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St. Louis, MO



  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A. in Philosophy, 1996


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Justin L. Assouad focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including:

  • Professional liability
  • Educational & Religious Organizations (Tort Claims)
  • Clergy misconduct
  • School law
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Commercial litigation
  • Insurance coverage

He has represented clients in Missouri and Illinois, including numerous retailers, product manufacturers and premises owners. He has successfully defended attorneys and law firms in malpractice actions and related proceedings. In addition, he has successfully defended tort claims brought against educational and religious organizations as well as other youth-serving organizations.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer (2016-2017)

Published Legal Writing

  • “Are Arbitration Clauses in Attorney Engagement Letters Enforceable?” HeplerBroom Blog (September 23, 2021). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Putting Your Legal Malpractice Carrier on Notice of a Potential Claim: Must a Missouri Lawyer ‘Foresee’ Changes in the Law,” HeplerBroom Blog (November 19, 2019). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “What’s in a Name? Missouri’s Constitutional Prohibition Against Negligence-Based Claims Arising out of Alleged Sexual Misconduct of Clergy: Who Exactly Qualifies as Clergy?” HeplerBroom Blog (February 13, 2018). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • The Voice (DRI Legislative Subcommittee for Missouri) (2010)
  • “The Demise of Contributory Negligence in Professional Liability Cases,” DRI Quarterly Newsletter (June 2011) (Co-author)

Representative/Recent Case Results

  • Jane Doe 119 v. Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Fr. Xiu Hui, Circuit Court of Lincoln County, Missouri, Cause No. 13L6-CC00092
  • Bradley Burgan, et al v. Kenneth D. Newman, 626 S.W.3d 883 (Mo. App. 2021)
  • State ex rel. Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America v. McKenzie, 484 S.W.3d 320 (Mo. banc 2016)
  • State ex rel. Marianist Province of the United States v. Ross, 258 S.W.3d 809 (Mo. banc 2008)
  • Christopher Wimmer v. Marianist Province of the United States, Father Martin Solma, and Chaminade College Preparatory, Inc., 519 S.W.3d 443 (Mo. App. 2016)
  • Mary Doe Nine v. Wentzville R-IV School District and Michael D. Williams, 2011 WL 3665368 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Hamid Hosseini, M.D. v. Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C. et al., Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, Cause No. 06CC-002866