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I am a senior associate at the St. Louis office of Atlanta-based Hawkins, Parnell, Thackston & Young LLP. With over 100 lawyers in 7 offices across the country, we have the capabilities to act as national trial counsel or local counsel for our clients in a wide variety of cases. I am licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and California, and I have handled complex high-value cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States.


I am currently accepting cases with my specialties, including toxic tort, environmental, insurance defense, insurance coverage, product liability, negligence, qui tam whistleblower, tax whistleblower, class actions, complex litigation, mass torts, and multi-district litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%



Hourly ($150-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

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Contact info

Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP

10 S. Broadway
Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO, 63102


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200205/11/2016
MOGood Standing, Active200101/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
2014 Rising Star, Missouri/KasasSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
2013 Rising Star, Missouri/KansasSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
2012 Rising Star, IllinoisSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
2011 Rising Star, IllinoisSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawHawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP2011 - Present
AttorneyKnapp, Ohl & Green2009 - 2011
Of CounselThe Kenneth Brennan Firm, P.C.2009 - 2009
Managing PartnerJohn Bruegger & Associates, LLC2008 - 2009
Editorial Board Member - Illinois Bar JournalIllinois State Bar Association2008 - 2009
AssociateSimmonsCooper LLC2004 - 2008
AssociateHeyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, Professional Corporation2003 - 2003
AssociateDunn & Miller PC2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Committee on Administration of Justice - State Bar of CaliforniaAppointed Member2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysMember2004 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMember2001 - Present
Missouri BarMember2001 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mass Action Pharmacuetical LitigationConfidential settlement in excess of $50,000,000
Multiple Insurance Coverage ActionsDeclarations of no coverage
Automobile Accidentsfavorable settlements for the insurer and insured
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Publication nameTitleDate
Settlements - Missouri Bar CLE DeskbookLiens, Subrogation, and Assignments2014
Missouri Bar CLE DeskbookDepositions (Chapter 4 Supplement)2012
Illinois Bar JournalPicking off Named Plaintiffs in Illinois Class Actions After Barber: Implications for Plaintiff and Defense Counsel2012
The Journal JurisprudenceRepublican Freedom - Three Problems2011
Journal of MultiState Taxation and IncentivesTax Whistle Proceedings at the State Level: Common Themes and a Call to Action2009
Taxation Law and Practice, 4th Edition - Missouri Bar CLE DeskbookIncome Taxation of Individuals2009
Taxation Law and Practice, 4th Edition - Missouri Bar CLE DeskbookMotor Fuel Taxation2009
Trial (American Association for Justice)Representing the Tax Whistleblower2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawJurisprudence / Philosophy of LawJ.S.D. - Doctor of Juridical Science2014
Washington University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2006
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Missouri, ColumbiaPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1998