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John A. Bruegger

Partner

John is an experienced personal injury trial lawyer based in St. Louis, Missouri. With over 20 years of experience in litigation, John has represented individual plaintiffs who have been injured by defective drugs and other products, small businesses in class action and other individual litigation, and large Fortune 500 companies. His true passion is fighting for the rights of individual people who have been injured as a result of companies that put profits over people, and he has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. John also holds advanced law degrees in taxation and jurisprudence, and regularly publishes articles on these and other topics.

Personally, John lives in St. Louis with his wife Sandi, their five children, and four rescue dogs. He volunteers his time with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and acts as volunteer General Counsel for the Stand Up For Pits Foundation, Inc., a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting and advocating for pitbull-type dogs

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, 2001, J.D.
  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, 2006, LL.M., Taxation
  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, 2014, J.S.D., Jurisprudence/ Philosophy of Law
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1998, B.A., Psychology

Bar Admissions & Years

  • Missouri, 2001
  • Illinois, 2002
  • California, 2007
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • NOT ADMITTED TO FLORIDA

Legal Practice Areas

  • Plaintiffs’ Mass Tort
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Current/Past Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The California Bar
  • American Association for Justice
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Honors & Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell in Litigation, Toxic Torts and Personal Injury
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2011-2015)
  • 10/10, Superb, rating on Avvo.com

Published Works & Certifications

Articles

  • Bruegger, John A. “’Original-Intent’ Originalism, Semantic Instability, and the Impact of Linguistics on American Constitutionalism.” Washburn Law Journal vol. 61, no. 2 (2022).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Freedom, Legality, and the Rule of Law.” Washington University Jurisprudence Review, vol. 9, no. 1 (2016).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Anatomy of a Class Action Killer: Picking Off Named Plaintiffs in Illinois Class Actions After Barber.” Illinois Bar Journal, vol. 100, no. 4, page 208 (April 2012).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Republican Freedom – Three Problems.” The Journal Jurisprudence, Volume 11, pages 569-588 (2011).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Tax Whistleblower Proceedings at the State Level: Common Themes and a Call to Action.” Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, Volume 19, No. 2, p. 12 (May 2009).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Blowing the Whistle on Tax Fraud,” TRIAL, American Association for Justice, (December 2008).

Chapters

  • Bruegger, John A. “Dog Bite,” Chapter 9, Tort Actions, Illinois Institute on Continuing Legal Education (IILCE) (forthcoming, 2022).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Damages to Personal Property,” Chapter 28, Tort Actions, Illinois Institute on Continuing Legal Education (IILCE) (forthcoming, 2022).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Federal Actions in Illinois State Courts,” Chapter 30, Tort Actions, Illinois Institute on Continuing Legal Education (IILCE) (forthcoming, 2022).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Depositions,” Chapter 4, Missouri Discovery Deskbook, 2nd Ed., Missouri Bar CLE (2015).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Discovering Evidence for Trial Through Requests for Admission,” Chapter 6, Missouri Discovery Deskbook, 2nd Ed., Missouri Bar CLE (2015).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Liens, Subrogation, and Assignments,” Chapter 8, Missouri Settlements Deskbook, Missouri Bar CLE. (2014).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Income Taxation of Individuals,” Chapter 5, Missouri Taxation Law and Practice Deskbook, 4th edition, Missouri Bar CLE. (2009).
  • Bruegger, John A. “Motor Fuel Taxation,” Chapter 28, Missouri Taxation Law and Practice Deskbook, 4th edition, Missouri Bar CLE. (2009).
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