William J. Travis

Of Counsel


  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1973

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, 1968


Bill Travis represents clients in general civil and commercial litigation. His specific areas of practice include franchise and distribution, real estate, employment law, and cases involving the sale of goods and the Uniform Commercial Code. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Illinois.

Bill's franchise and distribution experience includes representation of manufacturers and franchisors as well as distributors and franchisees. He has handled numerous cases involving eminent domain and inverse condemnation including the Meacham Park Redevelopment Project in Kirkwood, Missouri; the Vandeventer-Spring Redevelopment Project in the city of St. Louis; and the Katy Trail inverse condemnation action, where he represented 300 landowners before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

Bill also has experience defending employers against various employment law claims.

Community/Civic Activities

  • American Heart Association, Heart Walk
  • Belleville Country Club, secretary and Board of Governors
  • National Peace Corps Association, returned volunteer
  • Skinker Heights Subdivision, Board of Trustees
  • St. Louis Abbey, Board of Directors


Representative Matters

  • Commercial Litigation. Represented the buyer of printing equipment with respect to a right of first refusal. Unlimited Equip. Lines, Inc. v. The Graphic Arts Ctr., Inc., 889 S.W.2d 926 (Mo. Ct. App. 1994).
  • Professional Liability Defense. Represented an accounting firm against claims of negligence and fraud for accounting firm’s failure to discover fraud. The Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for the accounting firm. Miller v. Ernst & Young, 938 S.W.2d 313 (Mo. Ct. App. 1997).
  • Insurance Litigation. Defended a seller of insurance and investment vehicles against claims of misrepresentation, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. After investing in various investment vehicles, plaintiffs suffered loss due to market decline. The Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims on summary judgment. Roth v. The Equitable Life Assurance Soc’y, 210 S.W.3d 253 (Mo. Ct. App. 2006).
  • Eminent Domain. Represented plaintiff landowners in a Fifth Amendment takings claim. Judgment established precedent that the Rails to Trails Act effects an unconstitutional taking. Glosemeyer v. United States, 45 Fed. Cl. 771 (Fed. Cl. 2000).
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution. Represented a securities brokerage firm in arbitration of claims of breach of fiduciary duty, unauthorized trading, and negligence. The investor brought the claim in. Dunn v. Sec. Fin. Advisors, Inc., 151 S.W.3d 140 (Mo. Ct. App. 2004).
  • Employment Law. Defended employer against claims brought by a former employee alleging age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act. At trial, the jury found for the employer and the Eighth Circuit affirmed. Dupre v. Fru-Con Eng’g, Inc., 112 F.3d 329 (8th Cir. 1997).
  • Eminent Domain. Represented class action plaintiffs seeking just compensation under the Fifth Amendment for takings effected by the Rails to Trails Act. Ultimately, the United States settled the claim and the court awarded payment of fees and costs. Hubbert v. United States, 62 Fed. Cl. 73 (Fed. Cl. 2004).
  • Eminent Domain. Represented defendant redevelopment corporation in challenging an award of damages and fees following defendant’s abandonment of condemnation proceedings. Plaintiff landowner sought recovery for loans incurred during condemnation proceedings, lease termination payments, real estate taxes, and attorney fees incurred in damage action against the redevelopment corporation. The Missouri Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s judgment granting recovery. 66, Inc. v. Crestwood Commons Redevelopment Corp., 130 S.W.3d 573 (Mo. Ct. App. 2003).
  • Eminent Domain. Represented plaintiff landowner in an action seeking a way of necessity against adjoining landowners. Upon grant of the easement, the trial court entered a judgment granting damages to adjoining landowners. On a challenge to the adjoining landowner’s evaluation of damages, the Missouri Court of Appeals reversed the damage judgment. Rigali v. Kensington Place Homeowners Ass’n, 103 S.W.3d 839 (Mo. Ct. App. 2003).
  • Class Actions. Represented class action plaintiffs in a suit against the United States for just compensation under the Fifth Amendment. Over the United States’ objection, the court certified a class of over 2000 landowners. Moore v. United States, 41 Fed. Cl. 394 (Fed. Cl. 1998).
  • Employment Law. Defended employer against suit by a former employee claiming termination based on race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. After a bench trial, the trial court entered judgment in favor of the employer and the Eighth Circuit affirmed. Allen v. Barnes Hosp., 721 F.2d 643 (8th Cir. 1983).
  • Eminent Domain. Defended landowners against attempted condemnation by a private redevelopment corporation and subsequent appeal. The trial court denied the private development corporations condemnation requests. The Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed, finding the condemnation ordinance invalid for failure to meet statutory requirements regarding proposed financing. Md. Plaza Redevelopment Corp. v. Greenberg, 594 S.W.2d 284 (Mo. Ct. App. 1979).
  • Securities Litigation. Defended bank board member against claims by trustee of bank’s profit-sharing trust for alleged violations of the Securities Exchange Act and SEC rule 10b-5. The bank removed the original trustee following his filing of the suit but the original trustee challenged substitution of new trustees as plaintiffs. Following remand, the district court upheld removal and dismissed the original trustee’s claims. Blackmar v. Lichtenstein, 578 F.2d 1273 (8th Cir. 1978).
  • Tort Defense. Defended cab company against wrongful death claim brought by widow of former employee. Former employee was killed while responding to a taxi request. The Missouri Court of Appeals held, as a matter of law, the company owed no duty to protect the employee from criminal acts of third persons. Irby v. St. Louis County Cab Co., 560 S.W.2d 392 (Mo. Ct. App. 1977).