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Beth M. Conran

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Beth Conran handles complex legal disputes for companies in the energy, franchise and financial services sectors, taking a proactive, results-oriented approach to commercial litigation.

Admissions

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

Education

J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, cum laude, Excellence Award, Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing, 2000
  - Managing Editor of the Law Journal
  - Merit Scholarship Recipient

B.S., Indiana University Kelly School of Business, 1996

B.A., Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, 1996


Beth Conran, recognized by Best Lawyers 2019

Profile

Beth Conran is a business litigator who represents clients in a broad range of complex litigation. Her extensive trial experience nationwide gives her a keen understanding of how to efficiently and effectively achieve the desired results for her clients in complex disputes in a way that supports their business objectives. She has extensive experience in every facet of litigation including trying cases to verdict as first chair in court and in arbitration tribunals. Beth also has appellate experience in both State and Federal Courts of Appeal.

Beth is co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation group and leader of the firm’s Manufacturing and Industrial industry group. She regularly acts as lead litigation and trial counsel for a global energy company defending antitrust and trade regulation claims related to alleged unlawful motor fuel pricing practices, and unlawful deed restrictions or brand covenants associated with the sale of gasoline stations.

In her franchising and distribution practice, Beth handles claims relating to the franchise relationship, including termination and non-renewal, disclosure and fraud claims, trademark infringement, unfair competition, breach of contract and other claims related to the relationship.

Beth has significant experience representing financial institutions and investment professionals in securities arbitrations before the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in connection with claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, suitability, churning, negligent supervision, and statutory claims.

Beth chairs Greensfelder’s Shareholder Compensation Committee and is the first female chairperson of that committee in the firm’s 125-year history. 

She has lectured on Missouri ethics and data breach laws and has written about proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for the Business Torts Section of the American Bar Association.

Professional Affiliations

  • The American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Community/Civic Activities

  • Mary Queen of Peace School, Board of Education, President 2020-present; Vice President, 2019-2020; at-large board member 2016-2019
  • Saint Louis University Law School Alumni Association, Class Agent
  • The Missouri Bar, Young Lawyers Section, St. Louis City delegate, 2004-2010
  • Legal Advocates for Abused Women (LAAW), Board of Directors, 2006-2013; President 2013; Annual Fundraiser, Co-Chair, 2004-2009

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2019-2022
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009-2022
  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2013-2021
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow 2014
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyer, 2009

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Lead trial counsel for global energy company successfully defending against claims of fraud, conspiracy, breach of contract, and state franchise violations brought by multi-site operators/franchisees seeking millions in damages.
  • Lead counsel defendant for a global energy company in litigation against a multi-site franchisee and jobber alleging claims under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, improper pricing, violation of state franchise laws and breach of contract, seeking more than $300M.
  • Trial counsel in successfully defending a global energy company against claims of improper pricing, fraud, breach of contract, and state franchise violations and multi-site franchisees brought by multi-site operators seeking more than $100M.
  • Regularly defends manufacturing and automotive clients in toxic tort claims and asbestos litigation in two of the most difficult jurisdictions in the country – Madison County, IL and the City of St. Louis.
  • Regularly represents parties in litigation involving software development and implementation including disputes in copyright, trademark and licensing agreement.
  • Handles arbitration related to construction disputes, including those in the renewable energy and hotel industries.
  • Represents energy companies against claims involving common law theories and regulations brought by governmental entities and private parties relating to underground storage tanks and pipeline leaks.

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