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Jan 13, 2022

Baker Sterchi Appoints Practice Group Co-Chairs

Baker Sterchi has appointed new co-chairs to several of its practice groups:


John Mahon and Brandy Simpson of St. Louis were appointed co-chairs to the Healthcare Practice Group.

Mahon is a trial lawyer who helps clients defend medical negligence litigation, with a client base ranging from hospitals, emergency departments, ambulatory surgery centers, and urgent care centers to EMS, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies. He is the editor of the Baker Sterchi Healthcare Law Blog.

Simpson primarily focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense. She has extensive experience representing physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and insurance companies. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee and a 2021 recipient of the Missouri Lawyers Media Women's Justice (Litigation Practitioner) Award.

Baker Sterchi Healthcare Practice Group attorneys bring a broad-based understanding of the legal, medical, and financial issues underpinning multiple aspects of the healthcare industry. They defend medical professionals and healthcare institutions in litigation pending in state and federal courts and before state licensing agencies and handle privilege-to-practice issues before state hospital boards.

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Angela Clark (Kansas City) and Richard Woolf (St. Louis) were appointed co-chairs of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Group.

Clark focuses her practice nearly exclusively on insurance coverage and bad faith matters. She has testified before the Missouri House Committee on Insurance Policy. She is a steering committee member of the ALFA International Insurance Practice Group, editor of the Baker Sterchi Insurance Law Blog, and recognized in the most recent edition of Chambers USA for her insurance work.

Woolf concentrates his practice on third-party insurance defense and first-party insurance litigation. He is a national presenter on insurance litigation matters, including casualty and property topics, insurance coverage issues, and efficient claims handling practices. Best Lawyers in America has recognized him for his insurance law work in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Baker Sterchi Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith attorneys have extensive experience analyzing coverage issues, providing coverage opinions, and evaluating reservation of rights issues.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device

Kara Stubbs and Paul Penticuff of Kansas City were appointed co-chairs of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Practice Group.

Stubbs has extensive product liability experience, particularly in defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. She has defended pre-suit claims and individual cases and served the role of local, regional, and national counsel. Stubbs has been active on the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Committees of several organizations, including the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and International Association of Defense Counsel. She is a frequent author and speaker on issues of interest to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She has been recognized for her defense of product liability litigation in the Kansas City metropolitan area by Best Lawyers in America and her pharmaceutical and medical device work by Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences.

Penticuff's practice focuses on product liability and complex litigation in highly regulated industries such as the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. He serves as national trial counsel for a manufacturer of insulin pumps and handles claims, lawsuits, recalls, business disputes, contract negotiation and regulatory matters from start to finish. He also has experience serving as national coordinating counsel for a major pharmaceutical company. He regularly speaks on local bar association panels regarding tort reform legislation, new developments in product liability law, and winning negotiating techniques.

For four decades, Baker Sterchi has enjoyed nationwide success defending the interest of many of the largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Attorneys in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Practice Group also have significant experience guiding pharmaceutical and medical device companies through other legal and regulatory challenges, including providing advice on crisis management, internal and external communications, quality-system controls, and regulatory issues. 

Product Liability

Tom Rice (Kansas City) and Meghan Kane (Belleville) were appointed co-chairs of the Product Liability Practice Group.

Rice is an experienced trial attorney and negotiator with a civil litigation practice emphasizing product liability, pharmaceuticals, employment litigation and insurance issues. He is currently serving as national defense counsel for a pharmaceutical company in its opioid litigation. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for his defense of product liability litigation, insurance litigation, and mass tort litigation/class actions in the metropolitan Kansas City area.

Kane's practice focuses on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including toxic torts. She is national asbestos and toxic tort counsel for a leading provider of merchandise displays, refrigeration systems, and installation services to food retailers. She is vice-chair of the Illinois Defense Counsel Tort Committee and a member of the Defense Research Institute Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee. She has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for her defense of personal injury litigation and mass tort litigation/class actions in the metropolitan Belleville area.

Baker Sterchi product liability attorneys have defended manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of nearly every product imaginable. With extensive experience handling class action and multidistrict litigation throughout the country, Baker Sterchi attorneys are recognized widely as leaders in product liability litigation.


Jim Jarrow (Kansas City) and Joe Swift (St. Louis) were appointed co-chairs of the Trucking Industry Practice Group.

Jarrow is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried well over 100 cases in his 30-year career. His civil litigation practice is focused primarily on the defense of personal injury matters for the transportation and retail industries. He has litigated matters in courts across the United States, successfully handling cases valued from a few thousand dollars to over 130 million dollars. Before becoming an attorney, he was an accident reconstruction specialist. Jarrow is a member of the ALFA International Transportation Practice Group, serving as a contributing author for publications and seminar speaker for the group. He is also a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association.

Swift is a trial lawyer with a practice focused on representing several of the largest for-hire and private transportation carriers in the United States. He is involved with the Trucking Industry Defense Association, Trucking Lawyers Association, and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Transportation Committee. He routinely speaks to clients and industry groups on transportation and product liability matters. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his defense of personal injury and product liability litigation in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Baker Sterchi Trucking Practice Group attorneys have defended trucking accidents and counseled clients on statutes, regulations, standards, policies, customs, and practices in various jurisdictions across the country for many years.