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

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

Professional Affiliations

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

Awards & Achievements

  • Best Lawyers - Litigation - Insurance, 2024
  • The Power List: Missouri Business Defense Attorneys, Missouri Lawyers Media, 2023
  • 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, "How Non-Economic Damages are Driving Verdicts - How to Defend Against Them," Watters Wolf Bub Hansmann Trial & Insurance Symposium, February 2024
  • Speaker, "JD vs. MD: When the Claimant's Attorney is Directing Medical Care," Watters Wolf Bub Hansmann Trial and Insurance Symposium, January 2023
  • 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