Reed Sugg

Counsel in St. Louis, MO

Reed Sugg concentrates his work primarily in the area of product liability defense. 

He has over 38 years of experience in defending a wide variety of manufacturers and products in thousands of serious cases. His clients have included asbestos miners and manufacturers of asbestos-containing products, toxic chemicals, commercial and private aircraft and their components, passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, heavy trucks, all-terrain vehicles, amusement park rides, heavy industrial machinery and commercial food processing equipment.

Reed is experienced in defending toxic tort claims. He has been defending asbestos claims continuously since 1979 and has represented companies associated with raw fiber and a number of different types of products. His experience in the asbestos field was noted by two refractory companies that independently retained him to serve as Regional Counsel in thousands of lawsuits in multiple states. Reed also recently represented a former owner of a lead smelter in lawsuits brought by over 50 plaintiffs who alleged cognitive deficits caused by lead exposure, he has defended benzene cases and he was able to obtain the dismissal of dozens of cases in which it was alleged that thimerosal supplied by his client and used in childhood vaccines caused autism. 

Reed’s aviation experience over the last 38 years includes the representation of manufacturers, national and commuter airlines, aviation service companies and pilots in both lawsuits and FAA enforcement actions. He has developed a particular specialty in aviation asbestos cases. He also has Regional Counsel experience representing the manufacturer of all-terrain vehicles and has represented a local theme park in various lawsuits and issues for 30 years. 

Reed’s appellate practice has included writing over 20 appellate briefs and arguing appeals in various courts, including state and federal appellate courts in Missouri and Illinois.


Appellate & Complex Litigation Personal Injury & Tort Defense Product, Asbestos & Toxic Tort Liability


Automotive Aviation Consumer Products Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing & Distribution Medical Devices Recreational Products Transportation