Portia C. Kayser

Portia C. Kayser

Partner
St. Louis, MO
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ABOUT

With over 10 years of litigation experience and 18 years of business consulting experience, Portia brings a depth of knowledge in the areas of construction litigation, governmental liability and civil rights, appellate law, and alternative dispute resolution. She represents both small and large businesses, including architects, engineers, contractors, and owners in complex construction law cases, involving defense of claims of catastrophic personal injuries occurring at construction sites, construction defect claims on commercial and residential projects, mold infestation, EIFS failure, professional design liability and OSHA administrative matters. Portia also represents city and county governments, and other public entities in a wide range of legal matters, including law enforcement liability, civil rights, municipal liability, open records and meetings, and zoning and land use issues.

Portia is a certified mediator with a passion for helping parties find creative resolutions to their conflicts. She is a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution and putting the power to resolve cases in the hands of the parties rather than having to accept a decision made by strangers in a court of law.

Portia is also an adjunct professor at St. Louis University School of Law. She has been recognized by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly as a Women’s Justice Award Winner, recognized in Best Lawyers and St. Louis Top Lawyers in the area of municipal litigation, and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from construction contracts to appellate advocacy.

While in law school, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Judge E. Richard Webber of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Prior to joining Practus, Portia was Managing Partner of Fisher Patterson Sayler & Smith’s St. Louis, Missouri office.

When she’s not working, Portia enjoys spending time with her 5 kids and 4 dogs. She also loves cooking, baking, and traveling.

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ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois 2010
  • Missouri 2011
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Uniform Bar
  • United State Supreme Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court (Eastern District of Missouri)
  • United States Court of Appeals for 8 th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

LANGUAGE

  • English
  • French

EDUCATION

St. Louis University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in International and Comparative Law
Thunderbird, Garvin School of Global Management
M.I.M., MBA
University of Wyoming
B.A. in International Studies, B.A. in Economics

AWARDS

  • Best Lawyers® 2021-2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Municipal in St. Louis
  • Best Lawyers in America© – Municipal Litigation
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Award: Leader of Tomorrow
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
  • Robert M. Lynch Award in Contracts
  • David Grant Clinical Student of the Year

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE QUOTE

Favorite Quote

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

Vivian Greene
  • Favorite Book
    Favorite Book

    Toujours Provence

    by Peter Mayle

  • Favorite Song
    Favorite Song

    Dancing Queen

    by Abba

  • Favorite Movie
    Favorite Movie

    Casablanca

  • Favorite Vacation
    Favorite Vacation

    Tuscany Region of Italy

  • Favorite Meal
    Favorite Meal

    Any meal with my family

  • Favorite Artist
    Favorite Artist

    Monet and my mother!

ALTERNATE CAREER PATH

Alternate Carrer Path

If I weren’t a lawyer, I would be a renting surf boards on the beach.

ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois 2010
  • Missouri 2011
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Uniform Bar
  • United State Supreme Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court (Eastern District of Missouri)
  • United States Court of Appeals for 8 th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

LANGUAGE

  • English
  • French

EDUCATION

St. Louis University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in International and Comparative Law
Thunderbird, Garvin School of Global Management
M.I.M., MBA
University of Wyoming
B.A. in International Studies, B.A. in Economics

AWARDS

  • Best Lawyers® 2021-2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Municipal in St. Louis
  • Best Lawyers in America© – Municipal Litigation
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Award: Leader of Tomorrow
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
  • Robert M. Lynch Award in Contracts
  • David Grant Clinical Student of the Year

CONNECT WITH ME

At Practus, we handle complex and challenging legal matters. I look forward to talking to you about how we can best meet your goals.

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