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.

Former Bryan Cave Partners Establish Zerger & Mauer LLP In Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 2011) – Steven Mauer and Heather Zerger, former partners with the Kansas City office of Bryan Cave LLP, have established Zerger & Mauer LLP. 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.

“Heather and I have a strong track record of delivering results for our clients,” says Mauer. “They know they can count on us to solve the complex issues they are facing so they can get back to running their businesses.”

Adds Zerger, “Our goal is to provide big firm capabilities to our clients with the personal attention, focus and flexibility that a smaller firm can offer. Our motto is to serve as creative, efficient and tenacious advocates for our clients.”

Mauer received his J.D. from Drake University in 1987. He became a partner at Bryan Cave in 1996. He represents a variety of businesses and municipalities as plaintiffs and defendants. He also counsels numerous Missouri municipalities, serving as a city attorney for two communities and a trial counsel for several others.

Zerger earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999. She was elected partner at Bryan Cave in 2008. Her experience includes defending class actions and commercial trials representing plaintiffs. She is also experienced in employment litigation and counseling.

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.