John Kemppainen

John Kemppainen

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Mr. Kemppainen is a partner in the firm’s Civil Litigation Section with 29 years of courtroom experience. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected as a Missouri Super Lawyer for several years. He defends cases across the States of Missouri & Illinois. Mr. Kemppainen regularly defends cases in the City of St. Louis and Madison & St. Clair Counties in Illinois. He has also argued before the State and Federal Appellate Courts in the area. Mr. Kemppainen defends personal injury, products liability, wrongful death, and class action cases. His clients include retailers, restaurants, grocery stores, insurance carriers, trucking companies, school bus companies, manufacturers, self-insured companies, corporations, school districts, government agencies, municipalities, airports, and individuals in all types of civil matters. He also serves as National Coordinating Counsel (NCC) for a manufacturer in ongoing national toxic tort litigation.  Mr. Kemppainen is Chair of the firm's Retail Practice Group.


Mr. Kemppainen serves on the Board of Directors for the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) and is also President-elect of NRRDA.  He is also Advisor for the NRRDA DE & I Committee.  Mr Kemppainen is a member of the Council on Litigation Management (CLM) and Defense Research Institute. He also serves on the Transportation Law Committee of the Missouri Bar and the Ethics & Professionalism Committee for the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Practice Areas:
Premises Liability
Retail & Restaurant Defense
Insurance Law
Transportation & Trucking
Products Liability
Toxic Torts (NCC)

St. Louis University, J.D., 1993
     St. Louis, MO

Tulane University, B.A., 1989
     New Orleans, LA



Missouri Bar
Illinois Bar
United States District Court for the
     Eastern District of Missouri
     Western District of Missouri
     Eastern District of Michigan
     Southern District of Illinois
     Central District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit

Missouri Bar Association
American Bar Association
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (MODL)
Defense Research Institute
Council on Litigation Management (CLM)
National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)
The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)