Mark R. Kurz

Location: Belleville, Illinois
Phone: 618-277-9000
Fax: 618-277-4594
Email: mkurz@boylebrasher.com

 

Narrative:

Mark has had success trying Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) jury cases against his railroad clients in jurisdictions across the country. He is recognized for his knowledge of the liability and medical issues involved in asbestos exposure cases. Mark has been involved in cases and trials in Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. In addition to the many cases and trial involving toxic exposure, Mark has a general litigation defense practice on behalf of corporations and insurers. Mark is respected as a seasoned trial attorney, a true professional.

Away from his practice, Mark is a family man who spends his free hours with his wife and three sons. He enjoys coaching his son’s baseball and basketball teams. He is a huge sports fan. The St. Louis Baseball Cardinals are his favorite, but the Green Bay Packers and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team are close seconds. Mark and his family reside in suburban St. Louis.

Areas of Practice:

  • Insurance Defense
  • Trucking Defense
  • Railroad Defense
  • Toxic Tort Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Construction Law
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Class Action Defense
  • Litigation and Appeals

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

Education:

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • Juris Doctorate
  • Marquette University
    • A.B., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • The Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • The Kentucky Bar Association
  • The Tennessee Bar Association
  • The St. Clair County Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Notable Cases:

Plaintiff v. Manufacturer/Railroad Defendants. Circuit Court of McLean County, Illinois. FELA asbestos case. Mr. Kurz defended a railroad company in a lawsuit involving a claim of mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. The trial proceeded against four defendants and lasted a total of six weeks in Bloomington, Illinois. Mr. Kurz obtained a directed verdict on behalf of his railroad client at the close of plaintiff’s evidence.

Plaintiff v. Manufacturer/Railroad Defendants. Mr. Kurz represented a railroad company in a lawsuit that involved a claim of mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Four other defendants were involved in the trial. The railroad company received a verdict in its favor. A jury verdict in excess of $2.5 million was returned against several other defendants.

Plaintiff v. Manufacturer/Railroad Defendants. Mr. Kurz represented a railroad company in a case involving a claim of mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Mr. Kurz’ railroad client received a jury verdict in its favor. Plaintiff obtained a verdict in excess of $6 Million against the remaining defendants.

Plaintiff v. Railroad et al. Mr.Kurz represented several railroad defendants and railroad employees in a lawsuit that involved a railroad highway grade crossing accident with severe injuries to the plaintiff. After extensive discovery, Mr. Kurz obtained summary judgment on behalf of the defendant railroad and against plaintiff on the issue of sole proximate cause. The court determined that the fault for the accident rested exclusively with the plaintiff.

Various Plaintiffs v. Railroad. Mr. Kurz has obtained several voluntary dismissals and/or involuntary dismissals for occupational exposure claims brought against railroads based upon prior releases or statute of limitations.