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Richard L. Schnake emphasizes appellate practice in both Missouri and federal courts.
He has handled more than 225 cases in the state and federal appellate courts in some 90 substantive areas and has argued 15 before the Missouri Supreme Court. To date, approximately 90 lawyers from outside of the firm have referred cases to him to handle in the appellate courts. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America, Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers, and the nationwide Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of appellate practice. He was nominated for nonpartisan appointment to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, in 2003.
His practice also includes trademarks, copyrights, and litigation. He has handled 300 applications to register trademarks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has experience in trademark and copyright registration; trademark opposition and infringement claims and litigation; and copyright infringement claims and litigation. He also has experience in the areas of banking law; commercial and consumer financing; commercial paper transactions; real estate sale and financing transactions; and personal injury and products liability actions.
Mr. Schnake received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Southwest Missouri State University in 1979 and his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1982. He was an Executive Editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly, recipient of the Scribes Award for legal writing, and a member of the Order of the Coif, a national law honor fraternity. He served as the law clerk for Judge Warren D. Welliver of the Missouri Supreme Court before joining the firm in 1983. He has been a partner since 1988.
Mr. Schnake is the author of Civil Rules Practice, Rules 85–88, 17A Missouri Practice (2d ed. 2012), with annual updates, published by Thomson Reuters. The treatise is Missouri’s leading authority on the Missouri court rules governing prejudgment attachments, condemnation, declaratory judgments, and child support. It has been cited by courts, by lawyers in briefs before the appellate and trial courts, and by other legal writers. He also wrote Chapter 4, “Settlement Conferences,” in Missouri Appellate Court Practice (5th ed. 2002), which is The Missouri Bar’s appellate practice treatise, and he has written several appellate practice articles for the Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
Mr. Schnake regularly speaks on civil appellate and trial practice and other topics at seminars sponsored by The Missouri Bar and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association, 1986 – present Member, ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers
The Missouri Bar, 1982 – present Civil Practice & Procedure Committee, 1999 – present Legislative Review Subcommittee, 1996 – present
Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 1983 – present Secretary, 1992; Director, 1993 – 1995; Law Day Committee, Chair, 1989 – 1991, 2002
Eighth Circuit Bar Association, 2002 – present
Missouri Supreme Court Appellate Practice Committee, 2002 – present
Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, J.D., 1982 Order of the Coif; Scribes Award for Outstanding Legal Writing
Washington University Law Quarterly, Member, 1980 – 1981; Executive Editor, 1981 – 1982
Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, B.A., History, cum laude, 1979 Dean’s List
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1982