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J.Y. is a thought leader in developing innovative approaches to solve his clients’ most complex business problems in matters of product liability and toxic tort litigation.

As a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies in the petrochemical, oil, agricultural, and paints and coatings industries, he specializes in helping companies design and execute strategies to successfully manage risk and defeat threats in many of the United States’ most challenging jurisdictions. J.Y. combines his 20+ years of litigation experience with a keen appreciation of legal project management tools to deliver maximum value on the investment his clients make in each case.

J.Y. actively litigates cases nationwide, leading the defense in product liability and premises liability cases alleging personal injury from exposure to a broad range of substances, including solvents, benzene and asbestos.  He has developed a deep understanding of scientific, medical and state-of-the-art issues that enable him to construct and present a comprehensive and compelling defense.  J.Y. has also defended product liability claims involving industrial tools, construction equipment and consumer products and represented individuals and companies in commercial disputes, automobile accidents and property damage claims.

J.Y. has extensive experience as national and regional coordinating counsel, directing all aspects of litigation and preparing cases for trial.  As coordinating counsel, J.Y. builds and leads teams to deliver collaborative, high-quality and efficient service.  His novel approach and service model has a proven track record of success in helping clients manage risk, control costs and support their unique business objectives.

Before joining the firm, J.Y. served five years on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.  As a prosecutor and then as criminal defense counsel, J.Y. developed his trial advocacy skills trying numerous cases to verdict while stationed in Texas, Saudi Arabia, Georgia and Bosnia.

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  • Award for Excellence in Advocacy at the U.S. Army JAG Corps Criminal Law Advocacy Course
  • BTI Consulting Group's BTI Client Service All-Star Award, 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • B.S., University of Tennessee
    • summa cum laude


  • Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Led and managed all aspects of national toxic tort litigation defense team and designed and coordinated defense in hundreds of active asbestos lawsuits for several Fortune 500 companies in some of the toughest and most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in the country.
  • Defended against alleged workplace injuries/diseases and alleged injuries/diseases from manufactured products for oil-refining companies, chemical manufacturers, an aluminum sheet manufacturer, a building products manufacturer, a tool and equipment manufacturer, a shoe manufacturer and paints and coatings manufacturers.
  • Implemented national strategy to build comprehensive good company story and present defense in product litigation in numerous jurisdictions.
  • Defended more than 50 benzene/solvent cases around the country alleging various malignancies.
  • Performed independent investigation of products allegedly at issue in fires that caused major damages to commercial businesses. Claims defeated before lawsuits filed.
  • Lead counsel in personal injury action alleging significant pulmonary injuries caused by exposure to cleaning chemicals.
  • Obtained significant settlement as lead plaintiff’s counsel in complex dispute involving contract, property and negligence claims concerning highly technical geotechnical, materials science and structural engineering concepts.
  • Prepared and defended corporate representatives in depositions involving company’s products at issue in national litigation.
  • Worked closely with expert toxicologist to develop testimony to combat attacks on company’s paint and coatings products with favorable results.
  • Prepared high-profile asbestos case for trial and developed client’s corporate representative, expert industrial hygienist and expert materials science engineer for deposition and trial.
  • Prepared significant solvent exposure cancer case for trial, including development of key experts and fact witnesses.
  • Led large joint defense group of oil and chemical companies in significant solvent/benzene exposure case.
Community Leadership
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Youth baseball and basketball teams, coach