ANTHONY R. BEHR
Tony represents corporations, insurers, reinsurers, individuals and professionals in complex, high-risk litigation. Having tried more than 75 cases to verdict, Tony is rated “AV” (the highest rating possible) by Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. Tony has also been named as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer® in the areas of General Law, Business Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, and Medical Malpractice Defense. In both 2016 and 2018 Best Lawyers in America® named Tony as its “Lawyer of the Year” in Product Liability Litigation—Defendants.
In 2020, Tony was presented with Missouri Lawyers Media's prestigious ICON award in recognition of his exemplary career and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community. This award recognizes distinguished men and women 60 or older who have demonstrated notable, sustained success and strong leadership within and outside the field of law. In November of 2020 Tony received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR). This award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors though a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Tony has been the Managing Partner of the Firm since its inception in 1992. He is a recipient of Missouri’s most prestigious trial lawyer award, The Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award. He is also a recipient of the Missouri Bar Foundation’s W. Oliver Rasch Award, given annually to the author of the most outstanding substantive article published in the Journal of the Missouri Bar. In 1988 Tony was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of St. Louis County. Tony is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois and has tried jury trials in both states.
Tony is proud of having served a six-year elected term as a member of the 21st Circuit Judicial Commission (St. Louis County) for the selection of judges. During Tony’s term, fifteen judges from diverse backgrounds were appointed to the bench. Tony is also a past-president of the St. Louis County Bar Association.
Born and raised in south St. Louis, Tony graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1972. Tony received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1976, spent the following year designing bridges for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, then received his Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law in 1980. Tony is also a classically trained pianist and recipient of the Paderewski Medal.
Tony and his wife Maryrose are active members of St. Justin the Martyr Church, where Tony served on the school board, chaired the parish fall festival and coached many of his children’s sports teams. Tony and Maryrose have seven adult children: Christopher, Maria, Katherine, Matthew, Annmarie, Josephine and Thomas.