University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law,
Note and Comment Editor, Missouri Law Review
Phi Kappa Phi; Omicron Delta Epsilon
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
US Ct Appeals, 11th Circuit (Covers AL, FL, GA)
Illinois State Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
National Cannabis Bar Association, Founding Member, 2015-Present
The Missouri Bar
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Chairman, Jury Instructions Committee, 1990-1998
Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®"
Listed in "Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers"
Legal Champion Award, Lawyers Media 2012
Top Defense Verdict of the Year, Lawyers Weekly 2011
The National Law Journal: “Winning: In Defending Tobacco Companies, Less Was More”
Bloomberg News: “Tobacco Industry Doesn’t Owe Missouri Hospitals” (quoting Carl 's closing argument)
Law360: “How They Won it: Taking Big Tobacco to the Jury”
The American Lawyer: "Blazing Billables: State Laws Expand Pro-Pot Legal Work"
Lawyers Weekly: “Jury Snuffs Out Big Tobacco Lawsuit”
The American Lawyer: "Am Law 200 Firms Grow National Pot Practices"
Thompson Coburn LLP
Panelist, "Product Liability & Mass Tort Litigation: Will the Cannabis Industry be Next?"
National Cannabis Industry Association, Oakland, 2016
Lecturer, “The New NARTC Jury Instructions Book”
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, The Greenbriar, 1995
Lecturer, “Cross-Examination of Plaintiff’s Vocational Rehabilitation Expert”
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Pebble Beach, 1994
Lecturer, “Semi-Annual Review of the Law”
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, December 1991
Lecturer, “Let the Associate Handle the Instructions”
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Chicago, 1990
Webster University, 1989-1990
Chairman of the firm's Consumer Products Practice and its Mass Tort Practice, Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been covered by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg News, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CNBC, and other national media outlets.
He tried the largest defense jury verdict in the history of tobacco cost recovery litigation, assisted in the defense of the largest civil RICO case ever brought by the United States Department of Justice, and was a member of the defense team of the longest jury trial in the history of the United States. Carl has defended consumer product manufacturers in state and federal courtrooms throughout the United States for over 30 years, including in class actions, mass consolidations, state attorneys general cases alleging false advertising, consumer protection cases, targeted marketing lawsuits, and cases alleging false or misleading product labelling.
Not just a "litigator" or motions lawyer, Carl has defended tobacco industry clients in high stakes litigation for decades, including as lead trial counsel in the defense of billion-dollar damages claims. He has tried to verdict a wide variety of lawsuits, including wrongful death, individual smoking & health, asbestos/synergy, mesothelioma, and business tort cases. He has served on national litigation strategy and industry punitive damages committees for major product manufacturers over a period of decades. His books on jury instructions, now in their third edition, have been in continuous publication for 27 years.
Carl has served on the firm's Compensation Committee, Management Nominating Committee, and Associate Review Committee.
Lead trial counsel for a major domestic cigarette manufacturer in a lawsuit tried against dozens of hospitals and hospital systems seeking more than $4 billion in compensatory damages. During the three-month trial, 26 jurors (including 14 alternates) heard testimony from 49 witnesses. Following seven days of deliberations, the jury returned defense verdicts on all claims by all plaintiffs. The National Law Journal described the win as "the largest defense victory in a tobacco cost-recovery suit to date."
National coordinating counsel in mass tort litigation for one of the country's largest pneumatic power tool and equipment manufacturers, overseeing the defense of thousands of cases arising out of industrial and occupational exposures.
National trial counsel for a major domestic tobacco manufacturer for more than a decade in a variety of lawsuits including class actions, multi-plaintiff smoking and health lawsuits, mesothelioma cases, and asbestos/synergy cases.
National counsel for a major rail carrier in its hearing loss and cumulative trauma litigation, coordinating the defense of thousands of cases throughout the country.
"Is San Francisco’s sugar-sweetened beverage rule watering down First Amendment rights?";
Food Fight, June 2016
"Illinois Non-Pattern Jury Instructions – Annotated IPI Companion - (Third Edition)";
Author, Book, West Group, New York, 2001
"Enemies List: A Vigilant Journalist’s Plea for a Renewed Red Scare";
Contributor, in P.J. O’Rourke, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1996
“Medico-Legal Aspects of Head Injury”;
Author, Book Chapter, in Head Injury & Post-Concussive Syndrome, Churchill Livingstone, Inc., New York, 1995
"Illinois Non-Pattern Jury Instructions - (Second Edition)";
Author, Book, Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing Company, New York, 1991
“Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens in Missouri”;
Author, 47 Journal of the Missouri Bar II, January-February, 1991
“Missouri’s Federal Employers Liability Act Verdict Director Denies Railroad Defendants a Fair Trial”;
Author, St. Louis Bar Journal, Fall, 1989
“Distinctive Aspects of Litigation Under the Federal Employers Liability Act: An Overview”;
Author, The St. Louis Bar Journal, Fall, 1989
“Federal Employers Liability Act Cases -- Instructing on Sole Cause”;
Author, Journal of the Missouri Bar, April-May, 1988
"Illinois Non-Pattern Jury Instructions";
Author, Book, The Lawsource Publishing Company, Chicago, 1987