Kevin J. Adrian

Bank of America Plaza
800 Market Street
Suite 1100
St. Louis, MO 63101-2501
(314) 242-5207
(314) 242-5407

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Kevin J. Adrian is a principal with Brown & James, P.C., practicing in the firm’s St. Louis office.  Mr. Adrian started with the firm in 1998 and became a principal partner with the firm in 2004.

Mr. Adrian is the chair of the firm’s workers’ compensation practice. Mr. Adrian represents employers, businesses and insurers in all aspects of workers’ compensation law and dispute resolution in Missouri and Illinois. He has represented clients in the retail, construction, manufacturing, nursing, shipping, transportation, educational and aviation sectors. His case experience ranges from minor injuries, such as lacerations and strains, to major claims involving amputations, toxic exposure, and fatalities. Mr. Adrian previously served as Chair and Chair Emeritus for the Workers’ Compensation Steering Committee of ALFA International.

Mr. Adrian obtained his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 1995 and his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1998. In addition to his workers’ compensation practice, Mr. Adrian has represented virtually every field of health care practice, including physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, dentists and pharmacies in both civil and regulatory matters.

Sample Favorable Workers’ Compensation Decisions

David W. Palmer v. International Paper #13WC004924 (IL)
Frontenac Surgery & Spine Care Center v. Zurich American Insurance Co. Med Fee#09-00274 (MO)
Lamesa Anderson v. Bi-State Development Agency #10-066733 (MO)
Dependents of Patrick Garcia v. AutoZone #12-100627 (MO)

Sample Favorable Civil Verdicts

Boaz v. American Multispecialty Group (2003) (MO)
Armbruster v. Microsurgery and Brain Research Institute (2005) (MO)
Houser v. Grewal (2005) (MO)

Sample Representative Clients

EMC Insurance Companies
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
Bi State Development Agency
Walgreen Co.
Washington University School of Medicine
Mercy Hospitals
International Paper
Saia Freight
Old Dominion Freight Lines
Marten Transport
NES Rentals
Dish Network

More About Kevin


  • Saint Louis University (J.D., cum laude, 1998) with an Honors Certificate in Health Law
  • Northwestern University (B.S., 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri (1998)
  • Illinois (1999)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (1999)
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (2005)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2009)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2003)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2017)

Recent Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Karl A. Illig, et al., May 2013. Chapter on legal issues in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome.


  • Presenter, "Emerging Trends in Workers' Compensation," Brown & James Insurance Law & Medical Malpractice Defense Symposium, January 2023
  • Presenter, "Workers' Compensation in the Era of COVID," Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium, January 2022
  • Presenter, "Up in Smoke: An Overview of the Medical/Recreational Marijuana Issue in America," ALFA International Workers’ Compensation Memphis Regional Seminar, May 2019
  • Presenter, "Don't Bogart that Liability," ALFA International Transportation St. Louis Regional Seminar, February 2019
  • Presenter, "Prescription for Complications: The Impact of Missouri's New Medical Marijuana Law on Workplace and Injury Claims," Brown & James General Defense and Insurance Law Symposium, January 2019
  • Presenter, "The Interplay of Occupational Accident Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, and the Statutory Employee," ALFA International Webinar, September 2018
  • ALFA International Workers' Compensation Practice Group Seminar, Program Chair (2015)
  • Presenter, “Prevention, Investigation and Prosecution of Fraud Claims,” ALFA International Workers’ Compensation Practice Group Seminar, 2014
  • Presenter, "Back to Basics, How to Utilize Your Defense Team," ALFA International Workers' Compensation Practice Group Seminar, 2011
  • Presenter, "Medical Malpractice Law and Practice in Missouri," National Business Institute, 2009
  • Presenter, "Legal Issues Faced by Behavioral Health Providers in Missouri," Lorman, 2006
  • Presenter, "Achieving Favorable Settlements in Missouri," National Business Institute, 2005
  • Presenter, "Advanced Issues in Missouri Medical Malpractice," National Business Institute, 2004