University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law,
Lead Articles Editor, Missouri Law Review
University of Evansville,
Illinois USDC, Southern District
Illinois USDC, Northern District
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
Missouri USDC, Western District
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (by Thomson Reuters) "Rising Stars" list, 2017-2022 (Personal Injury Products: Defense)
Thompson Coburn LLP
Brown & James, P.C.
Supreme Court of Missouri
Legal Intern to Judge Paul C. Wilson, 2013
Ben primarily represents clients in complex product liability and other tort matters, often defending designers, manufacturers, and distributors against high exposure product defect and warnings claims.
He has assisted clients in achieving successful outcomes—whether through early case resolution, motion practice, or trial—in cases involving, among other products:
* Automotive Components
* Industrial Machinery
* Power Tools
* Consumer Products
* Medical Devices
His work in these cases covers all phases of litigation, from initial claim investigation and assessment through trial. He regularly collaborates with subject matter experts to understand the product and injury at issue and formulates innovative and practical strategies to efficiently meet client goals.
In addition to litigating cases in both state and federal trial courts, Ben has drafted and prepared appellate briefs. He also advises clients on issues of product safety, compliance with applicable standards, and implementing safety measures.
Outside of his product liability and tort practice, Ben represents clients in commercial disputes and business litigation, has assisted in environmental matters (related to litigation, regulatory, and permitting issues), and has worked with and defended railroad and maritime clients.
Defense verdict on design defect claims alleging that the occupant safety system (airbag, seat belt, and front crash sensors) failed to operate systematically in an automobile crash, resulting in Plaintiff sustaining a permanent quadriplegic injury. Plaintiffs asked the jury for $30 million.
Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's order granting the defendants' motion to exclude plaintiff's mechanical engineering expert and motion for summary judgment arising out of a claimed defective ATV design.
Federal District Court granted defendant's motion to exclude plaintiff's mechanical engineering expert and motion for summary judgment arising out of claimed defective design of table saw.
Summary judgment in maritime case (Jones Act, unseaworthiness, and maintenance and cure) addressing statute of limitations and complex equitable tolling arguments.
A Look At Missouri’s Expert Witness Statute Five Years After Adopting FRE 702
MODL Quarterly Report Fall 2022
Maritime Torts (Chapter 11)
Missouri Tort Law, Maritime Torts (Chapter 11), 4th Ed., The Missouri Bar 2016
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