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Abby L. Risner


“Our clients want to know which battles will move them toward their goals efficiently. There may be a million angles to consider, but our trial experience helps differentiate which ones will lead to progress.”


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, cum laude, 2005, Order of Woolsack; Saint Louis University Public Law Review

B.A., Principia College, 2000, with Honors


Abby Risner’s extensive trial experience on behalf of companies nationwide gives her a keen understanding of what it takes to efficiently and effectively handle complex disputes. In her complex commercial litigation and class action practice, she defends energy companies, franchisors, manufacturers and distributors against claims related to consumer fraud, advertising, franchise  termination, unfair business practices, contract disputes and other matters.

Abby has tried cases to verdict and has experience in every phase of litigation, including trial of class action and through the notice and claims process.

In her franchising and distribution practice, Abby counsels clients on termination of franchisees, distributors and sales representatives, as well as the litigation of resulting claims. She advises on state franchise, distributor and sales representative statutes and works with distributors facing disputes that arise as they bring their products and services to market.

She has defended claims against oil companies related to breach of contract and fraud claims, alleged unlawful motor fuel pricing practices and consumer protection claims. Her knowledge of the energy sector and the trial process has made her an important resource for the global companies she represents.

During law school, Abby was a student extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Energy Committee, Programming Co-Chair
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Program Committee
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis
  • The Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court, St. Louis Chapter, Barrister, 2011-2014

Community/Civic Activities

  • Missouri Botanical Garden, Young Friends Council, Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2016-2017; Future Star, 2015
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2013


Representative Matters

  • Trial of class action involving consumer protection claims, including administering notice and claims process.
  • Defense of major oil companies in both class actions and multi-district litigations involving consumer protection claims.
  • Defense of claims concerning termination or nonrenewal under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.
  • Defense of major oil company against former operators of branded stations who claimed the defendant defrauded them and breached contracts in connection with the operation of those stations. Plaintiffs were seeking $28 million in damages. The case was dismissed entirely in favor of client.
  • Advising clients and defense in litigation of business models.
  • Advising on the sale of BP’s Texas City refinery, four terminals and part of its distribution network to Marathon Petroleum Corp., including branded wholesaler contracts supplying approximately 1,200 retail sites in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, as well as issues raised by wholesalers after the sale.
  • Lead counsel in litigation against more than a hundred dealers arising from termination of franchises.

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