Gausnell, O'Keefe & Thomas, LLC
Derek P. Ruzicka focuses his trial practice in a diverse range of areas, with an emphasis in complex litigation. He has handled cases in a number of difficult venues, from the City of St. Louis, Missouri, to Madison and St. Clair Counties, in Illinois, and Federal Court in East St. Louis and St. Louis. Whether through dismissal, favorable trial verdicts, or reasonable case resolutions, he has successfully handled many difficult matters through completion.
Derek’s experience is extensive, having handled cases involving general liability matters, professional liability, toxic torts, including asbestos, benzene and other substances, product liability, trucking, and environmental claims. He has represented product manufacturers of consumer products, power tools, industrial vehicles, manufactured housing, foundry equipment, and a host of others, including pharmaceutical litigation.
Derek also devotes his practice to trial work for design professionals or other construction professionals, product liability, and other complex litigation matters. He has arbitrated or tried successfully claims involving architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners. He also assists design professionals and small business owners in up-front contract document reviews and consultations.