Biography

Jake Kohut is a member of the firm’s award-winning Mass Tort and Catastrophic Loss practice area. He primarily defends clients in complex commercial litigation related to medical malpractice and liability, including premises, contract, product and commercial liability.

Jake has experience defending claims for product liability, wrongful death and other personal injury actions. He has successfully defended commercial litigation in state and federal court, including contract and indemnity disputes. Jake is also experienced in all stages of civil litigation, including drafting motions and pleadings, deposing fact witnesses and experts, and advising clients on the strength of claims brought as well as viable defenses.

Education

  • University of Missouri School of Law  (J.D., 2012)
    • Missouri Law Review (Associate Editor)
    • Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review (Associate Editor)
    • Board of Advocates (Mock Trial Director)
  • University of Missouri  (B.A., 2009)
    • Political Science and Spanish
    • Honors Graduate
    • Omicron Delta Kappa

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Illinois

Professional Activities

  • The Missouri Bar 
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis 

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • St. Louis Municipal Opera (Young Friends Member) 
  • Eagle Scout
  • Motion for Kids (Volunteer)
  • Old Newsboys Day (Volunteer)

Accolades

  • Earned first place in ABA Regional Mock Arbitration Competition (2011)
  • Earned second place in ABA National Mock Arbitration Competition (2012)
  • Order of the Barristers (2012)

Background

Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Jake was in private practice at another St. Louis-area law firm. He also has extensive experience in criminal law as a former assistant prosecuting attorney for the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Springfield, Missouri, where he served as the domestic violence liaison and managed a docket of over 400 cases.

In law school, Jake clerked for the Hon. Edward M. Sweeney and prosecuted cases pursuant to Rule 13 on behalf of the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Missouri.