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Our lawyers include fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, members of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, and other significant professional organizations. A number of our lawyers are regularly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers


 

Mo. Chamber Names Bruce DeGroot Freshman of the Year
September 29, 2017 - The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry named Brown & James Counsel Bruce DeGroot the Freshman of the Year for his work in the Missouri legislature.

BTI Consulting Recognizes Brown & James Among Top Product Liability Law Firms
September 25, 2017The BTI Consulting Group, Inc. recognized Brown & James on its Litigation Honor Roll in the company’s seventh-annual report “BTI Litigation Outlook 2018: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms.”

Brown & James Principal John Rahoy Elected Director for the FDCC
September 21, 2017
- Brown & James is pleased to announce the election of John Rahoy, shareholder and principal, as a director on the board of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an international defense organization dedicated to the principles of knowledge, justice, and fellowship.

Jackie Kinder and John McLeod named 2017 Up & Coming Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
August 29, 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. 

16 Brown & James attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018

August 15, 2017 - 
Brown & James, P.C. is pleased to announce that 16 lawyers have been listed in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Brown & James Principal A.J. Bronsky Named Best Lawyers® 2018 Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants 'Lawyer of the Year' in St. Louis
August 15, 2017 - 
Best Lawyers® recognized Brown & James Principal A.J. Bronsky as the 2018 Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in St. Louis.

Brown & James Principal Russ Watters Named Best Lawyers® 2018 Insurance Law 'Lawyer of the Year' in St. Louis

August 15, 2017 - 
Best Lawyers® recognized Brown & James Principal Russell F. Watters as the 2018 Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in St. Louis.

Brown & James Special Project Manager Donna Howard Named Unsung Legal Hero by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
August 2, 2017 - 
Brown & James announces Missouri Lawyers Weekly has named Special Projects Manager and former longtime Human Resources Manager Donna M. Howard as an Unsung Legal Hero – Firm Administrator.

Missouri State Rep. Bruce DeGroot to Join Brown & James
July 21, 2017
- Brown & James, P.C. welcomes Missouri State Rep. Bruce DeGroot to the firm's St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., offices. Rep. DeGroot joins the firm's insurance law and general litigation practice groups, having previously worked for his own law firm after beginning his law career with Brown & James.

Brown & James Principal Russ Watters Receives Certificate in Dispute Resolution
June 29, 2017 - Brown & James Principal Russell F. Watters received a certificate from the nationally recognized program of the University of Missouri School of Law’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution for Mediation Training for Civil Cases.

 

Brown & James Principal Denise Baker-Seal Named IDC Volunteer of the Year
June 21, 2017
 - The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel will honor Denise Baker-Seal with its Volunteer of the Year Award at its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on June 30 in Chicago.

Brown & James Principal Tim Wolf Named First Chief Counsel of Kansas City Chapter of IASIU

June 7, 2017The Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) selected Brown & James Principal Timothy J. Wolf as its first chief counsel. The Kansas City chapter was formed in April at the approval of the IASIU’s Board of Directors.

Four Brown & James Lawyers Honored at 2017 Missouri Lawyers Awards
January 27, 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.

Missouri Supreme Court Hands Down Decision Addressing Section 537.065 Agreements
December 20, 2016
- On December 20, 2016, the Missouri Supreme Court handed down a decision in Allen v. Bryers, No. SC95358 (Mo. banc Dec, 20, 2016), addressing a Section 537.065 agreement, the resulting judgment, and the insurer's right and remedies.

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, 2016Mr. 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.

Missouri Supreme Court Announces the Passing of the Honorable Richard B. Teitelman
November 29, 2016
- Brown & James extends the firm’s deepest sympathy to Judge Teitelman’s family, friends, and colleagues.

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 Philip L. Willman Elected Second Vice President of DRI
October 25, 2016
- Mr. Willman will become President of DRI in 2019. Mr. Willman has been a member of DRI since 1985. In that time, he has held several leadership roles within the organization, including Mid Region Director on the DRI Board of Directors since 2014, Chair of the Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Committee from 2009 until 2011, and more.

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 Denise Baker-Seal Elected to Board of Directors for Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
July 12, 2016 - Ms. Baker-Seal previously served as a Director at Large for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) and is currently Chair of the IDC Employment Law Committee and a member of the IDC Events Committee.

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT HANDS DOWN ITS LONG-AWAITED DECISIONS ADDRESSING CO-EMPLOYEE LIABILITY
June 7, 2016 - Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of arguments presented by Brown & James principals Teresa M. Young, John P. Rahoy, and Edward W. Zeidler II in landmark decision addressing co-employee liability. Both decisions make plain that a co-employee has no liability as a matter of law for the injuries of fellow worker when the harm falls under the employer's non-delegable duty to provide a safe workplace for its employees.

Brown & James Lawyer Robert L. Carter Has Passed Away
May 27, 2016 - Mr. Carter was 62. A principal in the firm, he was an indomitable spirit who lived life to the fullest, both honorably and well.

Russell F. Watters Elected a Fellow of American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

May 12, 2016The ACCEC is an invitation-only organization of coverage and extra contractual counsel in the United States and Canada. The College's mission is to promote the ethical and efficient adjudication of insurance coverage and extra contractual liability disputes and the writing of peer-provided scholarship.

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 Founding Partner John L. McMullin Has Passed Away
April 7, 2016 - Mr. McMullin was 69. He was one of the six partners who founded the firm in December 1980, then known as Brown, James, Rabbitt, Whaley, McMullin & Pitzer. During his active practice, Mr. McMullin was the firm’s senior trial lawyer for Illinois.

T. Michael Ward Elected a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

March 16, 2016 - The ACCEC is an invitation-only organization of coverage and extra contractual counsel in the United States and Canada. The College's mission is to promote the ethical and efficient adjudication of insurance coverage and extra contractual liability disputes and the writing of peer-provided scholarship.

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.

Joe Swift Hosted and Presented at an ALFA Seminar
February 19, 2016 - Joseph Swift hosted an ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar. The seminar was attended by lawyers and guests from Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. Topics included “The Reptile Theory and Cross-Examination of a Safety Director,” “Liens and Anti-Indemnity Issues,” “Sleep Apnea,” and “The Collateral Source Rule: The Proof of Damages.”

Taylor Connolly Presented at the Construction Specifications Institute
February 9, 2016
- Taylor Connolly spoke twice at the Construction Specifications Institute - Kansas City Chapter's 18th Annual Product Expo & Dinner on February 9. He presented "Stick to the Script: Avoiding the Ever-Expanding Avenues of Liability in the Wake of Over-Selling Design Options" and "Navigating the Outer-limits of Indemnity: Expecting the Unexpected in Standard Form Agreements" to attendees at the event.

Joe Swift Presented Regarding Cross Examination Strategies
November 25, 2015
Brown & James principal Joseph Swift co-presented “Strategies for the Cross Examination of a Safety Director,” to transportation claim professionals at Cottingham & Butler. The presentation featured different styles of cross examinations.

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.

Brad Hansmann Spoke to the Springfield Claims Association
November 11, 2015
Brad Hansmann, principal at Brown & James, presented to the Springfield Claims Association regarding the case of Akers v. Auto Owners Insurance Company.

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.

Brandon Copeland Speaks at NBI's "Advanced Trial Tactics" Seminar
September 28, 2015
Brandon B. Copeland, principal at Brown & James, spoke at the National Business Institute's "Advanced Trial Tactics" seminar in Clayton, Mo.

Five New Associates Join Brown & James
September 22, 2015 - New associates join the Saint Louis and Belleville offices.

Joe Swift Presents at the 2015 Arkansas Trucking Seminar
September 17, 2015 - Brown & James principal Joseph R. Swift spoke at the 2015 Arkansas Trucking Seminar. Mr. Swift was a co-presenter of the topic “Insightful Jury Selection in the Wake of Ferguson, Missouri and Charleston, South Carolina.”

Kevin Adrian Program Chair of ALFA Workers' Compensation Seminar
September 16, 2015Kevin J. Adrian served as the program chair for ALFA International's 2015 Workers' Compensation Seminar, September 16-18, 2015. At the seminar, he was appointed the new Chair of that practice group.

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

Brown & James' Kansas City Office has moved to a new location
August 3, 2015 -
The KC office of BJPC has a new office space. The new location opened today, August 3, 2015.

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.

Kansas City office adds Sheena A. Foye and Michelle C. Pflumm 
May 28, 2015 -
Two new associates appointed in the Brown & James Kansas City office.

Sanja Ord, Alexandra C. Wells Appointed to St. Louis office
May 11, 2015 -
Two more associates join Brown & James.

Dylan R. Briggs and Shane A. Chapman join Brown & James
May 4, 2015 -
New associates appointed to St. Louis and Belleville offices of Brown & James.

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

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

Brown & James expands with location in Wichita, Kansas 
February 18, 2015 - 
The firm now has an office open in Wichita, Kansas.

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.

Kelly M. Brunie and Matt B. Banocy join Brown & James
January 5, 2015 -
Two new associates join the St. Louis office of Brown & James, Kelly Brunie and Matt Banocy

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."

Two new associates added to Belleville office
November 7, 2014
- Associates Kara Burke and Abbey Fritz were appointed to the Illinois office of the firm.

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 attorneys named 2014 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
October 21, 2014
Sixteen attorneys from Brown & James have been selected as Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for 2014, with another 16 attorneys named as Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars.

New associates join Brown & James
October 9, 2014

Fourteen new associates were appointed to the St. Louis and Kansas City offices of the firm.

Firm announces election of new Shareholders, promotes new Principal and Senior Associates
September 22, 2014 -
Brown & James announces the election of two principals, David P. Bub and Corey L. Kraushaar, to Shareholders in the firm, as of September 1, 2014. In addition, the firm elected Halle L. Dimar as a Principal and named four attorneys as Senior Associates. ​

Robert S. Rosenthal Named One of 2015's "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers; Twelve Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015
August 18, 2014 - Principal Robert S. Rosenthal was named Best Lawyers® 2015 St. Louis Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year." Twelve attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015.

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