John P. Rahoy

John P. Rahoy

800 Market Street
Suite 1100
St. Louis, MO 63101
T: (314) 242-5336
F: (314) 242-5536

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University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 1993)
William Jewell College (B.S., 1990)

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John Rahoy focuses his practice on issues involving retail, premises, mass transit and professional liability matters. He has tried more than 70 jury trials to verdict, including in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, one of the most favorable plaintiff venues in the nation.

John has represented retail clients such as J.C. Penney, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other major national retailers. He has also represented State Farm Automobile Insurance Company and Bi-State Development Agency, the region's mass transit authority. 

In addition to premises liability, Mr. Rahoy has extensive experience in the areas of hospitality, false imprisonment, race discrimination cases for his retail clients, along with product liability, and transportation law, as well as representation of professional real estate agents and real estate companies. 

Professional Affiliations 
ALFA International - Hospitality Law Practice Group
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Board of Directors, Admissions Committee, Diversity Committee, Foundation - Visibility Committee, Ladder Down, Membership Development and Retention Committee, Barbara Currie Scholarship Committee
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, The Best Lawyers in America (2018-2020)
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Recent Favorable Jury Trials 

  • Obtained summary judgment in a professional liability real estate agent matter on behalf of agent and broker based on the failure to disclose an opinion of a next door neighbor as to the source water. The court held that the opinion of a neighbor regarding the source of water does not have to be disclosed by an agent and/or broker.

  • Recently tried a case for a major retailer where liability was admitted and all of the treaters related the treatment and care to the incident. Plaintiff sought several million dollars including a $2-million life care plan. After deliberation, the jury returned a verdict 80 percent less than that sought by the attorneys in closing argument and well below the last settlement demand.

  • Rusty Redman vs. Bi-State Development Agency (2018) - Secured defense verdict in case involving plaintiff who sustained substantial injuries to his knee requiring 15 surgical procedures resulting from a fall that he claimed occurred in a large gap between the end of the platform at a train station and the train. The plaintiff sought $10 million.

  • Brian Miller v. Wal-Mart (2017) - Plaintiff asserted that a broken piece of concrete in the cart corral portion of the store caused him to trip and fall requiring surgical intervention. The case was one of liability as the condition had existed for several weeks. The verdict came in at exactly the settlement value and offer extended before trial.
  • Raymond Porzeinski v. Pamela Fogarty (2015) – Plaintiff claimed severe injuries due being struck by a vehicle in the dark. Although a case of liability, the verdict came in well below the pre- and post-trial demand. 
  • Jacqueline Geary v. Wal-Mart (2014) - Successfully defended national retailer in personal injury case. Plaintiff asked for $700,000. The jury awarded $25,500 with more than $115,000 in medical expenses.  
  • Mindy Stegall v. Dan’s Boats (2013) - Plaintiff’s leg was shattered between two boats with significant disfigurement and more than $125,000 in medical expenses. Plaintiff asked for $900,000, and the jury awarded 75 percent fault to the plaintiff with an award of $100,000.

  • Donnie Miles v. Bi-State Development Agency (2012) - Obtained defense verdict in case where plaintiff was struck by mass transit train causing severe injuries. Plaintiff asked for $750,000, and the jury returned a defendant’s verdict.    

Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, "The Hospitality and Retail New Frontier: Robotics, Driverless Vehicles and Virtual/Augmented Reality," ALFA International Hospitality & Retail Practice Group Seminar, August 2019

  • Presenter, "What's the Count? Case Law Update," Brown & James Kansas City Client Seminar, April 2019 

  • Presenter, “Cyber Hacking and Its Impacts on Corporations,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Amelia Island (March 2015)

  • Presenter, “The Art of Examining Experts,” ALFA International (August 2014)

  • Presenter, “Preparation of the State by State Compendium,” ALFA Hospitality and Retail Group on the issue of the use of social media at trial (August 2014)
  • Presenter, “How to Handle the Mass Casualty Case for National Clients,” (July 2013)
  • Presenter, “Construction Without Destruction: How to Prepare and Prevent as Opposed to Repair and Repent,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting (2013)
  • Panel Speaker, “General Session: Security,”  ALFA International Hospitality Conference (2011)
  • Presenter, ”The Impact of Tort Reform on Claims Handling,” State Farm Tort Reform Symposium (2006)
  • Presenter, update on tort reform in Missouri and its impact on claims handling, CNA Professional Claims (Real Estate Professional Department) (2005)
Community Activities
Lindbergh Basketball Coach
Lindbergh School District Committee Member - 2010 Budget Committee
Lindbergh School District Committee Member - Prop R Committee 2006, 2009
Former Eureka, Mo.,  Board of Alderman
Former Crestwood, Mo., Public Works Board Member 

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