Alan C. Kohn, Partner

A former United States Supreme Court law clerk, Alan Kohn is a trial lawyer specializing in business litigation. Commencing his career with the defense of court-martial cases while in the Army Security Agency and continuing to the present day, Mr. Kohn has tried over 100 cases and argued more than 80 appeals.

Mr. Kohn's trial expertise extends to jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts and has included representing clients in antitrust, securities, contract and domestic relations disputes, as well as class action, RICO and legal and accounting malpractice defense.

Mr. Kohn has also tried major commercial arbitration cases and has served as a neutral arbitrator, a party-appointed arbitrator and a mediator in business disputes. He served as court-appointed settlement master and successfully mediated a settlement of 380 dioxin cases filed in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Legal and Accounting Malpractice Defense
  • Antitrust, Securities and RICO Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Appellate Practice


  • Washington University, LL.B.
  • Washington University, A.B.

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations, Memberships & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2011 St. Louis Best Lawyers in America Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers (Business Litigation)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Missouri Board of Law Examiners, Member and Chairman
  • Board of Admissions, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Member and Chairman
  • Law Clerk to Justice Charles E. Whittaker, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Editor-in-Chief, Washington University Law Quarterly
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Adjunct Professor and Lecturer, Trial and Appellate Practice and Federal Jurisdiction, Washington University School of Law

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • CLE Presentations in Litigation Practice and Procedure
  • Faculty Member for Advanced Trial Advocacy Program Presented by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)

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