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)
National Cannabis Bar Association
Founding & Sustaining, Lifetime Member, 2015 - Present
National Cannabis Industry Association
Packaging and Labeling Committee, 2017 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
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
The National Law Journal: “Winning: In Defending Tobacco Companies, Less Was More”
The American Lawyer: "Blazing Billables: State Laws Expand Pro-Pot Legal Work"
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®"
St Louis Business Journal: "How a High Profile Trial Lawyer Became Expert in Cannabis Law" 2019
Legal Champion Award, Lawyers Media 2012
Top Defense Verdict of the Year, Lawyers Weekly 2011
Bloomberg News: “Tobacco Industry Doesn’t Owe Missouri Hospitals” (quoting Carl 's closing argument)
Listed in "Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers"
Law360: “How They Won it: Taking Big Tobacco to the Jury”
The American Lawyer: "Am Law 200 Firms Grow National Pot Practices"
Thompson Coburn LLP
Moderator, "Cannabis Business Issues - A Four Hour Seminar," St. Louis, December 2018
Moderator, "Cannabis Litigation in a Newly Regulated Environment," American Bar Association, San Diego, May 2018
Panelist, with former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, "Cannabis Product Liability," The State of Cannabis, Long Beach, 2017
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
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, CNBC, and other national media outlets. As Chairman of the Firm's Mass Tort Practice and Co-Chair of its Consumer Products Practice, Carl defends consumer product manufacturers in state and federal courtrooms throughout the United States.
Carl has tried high-stakes cases for tobacco industry clients for decades, including as lead trial counsel in the defense of billion-dollar damages claims. He first-chaired the largest defense jury verdict in the history of tobacco cost recovery litigation.
Carl is a frequent speaker on legal challenges facing the cannabis industry and is quoted regularly on those issue in the national media. He is a Lifetime and Sustaining Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association's Packaging and Labeling Committee.
Carl has litigated a wide variety of lawsuits, including business tort and commercial cases, wrongful death, individual smoking & health, and synergy cases. He has defended class actions, cases alleging false or misleading product labelling, consumer protection cases, targeted marketing lawsuits, mass consolidations, and state attorneys general cases alleging false advertising.
In addition to his current role as in-house counsel to the Firm, Carl has served on the Firm's Compensation Committee, Management Nominating Committee, and Associate Review Committee. His books on jury instructions, now in their third edition, have been in continuous publication for over 30 years.
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 trial counsel for major domestic tobacco manufacturers in a variety of lawsuits including class actions, multi-plaintiff smoking and health lawsuits.
National trial counsel in asbestos litigation for a major consumer products manufacturer in mesothelioma cases.
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 counsel for a major rail carrier in its hearing loss and cumulative trauma litigation, coordinating the defense of thousands of cases throughout the country.
"Cannabis Packaging and Labeling: Recommendations for Sensible and Consistent Regulations Across States and Nations";
Reviewer, National Cannabis Industry Association, February 2019
"Missouri's 2018 Medical Cannabis Initiatives";
Tracking Cannabis, November 2018
"Top 5 Warning Signs for Cannabis Investors";
Tracking Cannabis, September 2018
"Is San Francisco’s sugar-sweetened beverage rule watering down First Amendment rights?";
Asia IP 2016
"Illinois Non-Pattern Jury Instructions – Annotated IPI Companion - (Third Edition)";
Author, Book, West Group, New York, 2001
“Medico-Legal Aspects of Head Injury”;
Author, Book Chapter, in Head Injury & Post-Concussive Syndrome, Churchill Livingstone, Inc., New York, 1995
"Enemies List: A Vigilant Journalist’s Plea for a Renewed Red Scare";
Contributor, in P.J. O’Rourke, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1996
"Illinois Non-Pattern Jury Instructions - (Second Edition)";
Author, Book, Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing Company, New York, 1991
“Missouri’s Federal Employers Liability Act Verdict Director Denies Railroad Defendants a Fair Trial”;
Author, St. Louis Bar Journal, Fall, 1989
“Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens in Missouri”;
Author, 47 Journal of the Missouri Bar II, January-February, 1991
“Distinctive Aspects of Litigation Under the Federal Employers Liability Act: An Overview”;
Author, The St. Louis Bar Journal, Fall, 1989
"Illinois Non-Pattern Jury Instructions";
Author, Book, The Lawsource Publishing Company, Chicago, 1987
“Federal Employers Liability Act Cases -- Instructing on Sole Cause”;
Author, Journal of the Missouri Bar, April-May, 1988
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