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Ashtyn Kean’s practice is devoted to the defense of physicians, nurses, hospitals, extended care facilities and other healthcare professionals in medical malpractice litigation.

Ashtyn graduated with her Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law with a concentration in Health Law. During law school, she worked at a small plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice firm, and also served as a legal extern to Magistrate Judge David Noce, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Following law school, she practiced at a large civil litigation defense firm with a focus on medical malpractice.

Ashtyn is passionate about defending those healthcare professionals against whom lawsuits are brought and enjoys the unique challenges that medical malpractice litigation presents. 


  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. with concentration in Health Law, 2017
  • St. Louis University, B.S., 2014

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


  • Contributor, Health Care Ethics USA, "Of Note" (Spring 2016)


  • Student Presenter, Pregnant Mothers and Marijuana: The Need for a Multi-Dimensional Legal Approach, Fourth Annual Health Care Ethics Research Conference (2017)

Awards & Recognition

  • Law School Honors
    • Journal of Health Law and Policy: Staff Editor (2015-2016); Lead Editor (2016-2017)
    • Academic Excellence Award (Highest Grade in Class): Health Care Law (Summer 2015); Health Care Quality (Spring 2016)
    • Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court: Pupil member (2016-2017)

Community Involvement

  • Gymnastics Coach (Volunteer)

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Welcomes Ashtyn Kean and Kyra Short in St. Louis

10.29.19 | Ashtyn Kean and Kyra Short join Baker Sterchi's St. Louis office as associates. Kean's practice is devoted to the defense of physicians, nurses, hospitals, extended care facilities and other healthcare professionals in...

Blog Posts

Missouri House Approves Stricter Standards for Punitive Damages Claims

05.13.20 | In an update to a prior post, Senate Bill 591 (which seeks to impose stricter standards for the application of punitive damages) cleared The Missouri House on May 12, 2020 in a 98-51 vote. The Bill, now on its way to Governor Parson for his signature, will likely go into effect on August 28, 2020. Governor Parson is expected to sign the measure without veto.

Illinois Court of Appeals Draws Careful Distinctions for Access to Mental Health Records

11.26.19 | The Illinois Court of Appeals recently weighed in on the distinction between neurological injury and psychological damage as applied to the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act in Sparger v. Yamini.

The "Insurance Question" in Missouri - the Right to Ask is Not Absolute

10.30.19 | In Eoff v. McDonald, the Supreme Court of Missouri upheld a St. Louis County circuit judge's refusal to allow plaintiffs' counsel additional time during jury selection to ask the "insurance question", after counsel forgot to do so earlier when it was his turn to question potential jurors. The decision hinged on...

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