Attorney Courtney Stirrat of Maryville, who withdrew from a
federal suit against a business she once defended, continues to litigate against
it in Madison County.
In April, Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth denied a motion to
disqualify her as counsel to plaintiff William Martin in an injury suit against
SCF Lewis & Clark Fleeting.
“Defendant has not alleged any involvement by Ms. Stirrat in
the present case that would necessitate the disqualification of plaintiff’s
counsel,” Ruth wrote.
“Ms. Stirrat did not work on plaintiff’s case while
employed, as an associate attorney, at a prior defense firm retained by
“Rather, she appears to have handled recurrent garden
variety maritime injury cases of a similar type.
“Defendant has failed to show that any of those cases
involved the same or substantially the same matter.”
In a federal court suit against an affiliate, SCF Lewis
& Clark Marine, the question of her disqualification never came to a hearing.
She withdrew in January, a day after the defendant moved to
In each case, SCF Lewis & Clark also sought to
disqualify the entire firm of Armbruster Dripps, where she works.
When Ruth denied Stirrat’s disqualification, he also denied
it for the firm.
As of May 27, the motion to disqualify the firm from the
federal suit remained pending before District Judge Staci Yandle.
She plans a bench trial starting Aug. 1, for plaintiff
After Stirrat withdrew from the suit, retired U.S. district
judge Patrick Murphy of Marion entered an appearance for Miskel.