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Formerly Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C.

Christiaan D. Horton

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Biography
Christiaan D. Horton is a shareholder in the Litigation/Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the Transactional Practice Group of Carnahan Evans PC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business, commercial and civil litigation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and business law, board governance, real estate and construction law, condemnation, environmental and utility law. He also represents select clients in certain areas including employment law, estate planning and probate.

Mr. Horton has been a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys since 2004. He has also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri in the Consumer Fraud Division and was a Partner at The Law Firm of Neale & Newman, LLP for twelve years before associating with Carnahan Evans PC in 2012.

He has authored a chapter in the “Missouri Environmental Law Deskbook” published by the Missouri Bar, and was also a long-standing content editor for the “Environmental Law and Regulations” section of the Court’s and CLE Bulletin also published by the Missouri Bar.

Mr. Horton has served as an adjunct professor teaching Environmental Law and Regulations at Drury University.

SAMPLING OF REPRESENTATIONS
Electric Cooperatives and Utility Law

Mr. Horton’s experience representing electric cooperatives and utilities includes representation before the Missouri Public Service Commission as well as state court litigation related to board governance, contract disputes, and right-of-way condemnation actions. He is also involved in drafting a wide range of utility contracts and assists clients with regulatory compliance in all aspects of their operations. Mr. Horton also serves as board legal counsel for state-wide and regional rural electric cooperatives.

Construction Litigation
Mr. Horton has represented numerous clients in construction law disputes in both state and Federal court, including actions on surety bonds and those involving Receiverships, Miller Act claims, and the enforcement and defense of mechanic’s lien actions. He also assists clients in the formation and negotiation of contracts for commercial as well as residential construction and development.

Environmental Law
In his environmental practice, Mr. Horton has represented individuals and companies through the permitting process, and has defended clients in state and Federal actions under the Clean Water Act, the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act and corresponding state regulations. He also devotes significant time to representing clients in real estate acquisitions that involve potential environmental liability and has extensive experience in drafting environmental liability and indemnity provisions and advising clients through the due diligence process.

Corporate and Business Law
Mr. Horton has assisted many clients buy and sell businesses, from small companies to multi-million dollar corporations. His transactional practice also includes business formation and corporate governance matters, and is strengthened by his litigation and dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) experience.

COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

  • New Covenant Academy – Past Chairman of the School Board, a Christian school offering private education K4-12
  • Leadership Springfield – Class XVI
  • James River Church (Ozark, MO) – Member

ACCOLADES

  • Licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and Arkansas in addition to Missouri
  • Certified Mediator under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17
  • Missouri & Kansas “Rising Star” Honoree – recognized in the Missouri & Kansas “Super Lawyers®” publication
  • Springfield Business Journal “40 Under 40” – recognized in 2002 for outstanding contributions to the community and profession

EDUCATION
University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1995

  • Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Law Journal
  • Student Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Year in Review
  • Selected by peers to deliver the Law School Commencement Address upon graduation

Legal Certificate in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
Missouri State University, B.S. Economics, magna cum laude, 1992, with an emphasis in English and History

PRACTICE AREAS
Business and Civil Litigation
Electric Cooperative and Utility Law
Board Governance
Real Estate Litigation
Construction Litigation
Environmental Law
Corporate and Business Law
Mergers and Acquisitions
Condemnation
Employment Law
Estate Planning and Probate

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Biography
Christiaan D. Horton is a shareholder in the Litigation/Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the Transactional Practice Group of Carnahan Evans PC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business, commercial and civil litigation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and business law, board governance, real estate and construction law, condemnation, environmental and utility law. He also represents select clients in certain areas including employment law, estate planning and probate.

Mr. Horton has been a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys since 2004. He has also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri in the Consumer Fraud Division and was a Partner at The Law Firm of Neale & Newman, LLP for twelve years before associating with Carnahan Evans PC in 2012.

He has authored a chapter in the “Missouri Environmental Law Deskbook” published by the Missouri Bar, and was also a long-standing content editor for the “Environmental Law and Regulations” section of the Court’s and CLE Bulletin also published by the Missouri Bar.

Mr. Horton has served as an adjunct professor teaching Environmental Law and Regulations at Drury University.

SAMPLING OF REPRESENTATIONS
Electric Cooperatives and Utility Law

Mr. Horton’s experience representing electric cooperatives and utilities includes representation before the Missouri Public Service Commission as well as state court litigation related to board governance, contract disputes, and right-of-way condemnation actions. He is also involved in drafting a wide range of utility contracts and assists clients with regulatory compliance in all aspects of their operations. Mr. Horton also serves as board legal counsel for state-wide and regional rural electric cooperatives.

Construction Litigation
Mr. Horton has represented numerous clients in construction law disputes in both state and Federal court, including actions on surety bonds and those involving Receiverships, Miller Act claims, and the enforcement and defense of mechanic’s lien actions. He also assists clients in the formation and negotiation of contracts for commercial as well as residential construction and development.

Environmental Law
In his environmental practice, Mr. Horton has represented individuals and companies through the permitting process, and has defended clients in state and Federal actions under the Clean Water Act, the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act and corresponding state regulations. He also devotes significant time to representing clients in real estate acquisitions that involve potential environmental liability and has extensive experience in drafting environmental liability and indemnity provisions and advising clients through the due diligence process.

Corporate and Business Law
Mr. Horton has assisted many clients buy and sell businesses, from small companies to multi-million dollar corporations. His transactional practice also includes business formation and corporate governance matters, and is strengthened by his litigation and dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) experience.

COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

  • New Covenant Academy – Past Chairman of the School Board, a Christian school offering private education K4-12
  • Leadership Springfield – Class XVI
  • James River Church (Ozark, MO) – Member

ACCOLADES

  • Licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and Arkansas in addition to Missouri
  • Certified Mediator under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17
  • Missouri & Kansas “Rising Star” Honoree – recognized in the Missouri & Kansas “Super Lawyers®” publication
  • Springfield Business Journal “40 Under 40” – recognized in 2002 for outstanding contributions to the community and profession

EDUCATION
University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1995

  • Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Law Journal
  • Student Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Year in Review
  • Selected by peers to deliver the Law School Commencement Address upon graduation

Legal Certificate in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
Missouri State University, B.S. Economics, magna cum laude, 1992, with an emphasis in English and History

PRACTICE AREAS
Business and Civil Litigation
Electric Cooperative and Utility Law
Board Governance
Real Estate Litigation
Construction Litigation
Environmental Law
Corporate and Business Law
Mergers and Acquisitions
Condemnation
Employment Law
Estate Planning and Probate