Attorney Kenneth W. Bean of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.

The Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers is for Missouri lawyers who devote a substantial amount of time to the representation of defendants and potential defendants in civil litigation either as trial lawyers or as lawyers otherwise directly involved with the defense of civil litigation.

The organization's purpose is to provide an avenue for defense lawyers to exchange information, ideas and techniques, with the ultimate goal of raising the standards of trial practice, improving the administration of justice through our civil adversary system of jurisprudence, and increasing the quality and quantity of the service and contribution rendered to the community by the legal profession.

Bean is a shareholder and founding member of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. He focuses his practice in health law and litigation. Bean has experience in the defense of high-risk medical malpractice litigation and medical products liability.

Over the last 10 years, he has tried to completion more than 50 cases. Bean was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in April of 2006.

He was named as one of the best trial attorneys in the country by Best Lawyers in America for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the areas of health care and medical malpractice law and personal liability litigation. He was also named to Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 in the Medical Malpractice area. In addition, Mr. Bean was named to the Top 100 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in 2006 and 2008, the Top 50 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in the St. Louis area for 2006, 2007 and 2008 and one of the Top 10 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in 2007.

Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard was founded in 1979 and has over 65 attorneys with offices in St. Louis, Missouri and Carbondale and Edwardsville.

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