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Bousquet and Roman Secure Appellate Court Decision on Contract Dispute over Right of First Refusal

HeplerBroom attorney Patrick Bousquet HeplerBroom attorney Emily Roman

After a landowner in Iron County (Missouri) refused to sell only a portion of land subject to a Right of First Refusal (ROFR), the ROFR holders filed suit. Both the landowner and the ROFR holders filed cross motions for summary judgment. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the holders. The case was then referred to HeplerBroom attorneys Patrick Bousquet and Emily Roman to file an appeal on behalf of the landowners. Based on appellate briefs written by Bousquet and Roman, the Missouri Southern District Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s granting of summary judgment. Instead, it instructed the trial court to grant the landowner’s motion for summary judgment and enter an award of reasonable attorney fees to the landowner.

Bousquet, a partner in the firm’s St. Louis office, is an experienced litigator and go-to appellate attorney for clients in must-win cases. He has nearly 20 years of experience in complex litigation and appellate work and is experienced in trying claims in both federal and state trial courts. He has been named to the list of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers.

Roman, an associate in the firm’s St. Louis office, focuses her practice on cases involving civil litigation matters. Prior to joining HeplerBroom, she was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Angela Turner Quigless of the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. Roman has been named to the list of Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers in America.


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