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Civil defense litigator

Joshua Davis

Member in St. Louis

Josh Davis values client service. He learned early on that being a good lawyer is directly connected to providing outstanding care and representation. His clients-first focus starts with listening to a client’s specific problem, coordinating a solution together, and maintaining continuous communication throughout the representation.

Josh regularly works on defense cases, with nearly all his cases rooted in insurance litigation, including third-party defense, first-party litigation, and insurance coverage. Clients entrust Josh with work regarding personal and commercial lines dealing with property, casualty, and liability matters. He routinely represents clients in catastrophic injury and property cases.

Accident scene management and inspection, handling expert retention and analysis, and the related litigation tasks from inception through trial are all aspects Josh handles as part of his current litigation practice. In addition, he prides himself on early case assessment and constant communication to provide all clients a detailed evaluation of potential exposure, coupled with recommendations for future handling and strategies for expeditious resolution. Drawing from actual trial experience as both lead trial attorney and as second chair, Josh provides a comprehensive set of litigation skills, aggressively representing client interests while balancing the client’s financial realities and unique business interests.

In addition to serving his clients zealously, Josh has been selected by his peers and Super Lawyers Missouri & Kansas as a “Rising Star” among Missouri lawyers since 2013, an honor given to only 2.5% of all practicing attorneys in Missouri and Kansas who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years or who are under the age of 40. He is also a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association.


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Arkansas


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Truman State University, B.S., 2003

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    •  Trial Academy, 2010
  • Transportation Lawyers Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2022-present
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2021

Community Involvement

  • Peter & Paul Community Services - Board of Directors, 2008-2017


  • Co-Author: You Get What You Asked For and That’s a Cold Hard Fact: The Continued Erosion of Arbitration Clauses, The Transportation Lawyer Journal, Vol. 20, No. 4 (February 2019)


  • Evolution of Auto Insurance Risk – How Rideshare/Gig-Economy is Increasing Crash Rates and Changing Vehicle User Profiles, AIFA 49th Annual Conference (March 2024)
  • Mastering the Maze: Insights on Handling Substantial Property Insurance Claims, NAMIC Claims Conference (February 2024)
  • Impact of Risk and Insurance on the Rideshare and Gig Industry, BMO Capital Markets Panel (August 2023)
  • Recorded Statements, MAMIC (May 2023)
  • Code Upgrades vs. Pre-Existing Conditions, PLRB Claims Conference (March 2023)
  • The Changing Nature of the Courts – Overview of Litigation Challenges Post-Pandemic, NAMIC Claims Conference (February 2023)
  • Telematics: Understanding the Catalysts and Technology Accelerating Claims and Utilizing the Data in Evaluations and Litigation, PLRB Technology & Claims Symposium (July 2022)
  • Code Upgrades vs. Pre-Existing Conditions, PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo (April 2022)
  • 1st and 3rd Party Good Faith/Ethics, PLRB Regional Adjusters Conference (September 2021)
  • Animal Liability, PLRB Regional Adjusters Conference (September 2021)
  • 1st and 3rd Party Good Faith Claims, PLRB Virtual Conference & Expo for Claims Professionals (October 2020)
  • Investigating Claims and Litigation During and Following the COVID-19 Pandemic, PLRB Virtual Conference (August 2020)
  • Practical Professionalist: Ethics, Standards and Civility, CLM (February 2020)
  • Social Host Liability Wrongful Death Claim, PLRB Large Loss Conference (November 2019)
  • Cyber Investigation Challenges, PLRB Regional Adjusters Conferences (Central and Eastern) (September/October 2019)
  • Structured Settlements, CLM (November 2018)
  • Eek! We’ve Been Hacked: First-Party Data Breach Response, PLRB Large Loss Conference (November 2018)
  • Agricultural Liability Claims: A Coverage Primer, PLRB Regional Adjusters Conferences (Central and Eastern) (September/October 2018)
  • Negotiation Strategies for Claims Professionals, CLM (August 2018)
  • Fundamentals of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit and Legislative Update, MSMA (April 2017, 2018)
  • Evaluating Additional Insured Coverage and Contractual Indemnity Issues, CLM (April 2018)
  • Fraudulent Claims: Identification, Investigation and Litigation, CLM (September 2017)
  • Latent Defects & Exposure Claims: Special Topics, PLRB Regional Adjusters Conferences (2017)
  • Case Assessment and Evaluation, CLM (June 2016)
  • Negotiation Strategies for Claims Professionals, CLM (June 2015)
  • Introduction to Product Liability Claims, CLM (March 2015)
  • Basics of Handling An Auto Accident Case – Part II: Understanding Insurance Issues and Coverage, Missouri Bar Association CLE (March 2013, 2014)
  • Maximizing Recovery by Understanding Legally Recoverable Damages, 7th Annual Property Subrogation Strategies Summit (April 2010)
  • Overcoming Subrogation Roadblocks: Changing Courses When Unexpected Hurdles Arise, 6th Annual Property Subrogation Strategies Summit (April 2009)

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