Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Tom Sterchi has been named a 2020 ICON Award recipient by Missouri Lawyers Media. He is among 26 Missouri attorneys age 60 and older recognized for an exemplary legal career, longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community, and success beyond the field of law.
The list of 2020 honorees includes founding partners, firm leaders, and former public officials, all of whom hold or have held senior positions with significant decision-making authority for their firm or organization. The law firm of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, co-founded by Sterchi in 1982, currently has offices in five cities throughout three Midwest states, employing over 120.
An internationally, nationally, and locally respected trial lawyer, Sterchi has over 45 years of experience defending manufacturers of a variety of products, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automobiles, and other consumer products. He has defended thousands of cases over his career, including "bet the company" cases for large corporations. He has served as lead defense counsel on Class Action and Multi-Litigation matters and served as national, regional, and local trial counsel for numerous Fortune 500 companies and many other clients of all sizes. He currently serves as National Trial Counsel for a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Sterchi has earned numerous professional awards. Best Lawyers® recognized him as the Greater Kansas City area "Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability Litigation Defense in 2014 and 2018 and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions Action Defense in 2017, also recognizing him as a leader in Commercial Litigation Defense and Product Liability Litigation since 2012, and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action Defense since 2014.
He has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers since 2005 and Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences since 2016. Benchmark Litigation has recognized him as a Missouri "Local Litigation Star" since 2017, with LMG Life Sciences recognizing him as a product liability "Life Sciences Star" since 2012. He received the "Best of the Bar" Award from the Kansas City Business Journal in 2018. He has been AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for over 35 years.
Over his lengthy career, Sterchi has been involved with a variety of professional organizations, including the Product Liability Advisory Council, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Missouri Bar Association, and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, having served as a committee chair, speaker or officer for many of these organizations.
Sterchi is a United States Army Veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. He has been actively involved in his Church, serving as an Elder/Trustee. He served seven years as the Commissioner of The Great American Basketball League (GABL), a youth basketball organization serving thousands of boys and girls in the Greater Kansas City area. He has coached numerous boys' basketball teams, including teams with and without his children. He has also coached young ladies in tennis, soccer, and basketball. Many of those he coached went on to play at the varsity level in high school and competed for state championships. Dozens of young men and women in the Shawnee Mission area still proudly call him "Coach."
Missouri Lawyers Media plans to celebrate the accomplishments of its 2020 ICON Award honorees at a luncheon on June 17 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis and will profile honorees in print and online in a special section of Missouri Lawyers Media.
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