Jeffrey J. Brinker


We recognize that clients have risk and litigation philosophies as varied as the types of claims they face. We have successfully defended hundreds of lawsuits, and I have tried a broad variety of those cases. A trial, however, is not the only way to successfully resolve a dispute. For our clients who prefer an alternative, I call on my 35 years of experience to craft creative, practical solutions, that keep our clients’ brand protection and bottom line in mind.”


• Williams College (B.A., cum laude, 1979)
• University of Missouri at Columbia (J.D., 1982)


• Missouri and Illinois Bar
• Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (MODL)
• Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
• St. Louis Chapter of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)

Practice Areas

• Auto Liability
• Employer's Liability
• First Party Extra-Contractual
• Fraud and Arson
• Insurance Coverage
• Medical Malpractice Defense
• Premises Liability
• Products Liability
• Professional Liability
• Restaurant Liability


• Recipient, Missouri Lawyers Weekly Top 20 Defense Verdicts, 1997, 2009
• Past Regional Chair and Missouri State Chair of the Claims and Litigation
Management Alliance (CLM)

• Past President, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (MODL), June, 2011-12
• Past Member, 21st Judicial Circuit Ethics and Disciplinary Committee
• Past Member, 21st Judicial Circuit Performance Evaluation Committee

News & Accomplishments

Fri, Nov 23, 2018

Brinker Wins Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Trial

Following a lengthy jury trial, Jeff Brinker won a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial on behalf of an emergency medicine physician and an urgent care clinic. Plaintiff had alleged Defendants treated her daughter negligently by failing to suspect, work up, and treat a pulmonary embolism, which ultimately led to her death several weeks […]

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Brinker Wins Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Trial

Jeffrey Brinker won a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, successfully defending a dermatologist and her corporation which were alleged to have mistreated a minor patient with isotretinoin, an acne medication. Plaintiff alleged he had been improperly started on the drug, and that his dosage had […]

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Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Brinker Wins Dismissal of Medical Malpractice Suit

After extensive briefing and several days of oral argument, Jeffrey Brinker won the dismissal of a medical malpractice suit which had been filed as a breach of contract action. Plaintiff, a woman unsatisfied with the results of a cosmetic surgery, argued that she had contracted for a particular surgical outcome with Defendant, a plastic surgeon, […]

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Wed, Oct 2, 2013

Brinker wins dismissal of suit against employer’s workers compensation carrier

Jeff Brinker won a motion to dismiss in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in a case involving an employee who sued her employer’s workers compensation carrier for allegedly failing to provide timely benefits. Brinker won the motion by arguing (1) that plaintiff failed to state a cause of action for civil relief against […]

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Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Jeff Brinker Speaks at Advanced Trial Skills Conference

Jeff Brinker participated as a speaker at The Judicial Conference on Advanced Trial Skills: Complex Litigation at the Lake of the Ozarks. Jeff was one of the presenters on trial problems/issues. Approximately 35 judges from around the state attended the event which was sponsored by the Trial Judge Education Committee of the Office of State […]

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Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Brinker Obtains Jury Verdict for Amount Offered Before Trial

Jeff Brinker tried an automobile accident case in St. Louis City Circuit Court. Fault was admitted on behalf of his client, and the issue was causation and damages. Plaintiff claimed spinal injuries and that he injured both knees when they slammed into the dashboard as a result of the head-on collision. Plaintiff’s spine injuries resolved, […]

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Thu, Sep 20, 2012

Jeff Brinker obtains Defendant’s verdict

Jeff Brinker obtained a Defendant’s verdict in a first party case against a carrier client brought by an insured who claimed that a significant loss to property sustained during a move was either covered by the insured’s trip transit policy, or the agent had misrepresented the coverage available under the policy.

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Fri, Sep 7, 2012

Jeff Brinker tries premises liability case resulting in verdict of about half of settlement demand

Jeff Brinker tried a week long premises liability case against a retailer involving a fall causing alleged permanent disability. The jury returned a verdict for Plaintiff that was approximately half of what the case could have been settled for.

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Tue, Aug 7, 2012

Jeff Brinker named regional chair of CLM

The St. Louis Chapter of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (formerly Council on Litigation Management) has been formed. CLM is a national organization of approximately 20,000 professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. Jeff Brinker is one of the Missouri state chairs, and a regional chair of CLM.

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Around the Office

In Jeff’s office, you’ll find …

This birthday gift is the item most commented on by colleagues and clients that visit Jeff’s office.

Colorful art from Jeff’s children brightens up the office and the day.

Jeff was honored with this commemorative clock for his work with Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.