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Jeffrey R. Glass is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in the defense of professional liability, hospital and nursing home liability, products liability, and all types of catastrophic injury, wrongful death and property damage claims. His assignments routinely include the defense of numerous professionals, including physicians and hospitals, architects and engineers, lawyers and accountants, in negligence claims.
Mr. Glass began the practice of law in 1978, and he has a consistently successful record of trial work. Since 1984 his civil trial work has included the successful defense of physicians, architects, accountants and lawyers, as well as hospitals, nursing homes, major medical school institutions and companies.
Mr. Glass has tried in excess of 100 jury trials to verdict. Of those, only eight trials have resulted in any award of money damages against his clients.
Notable Cases and Results:
Mr. Glass has frequently secured defense verdicts or favorable settlements on behalf of his clients in trials involving highly emotional allegations and substantial potential damages. Representative examples of his effective defense counsel include the following:
Taylor v. Dr. Murphy, St. Clair County, Illinois. Mr. Glass represented a neurosurgeon who mistakenly performed surgery at the wrong disc level of plaintiff's spine; a subsequent operation was required at the correct disc level. The plaintiff claimed total and permanent disability, and sought more than $1 million in malpractice damages on the basis of negligence and the res ipsa loquitur theory (the mere fact of an error implies wrongdoing). Mr. Glass admitted that a mistake was made, but demonstrated that it was understandable and did not deviate from the standard of care, given the plaintiff's unique anatomical condition unknown to the defendant when he operated. The jury verdict was in favor of Mr. Glass' client.
Kenneth Cripps v. Dr. Heshmatpour, U.S. District Court (USDC), Southern District of Illinois. This malpractice case involved a secret settlement between the plaintiff, a railroad worker, and his employer in which the railroad admitted liability at trial for the plaintiff's arm injury. The railroad then sued the treating surgeon, Dr. Heshmatpour, for contribution claiming that he negligently performed ulnar nerve surgery on the plaintiff, worsening the condition and ultimately causing loss of arm usability. Complicating Mr. Glass' defense of the surgeon were the facts that all expert testimony presented against Dr. Heshmatpour was by subsequent treating surgeons and that the plaintiff needed no
"retained" expert. Even so, the jury award of $250,000 was a fraction of the $1.7 million in damages sought.
Smith v. Anson and Prosser, USDC Southern District of Illinois. In this malpractice lawsuit Mr. Glass represented a lawyer who handled the sale and trust documents on 640,000 acres of land in Brazil. The plaintiff, who bought the land in the 1960s and later lost it because of a land swindle in Brazil, sued in federal court for $22 million, the asserted current value of the land. Mr. Glass used expert witnesses from Brazil to demonstrate that, under that country's land title law, the plaintiff's original title was defective and that the plaintiff thus lost nothing by the admittedly fraudulent conveyance of his title. The case was settled before trial for economic costs of $115,000.
Krause v. DuPont and Dr. Greaves, Madison County, Illinois. The minor plaintiff in this malpractice case was born prematurely with intraventricular hemorrhage, and subsequently developed cerebral palsy and other serious medical conditions. The plaintiff's case blamed these conditions on the drug Coumadin, taken by the mother during her first trimester of pregnancy and prescribed by the family physician who Mr. Glass represented. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant failed to warn of the drug's harmful effects in early pregnancy and sought more than $2.5 million in damages. The drug manufacturer and other defendants settled before trial. Dr. Greaves was the sole defendant remaining at trial, and Mr. Glass secured a jury verdict in his client's favor.
Whelan v. CDI, Inc and Ill. Power Co. , Madison County, Illinois. The plaintiff was an electrical worker who suffered severe burns and other traumatic injuries when he was working atop a power pole and his arm touched an energized high voltage line. Mr. Glass represented the employer of the on-site supervisor whose negligence allegedly allowed the accident to occur. Mr. Glass used a "loaned servant" defense in the $3 million Structural Work Act claim, and after a two-week trial achieved a directed verdict for his client. The remaining defendant settled for $1.8 million.
Professional Properties v. General Electric, Madison County, Illinois. An Alton, Illinois, office building owned by the plaintiff was destroyed by a fire that began in a deep fat fryer manufactured by Mr. Glass' client, General Electric. The plaintiff alleged that the fryer overheated and caused the fire due to defective wiring. The undisputed property loss resulted in stipulated damages of $550,000. The case was tried on the sole issue of liability, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant.
O'Leary v. SEARS and Chilton Corp. , USDC Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis Division. The plaintiff in this product liability case was a child who was severely burned when a gas can he was using near an open flame exploded. Mr. Glass defended Sears, the distributor of the gas can that was manufactured to its specifications, against defect allegations for the can's lack of a flame impingement screen. The plaintiff's damages demand remained constant at $7 million up to the time of trial. Mr. Glass ultimately achieved a settlement of $1.5 million for his client; the co-defendant paid $2 million.
Hobin v. Churchill Truck Lines, Circuit Court City of St. Louis. A tractor-trailer unit of Mr. Glass' trucking company client was unable to avoid a jackknifed truck and struck a delivery truck in which the plaintiff was a passenger. The plaintiff suffered neck and back injuries, and maintained a constant $985,000 damage demand through the close of a two-week trial. The defendant never made a settlement offer, and the jury returned a verdict in the company's favor.
Combs v. Hiles and Cendico, Inc. , USDC Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis; and Hiles v. Cendico, Inc, Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis. A car struck a tractor-trailer unit that had stopped on the shoulder of a busy highway, causing a series of vehicular collisions that resulted in five separate personal injury claims involving several serious injuries and one death. Mr. Glass' client had only $1 million in insurance coverage and was threatened with an excess loss potential that made its assets vulnerable. Mr. Glass' defense involved an intricate use of cross-claims and pre-trial verdict sharing agreements, which resulted in two cases being settled within policy limits and a third (death claim) tried to a favorable verdict of $150,000 in Federal Court. Total payments on this admittedly "excess case" were only $850,000, a savings of $150,000 off the policy limits.
Bahl v. Wolfmeier, St. Clair County, Illinois. Mr. Glass defended a truck company whose driver accidentally dumped hot asphalt onto the plaintiff, severely injuring and permanently disabling him. The plaintiff's personal injury damage demand was $4 million versus the client's $1 million insurance coverage limit. Using a creative "covenant not to execute" on any excess judgment, Mr. Glass achieved an early resolution of this clear liability case for $750,000 plus transfer of the truck's title to the plaintiff so he could pursue a product liability claim against the truckbed manufacturer. The plaintiff rejected the manufacturer's $1 million settlement offer and the case was tried to a defense verdict. The early settlement agreement limited the plaintiff's total recovery to $750,000, well within the policy limits.
Pritchett v. Empire Chem and ITT Hartford, USDC Southern District of Illinois. In this policy garnishment action, Mr. Glass defended an insurance company, whose alleged insured had incurred a $12 million default judgment in a catastrophic St. Clair County personal injury action. The defaulted party claimed severe prejudice in that the insurance company had the complaint and summons when the default was entered, and the company had neither accepted the defense nor declined it in writing. In defending the insurer, Mr. Glass removed the garnishment to Federal Court and simultaneously filed a Declaratory Judgment action. After months of intense litigation, the Court favorably ruled for the insurer that there was (a) no coverage under the insurance policy; (b) no duty to defend; and (c) no estoppel or waiver which the defaulted party could assert against the insurer.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois (1980)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (1998)
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois (1998)
Year of Birth: 1953
Law School: St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1978
Graduate School: Universite de Dijon, Dijon, France, 1975
Undergraduate School: St. Louis University, B.A., 1974
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: magna cum laude
Mr. Glass is the Regional Director of Hinshaw & Culbertson's Southwest Region, encompassing the St. Louis, Missouri, and Belleville, Illinois, offices. He is the partner-in-charge of the Belleville office and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He is also Chairman of Hinshaw & Culbertson's Diversity Committee.
Mr. Glass is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, the St. Clair County Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. His professional affiliations directly relating to his litigation practice include the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Defense Research Institute, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, and the Trucking Industry Defense Association.
Before joining Hinshaw & Culbertson in July 1986, Mr. Glass was a prosecutor with the States Attorney's Office of St. Clair County, Illinois. He specialized in handling arson, embezzlement and other white-collar crimes, and in four years he successfully prosecuted 23 felony jury trials to verdict without a single loss.
Mr. Glass is actively involved with the St. Louis University School of Law. He annually served as a judge and instructor at the St. Louis University School of Law Moot Court Competition from November 1995 through 1998. He also served in 1997 and 1998 as a judge in the Regional Moot Court Competition. In April 2001 Mr. Glass was also a Moot Court judge in competition at the St. Louis University School of Law.
Mr. Glass frequently appears before business, educational and professional groups to speak on litigation-related topics. His representative presentations include:
"Litigation in the Illinois Jurisdiction." Washington University Medical School Defense Counsel and Risk Management Seminar, November 2001.
"Tort Reform in Illinois--What the Health Care Claims Manager Must Know." St. Louis Association of Health Care Risk Managers (featured speaker), St. Louis, Missouri, June 1995.
"Hospital and Physician Medical Malpractice Defense and Risk Management." Memorial Hospital/ISMIS, Belleville, Ill., March 1995.
"Illinois Tort Reform Act, 1995: The Practical Effects." Hinshaw & Culbertson symposium, Frontenac Hilton, St. Louis, Mo., March 1995.
"The Medical Malpractice Trial" (with Michael E. Murphy, M.D.). Hinshaw & Culbertson Sixth Annual Insurance Symposium, November 1994.
"The Litigation Climate in Southern Illinois." Hinshaw & Culbertson Indiana Insurance Symposium, Indianapolis, Ind., September 1994.
"Medical Malpractice Risk Management." Illinois State Medical Inter-Insurance, Collinsville, Ill., May 1994.
"The Defense Attorney's Perspective on Loss Prevention." Illinois
State Medical Inter-Insurance Exchange, Loss Prevention Seminar for Physicians, Collinsville, Ill. , May 1993.
"Respondents in Discovery-The Client's Rights." Hinshaw & Culbertson Insurance Symposium, Chicago, Ill., November 1992.
"Attacking the Use of Peremptory Challenges in Civil Cases and the Effect of Edmunson v. Leesville Concrete." Illinois Defense Counsel, St. Louis, Mo., September 1991.
"General Tort Law and Rules of Civil Procedure in Missouri and Illinois." Hinshaw & Culbertson St. Louis Insurance Symposium, September 1991.
"The Art and Science of Jury Selection." Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, Chicago, Ill., September 1988.
"Handling the Defense of Soft Tissue Injury Cases." Missouri Organization of Trial Attorneys, St. Louis, Mo., March 1988.