Josephine Abshier has a diverse litigation practice representing businesses, individuals and insurance companies in complex and high-exposure litigation. She represents clients at all stages of litigation from pre-suit counseling on litigation avoidance through settlement or trial. She defends and counsels clients on a variety of issues including contract disputes, insurance coverage, professional liability, tort and consumer class action issues.
Her recent trial experience included defending class action, tort and malpractice lawsuits in Missouri state and federal courts.
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in March 2015, Ms. Abshier worked at a boutique litigation firm in St. Louis defending FELA and tort claims. She also served as a clerk on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, for two appellate judges.
During law school, Ms. Abshier was a member and Note and Comment Editor of the Missouri Law Review. She was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was one of only two law students in her class inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She was a member of the Dean's List and received multiple awards for her work in Torts, Property, Tax, Bankruptcy, Products Liability, and European Union Law. She graduated cum laude.
As an undergraduate at the University of Missouri - Columbia Ms. Abshier was a member of the Honors College and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She studied Spanish, Business Management and Anthropology and spent a semester studying in Guadalajara, Mexico.
- Missouri Bar Association, Member
- Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member
Won a defense judgment in a $2M consumer class action trial in Jackson County, Missouri.
Second-chaired a five-day jury trial in the Federal District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, resulting in a defense verdict.
Second-chaired a five-day jury trial in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court, resulting in a favorable verdict for the client in an amount less than the last offer.
- Obtained a dismissal, with prejudice, for her client in Jackson County, Missouri case alleging wrongful foreclosure and breach of fiduciary duty.
- Litigated and ultimately settled a claim for 100% of the damages claimed by her client in a property damage suit.
- Zealously defended, obtained a partial dismissal of claims, and ultimately negotiated a favorable global settlement for her client in a high-exposure MMPA matter.
- Obtained a partial defense summary judgment under the MMPA and thereafter negotiated a favorable settlement for her client in a property damage claim.
- Second chaired a six-day, $1 million jury trial in St. Louis City resulting in a defense verdict for her client.
- First chaired a multi-party preliminary injunction trial resulting in a favorable ruling for her client.
- Lead counsel defending multiple parties in a complex, high-exposure business litigation matter.
"Missouri Supreme Court Clarifies: Siding with Business Owners in Negligent Security Actions May Have Been Wrong All Along," 68 Mo. L. Rev. 505, 2003
J.D., cum laude, University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, 2004
• Order of the Coif
• Note and Comment Editor, Missouri Law Review
B.A., magna cum laude, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Missouri at Columbia, 2001
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri