Achievements

Excellence and Experience

The lawyers of Brown & James are noted for their achievements. A number of our lawyers are regularly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for their preeminence in the legal profession. Our lawyers also include members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, and other significant professional organizations.


 

Where Excellence and Experience Get Results™

Jackie Kinder and John McLeod named 2017 Up & Coming Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
August 15, 2017 - 
St. Louis principals Jacqueline Kinder and John McLeod were selected as 2017 "Up & Coming" Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The award honors attorneys 40 or younger or who are in their first 10 years of practice based on their demonstration of excellence and their potential to make a difference in the legal profession and their communities. 

Four Brown & James Lawyers Honored at 2017 Missouri Lawyers Awards
January 22, 2017 - The honors awarded to these lawyers continue the long history of recognition of Brown & James, both as a firm and for individual lawyers, at the annual Missouri Lawyers Awards. The firm and its lawyers have been among the award recipients every year since the inception of the Missouri Lawyers Awards.

Three Brown & James Lawyers Named 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers
January 24, 2017 - Denise E. Baker-Seal, John P. Cunningham, and Beth Kamp Veath were selected by Super Lawyers using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Brown & James Senior Associate Victoria A. Alvarez Awarded First Place at BAMSL’s Annual Trial Advocacy Competition
December 20, 2016 - Ms. Alvarez practices in the firm's St. Louis office. The competition is open only to young lawyers with no first-chair trial experience. It includes voir dire, opening statements, closing arguments, and direct and cross examinations, presided over by Federal and State Court Judges before a mock jury.

Brown & James Principal Corey L. Kraushaar Named to Top 50 St. Louis Lawyers by Super Lawyers
November 30, 2016 - Mr. Kraushaar practices in the areas of product liability, personal injury, large loss subrogation, and insurance coverage litigation. For his practice, he has received numerous honors as a trial lawyer and advocate, including the Missouri Bar’s prestigious Lon O. Hocker Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy in 2011.

Thirty-One Brown & James Lawyers Named 2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
November 18, 2016 - Eighteen lawyers from Brown & James, P.C. have been named as Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for 2016. Another eleven have been named as Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars. They join two lawyers previously announced as Illinois Super Lawyers for 2016.

Brown & James Ranked in 2017 Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers, Adds to List of Practice Area Rankings
November 15, 2016 - Brown & James was ranked nationally for its appellate practice and also locally for its work in nine practice areas. The St. Louis rankings for professional malpractice defense and product liability defense represent new honors for the firm in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list.

Brown & James Principal David P. Ellington Named Best Lawyers 2017 St. Louis Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
August 15, 2016 - Mr. Ellington has been named to twelve consecutive The Best Lawyers in America lists, for both the Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants practice areas. His “Lawyer of the Year” naming represents the first time he has received this honor from Best Lawyers. Mr. Ellington joins three other Brown & James lawyers who were named “Lawyer of the Year” in previous years.

Fourteen Brown & James Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017
August 15, 2016 - The fourteen Brown & James lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 include six listed in multiple practice areas as well as Principal Bradley R. Hansmann's first listing.

Brown & James Chief Operating Officer Kathy A. Johnson Named "Unsung Legal Hero" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
July 18, 2016 - Missouri Lawyers Weekly has implemented a new honors program to recognize non-lawyer personnel of law firms who play a critical, behind-the-scenes role in a law firm's success. Ms. Johnson was honored as an Unsung Legal Hero - Firm Administrator.

Brown & James Principal Irene Marusic Honored at Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards
May 2, 2016 - Ms. Marusic was honored with the Litigation Practitioner Award at Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 Women’s Justice Awards. The Women’s Justice Awards recognize women in Missouri in a variety of roles who have made a significant impact on the legal community.

Brown & James Attorneys Honored at 2016 Missouri Lawyers Awards
March 16, 2016 - Russell F. Watters was recognized among the attorneys securing the largest reported settlement in Missouri in 2015. David P. Ellington and Halle L. Dimar were recognized among those securing one of the largest reported defense verdicts in the state in 2015.

Brown & James Ranked in 2016 Best Law Firms
November 12, 2015 - Brown and James, P.C. has been ranked in the 2016 "Best Law Firms" list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, nationally for its appellate practice and also locally for its work in appellate, insurance law, medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation, construction law, legal malpractice defense, and personal injury litigation defense.

Brown & James Principal named Top 50 Lawyer in Saint Louis
November 11, 2015 - Congratulations to Brown & James Attorney Steve Schwartz.

31 Attorneys Named 2015 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
October 16, 2015 - Eighteen attorneys have been named as Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.

Brown & James, P.C. Attorneys Named to 2016 The Best Lawyers in America List
August 17, 2015 - Thirteen Brown & James attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016.

T. Michael Ward elected to the 2015 Irish Legal 100
June 22, 2015 Mr. Ward was elected to this national listing of lawyers of Irish descent published by the Irish Voice newspaper.

Justin A Hardin invited to CLM membership
June 11, 2015 - Mr. Hardin becomes sixth firm member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Three Brown & James Belleville attorneys named 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

March 17, 2015 -
Belleville Brown & James attorneys selected for Super Lawyers honors.   

John P. Cunningham named Madison County’s Winningest Civil Defense Attorney in 2014
January 16, 2015 -
The Madison-St. Clair County Record recognized Brown & James' Belleville attorney who had back-to-back wins in February 2014.

Brown & James named winningest defense firm, seventh year in a row 
January 5, 2015 - 
Firm achieves top spot as defense law firm with most reported verdicts; attorneys are named for most reported/largest reported defense verdicts/judgments in the state.

Bradley R. Hansmann recognized for two top defense verdicts in Missouri in 2014
November 21, 2014 -
Missouri Lawyers Weekly cited Brad Hansmann for the two best product liability defense successes of the year for a manufacturer.

Kenneth M. Burke included in 2014 Leading Lawyers Magazine list
November 12, 2014 - 
Brown & James Belleville attorney Ken Burke has been selected as a "Top Business Lawyer in Illinois."

Brown & James ranked in 2015 Best Law Firms
November 3, 2014 - 
Brown and James, P.C. has been ranked in the 2015 "Best Law Firms" list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, nationally for its appellate practice and also locally for its work in appellate, insurance law, medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation, construction law, legal malpractice defense, and personal injury litigation defense.

32 St. Louis and Kansas City Attorneys Named to 2014 Super Lawyers
October 21, 2014
- Sixteen attorneys from Brown & James Law Firm have been named as Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for 2014, with another 16 attorneys named as Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars. Principal Bradley R. Hansmann selected as a Top 50 St. Louis attorney.

Brown & James Named Winningest Defense Firm for Sixth Year in a Row
​March 7, 2014
- Brown & James, P.C. has been named the "Winningest Defense Firm" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication's year-end awards ceremony, held January 24 at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in St. Louis.

Three Belleville Attorneys Named to 2014 Super Lawyers
February 28, 2014
- Brown & James is proud to announce that three of its Belleville principals have been named to the 2014 list of Illinois Super Lawyers/Rising Stars.

Brown & James Ranked in Top 10 Largest St. Louis Law Firms
February 25, 2014
- Brown & James is ranked ninth in the top St. Louis law firms by number of local licensed attorneys according to this past year's St. Louis Business Journal survey results.

Brown & James Appellate Practice Earns National Ranking in 2014 U.S. News' "Best Law Firms"
November 4, 2013
- Brown & James has been ranked in the 2014 "Best Law Firms" list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in six practice areas.

25 Attorneys Named Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
October 18, 2013
- Brown & James is proud to announce that 17 of its attorneys are 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.  Another eight were named Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars.

10 Brown & James Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America List
August 26, 2013
- Brown & James is pleased to announce that 10 lawyers have been named to the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Erica Blume Re-Elected to WLA Board of Directors
August 1, 2013
- St. Louis associate Erica F. Blume has been re-elected to the Board of Directors for The Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis.

Justin Chapell Elected to MODL Board of Directors, Dave Ellington Given MODL Service Award
July 24, 2013
- St. Louis principal Justin S. Chapell has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. He will serve as Co-Chair on the Publications Committee and sit on the Amicus Committee.

Corey Kraushaar Named 2013 "Up & Coming" Lawyer in Missouri Lawyers Weekly
July 24, 2013
- St. Louis principal Corey L. Kraushaar was selected as a 2013 "Up & Coming" Lawyers Award honoree by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The award honors attorneys under 40 years of age or in their first 10 years of practice.

Brown & James Named "Go-To Law Firm" for the Top 500 Companies in Litigation for Seventh Year in a Row
June 27, 2013
- For seven consecutive years, Brown & James, P.C. has been named a "Go-To Law Firm" for the Top 500 Companies, an elite group of law firms that deliver exceptional service to companies in the Fortune 500.

Jennine Adamek Moore elected to Executive Committee of Lawyers Association of St. Louis 
June 5, 2013 -
Principal Jennine D. Adamek Moore has been officially elected to the Executive Committee of The Lawyers Association of St. Louis.

Denise Baker-Seal appointed to Vice Chair of IDC Employment Law Committee
May 22, 2013 -
Principal Denise Baker-Seal has been officially appointed to Vice Chair of the Employment Law Committee of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC). Her appointment represents many years of diligent work and expertise in employment law.

Brown & James Named Winningest Defense Firm for Fifth Straight Year
February 12, 2013
- Brown & James, P.C. has been named the 2013 Winningest Defense Law Firm by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication's year-end awards ceremony, held January 25, 2013, at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis.

CLM Adds Two Brown & James Attorneys

December 3, 2012
- Brown & James is pleased to announce that David Buchanan and Timothy Wolf have been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys.

U.S. News Ranks Brown & James Among National Best for Medical Malpractice Law
November 6, 2012
- U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers released the 2013 "Best Law Firms" rankings, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings. Brown & James, P.C. ranks nationally within Tier 1 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants.

Brown & James Earns 26 Selections from Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
October 17, 2012
- 26 lawyers from Brown & James have been chosen by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine for inclusion in the 2012 edition. 14 "Super Lawyers" and 12 "Rising Stars" have been selected from the firm's offices in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.

Brown & James Honored with 2012 Business of the Year Award

September 27, 2012 - Brown & James has been selected by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to receive a "2012 Business of the Year" award. Only 25 awards will be given to local businesses that have stimulated growth in the St. Louis economy in the past year. Brown & James is the only law firm to receive this year's award.

Brown & James Attorneys Receive Lawyer of the Year and Best Lawyer Awards

September 27, 2012 - Awards from The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 have flooded Brown & James. Two principal attorneys have been selected for the prestigious "Lawyer of the Year" award while two more principals have been named Best Lawyers, bumping Brown & James's total to seven.

Brown & James Named Winningest Defense Firm for Fourth Straight Year

January 26, 2012 - Brown & James has been named the 2011 Winningest Defense Law Firm by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication’s year-end awards ceremony, held Jan. 26, 2012, at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis. With 13 defense verdicts, triple the number of the next leading firm, it marks the fourth straight year Brown & James has won the top honor for the most defense verdicts in Missouri.

16 Brown & James Lawyers Named 2010 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

October 13, 2010 - Sixteen Brown & James lawyers have been named 2010 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, as published in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers are chosen through a rigorous rating process consisting of peer nominations and third-party research, with only five percent of lawyers named to the overall Super Lawyers list.

U.S. News Ranks Brown & James Among 2010 Best Law Firms

September 15, 2010 - U.S. News Media Group, in conjunction with Best Lawyers®, has ranked Brown & James, P.C. as one of the nation’s 2010 Best Law Firms for the St. Louis metropolitan region in their inaugural “Best Law Firms” rankings. The first-tier rankings are published in the October issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Four Brown & James Attorneys Recognized as 2011 Best Lawyers

August 17, 2010 - Four Brown & James principals were recognized for inclusion by their peers in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. Inclusion is based on an exhaustive survey of more than 39,000 leading attorneys across the country and is considered one of the most respected legal referral lists.

Brown & James Named to 2010 Go-To Laws Firms® by ALM in Litigation Practice

May 24, 2010 - For the third year in a row, Brown & James has been named as a member of Go-To Law Firms® by ALM, as chosen by ALM's In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies. Brown & James was named to the 2010 list in the litigation practice area.

Brown & James Named 2009 Top Defense Firm by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

April 5, 2010 - For the second year in a row, Brown & James, P.C. has been recognized as the top defense firm by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Brown & James was the winningest defense firm in the state of Missouri with 13 defense verdicts - more than triple the next leading defense firm.

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