- Toxic Torts
- Product Liability
- Environmental Law
Kurt Reeg is a nationally recognized litigator whose extensive practice spans the fields of toxic torts, product liability, insurance (bad faith and coverage), environmental law, and litigation. For more than 40 years, Kurt has skillfully represented product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers involved in a wide range of complex, high-stakes litigation — with substantial experience in matters related to asbestos, chemicals, vehicles, construction and other heavy equipment, drugs and medical devices, herbicides and other pesticides, and toxic torts, among others. He has litigated on behalf of clients in more than 25 states, including four of the top 10 Judicial Hellholes in the United States: Madison County, Illinois; Cook County, Illinois; St. Clair County, Illinois; and the City of St. Louis, Missouri.
Kurt is often involved in matters that have impacts reaching far beyond his direct clients. For example, he was co-counsel in multiple class actions brought against Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, the leading manufacturer of the widely used corn, sorghum, and sugar cane herbicide Atrazine. While the suits — which Kurt and his team successfully resolved over the course of a decade — had dire implications for the agricultural industry, their favorable resolution was critical for all industries subject to federal regulations, as the plaintiffs’ aims were to end-run EPA drinking water regulations through common law tort lawsuits.
Throughout the course of his career, Kurt — who also serves as an expert insurance witness — has worked with and for most of the major property and casualty insurers throughout the country, and has litigated many different types of sophisticated coverage claims for insurance-industry clients. He has served as a National Coordinating Counsel for The SAFECO Companies in the toxic tort, environmental, and long-tail claims fields, and represented one of the firm’s member companies in Minnesota’s landmark direct action against the insurance industry; the suit sought cleanup of the first two (2) of 106 environmental sites throughout the state. He also represented one of SAFECO’s member companies for more than a decade in the $500 million, nationwide W.R. Grace asbestos coverage litigation in the federal courts of New York — trying several cases, prevailing on summary judgment, and arguing and prevailing in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Few lawyers can match Kurt’s asbestos litigation experience on a national scale. Over the course of his career Kurt has served as trial counsel for 12 separate Fortune 100 companies. For one such client in Madison County, Illinois, he managed more than 3,000 cases at any one time. He has acted as both coordinating and/or trial counsel, simultaneously managing hundreds of cases for several clients at a time, and has tried numerous asbestos cases through various stages of completion, including appeals. He has acted as national, regional, or state counsel for premises owners and clients involved in the manufacturing and distribution of paper products, electrical components, plastics and composites, consumer appliances, roofing materials, analytical instruments, agrochemicals, and automotive parts, among others.
In addition to his trial work, Kurt has extensive appellate experience, and has briefed and presented several oral arguments in various state and appellate courts, including those in Missouri, Illinois, South Carolina, California, and New York. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for two justices of the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court, including the Chief Justice.
Kurt is also a trained and practicing certified neutral under the Missouri Supreme Court Rules, and has participated in more than 100 mediations, arbitrations, early neutral evaluations, and mini-trials. He serves on the ADR panels of several courts and organizations.