Gene J. Brockland

Gene J. Brockland

Managing Partner
Saint Louis, Missouri

Gene Brockland has been engaged in a diverse business and litigation practice for over 30 years. He counsels senior management of privately-held corporations on a wide variety of day-to-day business issues. He has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdicts in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Gene's work with the St. Louis business community involves both the manufacturing and service sector. He makes it a point to fully understand each client's business, enabling him to proactively and efficiently service his client's legal needs. He consults with business owners on a wide variety of topics. In the employment area, this can involve claims of discrimination, or enforcing non-competition agreements. He frequently counsels clients on both supply and distribution chain management. He assists with assuring regulatory compliance in a number of areas, including ADA and OSHA issues. There are few issues facing management that Gene has not faced and handled.  As a member of the Firm's Management Committee, he has a particular understanding of the strategic issues facing small and mid-sized business owners.

Gene has tried over 30 cases to verdict, including 11 jury trials.  He has tried cases in all state and federal courts in and around St. Louis, as well as in federal courts in Ohio, Nevada, and California. His cases have covered a wide variety of subject areas, including contracts, employment law (representing management), franchise and distribution systems, product liability defense, toxic torts and construction law. In the products liability area, he has defended cases involving heavy-duty industrial products, as well as sophisticated medical devices.

In recent years, Gene has developed an active art law practice, representing gallery and museum owners, individual collectors and artists. He obtained jury verdicts exceeding $1 million for two noted artists in copyright infringement cases involving knock-off sculptures. On behalf of a noted American Illustration dealer who was an innocent auction-house purchaser, he successfully recovered Norman Rockwell's Russian Schoolroom after a title dispute arose with the painting's original owner. Representing a collector in another art law dispute, he recovered substantial compensation for damage done to a painting while it was in storage. 

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Contracts
  • Art Law

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1985
  • Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1997


  • Washington University School of Law, St Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1985
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Foreign Affairs

Published Works

  • Farm and Construction Equipment Manufacturers suffer setback in New Hampshire, Motor Law, March/April, 2014, Vol. 14, p. 2, 2014
  • Tesla Challenged in Ohio, Motor Law, January/February, 2014, Vol. 14, p. 4, 2014
  • New Hampshire Law Curtailed, Motor Law, November/December, 2013, p. 5, 2013
  • Carfax Faces Antitrust Lawsuit, Motor Law, p. 2-3, May/June, 2013
  • New Hampshire Auto Dealers' Bill of Rights, Motor Law, p 4-5, July/August, 2013
  • Tesla Distribution Method Survives Challenge, Motor Law, p. 2-3, November/December, 2012
  • Chrysler Wins a Significant Ruling in Reinstatement Case, Motor Law, p. 3-4, September/October, 2012
  • GM's Incentive Program Under Attack, Motor Law, p. 2-3, July/August, 2012
  • Chrysler Wins Significant Ruling in Dealer Reinstatement Case, Motor Law, p. 2, March/April, 2012
  • Texas Court Rules That a Manufacturer's Best Efforts are Not Enough, Motor Law, p. 5-6, January/February, 2012
  • Recent State Attorney General Action, Motor Law, p. 2-3, September/October, 2011
  • Former Suzuki Dealer Facing Multiple Suits, Motor Law, p. 3-4, May/June, 2011
  • The Long and Winding Road: Automobile Dealer's Day in Court Act Turns 50, Journal of the Missouri Bar, Vol. 63, No. 3, Auto Dealers, 2007


  • Speaker, Collections Theft – Who Owns It?, Association of Midwest Museums, Annual Conference and Meeting, July 14, 2014 - July 17, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Past Chairman - Franchise and Pro Bono Committees

Pro Bono Activities

  • St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, 2000 - Present