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GREGG A.
KINNEY

Partner

gkinney@heplerbroom.com

314-480-4196

St. Louis, MO

 

Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1992
  • Oklahoma State University, B.S. in Political Science, 1989

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the
    • Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri

Practice Description


Gregg A. Kinney focuses his practice on trials involving complex litigation matters, including:

  • Toxic tort benzene exposure
  • Products liability
  • Premises liability
  • Governmental and civil rights
  • Jones Act and maritime lawsuits
  • Trucking liability
  • Cannabis law

Mr. Kinney has represented clients in Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. He serves as regional counsel for a national client frequently named in toxic tort litigation in the Midwest. Mr. Kinney represents municipalities and police departments in constitutional claims, including deprivation of civil rights and police misconduct. He represents school districts and municipalities in general liability matters. He also represents local casinos, as well as a group of colleges and universities throughout Missouri, in personal injury and premises liability claims. In addition, he represents clients in the new and evolving cannabis industry in the Midwest. 

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2015-2019)

Law School Honors/Involvement


  • Order of the Coif

Published Legal Writing


  • “Cannabis Legalization Efforts: A Constantly Evolving Landscape,” HeplerBroom Blog (February 13, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Step on a Crack, Break the City’s Bank: Discretionary Immunity Requires a Conscious Decision to Not Repair City Sidewalks,” HeplerBroom Blog (November 14, 2018). (This blog post can be read here.)

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • “New Cannabis Laws: What Does the Future Hold?” Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (Edwardsville IL, 2019)
  • “Emerging Issues: Cannabis Legalization and Its Impact on Employers and the Workplace,” CPCU and HeplerBroom’s Third Annual Insurance Law and Coverage Seminar (Chicago IL, 2019)
  • “Governmental Immunities in Illinois and Missouri,” Tokio Marine HCC Public Risk Group presentation (Auburn Hills MI, 2017)
  • “Preparing For and Taking a Medical Deposition,” HeplerBroom University (Edwardsville IL, 2011)
  • “Defending Plaintiff’s Claimed Medical Bills in Illinois and Missouri,” HeplerBroom University (Edwardsville IL, 2009)
  • “Litigating Slip and Fall Cases in Illinois,” HeplerBroom University (St. Louis MO, 2009)

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Obtained summary judgment for defendants on plaintiffs’ claims of false arrest, false imprisonment, defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, failure to train, and breach of contract. (Wallace, et al. v. City of Washington, et al., US District Court, Central District of Illinois, Case No. 1:14-cv-01457; March 2017)
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant as to plaintiff’s premises liability claim, based on issue of constructive notice. (Austin v. Alton Casino, LLC, US District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Case No. 3:14-cv-01258; September 2016)
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant on plaintiff’s claims of false arrest and failure to Mirandize. (Ray v. Kedzior and Martin, US District Court, Central District of Illinois, Case No.1:13-cv.01338; June, 2016)

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom’s IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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