Douglas S. Beck’s practice focuses on insurance and reinsurance litigation, including bad faith, extra-contractual and trade practices claims. Doug also represents clients in tort and product liability litigation. Doug has tried cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts.
Doug’s insurance litigation practice is centered on bad faith and extra-contractual litigation. His practice involves various coverages, including commercial general liability, property and casualty, employers liability, professional liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions and specialty policies such as food borne illness and venture capital indemnity.
Doug has experience with primary, umbrella and excess insurance as well as facultative and treaty reinsurance. Doug has deep experience in all aspects of coverage and insurance litigation, including providing coverage opinions, reservation of rights and denial letters, and litigating breach of contract, declaratory judgment, unfair trade practices, fraud, misrepresentation, vexatious refusal and common law and statutory bad faith claims.
Doug’s tort litigation practice involves product liability, negligence, breach of warranty, fraud and misrepresentation. Doug has substantial experience in multi-plaintiff and multidistrict product litigation, including mass tort defense and resolution strategies. His experience extends to issues of product stewardship, recall management and regulatory compliance.
His scientific background provides him with a unique and valuable perspective on the technical issues inherent in this practice, including issues related to engineering, product development and performance, accident causation and reconstruction, failure analysis, combustion science and fire and explosion cause and origin.
- J.D., University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2000
- M.S., University of Oregon, 1996 (Physics)
- B.S., Duke University, 1993 (Physics)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- American Bar Association
- Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
- The Missouri Bar
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