Steve Berezney is a partner at Korein Tillery’s St. Louis office. Steve received his J.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law in 2003, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. In 2000, Steve received his B.A. in Political Science with Honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois, New York, and the District of Columbia as well as the Supreme Court of the United States, four federal appellate courts, and many federal district courts.
After law school, Steve served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Laura Denvir Stith of the Supreme Court of Missouri from 2003-2004. Upon completing his clerkship, Steve joined Husch Blackwell in 2004 as an Associate, and became a Partner in 2012. While at Husch Blackwell, Steve had an active trial practice that took him to state and federal courts across the United States. He represented clients in the agriculture, retail, tax, financial, and consumer goods industries, including Fortune 500 companies, in complex litigation involving contract disputes and business torts. He also handled various appellate matters, including successfully briefing and arguing cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals. Steve joined Korein Tillery in September 2012.
Since joining Korein Tillery, Steve has been managing and litigating all aspects of multi-billion dollar cases in federal trial and appellate courts against Wall Street investment banks on behalf of National Credit Union Administration Board (“NCUA”) and a private insurance company arising from misrepresentations made about residential mortgage-backed securities in violation of the federal 1933 Securities Act and state law. Steve is actively involved in case strategy, discovery, taking and defending fact depositions, experts, briefing, and trial preparation. To date, Steve has played a significant role in the following recoveries:
NCUA v. RBS Securities, Inc. et al., No. 11-cv-2340 (JWL-JPO) (D. Kan.) & No. 11 civ 5887 GW (JEMx) (C.D. Cal.): co-ran both cases; settled with RBS for $1.1 billion in September 2016.
NCUA v. RBS Securities, Inc., 1:13-cv-06726-DLC (S.D.N.Y.): accepted offer of judgment for $129.6 million plus fees in September 2015.
NCUA v. Barclays Capital, Inc., 1:13-cv-06727-DLC (S.D.N.Y.) & 2:12-cv-02631-JWL (D. Kan.): primarily responsible for both cases; settled in October 2015 for $325 million combined.
NCUA v. Wachovia Capital Markets LLC, 1:13-cv-06719-DLC (S.D.N.Y.) & 2:11-cv-02649-JWL (D. Kan.): supervised both cases; settled in October 2015 for $53 million combined.
NCUA v. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., 1:13-cv-06705-DLC (S.D.N.Y.) & 2:13-cv-02418-JWL (D. Kan.): prepared and defended witnesses for depositions; settled in December 2015 for $225 million combined.
Steve was also part of the trial team that won a $1 billion judgment that, at the time, was the fourth largest patent infringement jury verdict in U.S. history, according to Bloomberg. Monsanto Co. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Case No. 4:09-cv-00686-ERW (E.D. Mo. Aug. 1, 2012) (finding defendants willfully infringed Monsanto’s ‘247 patent by stacking defendants’ glyphosate-tolerant Optimum® GAT® soybean trait with Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready® soybean trait). Steve also obtained a plaintiff’s verdict in a bench-tried breach of contract case involving undelivered hardware equipment and a terminated software license. TVI, Inc. v. InfoSoft Technologies, Inc., No. 4:06-cv-697-JCH, 2008 WL 239784 (E.D. Mo. 2008).
Steve also has significant appellate experience, briefing and orally arguing several cases. He successfully argued that a plaintiff home builder’s negligent procurement of insurance jury award should be affirmed. Wildhorse Summit Dev. Corp. v. Assurance Co. of America, 261 S.W.3d 649 (Mo. Ct. App. 2008).
In addition to his success serving as plaintiffs’ counsel, Steve has also successfully defended numerous clients. In 2008, Steve obtained a favorable defense jury verdict on behalf of a claims management company in which plaintiff sought more than $50 million in damages based on an alleged failure under a contract to refer claims for investigation. Intertel, Inc. v. Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., 02CC-000772 (Mo. Cir. Ct. St. Louis County, Apr. 29, 2008). Steve also obtained partial summary judgment and then settlement for a private label food broker alleged to have tortiously interfered with a competitor’s contracts and business expectancies and to have violated the federal Robinson-Patman Act. Sales Resource, Inc. v. Alliance Foods, Inc., Nos. 4:08-cv-0732-TCM & 4:09-cv-0666-TCM, 2010 WL 5184943 (E.D. Mo. Dec. 15, 2010).
In 2007, Steve was named one of the “30 under 30” professionals by the St. Louis Business Journal.
Areas of Practice
- Securities Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Consumer Protection
- Unfair Competition
- New York
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
- J.D. magna cum laude – 2003
- Law Review: University of Illinois Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
- University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
- B.A. cum laude – 2000
- Honors: With Honors
- Major: Political Science
- “Unfair Trade Practices: A Compendium of State Law – Missouri” (Co-author) , Defense Library Series, 2005
- NCUA v. RBS Securities, Inc. et al., No. 11-cv-2340 (JWL-JPO) (D. Kan.) & No. 11 civ 5887 GW (JEMx) (C.D. Cal.) (2016)
- NCUA v. Barclays Capital, Inc., 1:13-cv-06727-DLC (S.D.N.Y.) & 2:12-cv-02631-JWL (D. Kan.) (2015)
- Monsanto Co. v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co, 4:09-cv-00686-ERW (2012)
- TVI, Inc. v. InfoSoft Technologies, Inc, 4:06-cv-697-JCH, 2008 WL 239784 (2008)
- Wildhorse Summit Dev.Corp. v. Assurance Co. of America, 261 S.W.3d 649 (2008)
- Intertel, Inc. v. Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc, 02CC-000772 (2008)
- Sales Resource, Inc. v. Alliance Foods, Inc, Nos. 4:08-cv-0732-TCM & 4:09-cv-0666-TCM,2010 WL 5184943 (2010)
- Mock Trial Program, Washington University School of Law
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Missouri Bar, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee
- The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Appellate Practice Committee
- Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society
Past Employment Positions
- The Honorable Laura Denvir Stith, Supreme Court of Missouri, Judicial Clerk, 2003 – 2004
- Husch Blackwell, St. Louis, Partner