Edward W. Zeidler II

Principal
Bank of America Plaza
800 Market Street
Suite 1100
St. Louis, MO 63101-2501
314-242-5263
314-242-5463

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Ed Zeidler practices in the St. Louis, Missouri, office of Brown & James, P.C. The hallmark of Mr. Zeidler’s practice is early and thoughtful case evaluation followed by the identification of focused objectives that are in line with his client’s best interests, and the aggressive pursuit of those objectives. He is licensed to practice in Missouri state courts as well as the federal district courts in Missouri.

Mr. Zeidler practices primarily in the areas of public entity defense, premises liability, security, transportation, product liability, and insurance law. He provides a wide array of services to his clients, ranging from pre-litigation investigation and consultation through all phases of discovery, motion practice and jury trial. He also presents ongoing education seminars to his clients.

In addition to traditional insurance defense matters, Mr. Zeidler has successfully represented clients in proceedings before the the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

He was recognized as a Missouri & Kansas Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He has been a speaker at numerous industry group meetings and seminars, and he has served on the firm’s Hiring Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Zeidler is also active in the American Law Firm Association (ALFA) Hospitality Practice Group and the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA).

Academic Honors and Activities

Two Academic Excellence/American Jurisprudence Awards, Order of the Woolsack (top 7% of law school class)

Representative Experience
  • Defense verdict for major retailer in which Plaintiff slipped and fell inside store.  Plaintiff claimed hamstring and hip injuries.
  • Defense verdict in case involving plaintiff who sustained substantial injuries to his knee requiring 15 surgical procedures resulting from a fall that he claimed occurred in a large gap between the end of the platform at a train station and the train. The plaintiff sought $10 million. Rusty Redman vs. Bi-State Development Agency.
  • Case decided by Missouri Supreme Court involving co-employee liability. The landmark decision made plain that a co-employee has no liability as a matter of law for the injuries of fellow worker when the harm falls under the employer’s non-delegable duty to provide a safe workplace for its employees. In this case, the injured worker sued his supervisor following a workplace accident in which the supervisor had been warned that the way the employer stacked and transported certain construction materials was dangerous, but ordered the worker to transport the materials anyway. Peters v. Terrio.
  • Plaintiff’s leg was shattered between two boats with significant disfigurement and significant  medical expenses. Plaintiff asked for $900,000, and the jury awarded 75 percent fault to the plaintiff with an award of $100,000. Mindy Stegall v. Dan Hamilton (2013)
  • Defense verdict for public entity in wrongful death case involving entity’s call-a-ride transport service, which had been called to transport the decedent to her dialysis treatment. Plaintiffs alleged that the service failed to take her to the hospital’s emergency room when she appeared in distress, but instead left her at the hospital’s front entrance. Plaintiffs asked the jury for $1,000,000. Brookfield v. Metro
  • Defense verdict for public entity in case in which pedestrian was struck by entity’s light rail train.  Plaintiff claimed substantial bodily injury and closed head injury.  Miles v. Metro
  • Obtained summary judgment for the City of Portageville relating to allegations claiming the police officers and government failed to provide medical care to an inmate who died of a drug overdose. Deloach v. City of Portageville, et al.
Prior Legal Experience

Intern, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
Intern, National Labor Relations Board

Community Activities

Sacred Heart School Board
Sacred Heart Finance Committee
Archdiocesan Academic Review Committee
Sacred Heart soccer and baseball coach

More About Ed

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
  • Saint Louis University (B.S., Business Management, 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Recent Achievements

  • Best Lawyers - Insurance Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2021-2022)
  • Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
  • Law Firm Leader - Up & Coming Award, Missouri Lawyers Media (2018)
  • Rising Stars - Personal Injury Defense, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2012-2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • ALFA International, Hospitality Practice Group
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association - Member, Annual Conference Planning Committee (2016, 2018)
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Publications

  • Author, “Missouri Law Update,” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association, 2015

Speaking

  • Presenter, "$150,000 for a Disc Replacement! How to Counter the 'Treating Physician,'" Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium (January 2018)
  • Presenter, "Toxicological Evidence in the Injury Case: How to Use It and Defend against It," Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium (January 2017)
  • Speaker, “Missouri Civil Litigation Update,” United States Arbitration and Mediation Midwest Missouri CLE Conference (June 2016)
  • Speaker, “Preparing and Defending the Corporate Designee Deposition,” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference (March 2016)
  • Speaker, “You Go To Know When to Hold ‘Em—Surveillance Video: How It Can Help You and How It Can Hurt You,” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference (February 2015)
  • Speaker, “Missouri Case Law Update,” Brown & James Annual General Defense and Insurance Law Symposium (January 2015)
  • Speaker, “Liquor Liability—Thank You, Sir…Can I Have Another?” ALFA International Hospitality Practice Group Seminar (2012)