Stufflebeam, Patrick 2019

Stufflebeam, Patrick W. Partner

Stufflebeam, Patrick W. Partner

Practice Focus

Patrick W. Stufflebeam is a partner in the St. Louis Metro Area office of Tressler LLP. He concentrates his practice on the defense of civil litigation including toxic tort (asbestos, talc, and benzene), premises liability, product liability, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage issues. He also counsels clients and attorneys regarding cybersecurity and the use of technology in the law. Patrick has represented individuals, family-owned businesses and farms, and some of our country’s largest corporations. 

Patrick obtained his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law after graduating from Western Illinois University. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Madison County Bar Association, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Professional Background

Patrick has led every aspect of litigation in some of the most challenging jurisdictions such as the City of St. Louis, Missouri; Madison County, Illinois; St. Clair County, Illinois; and Cook County, Illinois. He has managed numerous clients’ asbestos and talc litigation from the development of creative alternative fee agreements to trial preparation and resolution. He has overseen multi-million-page document coding and production projects through the use of eDiscovery tools. He has identified, prepared and defended numerous corporate representative depositions.

Patrick also maintains a practice in assisting individuals and businesses with corporate formation, reorganization, acquisition, contract preparation, cybersecurity and privacy issues.

Patrick holds an AV Preeminent® rating with Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers, Products Liability Defense and Toxic Torts Defense; Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers, Products Liability Defense and Toxic Torts Defense; twice elected Director of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers; and Rising Star by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Missouri (2002)
  • State Bar of Illinois (2003)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2002)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Legal Technology Columnist, Director (2011-2017)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Member

Recent Publications

Is Your Law Firm Prepared in the Event of a Cyberattack?, IDC QUARTERLY, Technology Law Column, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2019 (publication forthcoming).

VPN and Chill, IDC QUARTERLY, Technology Law Column, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2018,
pp. 6-7.

10 Tech Tips for Lawyers in 2019, LINKEDIN, December 8, 2018.

Microgeneration, Blockchain, and the Smart Grid, THE ILLINOIS MANUFACTURER, Fourth Quarter 2018, pp. 12-13.

SHOW ME THE (asbestos) MONEY!, LINKEDIN, October 14, 2018.

Encryption Edition: Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine, IDC QUARTERLY, Technology Law Column, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2018, pp. 58-60.

Don’t Do KRACK: Router Security, LINKEDIN, August 17, 2018.

Tastes Great! Less Filling! Passwords and Passphrases, LINKEDIN, July 28, 2018.

Oh Snap!, IDC QUARTERLY, Technology Law Column, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2017, p. 29.

Avoid the Pineapples!, IDC QUARTERLY, Technology Law Column, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2016, pp. 43-44.

Folta v. Ferro Engineering: A Shift in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Protection for Illinois Employers in Asbestos Cases, IDC QUARTERLY, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2015, pp. 4-6.

Survey of Tort Law Cases: Premises Liability Cases, IDC 2015 SURVEY OF LAW.

What Does Your Electronic Communications Policy Say? #VoluntaryUndertaking, IDC DEFENSE UPDATE, Vol. 15, No. 3, November 2014.

Survey of Tort Law Cases: Premises Liability Cases, IDC 2013 SURVEY OF LAW.

Summary Judgment for Ameren Illinois in Northern District of Illinois Mesothelioma Case, HEPLERBROOM MIDWEST TOXIC RELEASE, Vol. 13, No. 12, December 27, 2013.

The Internet Jurisdiction: Can Your Non-Resident Clients’ Online Contacts Expose Them to General Jurisdiction in Illinois?, IDC DEFENSE UPDATE, Vol. 12, No. 2, April 2012.

Take 2: Illinois Supreme Court Remands Asbestos Take-Home Exposure Case to Circuit Court, HEPLERBROOM MIDWEST TOXIC RELEASE, Issue 42, March 23, 2012.

Summary Judgment for Defendants in Peoria County Mesothelioma Case, HEPLERBROOM MIDWEST TOXIC RELEASE, Issue 29, February 11, 2011.

Madison County Defendant Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction, HEPLERBROOM MIDWEST TOXIC RELEASE, Issue 27, December 10, 2010.

Case Evaluation, ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE TRIAL COUNSEL BASIC SKILLS SEMINAR, October 5, 2007.

A Brief Repose: The Illinois Construction Statute of Repose, IDC QUARTERLY, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2006, pp. 4-6.

News

Representative Experience

  • Obtained order dismissing client for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of product manufacturer where the alleged exposure occurred in Illinois in an asbestos personal injury action pending in Madison County, Illinois. Voss v. Murco Wall Products Inc.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of premises owner in asbestos personal injury action. Stanley v. Ameren Illinois Company.
  • Obtained order dismissing client for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of a premises owner in an asbestos personal injury action pending in Marion County, Indiana. Howard v. Ameren Illinois Company.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of premises owner in asbestos personal injury action pending in Peoria County, Illinois. Coyne v. Central Illinois Light Company.
  • Amicus brief co-author accepted by Illinois Supreme Court in Folta v. Ferro Engineering regarding the application of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Statutes’ exclusivity provisions in cases involving latent diseases.

Presentations

Technology Considerations for Your Legal Practice, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel Idc Practice Series, December 2018.

Talc: Nothing to See Here, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel Spring Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, March 10, 2017.

A Journey Through the Dark Web and Other Fascinating Places, Heplerbroom LLC Attorney Retreat, August 26, 2016.

Your First “Asbestos” Lawsuit, Illinois Manufacturers Association Video Reference Library, Oak Brook, Illinois, May 31, 2016. 

Technology at Trial, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel Spring Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri, March 18, 2016. Presented jointly with Madison County, Illinois Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder.

Faculty, Deposition Academy, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Collinsville, Illinois, September 18, 2015.

Oh Lord Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz: Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler, TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE COUNSEL WINTER SEMINAR, Beaver Creek, Colorado, January 24, 2015.

Take My Card: Ethical Considerations Governing Business Development, IDC SUCCEEDING AS A YOUNG ASSOCIATE: MANAGING CASES, BUILDING YOUR BRAND, AND AVOIDING ETHICAL PITFALLS, Edwardsville, Illinois, January 9, 2015.

Don’t Tell Me No Lies and Keep Your Tweets to Yourself: The Ethics of Social Media Facing Lawyers, HEPLERBROOM UNIVERSITY, Edwardsville, Illinois, October 23, 2014.

Decisions in Illinois and Missouri – What’s New?, HARRISMARTIN MIDWEST ASBESTOS LITIGATION CONFERENCE, St. Louis, Missouri, September 18, 2014.

Safeguarding Electronic Client Data, CLAIMS & LITIGATION MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE EMERGING CLAIMS ISSUES IN MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS, St. Louis, Missouri, March 12, 2014.

Building and Insuring the Alamo: Top 10 Construction Contract and GL Insurance Issues Every Illinois Lawyer Should Know, ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE TRIAL COUNSEL-TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE COUNSEL WINTER SEMINAR, Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado, February 6, 2014.

Settling Cases in Illinois In Light of 735 ILCS 5/2-2301, HEPLERBROOM UNIVERSITY, Edwardsville, Illinois, January 9, 2014.

E-Discovery Update, NBI APPLYING THE RULES OF EVIDENCE: WHAT EVERY ATTORNEY NEEDS TO KNOW, Collinsville, Illinois, June 6, 2013.

Discovery of Documents and Electronically Stored Information, HEPLERBROOM UNIVERSITY, Edwardsville, Illinois, May 23, 2013.

Midwest Appellate Decisions: A Year in Review, HARRISMARTIN MIDWEST ASBESTOS LITIGATION CONFERENCE, St. Louis, Missouri, September 21, 2012.

Investigation of a Case, LEWIS & CLARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES: LITIGATION, Godfrey, Illinois, February 2, 2012, September 8, 2011, February 10, 2011.

The Structure and Overview of the Court System, NBI THE MECHANICS OF THE ILLINOIS CIVIL PROCEDURE, Collinsville, Illinois, June 29, 2011.

Illinois Personal Jurisdiction: Doing Business in a “Judicial Hellhole”, HEPLERBROOM UNIVERSITY, Edwardsville, Illinois, May 19, 2011.

Case Evaluation, ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE TRIAL COUNSEL BASIC SKILLS SEMINAR, Springfield, Illinois, October 5, 2007.