Trial Lawyer Raymond Fournie Earns Prestigious Award of Honor
Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States, proudly announces that St. Louis trial lawyer Raymond Fournie was presented with the Lawyers Association of St. Louis’ coveted 2018 Award of Honor.
According to the Association, “The Award of Honor is given annually to an outstanding trial attorney whose service to the profession and community merits recognition, not as a reward, but as an example that may inspire others to similar service. The Award of Honor has been given each year since its inception in 1946.”
In his 30-year career at Armstrong Teasdale, Fournie has served as national trial counsel defending clients on toxic tort and catastrophic loss claims, product liability, medical malpractice and business litigation matters.
“Ray has been an important contributor to Armstrong Teasdale, St. Louis and our region for many years, all while handling a very busy litigation docket,” said John Beulick, managing partner at Armstrong Teasdale. “His dedication to the profession and passion for serving the region are equally impressive.”
Fournie has extensive experience working for asbestos defendants across the country. He has taken 18 asbestos cases to verdict involving 72 plaintiffs in numerous state and federal courts, and has handled thousands of asbestos cases. He has held a number of leadership roles during his time at the firm and currently serves on its Executive Committee.
Fournie is active in the legal community and is the past president of the Lawyers Association of St. Louis. In addition, he is a member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Clair County (Illinois) Bar Association, Defense Research Institute and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.
In addition to his legal career, Fournie has been a professional singer since 1973. He has performed in venues throughout the U.S., most notably at The Muny Opera in St. Louis, the largest and oldest outdoor theatre in the country, which is celebrating its centennial this year. He has served on the Muny’s Board of Directors and as general counsel for over 20 years. In 2014, he became the first chairman of the Muny Board to have performed on its stage. He was a founding member of the Courthouse Steps – a satirical singing and comedy group in the metropolitan area – along with Tom Schlafly.
Fournie is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, as well as the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois.
Other notable past recipients of the Award of Honor include Missouri Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Teitelman, civil rights activist Frankie Freeman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Judge Theodore McMillian, and longtime St. Louis University Law School professor Vincent Immel.