Tyler J. Finnegan

Bank of America Plaza
800 Market Street
Suite 1100
St. Louis, MO 63101-2501
(314) 242-5278
(314) 242-5478

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Tyler Finnegan is a principal in the Brown & James St. Louis office. He defends both companies and individuals in a variety of civil matters, with an emphasis on personal injury and insurance litigation. He advises and represents clients through all phases of the claims and litigation process, including pre-suit evaluation, discovery, trial, and post-trial motions. Tyler graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law with a certificate in Health Care Law. Prior to law school, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Academic Honors and Achievements

Health Law Certificate, Saint Louis University School of Law
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Missouri-Columbia

Prior Legal Experience

Legal Intern, St. Louis University Legal Clinic
Intern, Missouri Attorney General’s Office
Law Clerk, Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley
Law Clerk, Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP

Jury Trials
  • In April 2019, Tyler obtained a defense verdict for his clients, Lazer Spot Inc. and John William Fairchild, in a trucking case. Plaintiff alleged that while waiting at a traffic light, his Ford F-150 was hit from behind and on the passenger side by the semi-truck driven by Mr. Fairchild as an employee of Lazer Spot Inc. The Plaintiff claimed permanent neck and back injuries as a result of this collision. The defense argued that Mr. Fairchild never made contact with the Plaintiff’s vehicle and that the photographs of the Plaintiff’s vehicle showed only minimal damage despite the Plaintiff’s claim that he was rear-ended and side-swiped at 25 miles per hour. The Plaintiff had three treating physicians testify to the permanency of his injuries, and the Plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury for $480,000.00. After the three-day trial, the jury returned a full defense verdict in favor of Lazer Spot Inc. and John William Fairchild.
  • In October 2017, Tyler obtained a defense verdict for his client Trans Am Industries, Inc., a local Burger King Franchise, in a premise liability case involving food contamination. Plaintiff claimed that he choked on a piece of plastic while consuming a fish sandwich from the Burger King. The Plaintiff argued that he choked on the plastic resulting in permanent injuries to his throat. The Defense argued that there was no evidence that the fish sandwich contained plastic and that Plaintiff was not damaged. After a one-day jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Trans Am Industries, Inc.

More About Tyler


  • Saint Louis University (J.D., Health Law Certificate, 2012)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (B.S., History, magna cum laude, 2008)

Bar Admissions

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers


  • Presenter, "Can I Get a Witness: Working with Expert Witnesses from the Initial Claim through Litigation," Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium, January 2022
  • Presenter, "Examining Neck and Back Claims: Identifying Soft Tissue vs. Surgical Cases," Brown & James Insurance Law & General Defense Symposium, January 2020
  • Presenter, "Can I Get a Lyft? Is Your Side-Hustle Covered?" Brown & James General Defense and Insurance Law Symposium, January 2019