Zerger & Mauer LLP Adds Two Lawyers to its Team

Zerger & Mauer announces the addition of two lawyers, Carly Iverson and Christine Roto, to its team. Ms. Iverson and Ms. Roto are 2017 graduates of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law. Both lawyers bring to the Zerger & Mauer team experience from judicial externships and clerkships in state and federal courts. “We are thrilled to add Carly and Chrissy to the firm,” said Steve Mauer, partner with Zerger & Mauer. “Their enthusiasm and willingness to gain experience in all aspects of our practice has already made them valuable assets to ZM,” Mauer continued. Ms. Iverson and Ms. Roto are admitted to practice in Missouri and anticipate licensure in Kansas in 2018.

Appellate Court Affirms Jury Award of $3 Million in Inverse Condemnation Case

After years of trying to work with the Pleasant Hill School District to alleviate ever-increasing flooding from the District’s property, Jim and Nancy Hull, owners of the adjacent Pleasant Hill Golf Course, sued the District for inverse condemnation. After a week-long trial, the jury ultimately awarded the Hulls $3 million for the property the District had effectively taken for purposes of its storm water management system. The District appealed to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District, which affirmed the jury verdict. The Missouri Supreme Court denied the District’s petition for transfer on October 6, 2017.

Zerger & Mauer Attorneys Chosen for Inclusion in the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Listings

Heather Zerger and Steve Mauer have been chosen for inclusion in the latest edition of the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers listings for 2015. Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas throughout the United States and London through a detailed selection process. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers while no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice and are under the age of 40 or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

Zerger earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999. Prior to co-founding Zerger & Mauer LLP in 2011 with Steve Mauer, she was a partner at Bryan Cave LLP. Her experience includes defending class actions and commercial trials representing plaintiffs. She is also experienced in employment litigation and counseling.

Mauer is a civil trial lawyer who focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Prior to Zerger & Mauer, he was a long-time partner with an international firm where he represented a variety of businesses and municipalities as plaintiffs and defendants. He currently serves as the primary trial lawyer for several banks and public entities.

The Super Lawyers list will appear in the 2015 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers magazine as well as the November 2015 issue of KC Magazine. For more information, visit www.superlawyers.com.

About Zerger & Mauer LLP
Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger established Zerger & Mauer LLP in April 2011. Steve and Heather are former big firm lawyers who offer big firm capabilities with the personal attention, focus and flexibility that clients expect from a small firm. Zerger & Mauer represent financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation and contract and tort actions.

Zerger & Mauer Recognized Again as Tier 1 Best Law Firm by U. S News and Best Lawyers

Zerger & Mauer is proud to again receive a Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The Tier 1 ranking is determined through the firm’s overall evaluation, which is derived from a combination of client feedback, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice area have for the firm and additional information gathered through a comprehensive survey. The first tier in each metropolitan area includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firm.

The firm’s top national ranking in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law illustrates its experience and growing strength in the area. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the US.

Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger established Zerger & Mauer LLP in 2011. Their office is located on the 21st floor of City Center Square in Kansas City.

“We’re honored to be acknowledged as a Tier 1 firm by our clients and peers. We are very proud of our attorneys and team and will continue to strive to be leaders in our field,” says Heather Zerger, founding partner.

For more information about this ranking, please visit bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

About Zerger & Mauer LLP
Zerger & Mauer represents financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation, and contract and tort actions. The firm was established in April 2011 by Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger, both of whom are former big firm lawyers who offer big firm capabilities with the personal attention, focus and flexibility that clients expect from a small firm.

Zerger & Mauer Receives Tier 1 Ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

Zerger & Mauer is proud to receive a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The Tier 1 ranking is determined through the firm’s overall evaluation, which is derived from a combination of client feedback, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice area have for the firm and additional information gathered through a comprehensive survey. The first tier in each metropolitan area includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firm.

Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger established Zerger & Mauer LLP in 2011. Their office is located on the 21st floor of City Center Square in Kansas City.

Zerger & Mauer represents plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes. Clients include financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals. Practice areas include commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation, and contract and tort actions.

Steve Mauer is a civil trial lawyer who focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Prior to Zerger & Mauer, he was a long-time partner with an international firm where he represented a variety of businesses and municipalities as plaintiffs and defendants.

Throughout his career, Mauer has had success obtaining several multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients. In civil suits, his recoveries total over $100 million. In four consecutive years, his cases were among top ten verdicts, judgments and settlements in the state of Missouri. Mauer currently serves as the primary trial lawyer for several banks and public entities.

Heather Zerger earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999. Prior to co-founding Zerger & Mauer LLP in 2011 with Steve Mauer, she was a partner at Bryan Cave LLP. Her experience includes defending class actions and commercial trials representing plaintiffs. She is also experienced in employment litigation and counseling.

For more information about this ranking, please visit bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

About Zerger & Mauer LLP
Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger established Zerger & Mauer LLP in April 2011. Steve and Heather are former big firm lawyers who offer big firm capabilities with the personal attention, focus and flexibility that clients expect from a small firm. Zerger & Mauer represent financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation and contract and tort actions.

Mauer Selected to Ingram’s The Best Lawyers in Kansas City® List

Steve Mauer, co-founder of Zerger & Mauer LLP, was recently selected to The Best Lawyers in Kansas City® list which will be showcased in Ingram’sOctober 2012 edition. Ingram’s works with The Best Lawyers in America®initiative to publish the annual list.

Mauer is a civil trial lawyer who focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Prior to Zerger & Mauer, he was a long-time partner with an international firm where he represented a variety of businesses and municipalities as plaintiffs and defendants.

Throughout his career, Mauer has had success obtaining several multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients. In civil suits, his recoveries total over $100 million. In four consecutive years, his cases were among top ten verdicts, judgments and settlements in the state of Missouri. Mauer currently serves as the primary trial lawyer for several banks and public entities.

The Best Lawyers® survey has been conducted for several years but had not been published in the region to the public until Ingram’s teamed up with Woodward/White, Inc. to showcase the attorneys and firms fortunate enough to be recognized. For more information about Ingram’s, visit www.ingramsonline.com.

About Zerger & Mauer LLP
Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger established Zerger & Mauer LLP in April 2011. Steve and Heather are former big firm lawyers who offer big firm capabilities with the personal attention, focus and flexibility that clients expect from a small firm. Zerger & Mauer represent financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation and contract and tort actions.

Mauer Chosen for Inclusion on the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List

Steve Mauer, who co-founded Zerger & Mauer LLP in 2011, was recently chosen for inclusion on the 2012 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list. Mauer is a civil trial lawyer who focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Prior to Zerger & Mauer, he was a long-time partner with an international firm where he represented a variety of businesses and municipalities as plaintiffs and defendants.

Throughout his career, Mauer has had success obtaining several multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients. In civil suits, his recoveries total over $100 million. In four consecutive years, his cases were among the top ten verdicts, judgments and settlements in the state of Missouri. Mauer currently serves as the primary trial lawyer for several banks and public entities.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The list is featured in Super Lawyers magazine and distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in a given state or region are named Super Lawyers.For more information, visit www.superlawyers.com.

About Zerger & Mauer LLP
Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger established Zerger & Mauer LLP in April 2011. Steve and Heather are former big firm lawyers who offer big firm capabilities with the personal attention, focus and flexibility that clients expect from a small firm. Zerger & Mauer represent financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation and contract and tort actions.

Zerger & Mauer Attorneys Chosen for Inclusion on the 2012 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars List

Heather Zerger and Melody Rayl have been chosen for inclusion on the 2012 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars list. Up to 2.5 percent of lawyers in Missouri and Kansas are selected to the list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.

Zerger earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999. Prior to co-founding Zerger & Mauer LLP in 2011 with Steve Mauer, she was a partner at Bryan Cave LLP. Her experience includes defending class actions and commercial trials representing plaintiffs. She is also experienced in employment litigation and counseling.

Rayl earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and a Masters of Criminal Justice from Washburn University. Rayl represents clients in commercial matters through all phases of the litigation process. Her practice also focuses on defending employers in employment litigation matters, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wage and hour claims.

The Rising Stars list will appear in the 2012 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers magazine as well as the November 2012 issues of KC Magazine and KC Business Magazine. For more information, visit www.superlawyers.com/about/rising_stars.html.

About Zerger & Mauer LLP
Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger established Zerger & Mauer LLP in April 2011. Steve and Heather are former big firm lawyers who offer big firm capabilities with the personal attention, focus and flexibility that clients expect from a small firm. Zerger & Mauer represent financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation and contract and tort actions.

Zerger & Mauer Adds Staff Members

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 2011) – Zerger & Mauer LLP, a Kansas City law firm founded in April 2011 by former Bryan Cave partners Steve Mauer and Heather Zerger, announces the following staff additions:

Elizabeth Crotty, paralegal. Ms. Crotty, a paralegal since 1982, earned an Associate of Science in Legal Studies degree from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO. Prior to joining Zerger & Mauer, she was a litigation paralegal with Bryan Cave, where she worked with Ms. Zerger and Mr. Mauer for the past 6 years. Ms. Crotty’s areas of expertise include product liability, negligence, personal injury, insurance, and commercial and construction litigation.

Carol Taylor, legal assistant. Ms. Taylor was a long-time assistant to Mr. Mauer at Bryan Cave.

Emilie Beers, receptionist. Ms. Beers, a graduate of Bishop LeBlond Memorial High School in St. Joseph, MO, is studying criminal justice at Missouri Western State University.

About Zerger & Mauer LLP

Zerger & Mauer represent financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation, and contract and tort actions. The firm was established in April 2011 by Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger, both of whom are former big firm lawyers who offer big firm capabilities with the personal attention, focus and flexibility that clients expect from a small firm.

Zerger & Mauer Attorney Wins $8.2 Million Verdict in Jury Trial

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 2011) – Steve Mauer, of Zerger & Mauer LLP, won a jury trial in Cass County representing the City of Harrisonville, MO. Mauer was lead trial counsel for the City and was assisted by fellow Zerger & Mauer legal assistant Liz Crotty and by John Polhemus of Bryan Cave LLP.

The case dates to 2005, when the City of Harrisonville filed suit against the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund (PSTIF) and the owners of a gas station near Harrisonville arising out of a petroleum leak. Contamination from the leak was discovered when the City installed a new sewer line through an easement and uncovered the spill. PSTIF initially agreed to fund the cost of remediation if the City used PSTIF’s approved contractor. The City sued after it incurred the cost of work recommended by PSTIF but PSTIF refused to pay — and continued refusal over a period of seven years.

After a week-long jury trial and short deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the City in the amount of approximately $172,000, representing a complete recovery of the costs incurred to remediate the contamination. The jury also awarded the City $8 million in punitive damages against PSTIF.

About Steve Mauer and Zerger & Mauer LLP

Steve Mauer and Heather Zerger established Zerger & Mauer LLP in April 2011. The firm represents financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, employment counseling and defense, trust litigation and contract and tort actions.

Steve Mauer is a civil trial lawyer focusing on commercial litigation. Prior to co-founding Zerger & Mauer, Steve was a long-time partner with an international Kansas City law firm where he represented a variety of businesses and municipalities as plaintiffs and defendants. In civil suits, his recoveries total over $100 million. In four consecutive years, his cases were among top ten verdicts, judgments and settlements in the State of Missouri.