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Law firm launches national institute with goal of helping retailers compete



Husch Blackwell, one of the largest law firms in St. Louis, formed the Retail Institute this year that brings together executives and experts in public policy, education and professional associations to share ideas and expertise to tackle challenges facing the industry.

While St. Louis’ top economic development officials are scrambling along with dozens of other cities to throw out the welcome mat for Amazon, the law firm’s Retail Institute is designed to help retailers remain competitive in an industry that has been disrupted by e-commerce.

Led by Clayton attorney Stacy Wipfler, who heads Husch Blackwell’s retail real estate practice, the Retail Institute has 75 attorneys in 17 offices across the country who specialize in tenant representation, supply chain and class-action lawsuits, among other areas.

Husch Blackwell’s first Retail Institute roundtable, slated for next week in Washington, D.C., will bring together vendors and retail clients who are not competitors, Wipfler said. Another similar program is slated for Dallas soon, with more on the way.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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