Portia C. Kayser

Managing Partner

Contact

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St. Louis, Missouri

About

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.

smt2 fax icon314-561-3675
St. Louis, Missouri

About

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.

About

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.

Contact

smt2 fax icon314-561-3675
St. Louis, Missouri

Practice Areas

Education
  • University of Wyoming, B.A. (1990)
  • Thunderbird, Garvin School of Global Management, M.I.M., MBA (1992)
  • St. Louis University School of Law, JD, cum laude (2010)
Awards and Recognition
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® in America
  • Women’s Justice Award – Future Leader
  • St. Louis Top Attorneys – Municipal Litigation 2019 and 2021
Bar Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for 8th Circuit
  • Uniform Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States Bankruptcy Court (Eastern District of Missouri)
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Missouri
Professional Affiliations
  • Illinois State Bar Association - Member
    • 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

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS
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.”

PRESENTATIONS
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.

PUBLISHED CASES
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.

Clark v. Clark, 926 F.3d 972 (8th Cir. 2019) (Cert. denied)