Franke, Schultz & Mullen, PC | Courtney Stirrat
Kansas City - Springfield - St. Louis - Overland Park
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Attorneys

PRACTICES

Insurance Defense Litigation
Medical Malpractice
Premises Liability
Personal Injury Defense
Trucking & Automobile Litigation

EDUCATION

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D. 2006, Cum Laude.
  • Pierre Laclede Honors College, University of Missouri-Saint Louis
    • B.A. in Political Science, with honors, 2003, Summa Cum Laude.

ADMISSIONS

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Courtney Stirrat
Of Counsel
CONTACT INFORMATION
Tel: (314) 455-8300
Fax: (314) 455-8301
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Courtney is a passionate litigator who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of personal injury claims, including medical malpractice, admiralty, premises liability, railroad, and other areas of transportation law. For her, the joy of lawyering has always been a mixture of the intellectual rigor of legal analysis and the personal stories of everyone involved.
 
In 2014, Courtney was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for the Fifth highest defense verdict in the state, following a defense verdict in an insurance coverage case where she represented the insurance company that denied coverage based on a century’s old doctrine of maritime insurance law. In 2018, Courtney second chaired a federal jury trial to a multi-million-dollar verdict, and established new law regarding permissible counterclaims in a Jones Act or FELA suit. Whether the issue facing her clients is factual or legal, Courtney brings enthusiasm and strategic thinking to every stage of litigation.
 
Courtney’s style of legal practice is grounded in research and writing. While Courtney has experience first and second chairing trials, she has been successful at winning cases through Motions to Dismiss, for Summary Judgment, and to Strike Expert Witnesses. Even when the motion does not fully resolve the case, her victories have allowed her clients to secure advantageous settlements without the time and expense of trial. Often, it is the passion that she brings to preparing for trial that allows her to negotiate beneficial settlements. Fundamentally, the strategic approach Courtney takes to each case is created in partnership with her clients and their specific wants and needs.
 
Courtney was born and raised in St. Louis. A graduate of John Burroughs, she stayed in Missouri for college and law school. Courtney graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the top 5% of her class. She served as the Lead Articles Editor for the Missouri Law Review, Teaching Assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Program, and Law Clerk for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White. She was recognized for excellence in scholarly achievement, advocacy, and writing, winning the West Publishing Award, Roscoe Anderson Award, and Guy A. Thompson Award.  Courtney has also clerked for Judge Patricia Cohen as a Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for Eastern Missouri and the Missouri Court of Appeals. Courtney has been active in the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Mocktrial program as an Attorney Coach and Judge since 2007. Courtney was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Kansas/Missouri Rising Star in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Courtney is admitted to the Missouri and Illinois Bars, the Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, and Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri, and the Western District of Wisconsin.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

  • In Re: Jack Tanner Towing – Confidential settlement after traumatic eye injury in admiralty limitations action in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.
  • Slapak v. United States – Confidential settlement in FTCA medical malpractice suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.  
  • Deal v. Okie Moore – Confidential settlement of a leg crush and PTSD injury under the Jones Act in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.  
  • Williams v. Central Contracting & Marine – Plaintiff’s verdict in Jones Act and General Maritime Suit, including extensive briefing on technical questions on civil procedure and general maritime law, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
  • Whitchurch v. Canton Marine Towing – Successful motion to dismiss of McCorpen Counterclaim and numerous favorable orders on Rule 30(b)(6) depositions and complicative civil procedure issues, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.  
  • Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. v. Continental Cement Co. – Second chaired jury trial in maritime insurance coverage dispute resulting in fifth highest defense verdict, successfully argued motions for directed verdict and jury instructions in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, motion rulings affirmed on appeal by Eighth Circuit.   
  • Mallicoat v. American River Transportation Company – Won motion to exclude all testimony by Plaintiff’s economist under Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical Company, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.  
  • Truman Bank v. New Hampshire Insurance Company – Second chaired jury trial on insurance proceeds dispute as to the bank’s status as loss payee, successfully argued directed verdict motions and jury instructions in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, rulings affirmed on appeal by the Missouri Court of Appeals.  
  • In Re: Matteson Marine, Inc. – Second chaired bench trial in limitation of liability action as to damages for repair and lost profit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.  
  • Gifford v. American River Transportation Company – Won motion for summary judgment as to employer’s counterclaim in Jones Act suit to recoup employment benefits paid because Plaintiff fraudulently concealed pre-existing medical condition in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.  

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS:

  • Settling Jones Act Litigation, Simon Tonkin & Courtney Stirrat,  2014 Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association Seminar, April 2014.
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law, Missouri Bar Mini Law School for the Public, April 2013.
  • Using Experts in Litigation, Jim Mondl and Courtney Stirrat, 2012 Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Maritime Law Seminar, September 2012.
  • Maintenance and Cure 101, Simon Tonkin & Courtney Stirrat, 2012 Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association Seminar, April 2012.
  • Damages in Maritime Cases, Simon Tonkin and Courtney Stirrat, 2011 Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Maritime Law Seminar, October 2011.
  • Using Experts in Litigation, Jim Mondl and Courtney Stirrat, 2010 Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association Seminar, April 2010.
  • Note, Courtney C. Stirrat, Local Man Phones Spiritual Leader, Ends Up in Federal Prison: Congressional Commerce Power to Curb Discrimination Motivated Violence, 70 Mo. L. Rev. 3 (2005).
  • Note, Courtney C. Stirrat, Which One Here is Not Like the Other? No Third Party Standing for Lawyers to Assert Indigent Criminal Defendants’ Right to Counsel on Appeal, 70 Mo. L. Rev. 4 (2005).