Bradley R. Hansmann

Principal
Brad Hansmann has practiced for more than 20 years as a trial lawyer and was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He represents individuals and corporations in catastrophic injury, property damage and high exposure contract litigation in Missouri and Illinois. In addition, he represents boat manufacturers throughout the United States in maritime related catastrophic injury litigation.
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Overview

Brad Hansmann has spent his entire career as a trial lawyer and has tried to conclusion over 75 jury trials, many of which involve high levels of exposure to his clients in the millions of dollars.   He represents individuals and corporations, as well as insurance carriers, in large exposure lawsuits throughout Missouri and Illinois in the areas of premises liability, motor carrier accidents, products liability, contract disputes and cases involving injuries and death resulting from the criminal acts of third parties on a business owners’ property.  In Brad’s representation of the trucking industry, Brad has experts that can respond to accident scenes immediately following the first call, to conduct scene investigation and reconstruction, as well as interview witnesses, work with the local authorities and conduct mechanical inspections and gather evidence. Brad also spends a considerable amount of his trial work representing corporations, including a multitude of boat manufacturers, in product liability and other maritime related accident cases throughout the United States in both Federal and State courts. Brad has handled State and Federal cases in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Utah, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, Alabama and Maryland. Brad’s maritime, marine and products liability representation includes representing clients from the early pre-suit investigations through trial.  His ability to gather the needed experts and investigators allows for the early evaluation and analysis of any potential liability or lack thereof. Brad has been recognized for his trial work by being awarded the Largest Reported Defense verdicts by Missouri Lawyers’ Media, and some which have been recognized in national media outlets.  He is regularly recognized as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, is annually recognized by Best Lawyers, was selected Lawyer of the Year in the St. Louis area by Best Lawyers in 2020 and it has been announced that he will again receive this award in 2023 and is recognized by Benchmark Litigation and other organizations.  Missouri Lawyers Media included Brad in the 2022 Power List Business Defense Attorneys and the Missouri Bar Foundation awarded Brad the Lon Hocker Award for eastern Missouri, which is awarded for outstanding trial advocacy.  He holds an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale Hubbell. Brad and his wife live in a suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri with their two boys.

Recent Results

Past Results

Martin v. Peters Represented Peters in case alleging failure to yield. Plaintiff had over $300,000 in specials and $50,000 in lost wages. Scott County, Missouri judgment for $700,000. (2022) Gore v. KST, LLC Represented defendant in mobile home dispute in Miller County, Missouri. Defense verdict. (2022) Claypole v. Robert Walker Trucking, LLC Represented trucking company in highway accident where trucking company rear ended vehicles in traffic. Clay County, Missouri verdict in favor of Plaintiff for amount offered prior to trial. (2019) Kiser v. Duane Ernst Construction Represented Defendant in construction case in Perry County, Missouri. Jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff. (2019) Schafer v. Phillips Represented Defendant in alleged conversion of personal property. City of St. Louis jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff. (2018) Jenne v. City of Louisiana Represented City of Louisiana in wrongful termination and discrimination case in St. Charles County, Missouri. Spilt verdict from jury. (2018) Dalhart v. Haselhorst Jury trial in Jefferson County where plaintiff alleged defendant was impaired and crossed the centerline and struck Plaintiffs. Case was settled during jury deliberation. (2017) Avola v. Schwartz ad litem for Brennan Represented Defendant in motor vehicle accident in St. Louis County, Missouri. Case was settled during jury deliberation. (2017) Esrock v. JP Consulting, Inc. Represented Defendant in claim against it for negligent training during gym class. Settled during jury deliberation. (2017) Monahan v. Abarr Represented Abarr in motor vehicle accident in St. Joseph, Missouri. Jury returned verdict in favor of plaintiff far under plaintiff’s demand. (2017) Wodohodsky v. Dr. Gourley Represented Dr. Gourley in claim alleging negligent training of veterinary medicine. Verdict in favor of plaintiff. (2017) Simrell v. Johnson Represented Defendant Johnson in motor vehicle case against Simrell. Jury returned nominal verdict for Plaintiff far under demand. (2016) America First Insurance Company v. Michael Hutcheson Defendant Hutcheson in multi-million property loss where it was alleged negligent plumbing caused a fire and destruction of property. Mississippi County, Missouri jury verdict in favor of Defendant. (2016) Lock v. Isabella Ready Mix Represented Defendant in construction case in which it was alleged defective concrete caused the need to demolish a structure. Christian County, Missouri jury entered verdict for Defendant. (2016) Thomas v. E. Meier Contracting Represented Defendant in slip and fall accident in snow and ice. St. Louis County, Missouri jury entered verdict in favor of defendant. (2016) Malleos v. Carmike Cinemas, Inc. Represented defendant movie theater in case in which it was alleged a slippery condition caused patron to fall. Illinois federal jury entered verdict for defendant. (2016) Karriker v. Club Fitness Represented defendant fitness center in claim of negligent installation of exercise equipment. St. Charles County, Missouri jury gave verdict to Plaintiff. (2015) Reynolds v. ABC Cab Corporation Represented defendant in motor vehicle accident where it was alleged negligent caused brain injury. St. Louis City jury gave verdict to Defendant after weeklong jury trial. (2015) Akers v. Auto Owners Represented defendant in first party property case in which a counter claim was asserted for fraud. Federal Judge awarded multi-million verdict in favor of defendant Auto Owners on counterclaim. (2015) Barrow v. Temper Fabricators Represented Defendant in case involving an allegation of hazard in a mine in Illinois. Federal jury in Illinois awarded Plaintiff verdict. (2015) Turner v. Nance Represented defendant in motor vehicle accident in City of St. Louis, Missouri. Jury verdict in favor of defendant. (2015) Cook v. Westlake et. al. Represented Defendant in case alleging faulty sale of vehicle and charge of violation of Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. Jury awarded nominal verdict for plaintiff. (2014) Admire v. Gaines Surety Company Represented defendant in wrongful death case in Crawford County. Jury verdict in favor of defendant. (2014) Behlmann v. Cenury Surety Represented Defendant in brain injury and back injury case in Federal Court in Eastern District of Missouri. Jury verdict in favor of defendant. (2014) Hopfer v. Neenah Foundry Represented Defendant in two-week product liability case in City of St. Louis, Missouri where plaintiff was a paraplegic. St. Louis Jury gave defense verdict. Case was one of the largest defense verdicts in 2014. (2014) Dejana v. Marine Technology, Inc. Represented defendant MTI in wrongful death case in which two people were killed in an offshore power boating race. Case was tried over two weeks and federal jury in Eastern District gave verdict to Defendant. Case was reported as one of largest verdicts in Missouri in 2014. (2014) Millwood v. Ace Hood et. al Represented Plaintiff in negligence case in Greene County, Missouri. Jury returned verdict in favor of Simplex Grinnell after settlement with Ace Hood. (2013) Bova v. Show Me Home Delivery Represented Show Me Home Delivery in Illinois Federal Court regarding motor vehicle accident. Jury returned nominal verdict for plaintiff. (2013) Burns v. Pony Express Represented defendant in slip and fall case in St. Joseph, Missouri. Jury returned verdict for Plaintiff. (2013) Shea v. Krygiel et. al Represented defendant in motor vehicle accident in Franklin County, Missouri. Jury returned verdict for plaintiff. (2013) Terry Farm v. Mark and Jeannette Argall Represented Argall in product liability feed case where it was allowed feed caused a animal herd to be decimated. Ozark County Jury returned verdict for Defendant. (2013) Gremli v. Boy Scouts Represented Defendant in negligence action against Boy Scouts alleging improper tree maintenance caused a tree to fall on camper. Case was settled in second day of jury deliberations. (2013) Tinker v. Acuity Represented Acuity in Uninsured Motor Vehicle case in which it was caused phantom driver caused Plaintiff to require neck surgery. Federal jury returned verdict in favor of Defendant. (2013) Fielder v. Allendale Roofing Defendant Allendale Roofing in claim in which it was alleged negligent roofing caused significant water intrusion and violation of Missouri Merchandising Practices. Jury gave split verdict with nominal award. (2013) Moore v. Bada Bings Represented defendant in claim in which it was alleged dangerous condition caused fall. St. Louis City, Missouri jury returned verdict in favor of defendant. (2013) Crane v. Wiggans Defended defendant Wiggans in construction case regarding fall protection. Jasper County, Missouri jury verdict in favor of defendant. (2012) Mahler v. Sowards Represented Defendant in assault case in Franklin County, Missouri. Verdict in favor of Plaintiff. (2012) Mealer v. Guss Represented Defendant in case in which it was alleged negligence caused a fire to an antique storage facility. Warren County, Missouri jury verdict in favor of Defendant. (2012) Bolden v. Columbia Insurance Company Represented Defendant in first party arson case in Mississippi County, Missouri. Jury verdict in favor of Defendant. (2012) Dorris v. Kohl (Retrial) Represented Defendant in farming case in which plaintiff claims lack of auger cover caused him to lose portions of his foot. Nominal verdict in favor of Plaintiff. (2012) Brown v. Galloway Represented Defendant in negligence and assault charge in Greene County, Missouri. Jury verdict in favor of Defendant. (2011) Hill v. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Represented Defendant in bad faith insurance case in Jackson County, Missouri. After a weeklong trial jury returned verdict in favor of Plaintiff for amount of prior offer. (2011) Smart v. SEMO Health Network Represented Defendant in wrongful death cross-over case. Case settled during trial. (2011) Witt v. May Negligence claim with allegation that May crushed Plaintiff’s foot with the bucket of heavy machinery. Greene County Defense jury verdict. (2011) Catherall v. United Consumers Credit Union Represented defendant in wrongful termination case in St. Joseph, Missouri. Jury verdict for Plaintiff. (2011) March v. Midwest Represented Defendant in third party criminal acts case. After several week trial St. Louis City, Missouri jury awarded verdict in favor of defendant. (2011) York v. Wolven Represented Defendant in construction case in which plaintiff fell from walkway in Stone County, Missouri. Jury gave defense verdict. (2010) Neely v. Eckert Represented defendant in jury trial in St. Louis County, Missouri involving motor vehicle accident. Matter settled during jury trial. (2010) Dollins v. Nimmo Represented Defendant in jury trial in which it was alleged walkway was dangerous and caused fall. Jury returned verdict in favor of Defendant. (2010) Feinberg v. Witterschein Represented Defendant in failure to yield motor vehicle accident case. St. Louis County, Missouri verdict in favor of defendant. (2010) Murphy v. Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois Represented Defendant in underinsured motorist case in Eastern District of Missouri. Jury returned verdict for defendant. (2010) Erbe, Inc. v. Metrotech Food Equipment Service, Inc. Represented Plaintiff in fire case in which it was alleged negligent maintenance of fryer caused McDonalds to burn down. Jury returned multi-million-dollar verdict to Plaintiff. (2010) Rebstock v. Evans Engineering Production Company Represented Defendant in case in which forklift driver dropped steel on delivery driver’s foot. Missouri federal jury gave verdict to Defendant. (2009) Brinker v. Capital Restoration & Painting Represented Defendant in motor vehicle case in City of St. Louis, Missouri. Jury returned verdict for Plaintiff. (2009) Dorris v. Kohl (First Trial) Represented Defendant in farming case in Henry County, Missouri in which plaintiff claimed lack of auger cover caused him to lose portions of his foot. Verdict in favor of Defendant. (2009) Otis Lyles v. Metro Film Express and Timothy Krenning Represented defendant in red light traffic accident in City of St. Louis, Missouri. Verdict in favor of defendant. (2008) Angel Moran v. Daveyfire, Inc. and Davey Bickford, SNC Represented defendant in multi-million dollar fireworks explosion case in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. After weeklong trial jury awarded verdict to defendant. (2008) Christina Heaviside v. Rental Service Corporation Represented Defendant in product liability case in which it was alleged product defect caused Bobcat to run over plaintiff. Missouri federal jury awarded verdict in favor of Defendant. (2007) Sparkman v. Columbia Insurance Group Represented Defendant in a first party arson case. Jury verdict for plaintiff for breach of contract and for Defendant on vexatious claim. (2007) Hansen v. Labor Source Represented Defendant in case in which it was alleged negligence and product defect permitted part of a light to fall into the crowd at a Martina McBride Concert. St. Charles County, Missouri verdict in favor of defendant. (2007) Kinder v. Safeco Insurance Company Represented Defendant in uninsured motorist vehicle action in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Jury awarded verdict to Plaintiff. (2007) Humphrey v. Homes Systems Inc. Represented Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Home Systems, Inc alleging negligent furnace service. Franklin County, Missouri jury returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiffs. (2017) Coder v. Hoods Discount Represented Hoods Discount in a lawsuit St. Louis City, Missouri where it was alleged negligent handling of a door which struck plaintiff resulted in neck surgery. Jury found in favor of Defendant. (2016) Kaestner v. St. Louis Parking Represented St. Louis Parking in a third-party criminal acts case in St. Louis City, Missouri following an assault in the parking lot. Jury returned a verdict for plaintiff. (2005) Chrismer v. Lennox and McKenzie Represented Chrismer in a lawsuit against Lennox and McKenzie. Case settled during St. Charles, Missouri jury trial. (2005) Preferred Paging v. Travelers Insurance Company Represented Travelers Insurance Company in this bench trial in St. Louis County, Missouri over coverage for certain losses. (2005) Welch Products v. Cumberland Engineering Represented Plaintiff Welch Products in products liability case. Eastern District of Missouri jury returned million-dollar verdict in favor of client. (2004) Ingram v. AAA Insurance Represented AAA Insurance in a first party property insurance loss in St. Louis City jury trial. Raphael Williams v. H&H Redevelopment Corp. Represented defendant H&H Redevelopment Corp. in a lawsuit alleging negligent demolition work. Jury returned a defense verdict. (2004) Hines v. Allied Roofing Represented Allied Roofing in jury trial in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Jury found in favor of defendant. (2004) Modica v. Mid-America Apartments Represented Mid-America Apartments in a slip and fall accident at an apartment complex. St. Louis County jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant. (2004) Glenda Ray v. St. Louis Hills Medical Center Represented St. Louis Hills Medical Center in slip and fall case. Jury apportioned significant fault to plaintiff and returned nominal verdict for plaintiff. (2003) Michael Reynolds v. General Casualty Represented General Casualty in a first party case. Jury returned a verdict for General Casualty. (2003) Ste. Genevieve County Mart v. Citizens Electric Negligence case tried in St. Louis County Missouri. Involved the Country Mart claiming negligence against the local electric cooperative for causing a fire at the grocery store. Represented the Plaintiff and the Jury returned a verdict for plaintiff. (2003) Eaton v. George Motor vehicle accident in St. Louis County, Missouri. Represented the Plaintiff Eaton. Jury returned a verdict for plaintiff. (2002)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society

Awards & Achievements

  • Best Lawyers - Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2024)
  • The Power List: Missouri Business Defense Attorneys, Missouri Lawyers Media (2023)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellowship - Induction Ceremony, February (2023)
  • Benchmark Litigation, State Litigation Star - Missouri (2018-2021)
  • The Power List: Missouri Business Defense Attorneys, Missouri Lawyers Media (2021)
  • Lawyer of the Year - Insurance Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2021)
  • Best Lawyers - Insurance Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2018-2022)
  • Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, The Best Lawyers in America (2018-2022)
  • Best Lawyers - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, The Best Lawyers in America (2017-2022)
  • Super Lawyers - Personal Injury General: Defense, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2013-2021)
  • Defense Attorney with the largest valued defense verdict in a product liability case in the State of Missouri as reported by Missouri Lawyer's Weekly (2014)
  • Defense attorney with the most reported verdicts/judgments, Missouri Lawyer's Weekly (2014)
  • Defense attorney with third- and sixth-largest reported defense verdicts in the State of Missouri, Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Top 50 St. Louis - Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2014)
  • Rising Stars - Personal Injury Defense, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2008, 2010-2012)
  • Lon O. Hocker Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy, Missouri Bar (2010)
  • Up & Coming Award, Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2009)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Missouri Case Law Update," Brown & James Insurance Law & General Defense Symposium, January 2021
  • Presenter, “Recent Trends in Plaintiffs' Attorneys' Tactics to Drive High Verdicts and Settlements from Voir Dire to Closing,” Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium, January 2020
  • Presenter, "$150,000 for a Disc Replacement! How to Counter the 'Treating Physician,'" Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium, January 2018
  • Presenter, "The Pendulum Swings Back: Bringing Suit in Missouri Just Got Tougher," Brown & James Webinar, August 2017
  • Presenter, "Throwing 'Junk Science' Away: Missouri Adopts New Standard for Expert Testimony," Brown & James Webinar, June 2017
  • Presenter, "Diffuse Tensor Imaging ("DTI") - The New Mild Traumatic Brain Injury," Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2016
  • Presenter, "Product Liability - Building the Defense Case," Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2015
  • Presenter, "Bad Faith - Here We Go Again!" Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2013
  • Presenter, “Product Liability – Plaintiff’s and Defense Perspective,” The Simon Law Seminar, 2012
  • Presenter, "Defending the Causation Element of Injury Claims," Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2011
  • Presenter, “Budget-Conscious Litigation Techniques for Plaintiff Personal Injury," National Business Institute, December 2009
  • Presenter, “How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases," National Business Institute, June 2008
  • Presenter, “How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases," National Business Institute, June 2007
  • Presenter, “To Negotiate or Litigate: A Guide to Determining Whether to Negotiate Your Subrogation Claim or Refer the Claim to Counsel for Litigation,” National Association of Subrogation Professionals, 2003
  • Presenter, “Spoliation of Evidence," Missouri Chapter of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, 2002
  • Routinely lectures to in-house insurance companies and industry groups on first party insurance coverage, Missouri law and insurance claim handling practices.

Practices

Education

  • Saint Louis University (J.D., cum laude, 2001)
  • Saint Louis University (B.A., Psychology, cum laude, 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit