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Civil defense litigator

John Brooks

Associate in St. Louis

John T. Brooks is an associate in the firm's St. Louis office with a practice focused on the defense of personal injury and premises and product liability matters. John has jury trial experience, has argued an appeal before the Missouri Court of Appeals, and has appeared on a wide variety of matters ranging from substantive motions to discovery disputes. He concentrates his practice on the defense of actions involving trucking accidents.

Prior to joining Baker Sterchi, John represented governmental entities in all stages of litigation in state and federal court. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri in 2018 with honors as a member of the Order of Barristers.

Representative Experience:

  • Second chaired jury trial in wrongful death case resulting in defense trial verdict on all counts, featured in “Top Wins in 2019” list published annually by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Argued appeal before Missouri Western District Court of Appeals
  • Obtained summary judgment in case alleging violations of Eighth Amendment rights
  • Obtained summary judgment in case alleging violations of First Amendment rights


  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


  • University of Missouri School of Law, J.D., 2018
  • Truman State University, B.A., cum laude, 2015

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    •  Adjunct Trial Team Professor (2022)

Awards & Recognition

  • Academic Awards & Activities

    University of Missouri Columbia
    • Order of Barristers
    • Dean’s List
    • Journal of Dispute Resolution, Note and Comment Editor
    • R. David Ray Trial Advocacy Award, Two-time Recipient
    • Roscoe Anderson Award of Excellence in Advocacy, Two-time Recipient
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Trial Practice, Electronic Discovery, Advocacy & Research, Privacy Law, Corporate Compliance
    • Mock Trial Director (2017-2018)
    • Moot Court Top 10 Oral Advocate (2016)
    Truman State University 
    • Truman President’s Distinguished Leadership Award