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Products Liability

When Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ray Price decided to return to private practice in 2012, he chose Armstrong Teasdale and its nationally recognized tort and products liability defense group. Within just a few months, he was back in the courtroom – this time as a member of the successful team that convinced a jury to exonerate our client TASER International Inc. for liability to plaintiff. Missouri Lawyers Weekly ranked this as the state’s fourth-largest defense verdict in 2012.

Ray, who was a highly regarded trial lawyer before joining the bench, is an example of the type of trial attorneys forming our tort and product liability practice group. Our attorneys have the knowledge and extensive trial experience to defend a broad range of clients that manufacture everything from pharmaceuticals to forklifts.

Numerous successes in the notoriously plaintiff-friendly venues of Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois, as well as the City of St. Louis, have fueled the group's reputation. The American Tort Reform Association has recognized these venues as some of the most difficult in the country for corporate defendants.

Our expertise spans other venues in the Midwest, where we have offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Jefferson City, Missouri.

In addition to trial work, our attorneys help clients take preventative measures to reduce or eliminate future product liability risks.

The following is a sample of the types of manufacturers we represent:

  • Animal Health Products
  • Automobile
  • Chemical Compounders/Distributors
  • Construction equipment
  • Consumer Goods
  • Firearm equipment
  • Mining machinery
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Recreational equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • Tobacco materials
  • Toxic materials
  • Marine Watercraft

For additional information, please contact one of our Products Liability attorneys.

Practice Highlights

Since 2000, Armstrong Teasdale has produced 29 top defense verdicts in the State of Missouri according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s lists, including 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2002 when the top defense verdict was obtained. Tim Gearin obtained those top verdicts in 2010, 2006 and 2002.

Timothy J. Gearin, David G. Ott, and Maureen O. Bryan won second-largest defense verdict in Missouri for 2013.

William Ray Price and Matt Reh helped win the fourth-largest 2012 Missouri defense verdict.

Karen Baudendistel obtained the seventh-largest 2011 Missouri defense verdict in a negligence case.

Jerry King obtained the second-largest defense verdict in 2007 in a strict product liability trial.

Casey Housley obtained the fifth-largest Missouri defense verdict in 2005. 

John Quinn and Karen Baudendistel obtained the largest 1999 Missouri defense verdict in a products liability trial.

Paul Kovacs, Jim Virtel, J. Kent Lowry and Tim Gearin are Fellows of The American College of Trial Lawyers.

Paul Kovacs is listed in Who’s Who in American Law. He is also a member of the International Society of Barristers.

Tyson Ketchum was chosen for the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2013 “Best of the Bar” list marking the fifth year in a row that lawyers throughout the Kansas City area selected him for this recognition.