I help folks who can’t help themselves. That’s the way I was raised. My father was a WWII vet and then a carpenter and my mother raised 6 children and served as a School teacher. I learned at an early age that there is no substitute for hard work. I was born and raised in St. Louis. I enrolled at the University of Missouri, walked on the football team, and ultimately graduated in three years. I then attended and graduated from St. Louis University Law School in 1980. I have been a trial lawyer ever since with well over 100 jury verdicts.
My clients include people who have been injured by dangerous products and the negligence of others. My cases have resulted in some of the largest verdicts in Missouri and Illinois. While most of my cases involve fires and explosions I have vast experience in products liability, medical malpractice and trucking accident cases. My largest case was a 1999 verdict against a smoke detector manufacturer for 50 million dollars arising out of the deaths of two children. In 1989 I was honored as “Man of the Year” by the National Association of Fire Investigators for my work in Klein v. General Electric – a case which exposed a defective and dangerous coffee maker which led to the recall of 7 million products. I am a nationally certified fire and explosions investigator and I am asked to speak regularly at national fire and explosions symposiums on the legal aspects of fires and explosions. If I can help you with your case, please contact me.
I have the knowledge and experience to handle large personal injury and wrongful death cases from the investigative stage through trial. I have won cases against some of the world’s largest corporations, insurance companies and law firms. I am the author of a book entitled Jury Trial Focus Groups – A Guide For Trial Lawyers. I take each case very seriously because I care about my clients. I know I am often their only hope.
My wife Cindy and I are blessed with 4 wonderful children, 2 daughters-in-law, a new son-in-law and 2 bundles of joy granddaughters. I am proud that 2 of my sons have followed me into the practice of law. My 2 daughters-in-laws are lawyers as well. We are The Bruning Law Firm. I have coached youth football and baseball and my interests include sports, reading, astronomy, outdoor activities and my passion, fishing.