Richard F. Huck III

    Principal


  314.889.7151

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AREAS OF PRACTICE


EDUCATION

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law (1982)
  • B.A., politics, Washington & Lee University (1979)

ADMISSIONS

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section & Forum on the Construction Industry
  • The Missouri Bar, Construction Law Committee

RECOGNITION

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

RICH’S BIO


Rich Huck’s significant business litigation experience includes more than 35 jury trials taken to verdict as lead trial counsel. He concentrates most often in construction, real estate, insurance, and professional liability matters. Also a seasoned mediator and arbitrator, Rich is the quiet voice of reason toward keeping clients happy and solvent in complicated legal scenarios.

Construction and Real Estate. He serves developers, investors, design professionals, general contractors, construction sureties, subcontractors, and construction material manufacturers. Rich’s counsel often pertains to contract and other disputes involving project delays and disruptions, cost overruns, defective design and/or construction, and mechanic’s liens. His experience extends to lender-borrower conflicts, commercial lease default issues, and disputes between condominium owner associations and developers.

Insurance. For both insurance companies and their clients, he resolves, and litigates if necessary, a variety of property, casualty, and liability coverage issues. Professional Liability. Rich represents design professionals, usually through their insurers, when failures occur, a project stalls, or errors or omissions are alleged. Rich also represents attorneys in a wide variety of professional liability matters. On occasion, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in professional liability matters involving attorneys and insurance brokers.

Directors and Officers (D&O). Rich has also represented corporate directors and officers in a wide variety of D&O liability claims, including “zone of insolvency” claims brought by corporate creditors, tortious interference claims arising out of non-compete agreements, and misrepresentation claims arising out of corporate divestitures.

Below are examples of outcomes from Rich’s efforts:

  • Received a complete defense judgment for the owner of an acrimonious industrial design-build construction project when no contract existed and the general contractor abandoned the project.
  • Acquired a federal court jury verdict for a general contractor in a delay claim against the project owner of a petroleum additive laboratory facility.
  • Obtained a state court jury verdict against a St. Louis insurance broker for failing to secure appropriate hurricane coverage on a Florida co-op apartment.
  • Successfully defended a construction materials manufacturer in a jury trial of fraud and punitive damage claims arising from design-related product defects.
  • Received favorable jury verdicts, including punitive damages against an employer and its CEO in litigation involving former employee’s compensation and stock option rights.

Prior to joining Danna McKitrick, Rich was a partner since 1989 with two other leading St. Louis firms, one of which merged to become a regional firm.


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Joseph F. Imbs, II Educational Foundation, board of directors