Kenneth Slavens

Kenneth A. Slavens

Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

Contact Info

Husch Blackwell LLP
190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 345-6419


Ken Slavens contributes articles on design liability to

Mr. Slavens is a partner in the Saint Louis office of the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP. He is a 1979, cum laude, graduate of the St. Louis University School of Law. He concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and commercial disputes, with an emphasis on the representation of design professionals. Husch Blackwell has offices in St. Louis, Missouri, throughout the United States, and in London, England.

Mr. Slavens served as the chair of the Missouri Bar's Construction Law Committee from 1997 to 1999. He serves as the editor for construction law for the Missouri Bar publication, The Courts and CLE Bulletin, reporting on case law development from the Missouri Supreme Court and the Eastern District Court of Appeals for this publication for general distribution to all bar members. He is also the author of a chapter in the publication of the Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Deskbook Missouri Construction Law, 2nd Edition, titled "Liability of Design Professionals," published in 2004. He was also the author of a chapter in the first edition of the Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Deskbook Missouri Construction Law titled "Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Partnering," first published in October 1994.

Mr. Slavens is listed in the Best Lawyers in America (Woodward /White) publication for the practice area of Construction Litigation. He is also listed as a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer in the practice of construction litigation, as published by Law & Politics.

Mr. Slavens served on the Steering Committee for Division 3 - Design of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry. He also is the case note editor for Missouri and the Federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Construction Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Litigation's publication, CONSTRUCT!.

From March of 1997 to October of 1999, Mr. Slavens served as the chair of the Defense Research Institute and Trial Lawyers Association's Construction Law Committee. He was also the committee's vice-chair and the Seminars Subcommittee chair from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Slavens serves as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee, Construction, to the American Arbitration Association. He is listed in Strathmore's Who's Who and in Who's Who in American Law. He is a frequent speaker and author on issues related to the design profession, construction law issues, as well as trial and evidence topics.

Mr. Slavens is licensed to practice in the States of Missouri and Illinois, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, and the Federal Eighth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Expert Commentary

Date Article
Jul 2018 When Striking Contract Language Isn't Enough
Mar 2017 New Owner's Design Warranty in Missouri
May 2015 Attorney Fee Award Approved Based on Incorporated AAA Rules
Jan 2015 Who Can Opine on the Design Professional's Standard of Care?
Feb 2013 Contractor Obligated To Care for Its Collaborative Partner, the Designer
Sep 2012 Calculating Damages Can Deflate a Design Liability Claim
May 2011 Illinois Supreme Court Rejects an Expert Witness's Expanded Duty of Care
Jan 2011 Failing To Define the Standard of Care
May 2009 The 2007 AIA Document: Changes in Formal Dispute Resolution
Sep 2008 Design Professional's Attention to Contract Clauses Can Pay Dividends
Sep 2007 Protection of Architectural Plans: Finding and Catching the Infringer
Sep 2006 Remote Relations and Legal Duties of Design Professionals
Mar 2006 Trying To Do the Right Thing: Self-Preservation by Good Faith Decision Making
Jul 2005 The Exception Is Swallowing the Rule: Negligent Misrepresentation and the Economic Loss Doctrine
Jun 2005 The "Bargained-for" Result: Torts, Contracts, and Statutes of Limitation
Jun 2004 Making the Most of Standard Indemnity Clauses
May 2003 The Ability to Disclaim Liability Resulting from Inspection Duties
Nov 2002 Design Disclaimers and Implied Warranties
Jul 2002 The Design Professional's Statute of Repose: Stumbling Blocks to the Defense of Torts and Contractual Indemnity Claims
Dec 2001 Architects and "Design and Construct" Liability under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Sep 2001 You Just Stood There? The Design Professional's Responsibility for Job Site Injuries
Jun 2001 Court Holds Design Professional Liable for Approving Payment Absent a Bond
Mar 2001 Negligent Misrepresentation: Chipping Away at the Design Professional's Protection under the Economic Loss Doctrine
Dec 2000 What Is Subrogation ... and Why Is My Contract Waiving It?
Sep 2000 AIA Standard Form Is an Acceptable "Allocation of Risk" between "Sophisticated Business Actors"
May 2000 The Design Professional's Obligation of Good Faith
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