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Robert W. Cockerham

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Practice Areas:

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Arson and Fraud Litigation
  • Assault and Battery
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Building Collapses
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Environmental
  • Insurance Law and Coverage
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Serious and Catastrophic Bodily Injury
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wrongful Death

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1984
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri
    • M.A. – 1982
  • Webster College
    • B.F.A. – 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1984
  • Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1987

Published Works

  • Author and Speaker: “Annual Symposium on Property Insurance Law”
  • Treatise: “Arson, Fraud and First Party Insurance Law – A Guide To Property Insurance Law and Procedures in Missouri and Illinois”
  • “Arson, Fraud and The First Party Insurance Contract”, 44 Missouri Bar Journal 79, March
  • “Highlights of Missouri Homeowners Insurance Law”
  • Recovering Your Attorney Fees and Expenses
  • Explosions: Homeowners with a Bang!

Representative Cases

  • State Auto Property and Casualty Ins. Co. v. H&B Ventures, LLC, 2022 WL 970892 (E.D. Mo. Mar. 31, 2022)
  • H&B Ventures, LLC v. State Auto Property and Casualty Ins. Co., 2022 WL 392239 (E.D. Mo. Feb. 9, 2022)
  • Concord Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Inc. v. Church Mut. Ins. Co., 2021 WL 6095643 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 22, 2021)
  • Legacy Building Group, LLC v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 2021 WL 4819570 (E.D. Mo. Oct. 15, 2021)
  • Concord Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Inc. v. Church Mut. Ins. Co., 2021 WL 2954405 (W.D. Mo. July 14, 2021)
  • Church Mut. Ins. Co. v. Metropolitan Christian Worship Center of St. Louis, 2020 WL 7029882 (E.D. Mo. June 23, 2020)
  • World Wide Technology, Inc. v. Kirberg Roofing, Inc., 598 S.W.3d 928 (Mo.App. E.D. May 5, 2020) (WL 2128846)
  • CM Vantage Specialty Ins. Co. v. Nephrite Fund 1, LLC, 2020 WL 805848 (Feb. 18, 2020)
  • Empire District Electric Co. v. Coverdell Enterprises, Inc., 588 S.W.3d 223 (Mo.App. S.D. Dec. 5, 2019) (WL 6606191)
  • Empire District Electric Co. v. Coverdell Enterprises, Inc., 588 S.W.3d 225 (Mo.App. S.D. Dec. 5, 2019) (WL 6606205)
  • Amica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Downs, 2019 WL 5872444 (S.D. Ill. Mar. 29, 2019)
  • Amica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Downs, 2019 WL 5872077 (S.D. Ill. Mar. 27, 2019)
  • New Bethlehem Missionary Bapt. Church v. Cass Commercial Bank, 552 S.W.3d 733 (Mo.App. E.D. May 9, 2018) (WL 2122808
  • Apex Oil Co., Inc. v. Jones Stephens Corp., 881 F.3d 658 (8th Cir. (Mo.) Feb. 5, 2018) (WL 704134)
  • Amica Mut. Ins. Co. v. D.B., 2017 WL 4475970 (E.D. Mo. Oct. 6, 2017)
  • Neidenbach v. Amica Mut. Ins. Co., 842 F.3d 560 (8th Cir. (Mo.) Nov. 16, 2016) (WL 6775961)
  • Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America v. All Seasons Roofing, Inc., 2016 WL 8730570 (E.D. Ark. Sept. 9, 2016)
  • Henry v. Sentry Ins., 2016 WL 4263131 (E.D. Mo. Aug. 12, 2016)
  • Federated Mut. Ins. Co. v. Moody Station and Grocery, 821 F.3d 973, 2016 WL 1729523 (8th Cir. May 2, 2016)
  • Neidenbach v. Amica Mut. Ins. Co., 2016 WL 492714 (E.D. Mo., Feb. 9, 2016)
  • U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Coverdell, 483 S.W.3d 390, 2015 WL 7251405 (Mo. App. Oct. 30, 2015)

Honors

  • Recipient: “The David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award”
  • Selected Missouri and Kansas “Super Lawyer”
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators’ President’s Award
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators’ Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Best Attorneys of America
  • Member, Distinguished Justice Advocates

Classes & Seminars

  • Property Loss Research Bureau Claims Conferences
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators Seminars
  • National Business Institute Seminars
  • International Association of Arson Investigators Seminars

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Missouri Bar Association, Member
  • Young Lawyers Association of St. Louis, Member
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • American Law Firm Association
  • International Association of Arson Investigators