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Josh Davis values client service. He learned early on that being a good lawyer is directly connected to providing outstanding care and representation. His clients-first focus starts with listening to a client’s specific problem, coordinating a solution together, and maintaining continuous communication throughout the representation.

Josh regularly works on defense cases, with nearly all his cases rooted in insurance litigation, including third-party defense, first-party litigation, and insurance coverage. Clients entrust Josh with work regarding personal and commercial lines dealing with property, casualty, and liability matters. He routinely represents clients in catastrophic injury and property cases.

Accident scene management and inspection, handling expert retention and analysis, and the related litigation tasks from inception through trial are all aspects Josh handles as part of his current litigation practice. In addition, he prides himself on early case assessment and constant communication to provide all clients a detailed evaluation of potential exposure, coupled with recommendations for future handling and strategies for expeditious resolution. Drawing from actual trial experience as both lead trial attorney and as second chair, Josh provides a comprehensive set of litigation skills, aggressively representing client interests while balancing the client’s financial realities and unique business interests.

In addition to serving his clients zealously, Josh has been selected by his peers and Super Lawyers Missouri & Kansas as a “Rising Star” among Missouri lawyers since 2013, an honor given to only 2.5% of all practicing attorneys in Missouri and Kansas who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years or who are under the age of 40. He is also a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association.


  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • USDC, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Truman State University, Bachelor of Science, 2003

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Transportation Lawyers Association


  • Co-Author: You Get What You Asked For and That’s a Cold Hard Fact: The Continued Erosion of Arbitration Clauses, The Transportation Lawyer Journal, Vol. 20, No. 4 (February 2019)


  • Practical Professionalist: Ethics, Standards and Civility, CLM (February 2020)
  • Social Host Liability Wrongful Death Claim, PLRB Large Loss Conference (November 2019)
  • Cyber Investigation Challenges, PLRB Regional Adjusters Conferences (Central and Eastern) (September/October 2019)
  • Structured Settlements, CLM (November 2018)
  • Eek! We’ve Been Hacked: First-Party Data Breach Response, PLRB Large Loss Conference (November 2018)
  • Agricultural Liability Claims: A Coverage Primer, PLRB Regional Adjusters Conferences (Central and Eastern) (September/October 2018)
  • Negotiation Strategies for Claims Professionals, CLM (August 2018)
  • Fundamentals of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit and Legislative Update, MSMA (April 2017, 2018)
  • Evaluating Additional Insured Coverage and Contractual Indemnity Issues, CLM (April 2018)
  • Fraudulent Claims: Identification, Investigation and Litigation, CLM (September 2017)
  • Latent Defects & Exposure Claims: Special Topics, PLRB, Regional Adjusters Conferences (2017)
  • Case Assessment and Evaluation, CLM (June 2016)
  • Negotiation Strategies for Claims Professionals (CLM, June 2015)
  • Introduction to Product Liability Claims, CLM (March 2015)
  • Basics of Handling An Auto Accident Case – Part II: Understanding Insurance Issues and Coverage, Missouri Bar Association CLE (March 2013, 2014)
  • Maximizing Recovery by Understanding Legally Recoverable Damages, 7th Annual Property Subrogation Strategies Summit (April 2010)
  • Overcoming Subrogation Roadblocks: Changing Courses When Unexpected Hurdles Arise, 6th Annual Property Subrogation Strategies Summit (April 2009)

Awards & Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2013-present

Community Involvement

  • Peter & Paul Community Services - Board of Directors, 2008-2017

News & Events

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Recognizes Twenty-Two Baker Sterchi Attorneys

11.15.21 | Twenty-two Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys are recognized in the 2021 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars publication.

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Recognizes Nineteen Baker Sterchi Attorneys

11.16.20 | Nineteen Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys are recognized in the 2020 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars publication. The recognized attorneys include...

Baker Sterchi Member Joshua Davis to Present at PLRB Virtual Conference on COVID-19 Challenges

08.10.20 | Baker Sterchi Member Joshua Davis will co-present on the topic of "investigating claims and litigation during and following the COVID-19 pandemic" at an upcoming two-day virtual conference of the Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB).

CLM Magazine Quotes Baker Sterchi Member Joshua Davis on COVID-19's Effect on Claims Handling

04.10.20 | Baker Sterchi Member Joshua Davis, St. Louis, was interviewed for an article in the April 2020 issue of CLM Magazine. The article "Virtual Adjusting Steps Into the Spotlight" offers insights and views from insurance and legal professionals regarding the effect of COVID-19 on claims handling.

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Recognizes Nineteen Baker Sterchi Attorneys

11.15.19 | Nineteen Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys have been named to the 2019 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The named attorneys include...

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...


Baker Sterchi Obtains Defense Verdict in Alleged Shooting, Negligence Case in the City of St. Louis

Baker Sterchi successfully defended a negligence lawsuit involving an alleged shooting where Plaintiff alleged Defendant shot a firearm at his head while standing over him. Plaintiff initially pled both intentional tort and negligence but chose to submit only on negligence. In response...

Baker Sterchi Obtains Defense Verdict in Alleged Opioid Overdose, Wrongful Death Case

Baker Sterchi successfully defended a wrongful death lawsuit involving an alleged opiate overdose where the decedent collapsed at our client's residence. Plaintiffs focused on...

Blog Posts

Policyholders Cannot Prevail with Pollution Exclusion | Western District of Missouri Grants Motion to Dismiss in Favor of Insurer on Claims of Losses from the COVID-19 Pandemic

06.10.21 | The Western District of Missouri's recent ruling in Zwillo provides yet another basis for insurers to deny coverage due to alleged losses incurred purportedly from the COVID-19 pandemic — certain pollution and containment exclusions.

Court Holds COVID-19 Government Closures Do Not Trigger Business Interruption Coverage

01.06.21 | A recent ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has provided more guidance in predicting how COVID-19 related losses and litigation will be handled.

Single-Insurer MDLs Are Among Us - JPML Allows Centralization of COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Cases

12.30.20 | The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation initially ruled centralization was not appropriate for businesses seeking business interruption insurance coverage because of varying policy language. At that time, more than 450 cases were pending in Federal Courts—now there are over 700.

One [Insurance] Policy Does Not Fit All - JPML Limits Centralization of COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Cases...At This Time

09.02.20 | On August 12, 2020, in a much-anticipated ruling, The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation rejected two petitions to centralize hundreds of cases filed by the policyholders of businesses suffering losses from the Pandemic; however, the panel did indicate that centralization may certainly be appropriate for cases against single insurer policies.

Insurance Claims in the time of COVID-19

04.20.20 | A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision upholding COVID-19 stay-home order could provide a preview of the battle lines between business policyholders and insurers regarding what constitutes "property damage" for business interruption insurance policies.

Personal Jurisdiction in Missouri: Just One Touch May be Enough

12.04.19 | Missouri courts may exercise personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation when the corporation has made at least one contact with Missouri and Plaintiff's tort cause of action arises out of that contact.

Negligent References- Is there a duty in Missouri to refrain from making a negligent recommendation to a prospective employer?

06.12.19 | In recent years, the plaintiffs' employment bar has continued to explore new and more creative avenues to state claims in Missouri. In Doe v. Ozark Christian College, Plaintiff filed a negligence action against Ozark Christian College, claiming the college negligently recommended a prospective employee to the employer church, which directly resulted in...

City of St. Louis – Still A Judicial Hellhole

12.26.18 | Defense attorneys beware. The 2018-2019 American Tort Reform Foundation's (ATRF) Judicial Hellholes Report is out, and the City of St. Louis landed fourth on this list because of its massive verdicts, forum shopping, and legislative failures.

Missouri Supreme Court Opinion Calls Into Question Many Consumer Arbitration Agreements

11.20.18 | In a blow to the enforceability of arbitration clauses found in many existing consumer contracts, the Missouri Supreme Court declines to appoint a substitute arbitration provider after the agreed-upon arbitration forum's "sudden and unforeseen departure" from the scene.

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