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 premises liability, security, transportation, product liability, real estate litigation, and insurance law. He also has experience in negligent private security defense. He provides a wide array of services to his clients, ranging from pre-litigation consultation, investigation and claims-handling seminars, through all phases of discovery, motion practice and jury trial.
In addition to traditional insurance defense matters, Mr. Zeidler has successfully represented retailers, security professionals, and public entities through all aspects of litigation and trial, including proceedings before 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 serves 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
Academic Excellence/American Jurisprudence Award, Labor Relations and Remedies
Order of the Woolsack (top 7% of law school class)
- Secured 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 (2018)
- 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 (2016)
- Plaintiff’s leg was shattered between two boats with significant disfigurement and more than $125,000 in 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)
- Obtained defense verdict in wrongful death case involving Metro’s Call-A-Ride, 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 claimed that if the decedent had been taken immediately to the emergency room she would not have suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest and died. After a plaintiff demand of $1.25 million before trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense. Brookfield v. Metro (2013)
- Obtained a jury verdict in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis on behalf of a public transportation agency in a train-pedestrian collision.
- Obtained a jury verdict in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County on behalf of a major retailer in a premises liability case involving extensive allegations of injury.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major utility company alleging negligent maintenance and design of an elevated catwalk, using the statutory employment defense.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major retailer on a slip and fall case, using the open and obvious hazard defense.
- Secured the dismissal of numerous security guard defendants from a series of workplace shooting suits.
Prior Legal Experience
Intern, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
Intern, National Labor Relations Board
Sacred Heart School Board
Sacred Heart Finance Committee
Archdiocesan Academic Review Committee
Sacred Heart soccer and baseball coach