Kurt Reeg is a nationally recognized litigator whose extensive practice spans the fields of insurance (bad faith and coverage), toxic torts, product liability, professional liability, environmental law, animal and agriculture law, as well as consumer protection laws including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. For more than 35 years, Kurt has skillfully represented product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers involved in a wide range of complex, high-stakes litigation — with substantial experience in matters related to asbestos, bio-technology, chemicals, construction and other heavy equipment, drugs and medical devices, herbicides and other pesticides, and toxic torts, among others. He has litigated on behalf of clients in more than 20 states, including four of the top 10 Judicial Hellholes in the United States: Madison County, Illinois; Cook County, Illinois; St. Clair County, Illinois; and The City of St. Louis, Missouri.

Kurt is often involved in matters that have impacts reaching far beyond his direct clients. For example, he was co-counsel in multiple class actions for Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, the leading manufacturer of the widely used corn, sorghum, and sugar cane herbicide Atrazine. While the suits — which Kurt and his team successfully resolved over the course of a decade — had dire implications for the agricultural industry, their favorable resolution was critical for all industries subject to federal regulation, as the plaintiffs’ efforts were to end-run EPA drinking water regulations through common law tort lawsuits.

Throughout the course of his career, Kurt — who has served as an expert insurance witness — has worked with and for most of the major property and casualty insurers throughout the country, and litigates many different types of sophisticated coverage claims for insurance-industry clients. He has served as a Coordinating Counsel for The SAFECO Companies in the toxic tort, environmental, and long-tail claims fields, and represented one of the firm’s member companies in Minnesota’s direct action against the insurance industry; the suit sought cleanup of the first two of 106 environmental sites throughout the state. He also represented one of SAFECO’s member companies for more than a decade in the $500 million, nationwide W.R. Grace asbestos coverage litigation in the federal courts of New York — trying and participating in several trials and different phases of the litigation, successfully prevailing on summary judgment, and arguing and prevailing in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Few lawyers can match Kurt’s asbestos litigation experience on a national scale. For a single Fortune 100 company in Madison County, Illinois, for example, he has managed more than 3,000 cases at any one time. Indeed, for many clients, he has acted as both coordinating and/or trial counsel, simultaneously managing hundreds of cases for several clients at a time, and has tried numerous asbestos cases through various stages of completion, including appeals. He has acted as national, regional, or state counsel countless times, for clients involved in the manufacturing and distribution of paper products, electrical components, plastics and composites, consumer appliances, roofing materials, analytical instruments, agrochemicals, and automotive parts, among many, many others.

His litigation practice also extends to professional liability. Kurt has successfully defended a wide range of licensed professionals, including accountants and dentists, in sensitive, complex, and high-value cases.

In addition to his trial work, Kurt has extensive appellate experience, and has presented several oral arguments in various state and appellate courts, including those in Missouri, Illinois, California, and New York. He clerked for two justices of the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court, including the Chief Justice.

He has participated in more than 100 mediations, arbitrations, early neutral evaluations, and mini trials.

Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent (listed for Insurance Law, Product Liability Law, and Toxic Torts)
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, 2015–17
  • American Lawyer, Top Rated – AV® Preeminent Lawyers™ in Mass Tort Litigation (Listed in 2012 in the first-ever Top Rated Lawyers® section for Mass Tort Lawyers; profile included in The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine)
  • Unsung Hero in Business, St. Louis Small Business Monthly, 2016
Certifications and Training
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Training
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association: TIPS Products Liability Subcommittee (Former Chair); Tort and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law Committees
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Products Liability Committee; Specialized Litigation Groups for Manufacturers’ Risk Prevention, Hand and Power Tools; Children’s Products; Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee, Special Litigation Group for Asbestos, Mold, and Indoor Air Quality
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC): Recipient, 2001 Andrew C. Hecker Award for most outstanding Quarterly article of the year; Products Liability Section; Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Section: Chair, 2001–03; Vice-Chair, 1999–2001, Vice-Chair, 2016–18
  • Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association
  • Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues 
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC): Sustaining Member, 2008
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Admitted to Practice
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Courts for the the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Community Involvement
  • Member, Citizen Advisory Board, Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2013–15
  • Member of Board of Trustees, Missouri Baptist Hospital, 2015-present
  • Board of Directors, Life Crisis Services (suicide hotline), St. Louis, MO, 1986–88
Education
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • DePauw University, B.A., cum laude, 1976, Pi Sigma Alpha
Publications/Presentations
  • Co-Author, “Can Biomarkers and Genetics Help Predict the Future of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma?” FDCC Insights, September 2017
  • Co-Presenter, Goldberg Segalla Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
    • "Recipes for Success: Management and Defense Strategies for Litigating Foodborne Illness Claims"
    • "What's Coming Now and in the Future: A Roundtable Chat on Emerging Issues in Talc, Nanotechnology, and Marijuana"
  • Presenter, "Emerging Risks for the Insurance Industry: What’s Coming Next,” National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI), Chicago, IL, September 21, 2016
  • Presenter, "Tried and Trusted Strategies for Defending Against the Reptile Theory," Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Webinar, May 19, 2016