David P. Bub

David Bub is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who has successfully represented his clients in the areas of complex personal injury and property damage litigation, including premises liability, construction, transportation, products liability and various catastrophic injury lawsuits.
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David Bub has spent his entire thirty-year law career as a trial lawyer in Missouri and Illinois, trying over 150 civil jury trial cases to conclusion and handling more than 50 appeals in both the state and federal courts.  He has been the lead trial lawyer in numerous large exposure cases involving high profile clients where he has obtained defense verdicts in cases involving eight figure amounts in dispute. In 2022, David obtained a defense verdict on behalf of his client in a toxic mold case where plaintiff was seeking over $20 million in damages, ranking as one of largest defense verdicts obtained in Missouri.  David has successfully represented commercial businesses, insurance carriers and individuals in a variety of areas, including the areas of premises liability, construction, products liability, insurance coverage and fraud cases. 

David has also been honored with numerous awards throughout his career.  Most recently, in 2022, he was honored by the Missouri Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (“MAMIC”) with their highest award, the MAMIC Lifetime Service Award recognizing him for his “exceptional service, contribution and support of the Missouri mutual insurance industry”.   In 2021 and 2022, Missouri Lawyers Weekly recognized David on their annual “Power List” of the top 30 civil trial lawyers in the state.

Over the past three decades, David has also had dozens of his trial results recognized in Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s annual list of “Largest Defense Verdicts”.  In 2012, he was awarded by Missouri Lawyers Weekly “Most Winningest Defense Attorney” recognizing him for having the most defense verdicts of any lawyer in the State of Missouri for that year.    Since 2010, David has regularly been recognized by the national “Super Lawyers” publication as a “Super Lawyer” in the state of Missouri for his expertise in the areas of personal injury litigation.  

David is frequently asked to speak across the country for various national/regional industry groups and organizations including PLRB/LRIB, National Business Institute, Defense Research Institute (“DRI”), MAMIC, Missouri Bar Association and others on topics including premises liability, insurance coverage, products liability, transportation, catastrophic injury claims and construction litigation.

Recent Results

Past Results

  • Hicks v. Prudential General Ins. Co.
    887 S.W.2d 819
    Mo.App. E.D. December 6, 1994
  • Richardson v. Farm Bureau Town & Country Ins. Co.
    899 S.W.2d 119
    Mo.App. E.D. April 11, 1995
  • Gutting v. Shelter Mut. Ins. Co.
    905 S.W.2d 550
    Mo.App. S.D. September 12, 1995
  • Massachusetts Bay, Ins. Co. v. Haas
    954 S.W.2d 374
    Mo.App. E.D. July 29, 1997
  • Thieret v. Baer
    972 S.W.2d 655
    Mo.App. E.D. July 31, 1998
  • American States Ins. Co. v. Creative Walking, Inc.
    16 F.Supp.2d 1062
    E.D.Mo. August 17, 1998
  • Stonger ex rel. Stonger v. Riggs
    21 S.W.3d 18
    Mo.App. W.D. May 16, 2000
  • Economy Fire & Cas. Co. v. Erckmann
    73 S.W.3d 769
    Mo.App. E.D. March 5, 2002
  • Priesmeyer v. Shelter Mut. Ins. Co.
    74 S.W.3d 286
    Mo.App. W.D. May 7, 2002
  • Stonger ex rel. Stonger v. Riggs
    85 S.W.3d 703
    Mo.App. W.D. September 17, 2002
  • General Motors Acceptance Corp. v. The Windsor Group, Inc.
    103 S.W.3d 794
    Mo.App. E.D. February 18, 2003
  • Ritchie v. Goodman
    161 S.W.3d 851
    Mo.App. S.D. March 21, 2005
  • Societe Air France v. Action Express, Inc.
    195 S.W.3d 537
    Mo.App. E.D. July 11, 2006
  • Wood v. Foremost Ins. Co.
    471 F.3d 931
    C.A.8 (Mo.) December 28, 2006
  • Fugate v. Heibel
    223 S.W.3d 187
    Mo.App. E.D. May 22, 2007
  • Zeiger v. C. David & Laura Zeiger Living Trust
    226 S.W.3d 888
    Mo.App. E.D. June 19, 2007
  • Richey v. DP Properties, LP
    252 S.W.3d 249
    Mo.App. E.D. May 13, 2008
  • State ex rel. Young v. Wood
    254 S.W.3d 871
    Mo. June 10, 2008
  • Hughes v. SMG II, LLC
    293 S.W.3d 452
    Mo.App. E.D. July 8, 2008
  • Carden v. Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Ass'n
    258 S.W.3d 547
    Mo.App. S.D. July 15, 2008
  • Ryann Spencer Group, Inc. v. Assurance Co. of America
    275 S.W.3d 284
    Mo.App. E.D. September 23, 2008
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Bluewood, Inc.
    560 F.3d 798
    C.A.8 (Mo.) March 24, 2009
  • Doe v. Young
    664 F.3d 727
    C.A.8 (Mo.) December 28, 2011
  • Hatfield v. Barton Mut. Ins. Co.
    382 S.W.3d 215
    Mo.App. S.D. September 17, 2012
  • Wilkinson v. Barton Mutual Insurance Co.
    449 S.W.3d 820
    Mo.App. E.D. December 2, 2014
  • Krehbiel v. Tharp
    491 S.W.3d 576
    Mo.App. W.D. December 23, 2014
  • Gohagan v. Cincinnati Ins. Co.
    809 F.3d 1012
    C.A.8 (Mo.) January 6, 2016
  • State ex rel. Rehnquist Design & Build, Inc. v. Siwak
    499 S.W.3d 386
    Mo.App. E.D. September 27, 2016
  • Blankenship v. Old Missouri Mutual Insurance Company
    525 S.W.3d 562
    Mo.App. S.D. December 15, 2016
  • Eisenmann v. Podhorn
    528 S.W.3d 22
    Mo.App. E.D. May 9, 2017
  • Olga Despotis Trust v. Cincinnati Insurance Company
    867 F.3d 1054
    C.A.8 (Mo.) August 16, 2017
  • Sangster v. Shop 'N Save Warehouse Foods, Inc.
    545 S.W.3d 385
    Mo.App. E.D. April 24, 2018
  • Bank of Birch Tree v. American Modern Home Insurance Company
    561 S.W.3d 439
    Mo.App. S.D. October 15, 2018
  • McCarthy v. Wilson
    565 S.W.3d 201
    Mo.App. E.D. October 16, 2018
  • A.T. Through Travis v. Hahn
    341 F.Supp.3d 1031
    E.D.Mo. October 24, 2018
  • Collier v. Steinbach
    597 S.W.3d 317
    Mo.App. E.D. December 24, 2019

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Property & Liability Resource Bureau

Awards & Achievements

  • The Power List: Missouri Business Defense Attorneys, Missouri Lawyers Media, 2021
  • Best Lawyers - Insurance Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2015-2022)
  • Best Lawyers - Personal Injury litigation-Defense, The Best Lawyers in America (2016-2022)
  • Super Lawyers - Civil Litigation Defense, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2012-2017)
  • St. Louis' Best Lawyers - Insurance Law, St. Louis Magazine (2017)
  • Winningest Defense Attorney, Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2011)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


  • Co-author, "Bad Faith Litigation in Missouri" National Business Institute (1996-99)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "COVID & the Law: Where We've Been & Where Are We Going," Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium, January 2022
  • "Case Law Update and Flood-Related Claims in Missouri and Illinois," Brown & James Law Symposium (January 2016)
  • Panelist, "Trend is Bad Faith Litigation," Defense Research Institute's Insurance Bad Faith and Extra Contractual Claims Conference (June 2015)
  • Speaker, "Case Law Update," Brown & James Law Symposium (January 2014)
  • Speaker, "Bad Faith - Here we go Again!" Brown & James Law Symposium (January 2013)
  • Speaker, "Case Law Update," Brown & James Law Symposium (January 2013)
  • Speaker, "Soft Tissue Injury Cases," Property Loss Research Bureau Annual Claims Conference (April 2011)
  • Speaker, "Hot Topics in Premises Liability," Brown & James Law Symposium (January 2011)
  • Speaker, "Trial of the Complex Soft Tissue Injury Case", 2009 PLRB/LIRB Conference in Seattle, WA (March 2009)
  • Speaker, "The Role of Your Attorney in the Claims Process from Start to Finish", 2009 Annual Conference of Missouri Assn. of Mutual Insurance Companies (MAMIC) (January 2009)
  • Speaker, "Annual Symposium on Property Insurance Law and Claim Adjustment", sponsored by Brown & James, P.C. (1994-1999)
  • Speaker, "Premise Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Missouri", National Business Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1997-99)
  • Speaker, "Bad Faith Litigation in Missouri", National Business Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1996-1999)
  • Speaker, "Current Issues in Homeowners' Policies", Missouri Bar Association's Insurance Law CLE Program (1995-96)
  • Instructor, Certification Program of International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) (1996-97)
  • Speaker, Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Association (PFFIA) 32nd Annual Conference (1999)
  • Member, Insurance Law Practice Committee, Missouri Bar Association (1994-1999)



  • Saint Louis University (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
  • Saint Louis University (B.A., 1988)

Bar Admissions

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