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Overview

Corey is a mass tort litigator with a passion for defending clients and shaping the future liability landscape for manufacturers and innovators.

With broad experience in all stages and aspects of litigation, he has argued before federal and state courts throughout the country. Corey focuses his practice on defending corporate clients in complex tort cases involving product liability, premises liability, toxic tort and chemical exposure claims, defending manufacturers, developers and innovators.

Corey grew up in a jurisdiction that was frequently home to nationwide class actions and mass tort lawsuits resulting in headline-grabbing verdicts. He has since developed the skills and relationships necessary to navigate jurisdictions across the country that can be notoriously difficult for corporate defendants.

Believing it vital to take a macro view of national trends, Corey understands that the implications of a single case can be far reaching for a client’s business. His goal is to ensure that his litigation strategy and the eventual outcome are not only favorable for the individual case at hand, but also fit the client’s long-term strategy and overall best interests.

Corey also appreciates that developments outside the courtroom often shape a client’s liability and litigation strategy. He has previously worked with national tort scholars to pass legislation in several states aimed at limiting defendants’ liabilities and ensuring fairness for defendants in the civil justice system. Corey has also published law review articles and contributed to amicus briefs on important topics that directly impact industry-wide liability.


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Services

Recognition

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014-2019

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Certificate in Health Law
    • Saint Louis University Public Law Review, Managing Editor
  • B.S., Truman State University
    • cum laude
    • Blue Key National Honor Fraternity
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Fraternity

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee, Young Lawyer Liaison, 2012-2013
Featured Experience

A Precedent-Setting Victory

When an international manufacturer was sued by an Oklahoma resident in the City of St. Louis for premises liability, Corey and his team achieved an extremely favorable verdict that set a precedent in the state. The plaintiff alleged that he had been exposed to asbestos while working at the client’s facility in Oklahoma, but admitted that – unlike some of the other 70 defendants – the claims related to the client did not arise from any contacts with Missouri. The court agreed with Corey’s argument that this eliminated any grounds for the exercise of specific jurisdiction under Missouri's long-arm statute, despite the client’s ongoing business contact in the state. The decision was a major development for personal jurisdiction jurisprudence in Missouri and the first of its kind following Daimler AG v. Bauman. By limiting how much the client could be sued for in Missouri state courts, Corey and his team saved the client an extensive amount of money – and made ripples across plaintiffs’ bars.


Additional Experience
  • Served as national coordinating counsel, trial counsel and local counsel for defendants in asbestos, silica, diacetyl and benzene lawsuits.
  • Served as national trial counsel for leading clinical reference laboratory, responsible for all clinical and anatomic pathology-related lawsuits filed against the lab throughout the U.S.
  • Represented clients in tobacco, pharmaceutical, medical device and other complex product liability lawsuits.
  • Served as litigation counsel for a national title insurance company.
Outside the Office

Corey spends much of his free time with his two young children, who enjoy bike rides, parks and simply being outdoors. He and his young son also share a passion for golf.

In addition, Corey finds real estate exciting, and he often rehabs properties for sale in south St. Louis.