating Employers Rules Not Misconduct If For Safety."
Nuances in Defending Law Enforcement against Constitutional Claims
Employment and Discrimination Suits under the Missouri Commission on Human Rights
Governmental Immunities and Defending Municipalities
Anatomy of a Lawsuit and General Tort Claims
Missouri and Illinois Vexatious Refusal to Pay and Impact on Claim Handling
Municipalities and Premises Liability – Cost Benefit Analysis
Municipal Liability, Sovereign Immunity and Cost Shifting Ordinances
Continuing Legal Education Presenter – Medicare and Medicaid Recoveries in Settlements.
Protecting Confidential Client Information and Compliance with HIPAA Regulations.
Annually from 2011 to Present
Liability Exposure from Contracting Decisions in Construction Contracts
Crafting a Persuasive Appellate Argument.
The Non-Traditional Role of Women in the Law.
The Insanity Defense in the International Criminal Court.
Managing Financial Expectations in a Recession.
Guccione v. Rays Tree Service, 302 S.W.3d 252 (Mo.App. E.D. 2010).
Hill v. Norton & Young, Inc., 305 S.W.3d 491 (Mo.App.E.D. 2010).
Brett Busse v. SCP Worldwide I, L.P. et al., 409 S.W.3d 428 (Mo. App. E. D. 2013).
Rapp v. Eagle Plumbing, Inc., 440 S.W.3d 519 (Mo.App. E.D. 2014).
Watson v. Clayco, Concrete Strategies, and John Liss, Missouri Western District; 458 S.W.3d 337; 2015
Kruse v. Budget Truck Rental; 2015 IL App (5th) 140179-U.