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John T. Brooks is an Associate in the firm's St. Louis office with a practice focused on the defense of personal injury, premises and product liability matters. Prior to joining Baker Sterchi, John represented governmental entities in all stages of litigation in both state and federal court. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri in 2018 with honors as a member of the Order of Barristers. 

Representative Experience:
  • Second chaired jury trial in wrongful death case resulting in defense trial verdict on all counts, featured in “Top Wins in 2019” list published annually by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Argued appeal before Missouri Western District Court of Appeals
  • Obtained summary judgment in case alleging violations of Eighth Amendment rights
  • Obtained summary judgment in case alleging violations of First Amendment rights

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Education

  • University of Missouri Columbia, J.D., 2018
  • Truman State University, B.A., cum laude, 2015

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Recognition

  • Academic Awards & Activities

    University of Missouri Columbia
    • Order of Barristers
    • Dean’s List
    • Journal of Dispute Resolution, Note and Comment Editor
    • R. David Ray Trial Advocacy Award, Two-time Recipient
    • Roscoe Anderson Award of Excellence in Advocacy, Two-time Recipient
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Trial Practice, Electronic Discovery, Advocacy & Research, Privacy Law, Corporate Compliance
    • Mock Trial Director (2017-2018)
    • Moot Court Top 10 Oral Advocate (2016)
    Truman State University 
    • Truman President’s Distinguished Leadership Award
     

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Welcomes John Brooks in St. Louis

02.15.21 | John Brooks joins Baker Sterchi's St. Louis office as an associate. His practice focuses on the defense of personal injury, premises and product liability matters. Prior to joining Baker Sterchi, he represented governmental entities in all stages of litigation in both state and federal court.

Blog Posts

Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Arbitrator Lacked Authority to Resolve Automobile Repossession Dispute

09.20.21 | The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, recently reversed a trial court decision and subsequent arbitration award in favor of an automobile repossessor.

Missouri Court of Appeals affirms denial of motion to compel arbitration based on contract of adhesion

08.10.21 | In Rose v. Verizon Wireless Services, LLC, the Eastern District Missouri Court of Appeals held that an arbitration provision was not enforceable because the contract at issue was an unenforceable contract of adhesion and did not match the reasonable expectations of the parties.

The Consequences of Extending Counteroffers to Pre-Suit Settlement Demands

07.29.21 | The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, recently weighed in on time-limited settlement demands, finding that a counteroffer constitutes rejection and a new offer in the context of settlement demands made pursuant to RSMo Sections 408.040 and 537.058.

Does an Arbitration Clause Have to Provide for Equivalent Rights and Remedies to Both Sides, in Order to Be Enforceable?

04.30.21 | The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District recently reversed a Circuit Court decision that denied a corporate defendant's motion to compel arbitration, finding arbitration clauses are enforceable under Missouri law, even when they are more favorable to one party, provided there is consideration on both sides.
 
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