- Manufacturing & Transportation
- Toxic Tort
- Product Liability
- Business Litigation
|Contact Info||Telephone: 314.480.1824|
|University ||Case Western Reserve University, A.B., 1968 Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society|
|Law School||University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1974|
|Admitted||1974, Missouri; 1975, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1981, U.S. Tax Court; 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 2008, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin|
Professional Associations and Memberships
Experimental Aircraft Association
•Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
•Missouri Aviation Historical Society
•The Missouri Bar
•Missouri Pilots Association
Alan concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, tort and business litigation as a member of Husch Blackwell's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team. He handles a wide variety of product liability and personal injury litigation, including prosecution and defense of contracts; chemical and toxic tort; premises liability; firearms and ammunition; maritime; aviation; and rail cases.
Alan also has extensive experience in construction; business and commercial; banking and finance; admiralty and maritime; and insurance law, as well as liability prevention counseling for manufacturing and construction clients.
Alan's significant work on behalf of industry clients has included:
•Defending a chemical manufacturing client in a product liability toxic exposure case resulting in exclusion of plaintiff's liability and medical expert witnesses and summary judgment for client.
Defending multiple toxic tort, personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits arising from a railroad derailment and chlorine spill, resulting in dismissal of all claims against client, a chemical manufacturer.
Representing a chemical manufacturing client in a product liability and negligence action resulting in summary judgment on a $15 million product liability property damage claim.
Defending a car operator client in a negligence case arising from a traumatic leg amputation by a rail tank car, resulting in summary judgment for client.
With a segment of Alan's practice being focused on aviation law, his personal background adds to his expertise in this unique area. He has been an active private pilot for more than 40 years and is involved with two St. Louis-area aviation groups, whom he represents as pro bono clients.
Before entering law school, Alan served in the military intelligence branch of the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971.
Awards and Recognitions
Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial Law (Missouri), 2010-2011
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Counsel for chemical manufacturing client in a product liability toxic exposure case that resulted in exclusion of plaintiff's liability and medical expert witnesses and summary judgment for client. Lemmermann v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, et al., 713 F.Supp. 2d 791, 2010 WL 2016848 (E.D.Wis. 2010)
•Defended multiple toxic tort personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits arising from railroad derailment and chlorine spill, resulting in dismissal of all claims against chemical manufacturer.
•Defended chemical manufacturing client in a product liability and negligence action resulting in summary judgment on a $15 million product liability property damage claim. Lowe's Home Centers v. Olin Corp., 313 F.3d 1307 (Eleventh Circuit 2002)
•Defended a car operator client in a negligence case arising from a traumatic leg amputation by a rail tank car, resulting in summary judgment for client. Messing v. CSX Transportation Inc., et al., 172 F.3d 44 (Fourth Circuit 1999)
•Prosecuted product liability and negligence claims arising from corrosion and structural damage to a Challenger 601-3 jet aircraft, resulting in a $16 million recovery for aircraft owner.
•Defended a breach of confidentiality and misappropriation of proprietary documents, data and information case by a major aerospace manufacturer against a competitor, resulting in the dismissal of lawsuit with prejudice.
•Defended negligence and misrepresentation claims against fixed-base operators in connection with the sale of allegedly defective aircraft, resulting in defense verdicts for operators.
•Prosecuted barge and cargo loss claim against towing company. Consolidated Grain & Barge Co. v. Flowers Transportation Inc., 538 F.Supp. 65 (E.D.Mo. 1982)
•Prosecuted wrongful death action arising from a Beech Model 58 Baron aircraft crash in Lake Village, Ark., establishing the applicability and extent of long-arm jurisdiction in aviation product liability cases. State ex rel Caine v. The Honorable Orville Richardson, 660 S.W. 2d 82 (Mo.App. 1980), followed in State ex rel. Newport v. Wiesman, 627 S.W.2d 874 (Mo en banc. 1982)
4.22.14 The Effect of the 1,500 Hour Rule and New Pilot Certification and Qualification, Requirements for Air Carrier Operations Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog
1.21.14 Let the Lawyer Beware - Punitive Damages and Strict Liability in Missouri Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog
8.20.13 Are Aircraft Sellers Liable in Tort for Failure to Train? Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog
1.01.93 Selected Topics in Missouri and Illinois Construction Litigation, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Trial Section
1.01.81 A Private Right of Action Under Missouri's Omnibus Nursing Home Act, Saint Louis University Law Journal
In The News
6.13.11 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2011
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Let the Lawyer Beware — Punitive Damages and Strict Liability in Missouri
Alan B. Hoffman, January 23, 2014
On July 29, 2006 a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter departed the Sullivan, Missouri Regional Airport on a local skydiving flight. Shortly after liftoff the right engine failed, the aircraft lost altitude, and crashed about ½ mile beyond the end of the runway. All on board died.
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