Jacobson Press P.C.
Jacobson Press P.C. is a firm of experienced trial lawyers. Our lawyers have collectively over 90 years of courtroom experience. We have prepared and tried complicated civil and business lawsuits in state and Federal courts throughout the country. We have argued appeals in the Missouri Supreme
Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits. And when lawyers in Missouri need help with complex matters, they frequently call the lawyers at Jacobson Press P.C.
Joe Jacobson obtained summary judgment for the defendant in an unusual case involving a forged deed and a plaintiff who was fully compensated by his title insurance for his supposed purchase of the disputed property before he filed suit against Jacobson’s client in an effort to get possession of the real estate.
The case was pending in the Circuit Court for St. Louis City and was set for trial in October.
The case reads more like a dramatic novel than the typical lawsuit. Setting the events in motion was a serial forger named Bright whose modus operandi was to locate seemingly abandoned properties, deed them to herself, and then sell the property to an innocent stodge. Here, the property was a condo unit that appeared on the title records to be owned by a dissolved foreign company. The property had in fact been transferred by the foreign company to a local owner by a quit-claim deed transferring multiple condo units, but the deed had been mis-indexed by the Recorder of Deeds. Bad luck for Bright since there was a local owner who cared about the property.
Bright also had bad luck in her choice of the person whose signature she forged. That person could prove that they could not have been in the St. Louis area at the time the supposed deed was signed.
Bright later confessed to her multiple forgeries, including her forgery of her deed to the condo, in a recorded confession to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police. This confession mysteriously disappeared from the police evidence locker and could only be established by the testimony of the officer to whom she confessed and his contemporaneous police report. Bright also confessed her forgery of the condo deed to a lawyer representing the real owner of a property in another Bright forgery case. That lawyer provided an affidavit detailing Bright’s confession.
The trial judge found that there was no factual dispute that the deed on which the plaintiff relied was a “Fake Deed” and entered summary judgment on all counts.
Allen Press successfully defended two homeowners who were sued for fraud in connection with the sale of their house at the Lake of the Ozarks. The plaintiffs claimed that Allen’s clients had fraudulently failed to disclose wood rot to exterior walls of the house. The jury rejected that claim, and awarded nothing to the plaintiffs.
Joe Jacobson represented a group of limited partners who sued their general partner for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty after the general partner breached the partnership agreement. The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a jury verdict and judgment awarding the limited partners $5.6 million. Joe Jacobson tried the case and briefed and argued the appeal. The case is Heifetz v. Apex Clayton, Inc., 554 S.W.3d 389 (Mo. 2018).
Matt Vianello and Allen Press tried a four-day jury trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Matt and Allen’s client sold a customer over $400,000 in steel pipe but the customer claimed it did not order the pipe and refused to pay. The jury returned a unanimous verdict for Matt and Allen’s client, and a judgment was entered awarding actual damages, interest, and attorney fees.
Allen Press successfully prosecuted a case on behalf of a local lawyer who sued his former law partner for breach of contract in connection with the dissolution of their law firm. The parties waived a jury trial, and the judge handling the case awarded Allen’s client 100% of the amount he claimed. Allen tried the case in 2015 in Franklin County, Missouri.
After years of litigating a case, the goal is to be the most prepared, which means knowing your case, knowing your opponent's case, and being in a position to anticipate and plan for your opponent's next move. But no matter how prepared you are, it is inevitable that things will happen during the course of a trial that you did not anticipate. Click below to read some of our stories about those unexpected moments and other stories from the trenches.