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Thomas N. SterchiView Bio as PDF
Tom Sterchi is a founding member and current co-chairman of the firm. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully defended manufacturers of a variety of products including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automobiles, trucks, wheels, tires, heavy equipment, appliances and consumer products in a number of state and federal courts. His reputation in representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies is worldwide.  He has served as national coordinating trial counsel in litigation on numerous products. He has recently served as national coordinating and trial counsel for a nationally known pharmaceutical company in its hormone therapy litigation, and serves as national trial counsel for a prominent contrast media company. He also served as lead trial counsel in high-profile cases involving tampons (toxic shock syndrome), antibiotics and breast implants.

Tom has extensive experience in mass torts, multi-district litigation and in defending class action lawsuits. He has been successful in defeating class action attempts against the manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical device products. In addition to his product liability practice, he practices in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation.

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Education

  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, JD
  • Eastern Illinois University, BS (Education), cum laude

Memberships & Activities

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    • Member of Product Liability Section, Trial Tactics, Practices and Procedures Section, and has served on the Membership Development Committee and New Members Committee; Former Chairman of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Trial Attorneys of America
  • Missouri Bar Association
    •  Biotech and Life Sciences Law Committee
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Board of Directors 1989-1995
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Former Vice Chairman of Medical and Hospital  Relations Committee
  • Active service in the United States Army 1969-1971

Publications

  • Author: Proposed Federal Rules of Court Procedure Amendments Concerning Electronic Discovery: Will They Be Enough?, FDCC Quarterly, Volume 55, No. 2, Winter 2005.
  • Contributing author: Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) Consumer Fraud 50 State Survey, 2004, Section on Kansas Law.
  • Contributing author: ALFA International Product Liability Law Practice Group Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues, 2004, Section on Kansas Law.
  • Contributing author: Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Volume 35, Number 2, Winter 2000, "Recent Developments in Products, General Liability, and Consumer Law".
  • "Defendant's Right to Secure Medical Information and Records Concerning Plaintiff"1990 Missouri Product Liability Case Survey Published in 1991.

Presentations

  • Facilitated and participated in "Pricing, Process and Profit - A New Way of Doing Business" (Joint Law Firm Management Conference by FDCC and IADC, May 2013)

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America, Kansas City Metropolitan Area, 2012-present
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2017)
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2014, 2018)
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2012-present)
    • Commercial Litigation - Defendants (2013-present.)
    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendant (2014-present)
  • Elected to "An International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers", 2002-present.
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2005-present.
  • Recognized by LMG Life Sciences as a "Life Sciences Star" in the area of product liability, 2012-present.
  • Recognized by Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences Edition, 2016-present.
  • Recognized by Kansas City Business Journal as a "Best of the Bar" recipient, 2018.
  • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Litigation Star - Missouri", 2017-present.
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 35 years.

The Best Lawyers in America (2020 Edition) Recognizes Fourteen Baker Sterchi Lawyers

08.20.19 | Fourteen Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice lawyers have been recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© across numerous practice areas.

BSCR's Thomas Sterchi and John Cowden Recognized as Product Liability Defense Leaders

06.19.19 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Members Thomas Sterchi and John Cowden have been recognized as leaders in defending product liability claims in Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2019. The guide includes a total of 593 practitioners from 32 countries around the globe, each recognized for...

Super Lawyers Recognizes Nineteen Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Attorneys

11.15.18 | Nineteen Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars...

Benchmark Litigation 2019 Names Thomas Sterchi "Local Litigation Star"

11.06.18 | Thomas Sterchi has been recognized as a "Local Litigation Star (Missouri)" in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation. The publication's research team conducts extensive interviews with litigators and their clients over a six month period to identify the leading litigators and...

LMG Life Sciences Recognizes Thomas Sterchi as 2018 "Life Sciences Star"

10.05.18 | Thomas Sterchi has been recognized as a 2018 "Life Sciences Star-Product Liability (Non IP Litigation and Enforcement)" by LMG Life Sciences. A guide to the leading U.S. attorneys and firms in the life sciences industry, the LMG Life Sciences publication recognizes...

Thomas Sterchi Recognized as a Kansas City Business Journal 2018 "Best of the Bar" Honoree

08.27.18 | Thomas Sterchi has been selected as a Kansas City Business Journal 2018 "Best of the Bar" honoree. Published annually for over 15 years, "Best of the Bar" recognizes top attorneys with at least 10 years of professional practice in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

08.15.18 | Fourteen Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice lawyers have been recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® across numerous practice areas.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Lawyer Recognized as Kansas City Metropolitan Area Product Liability Litigation-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"

08.15.18 | Thomas N. Sterchi has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© as the Kansas City Metropolitan area Product Liability Litigation – Defendants "Lawyer of the Year."

Two BSCR Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in Defending Product Liability Matters

05.15.18 | The 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence recognizes Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys Thomas Sterchi and John Cowden as leaders in defending product liability claims.

2017 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Recognizes Eight Baker Sterchi Attorneys

11.15.17 | Eight Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars publication.

Thomas Sterchi Named "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation 2018

10.13.17 | Thomas Sterchi has been recognized as a "Local Litigation Star-Missouri" in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Lawyers Recognized in 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers

08.16.17 | Seven Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice lawyers have been recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®...

Eight Baker Sterchi Attorneys Included in 2016 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Publication

11.03.16 | Eight Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers...

LMG Life Sciences Recognizes Thomas Sterchi as 2016 “Life Science Star”

10.13.16 | Thomas Sterchi has been recognized as a 2016 ”Life Science Star-Product Liability (Non IP Litigation and Enforcement)” by LMG Life Sciences. A guide to the leading U.S. attorneys and firms in the life sciences industry, the LMG Life Sciences publication...

Thomas Sterchi Recognized as “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation

09.29.16 | Thomas Sterchi has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star - Missouri” in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation. A guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, the “local litigation stars” included in the publication are those attorneys in each state who...

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Attorneys Included in 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

08.15.16 | Six Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice lawyers are included in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America...

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Attorneys Selected to the 2015 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List

10.12.15 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC is pleased to announce that seven lawyers have been named to the 2015 Edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers...

Thomas Sterchi Recognized in LMG Life Sciences 2015

08.28.15 | The 2015 edition of LMG Life Sciences has recognized Thomas Sterchi as a “Life Sciences Star.” Specifically, Sterchi was recognized as a “US Life Sciences Star-Product Liability” in the Non IP Litigation & Enforcement section of the publication.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America

08.17.15 | Four Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice lawyers are recognized in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America...

Seven Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Attorneys Selected to the 2014 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List

10.09.14 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC is pleased to announce that seven lawyers have been named to the 2014 Edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers. . .

Four Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List

08.18.14 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Thomas Sterchi Recognized as a 2014 LMG Life Sciences Star

08.01.14 | Thomas Sterchi has been recognized as a “US Life Science Star-Product Liability” in the Non IP Litigation section of the third annual edition of the LMG Life Sciences publication, which recognizes leading firms and lawyers experienced in life sciences matters.

BSCR Attorneys Named to 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List

10.14.13 | John Cowden, David Eisenberg, Scott Kreamer, Patrick Lysaught, Hal Meltzer, Thomas Rice, Shawn Rogers and Thomas Sterchi have been named to the 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List.

Sterchi Recognized by Best Lawyers as 2014 Kansas City-MO Product Liability Litigation-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"

08.15.13 | Tom Sterchi has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as the Kansas City-MO Product Liability Litigation-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year." Lawyers are chosen for inclusion in the publication based solely on the vote of their peers. In addition to the "Lawyer of the Year" nod, . .

Sterchi Recognized as a 2013 LMG Life Sciences Star

08.13.13 | Thomas Sterchi was recently recognized in the second annual edition of LMG Life Sciences as a "Life Sciences Star" in the area of product liability. Life Sciences Stars are attorneys that consistently recommended in the research process as reputable and effective attorneys in the industry. . .

Two BSCR Members Selected to International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers 2013

07.08.13 | Tom Sterchi and John Cowden have been selected to The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers 2013. . .

BSCR Recognized as one of the 2013 Top Ranked Law Firms in the United States

12.17.12 | BSCR has been recognized as one of the 2013 Top Ranked Law Firms in the United States for having at least one-third of all firm attorneys rated AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an evaluation of a lawyer's ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. . .

BSCR Attorneys Named to 2013 Best Lawyers in America

11.01.12 | John Cowden, James Scott Kreamer, and Thomas Sterchi have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion in the publication based solely on the vote of their peers. . .

BSCR Attorneys Named to 2012 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List

10.19.12 | John Cowden, David Eisenberg, James Jarrow, Patrick Lysaught, Thomas Rice, Thomas Sterchi, and Kara Stubbs have been named to the 2012 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List. The Super Lawyers publication recognizes lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. . .

Cowden and Sterchi Recognized as Leading Product Liability Defense Attorneys

07.09.12 | John Cowden and Thomas Sterchi have been recognized as leading product liability defense attorneys in the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers. The Who’s Who Legal publication selects recipients based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide.

Sterchi Recognized as a 2012 LMG Life Sciences Star

07.09.12 | Thomas Sterchi was recently recognized in the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences as a “Life Sciences Star” in the area of product liability. LMG Life Sciences Stars are attorneys that consistently recommended in the research process as reputable and effective attorneys in the industry. . .

Cowden and Sterchi Recognized in Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers

04.27.12 | BSCR attorneys John Cowden and Tom Sterchi have been recognized in the 2012 Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers as pre-eminent figures in global product liability litigation law. Cowden and Sterchi were both recognized in the 2010 Guide, which is printed every two years.

Sterchi and Cowden Selected to Who's Who in Product Liability Defence

10.04.11 | Tom Sterchi and John Cowden were both selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of “The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers” published by Who’s Who Legal.

Cowden and Sterchi Selected to Best Lawyers in America

10.04.11 | John Cowden and Tom Sterchi have been selected as U.S. News 2011-2012 “Best Lawyers.” Cowden ws selected in the area of Commercial Litigation and Sterchi in the area of Product Liability Litigation.

Cowden and Sterchi Recognized in Product Liability Expert Guide

09.24.10 | John Cowden and Tom Sterchi are included in Legal Media Group's 2010 "Product Liability Expert Guide". Only 18 Missouri attorneys are included in the guide, which is described by Legal Media Group as an indispensable source of guidance for in-house counsel in large corporations worldwide. . .

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC Announces New Management

01.16.14 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC has named Thomas N. Sterchi and John W. Cowden as Co-Chairmen and James Scott Kreamer as Managing Member of the firm.

Sterchi Participates in Seminar on Law Firm Pricing, Process and Profit

05.29.13 | Tom Sterchi, a founding Member of the firm and Chairman of the firm's Executive Committee, recently facilitated and participated in a session at a Law Firm Management Conference entitled "Managing the 21st Century Law Firm: Is It Time to Upgrade Your Toolbox?"

Results

Arizona Judge Excludes Plaintiffs' Expert Witnesses on General Causation in Gadolinium Deposition Disease Cases

On August 2, 2019, Senior Judge Campbell ruled in an 85 page decision that the four expert witnesses put forth by plaintiffs' attorneys to testify regarding general causation would not be allowed to do so based on their failure to meet the requirements of Federal Rule 702 and the Daubert decision.

BSCR scores U.S. Supreme Court win in preemption case

BSCR’s health insurer client was sued in Missouri state court in 2011, by a plaintiff who suffered injuries in a car accident. Plaintiff was a federal government employee, whose insurance program fell under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA), a statute with

BSCR Wins Motion to Dismiss Pharmaceutical Company in Product Liability Action Alleging Innovator Liability

BSCR obtained a dismissal of a pharmaceutical company client in a product liability case. In that case, plaintiff alleged...

Summary Judgment Obtained after Plaintiff’s Experts Stricken under Daubert

BSCR obtained summary judgment in a medical device product liability case filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri following two successful motions striking plaintiff’s liability and causation experts. Plaintiff brought suit against our client, a manufacturer of a surgical suture, alleging...

BSCR Obtains Complete Dismissal of Cases Against Pharmaceutical Client

In 2007, Plaintiffs began filing lawsuits against four pharmaceutical manufacturers and sponsors of gadolinium based contrast agents ("GBCAs") alleging that the GBCAs caused or contributed to cause a rare disease now known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis ("NSF"). Close to 1000 cases were filed in various state and federal courts over a period of four years. . .