Jeff focuses on appeals and providing strategic solutions to clients in Shook’s Class Action and Appellate Litigation Practices.  He brings a decade of experience litigating complex commercial and public law matters to bear when advising clients, whether in the trial court or the Supreme Court.  Jeff distills legal issues that assist in winning trials and preserving successes on appeal.  His calibrated advice helps clients navigate sensitive issues with local, state, and federal governmental entities. 

Jeff’s national litigation practice spans diverse subject matter, including administrative, product liability, environmental, complex tort, tax, and constitutional law.  He has briefed appeals involving federal preemption, statutes of limitations and repose, Missouri tax law, criminal contempt, the Due Process Clause, the Speedy Trial Act, the First Amendment (Speech and Religion Clauses), the Administrative Procedure Act, the Major Questions doctrine, municipal and state powers, the Safe Drinking Water Act, prison conditions, qualified immunity, and many more areas of substantive law.  Jeff has argued more than a dozen appeals in the Eighth Circuit and the Missouri Supreme Court.  His robust amicus practice persuades courts to adopt legal rules promoting his clients’ vital interests.

Successful appeals develop in the trial court, and Jeff regularly handles critical and dispositive motions.  He also argues motions in limine, Daubert motions, discovery motions, and post-trial motions.  Jeff has deposition experience with corporate representatives and experts in the fields of medicine and pharmacology, environmental science, and political science.  This front-line experience shapes strategic choices in preserving and framing issues for appellate courts. 

Before joining Shook, Jeff served as a Deputy Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General of Missouri.  He represented state agencies and officers in appellate and trial courts, advised state agencies on sensitive matters, and defended the constitutionality of Missouri statutes.  Jeff authored several amicus briefs for multi-state coalitions, crafted impact litigation on federalism and administrative law issues, and provided strategic counsel to civil investigations under consumer protection, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and antitrust statutory schemes.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Jeff was an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Jeff began his legal career at top-ranked practices for appeals and complex commercial litigation, representing clients in pharmaceutical product liability and complex tort actions (MDLs), advising commercial banking clients, and assisting with internal investigations. 

Immediately preceding law school, Jeff worked at the Supreme Court of the United States, serving in the chambers of the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, for three years. 

Presentations

  • OT Supreme Court Round-Up, St. Louis Chapters of the Federal Bar Association and Federalist Society, 2022.

  • OT Supreme Court Round-Up, St. Louis Chapters of the Federal Bar Association and Federalist Society, 2020.