Bradley R. Hansmann

Principal
Bank of America Plaza
800 Market Street
Suite 1100
St. Louis, MO 63101-2501
314-242-5370
314-242-5570

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Bradley Hansmann is a Principal with Brown & James, practicing in the firm’s St. Louis office. He represents corporate and insurance clients in personal injury lawsuits involving product liability and premises liability, as well as large fire and explosion cases. He also routinely handles product liability matters involving general maritime litigation. He is routinely sought out for his extensive experience in the area of natural gas and propane gas explosion cases, having handled some of the largest gas explosion cases involving residential and commercial furnaces in Missouri.

Mr. Hansmann has tried more than 60 cases to verdict as lead counsel in both state and federal courts. He has successfully tried cases ranging from automobile personal injury cases, to complex construction, products liability, insurance arson/fraud, marine liability, and maritime law.

A large portion of Mr. Hansmann’s practice is dedicated to aiding clients in pre-suit investigations to assist them in risk management and resolving matters prior to litigation. He is regularly called into investigation early when an explosion, injury, or other traumatic event occurs to assist the client in preserving evidence, dealing with various agencies that may be involved, and preparing the client for what may be eventual litigation.

Mr. Hansmann routinely lectures to the insurance, risk management, and manufacturing industries on Missouri and Illinois law and claims and investigation practices.

Recent Trials
  • Claypole v. Robert Walker Trucking, LLC – Jury Trial in Circuit Court of Clay County, Missouri, 2019
  • Kiser v. Duane Ernst Construction – Jury Trial in Circuit Court of Perry County, 2019
  • Schafer v. Phillips – Jury Trial in Circuit Court of St. Louis City, 2018
  • Jenne v. City of Louisiana – Jury Trial in Circuit Court of St. Charles, Missouri, 2018
  • Dalhart v. Haselhorst – Jury Trial in Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Missouri, 2017
  • Avola v. Schwartz as ad litem for Brennan Jury Trial in Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, 2017
  • Esrock v. JP Consulting, Inc. – Jury Trial in Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, 2017
  • Monahan v. Abarr – Jury Trial in Circuit Court of Buchanan County, Missouri, 2017
  • Wodohodsky v. Dr. Gourley – Jury Trial in Circuit Court of Howell County, 2017
  • Simrell v. Johnson – Jury Trial in Taney County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2016
  • America First Insurance Company v. Michael Hutcheson – Jury Trial in Mississippi County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2016
  • Lock v. Isabella Ready Mix – Jury Trial in Christian County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2016
  • Thomas v. E. Meier Contracting – Jury Trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2016
  • Malleos v. Carmike Cinemas, Inc. – Jury Trial in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2016
  • Karriker v. Club Fitness – Jury Trial in St. Charles County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2015
  • Reynolds v. ABC Cab Corporation – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2015
  • Akers v. Auto Owners – Bench Trial in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2015
  • Barrow v. Temper Fabricators – Jury Trial in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2015
  • Turner v. Nance – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2015
  • Cook v. Westlake et al. – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2014
  • Admire v. Gaines Landscaping – Jury Trial in Calloway County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2014)
  • Behlmann v. Century Surety Company – Jury Trial in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2014
  • Hopfer v. Neenah Foundry – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2014
  • Dejana v. Marine Technology, Inc. – Jury Trial in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2014
  • Millwood v. Ace Hood et al. – Jury Trial in Greene County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2013
  • Bova v. Show Me Home Delivery – Jury Trial in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2013
  • Burns v. Pony Express – Jury Trial in Buchanan County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2013
  • Shea v. Krygiel et al. – Jury Trial in Franklin County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2013
  • Terry Farm v. Mark and Jeannette Argall – Jury Trial in Ozark County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2013
  • Gremli v. Boy Scouts – Jury Trial in Madison County, Illinois, Circuit Court, 2013
  • Tinker v. Acuity – Jury Trial in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2013
  • Fielder v. Allendale Roofing – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2013
  • Moore v. Bada Bings – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2013
  • Crane v. Wiggans – Jury Trial in Jasper County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2012
  • Mahler v. Sowards – Jury Trial in Franklin County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2012
  • Mealer v. Guss – Jury Trial in Warren County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2012
  • Bolden v. Columbia Insurance Company – Jury Trial in Mississippi County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2012
  • Dorris v. Kohl [second trial] – Jury Trial in Henry County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2012
  • March v. Midwest – Jury Trial in the St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2011
  • Catherall v. United Consumers Credit Union – Jury Trial in the Buchanan County Circuit Court, 2011
  • Witt v. May – Jury Trial in the Greene County Circuit Court, 2011
  • Smart v. SEMO Health Network – Jury Trial in the Stoddard County Circuit Court, 2011
  • Hill v. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company – Jury Trial in the Jackson County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2011
  • Brown v. Galloway – Jury Trial in the Greene County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2011
  • Murphy v. Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois– Jury Trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2010
  • Feinberg v. Witterschein – Jury Trial in the St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2010
  • Dollins V. Nimmo – Jury Trial in the 30th Circuit Court of Dallas County, Missouri, 2010
  • Neeely v. Eckert – Jury Trial in the St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2010
  • York v. Wolven – Jury Trial in the Stone County Circuit Court, 2010
  • Dorris v. Kohl – Jury Trial in Henry County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2009
  • Brinker v. Capital Restoration & Painting – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2009
  • Rebstock v. Evans Engineering Production Company – Jury Trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2009
  • Erbe, Inc. v. Metrotech Food Equipment Service, Inc. – Jury Trial in St. Charles County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2010
  • Angel Moran v. Daveyfire, Inc. and Davey Bickford, SNC – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2008
  • Otis Lyles v. Metro Film Express and Timothy Krenning – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2008
  • Humphrey v. Home Systems, Inc. – Jury Trial in Franklin County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2007
  • Kinder v. Safeco Insurance Company – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2007
  • Hansen v. Labor Source – Jury Trial in St. Charles County Circuit Court, 2007
  • Sparkman v. Columbia Insurance Group – Jury Trial in Pemiscot County, Missouri, Circuit Court, 2007
  • Christina Heaviside v. Rental Service Corporation – Jury Trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2007
  • Cascella v. Brian’s Landscaping – Jury Trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2006
  • Coder v. Hoods Discount Center – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2006
  • Preferred Paging v. Travelers Insurance Company – Bench Trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2005
  • Chrismer v. Lennox and McKenzie – Jury Trial in St. Charles County, Missouri Circuit Court, 2005
  • Kaestner v. St. Louis Parking – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2005
  • Modica v. Mid-America Apartments – Jury Trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2004
  • Hines Group Limited Partnership v. Allied Roofing – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2004
  • Raphael Williams v. H&H Redevelopment Corp. – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2004
  • Ingram v. AAA Insurance – Jury Trial (settled after voir dire) in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2004
  • Welch Products v. Cumberland Engineering – Jury Trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2004
  • Ste. Genevieve Country Mart v. Citizens Electric – Jury Trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2003
  • Michael Reynolds v. General Casualty Insurance – Jury Trial St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2003
  • Glenda Ray v. St. Louis Hills Medical Center – Jury Trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court, 2003
  • Eaton v. George – Jury Trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2002

More About Brad

Education

  • Saint Louis University (J.D., cum laude, 2001)
  • Saint Louis University (B.A., Psychology, cum laude, 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Recent Achievements

  • Best Lawyers - Insurance Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2018-2020)
  • Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, The Best Lawyers in America (2018-2020)
  • Best Lawyers - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, The Best Lawyers in America (2017-2020)
  • Benchmark Litigation, State Litigation Star - Missouri (2018-2019)
  • Super Lawyers - Personal Injury General: Defense, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2013-2019)
  • Defense Attorney with the largest valued defense verdict in a product liability case in the State of Missouri as reported by Missouri Lawyer's Weekly (2014)
  • Defense attorney with the most reported verdicts/judgments, Missouri Lawyer's Weekly (2014)
  • Defense attorney with third- and sixth-largest reported defense verdicts in the State of Missouri, Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Top 50 St. Louis - Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2014)
  • Rising Stars - Personal Injury Defense, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2008, 2010-2012)
  • Lon O. Hocker Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy, Missouri Bar (2010)
  • Up & Coming Award, Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2009)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society

Speaking

  • Presenter, "$150,000 for a Disc Replacement! How to Counter the 'Treating Physician,'" Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium, January 2018
  • Presenter, "The Pendulum Swings Back: Bringing Suit in Missouri Just Got Tougher," Brown & James Webinar, August 2017
  • Presenter, "Throwing 'Junk Science' Away: Missouri Adopts New Standard for Expert Testimony," Brown & James Webinar, June 2017
  • Presenter, "Diffuse Tensor Imaging ("DTI") - The New Mild Traumatic Brain Injury," Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2016
  • Presenter, "Product Liability - Building the Defense Case," Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2015
  • Presenter, "Bad Faith - Here We Go Again!" Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2013
  • Presenter, “Product Liability – Plaintiff’s and Defense Perspective,” The Simon Law Seminar, 2012
  • Presenter, "Defending the Causation Element of Injury Claims," Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2011
  • Presenter, “Budget-Conscious Litigation Techniques for Plaintiff Personal Injury," National Business Institute, December 2009
  • Presenter, “How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases," National Business Institute, June 2008
  • Presenter, “How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases," National Business Institute, June 2007
  • Presenter, “To Negotiate or Litigate: A Guide to Determining Whether to Negotiate Your Subrogation Claim or Refer the Claim to Counsel for Litigation,” National Association of Subrogation Professionals, 2003
  • Presenter, “Spoliation of Evidence," Missouri Chapter of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, 2002
  • Routinely lectures to in-house insurance companies and industry groups on first party insurance coverage, Missouri law and insurance claim handling practices.