Lyndon Sommer, Shareholder

Biography

Lyndon Sommer, Registered CPA (Ill.) M.Acct., J.D., is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Products Liability Practice Groups. He focuses his work in the areas of commercial litigation and product liability and toxic tort litigation, frequently handling cases involving asbestos and benzene.

Lyndon specializes in professional negligence cases involving certified public accountants, who he has successfully defended at trial and on appeal. He is experienced in defending accountants in federal court and is very familiar with federal procedure and expert requirements. Throughout his career, he has handled more than 100 professional negligence cases. He has also defended attorneys and financial advisers in litigation and arbitration.

Lyndon is also experienced in representing shareholders of closely held companies involved in shareholder disputes, and has spent a substantial amount of time representing shareholders in trial courts and arguing several appeals arising out of shareholder litigation. These appeals have been argued in both state and federal courts.

Having tried cases in federal and state courts in Missouri and Illinois, Lyndon has received jury verdicts on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also argued multiple cases before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, as well as the Illinois Appellate Court and Missouri Court of Appeals.

Background

Professional Activities
Admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois, Lyndon is also a Registered Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.

He is member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the Missouri Society of CPAs and the American Association of Attorneys/Certified Public Accountants.

Lyndon also actively serves as a member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Lawyers Association, the St. Clair County Bar Association and the East St. Louis Bar Association.

For his outstanding work in the area of Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Lyndon has been included in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Education
Attending Southern Illinois University School of Law, Lyndon earned his Juris Doctor in 1992 and served as the Editor in Chief of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.

Lyndon earned a master’s degree in Accountancy in 1989 and a B.S. in Accounting, in 1987 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Successes

A sampling of Lyndon’s experience includes:
Adams v. Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, et al. Lyndon defended a highway technology company which provided traffic control devices for a large highway project. Plaintiffs filed wrongful death and personal injury suits against 13 defendants. Plaintiffs claimed Lyndon’s client failed to install appropriate traffic control devices. Plaintiffs’ lost wage claim exceeded $10 million.

Hill v. Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, et al. This case was consolidated for trial with the Adams case listed above. Plaintiffs filed a wrongful death claim against Lyndon’s client. The Adams and Hill cases were tried in St. Louis City.

Robinson v. Safe-T-Flare Services, Inc. In this wrongful death case, Lyndon represented a company which installed and inspected traffic control devices on the road construction project.

JTC v. Koch Materials, et al. In this anti-trust lawsuit, Lyndon defended a company which provided road maintenance services. Plaintiff alleged Lyndon’s client engaged in a conspiracy to restrict competition for government contracts awarded to companies which do work for road districts. This case was argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in front of Judges Posner and Easterbrook.

Witters v. Hicks. Lyndon represented Mr. Hicks in this contentious shareholder action. The case involved numerous days of evidentiary hearings in front of the trial court over the span of a few years. It also resulted in numerous appeals in federal and state court.

Hynes & English v. Empire Electric, et al. In this product liability action, Lyndon represented the distributor of a scaffolding. Plaintiffs were injured when they were moving the scaffolding on a large job site. A co-worker was moving the scaffolding with a forklift and the plaintiffs were holding the scaffolding while it was being transported. The plaintiffs suffered severe electrical shock and are disabled. Plaintiffs alleged the scaffolding was defective because it lacked sufficient warnings.

Odom v. Genie, et al. Lyndon defended a highway equipment distributor in this wrongful death litigation. The plaintiff claimed that a manlift was defective and unreasonably dangerous. Plaintiff also made separate allegations of negligence against the distributor.

St. Louis Ceiling & Tile v. Surti. Lyndon successfully defended a certified public accountant in this malpractice action, which went to trial. It was alleged the accountant improperly compiled financial statements for plaintiff.

Publications
Before he began practicing law, Lyndon authored numerous tax articles which were published in legal and accounting journals. In addition, he wrote the first chapter of a book entitled, “How to Deal with the IRS.”

Presentations

Co-Presenter, “Cross-Examination and the Making and Handling of Objections at Trial (Part IV),” Sandberg Phoenix Professional Development Series

BIOGRAPHY

Lyndon Sommer, Registered CPA (Ill.) M.Acct., J.D., is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Products Liability Practice Groups. He focuses his work in the areas of commercial litigation and product liability and toxic tort litigation, frequently handling cases involving asbestos and benzene.

Lyndon specializes in professional negligence cases involving certified public accountants, who he has successfully defended at trial and on appeal. He is experienced in defending accountants in federal court and is very familiar with federal procedure and expert requirements. Throughout his career, he has handled more than 100 professional negligence cases. He has also defended attorneys and financial advisers in litigation and arbitration.

Lyndon is also experienced in representing shareholders of closely held companies involved in shareholder disputes, and has spent a substantial amount of time representing shareholders in trial courts and arguing several appeals arising out of shareholder litigation. These appeals have been argued in both state and federal courts.

Having tried cases in federal and state courts in Missouri and Illinois, Lyndon has received jury verdicts on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also argued multiple cases before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, as well as the Illinois Appellate Court and Missouri Court of Appeals.

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