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Rick Mueller


St. Louis
314 552 6084 direct

Richard Mueller's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis in product liability, commercial litigation and maritime matters.

Rick has extensive trial experience in both commercial and product liability litigation, including two of the three longest-running antitrust trials in Missouri. He has tried real estate fraud cases, patent cases, commercial contract disputes and a wide variety of product liability cases. He is National Coordinating Counsel for Kawasaki Motors Corp. He has represented clients from New Jersey to California, Florida to Alaska and also successfully represented a client in a trial in Guam. Rick has cross examined experts in a variety of fields including engineering, epidemiology, human factors, warnings, naval architecture, validation, computer simulations, management policies, a variety of fields of medicine, aerodynamics, patent law, to name a few.


“Ruggiero v. Yamaha ruling cited, ‘Recent Expert Reliability Rulings”
New York Law Journal October 2019

Inside the Minds, "Leading Product Liability Lawyers";
Aspatore Books, 2003

"Defense of Marine Products Litigation";
Defense Research Institute Monograph, June 1990

"The Use of Standardized Materials";
Practicing Law Institute, 1988

"Protecting Experts Consulting Teams From Discovery";
For The Defense, 1987

"Subsequent Remedial Measures";
A Products Liability Commentary and Cases, 1987

"The Investigation and Use of Experts";
Product Liability of Manufacturers, Practicing Law Institute, 1979

"Defending the Products Liability, Prevention and Defense of Manufacturers’ Products Liability";
Practicing Law Institute, 1978

"A Dilemma for the Legal and Medical Profession: Euthanasia and the Defective Newborn";
22 Saint Louis University Law Journal 501, 1978

"The Defense of a Products Liability Lawsuit, Products Liability Manufacturers";
Practicing Law Institute, 1977


"Case Update: Products Liability";
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, 1995

"Coordinating Products Liability Litigation";
The University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1990

"Effective Coordination of Multiple Products Liability Litigation";
Practicing Law Institute, 1988

"Trial Practice";
The Missouri Bar, 1987

"Insurance Practice";
The Missouri Bar, 1986

"Defending the Lawsuit: Products Liability of Manufacturers";
Practicing Law Institute, St. Louis, 1981

"Missouri Practice and Update on Law";
Special Problems in Products Liability Litigation, Practicing Law Institute, St. Louis, 1978


Utah federal court throws out products liability claims against Kawasaki for Jet Ski injury

Federal jury sides with Yamaha in failure to warn trial over WaveRunner injury

Third Circuit affirms directed verdict for Yamaha in products liability action

Texas jury quickly delivers defense verdict to Kawasaki in trial over off-road vehicle

Unanimous Fourth Circuit victory for Yamaha in products liability action

Thompson Coburn wins directed verdict for Yamaha in personal watercraft products liability litigation

Thompson Coburn continues to exclude plaintiffs’ expert witnesses in personal watercraft products liability litigation

Thompson Coburn helps Yamaha resolve significant injury cases

Kawasaki wins defense verdict in Jet Ski explosion suit

Chicago judge tosses nationwide class action against Kawasaki