John Kemppainen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in St. Louis, MO

Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion, LLC
 | 500 North Broadway, Suite 1550
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314-421-4430
Fax: 314-421-4431
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney John Kemppainen is a partner with the Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion L.L.C. law firm, which has offices in St. Louis, Missouri, and Edwardsville, Illinois. An invaluable member of the firm's civil litigation section and chair of the retail practice group, Mr. Kemppainen brings over 25 years of successful trial experience to the table, allowing him to deliver the highest level of defense possible for businesses, individuals, government entities and others facing serious and complex civil litigation.

Regarded as one of the top trial lawyers in the region, Mr. Kemppainen has helped to defend the rights and interests of hundreds of clients embroiled in litigation involving premises and products liability claims, insurance law, transportation and trucking accidents, aviation accidents, toxic torts, and other claims involving negligence or wrongdoing.

A 1989 graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Kemppainen attended Saint Louis University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1993. The Missouri Bar admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also licensed to practice in Illinois. In addition, he can legally practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Missouri, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

Fully committed to his practice, Mr. Kemppainen is a member of a number of professional legal organizations, including The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, where he serves on the admiralty and aviation law committee, and The Missouri Bar, where he is a member of the transportation law committee.

He is also highly active with the DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, where he serves on the ethics and professionalism committee and the employment law committee as well as the organization's trial practice group. He also serves as treasurer and sits on the board of directors for the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association.

He holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell for his high ethical standards and exceptional legal abilities, and he has earned numerous other awards and honors as well for his professionalism and service.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Civil Litigation
  • 50%Personal Injury - General
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017

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About John Kemppainen

Admitted: 1993, Missouri

Professional Webpage:


  • Top Young Attorney, KC Magazine, 2008
  • Selected as Missouri Super Lawyer
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Employment Law Committee and Trial Practice Group for the DRI
  • Member, Ethics & Professionalism Committee for the Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member, Transportation Law Committee of the Missouri Bar
  • Member, Admiralty and Aviation Law Committee for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Council on Litigation Management (CLM)
  • Treasurer, National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • United States Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois Bar
  • Missouri Bar
  • Board of Directors, National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Temple Israel

Representative Clients:

  • Whole Foods Markets
  • Ruby Tuesdays
  • OCharleys Restaurants
  • Fuddruckers
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Cameron Insurance
  • Traders Insurance
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Site Oil Company
  • Michaels Stores Inc
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • Macy's, Nordstrom

Educational Background:

  • Tulane University, BA, 1989

Industry Groups

  • Council On Litigation Management
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Assn
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Office Location for John Kemppainen

500 North Broadway
Suite 1550
St. Louis, MO 63102

Phone: 314-421-4430

Fax: 314-421-4431

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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