ST. LOUIS – The Tucker Ellis law firm has opened an office in St. Louis that will be dedicated to serving the entire metropolitan area.
The office will pick up much of the work that the firm’s other offices around the nation are already handling.
“Every company that manufactures, sells or distributes products in any volume in this country is embroiled at some level in litigation in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois region,” Tucker Ellis managing partner Joe Morford stated in a press release.
“Many of our top clients have asked us to help them there, as they want Tucker Ellis-quality people and Tucker Ellis-level service in this particularly litigious region. Since we have been able to recruit the quality of people we have in this group, we are happy to oblige.”
The firm, which boasts 200 attorneys across the nation, says it is "thrilled" to have the opportunity to expand its national footprint.
The new office, which will be headed up by partner Brian Huelsmann, will be composed of 10 individuals, including six attorneys.
“The opportunity to open the Tucker Ellis office in St. Louis and join forces with a nationally recognized trial firm with a diverse practice and client base, as well as a reputation for excellence, was too good to pass up,” Huelsmann told the Record in an email. “I look forward to contributing to the ongoing success and growth of this special law firm.”
Huelsmann is a veteran litigator experienced in civil defense litigation and insurance disputes along with environmental and commercial litigation. The bulk of his work has been representing defendants in Illinois and Missouri, but he has also served as national counsel for defendants in asbestos, benzene and silica litigation. Additionally, he has tried four asbestos trials to verdict, with a fifth trial settling before closing arguments, and has obtained favorable jury verdicts on behalf of clients in multimillion-dollar matters.
Huelsmann received a bachelor of arts degree from Rockhurst University and a juris doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
The opening of the new office is a move which displays the continuously growing momentum of Tucker Ellis, the firm said.
“Tucker Ellis continues to expand its service offerings and market presence based on client demand for a different and better experience with their outside counsel relationships,” the press release went on to say. “This year alone, 27 attorneys – including four partners – have joined the firm, and Tucker Ellis anticipates adding throughout the firm still more high-quality people who excel at the practice of law before year-end to meet burgeoning client demand.”