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Patricia L. MusickPatricia Musick is the managing partner of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips's Springfield, Missouri, office, litigating workers’ compensation claims, civil defense, and labor and employment matters. She works with many employers, implementing programs to limit workers’ compensation and litigation claims.
Ms. Musick successfully argues and defends cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, and the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. She has experience in both judge and jury trials in state and federal courts and has a jury trial record of 10 wins and 0 losses. She successfully defended the employer in Tidwell v. C. A. Walker Construction, convincing the trial court, the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, and the Court of Appeals that the claim did not arise out of and in the course of the claimant’s employment. In Cantrell v. Baldwin Transportation, Inc., No. SD 29642, — S.W.3d —- (Mo. App. S.D. 2009), Ms. Musick successfully defended an employer and insurer in a claim for permanent partial disability benefits by a deceased employee’s widow, convincing the Administrative Law Judge, the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, and the Court of Appeals that the claimant failed to prove accrual of permanent partial disability prior to the employee’s death from causes unrelated to the work injury because the employee had not reached maximum medical improvement at the time of his death.
Ms. Musick served as an assistant county counselor, prosecuting municipal ordinance violations on behalf of St. Louis County and litigating employment issues, personal injury suits and condemnation disputes. She also worked as one of the attorneys for the Board of Education of the City of St. Louis, where she handled all of the administrative due process personnel hearings on behalf of the Superintendent of the Board of Education regarding employee misconduct and inefficiency. A number of companies retain Ms. Musick to advise them on employment law issues.
At the Washington University Law School, Ms. Musick was on the National Trial Advocacy Team that won first place at the national competition. She won the William M. Pomerantz prize for excellence in advocacy. She often speaks at seminars on Missouri and Arkansas workers’ compensation benefits. Ms. Musick is active in the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.
Ms. Musick has served on the firm’s Board of Directors. She is an avid tennis player and a former national champion in NCAA Division III tennis. She and her husband, Bob, have two children.