Attorney T.J. Preuss2018-05-04T19:36:58+00:00

Attorney T.J. Preuss

From Humble Beginnings to National Recognition

Founder T.J. Preuss didn’t start life on the easy street to success. Raised in the northern suburbs of St. Louis, T.J. grew up with truly humble beginnings but with the foundation of strong role models. His meager beginnings gave him the experience to stand side-by-side with those in need and the passion to make a positive difference. He has found purpose in providing people with the help and direction they are seeking. This drive has led T.J. to receive appointments by Courts and colleagues across the nation to represent people who have been harmed.  T.J. credits the challenges of his youth for providing the determination, compassion and hard work that have become hallmarks of the Preuss | Foster Law.

Because T.J. was given opportunities that allowed him to succeed despite challenges, he remains dedicated to making a positive difference in our community by assisting those affected by injustice. Consultations and services are free of charge to all clients until compensation is awarded on their behalf. His passion is to give a voice to the voiceless and restore hope for those who feel they have none. Taking the time to listen to the concerns of his clients, making them feel understood, and providing much needed hope has always been crucial to ensuring the best possible outcome. Remaining connected to his humble roots and strong values allows him to relate well to others and inspires him to continue to fight to protect the rights of those he is honored to serve.

T.J. is a sought-after attorney in the areas of multi-district pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, and has been requested to serve on multiple national committees. These representations have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for injured victims nationwide.

T.J. served on the Plaintiff Steering Committee in this case pending in the District of Kansas before the Honorable Kathryn Vratil.  The case involves a power morcellator, which is a device used to laparoscopically remove uterine fibroids in women.  Unfortunately, during the laparoscopic morcellator procedure the device can spread hidden, deadly cancer called leiomyosarcoma throughout the woman’s abdomen and the rest of her body.  Ethicon quickly resolved the litigation after the Plaintiff Steering Committee was appointed.

T.J. serves on the Plaintiff Steering Committee in this state Court consolidation in Los Angeles, California pending before the Honorable William Highberger. The case involves anti-psychotic medications that can cause boys to grow female breasts, a condition called gynecomastia. Tens of thousands of cases have been filed making this allegation. In his Court-appointed position, T.J. works with numerous medical expert witnesses around the nation who testify on behalf of the plaintiffs. He deposes many of the defendants’ experts as well as the prescribing and treating doctors involved in the care and treatment of the boys prescribed this medication. In this capacity, T.J. not only has become intimately familiar with the science and medicine at issue in the litigation, but he also works with the families who have so tragically been affected by this drug.

T.J. serves on the Plaintiff Steering Committee in this case pending before the Honorable Anthony Battaglia in the Southern District of California in San Diego.  Plaintiffs in these cases allege that the manufactures of a class of diabetes drugs failed to warn that the drugs can cause pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer.  T.J. also serves on the Steering Committee in a state Court consolidation of these cases pending in Los Angeles, California.

T.J. serves on the Discovery Committee in this case pending in the Northern District of Texas in Dallas in front of the Honorable Ed Kinkeade.  The case involves Depuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants that have failed and led to injuries and revision surgeries in thousands of patients nationwide.  Currently, more than 9,000 lawsuits are pending against the manufacturers of these hip implants.  In his Court-appointed position in this case, T.J. has assisted in the depositions of numerous corporate executive witnesses who were involved in the design and marketing of the Depuy Pinnacle hip implants.  A jury has rendered verdicts of $500 million and $1 billion for plaintiffs in two of the first three bellwether trials over these hip implants.

T.J. was a member of the Science and Daubert Committees in this case before the Honorable Cynthia Rufe in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  The case arose out of the diabetes drug, Avandia.  Tens of thousands of cases were filed by plaintiffs claiming that the drug caused them heart attack, congestive heart failure and cardiac death.  The lead trial in this litigation settled the week before trial was to begin, ultimately leading the drug’s manufacturer to resolve the litigation.

T.J. was a member of the Deposition Committee in this litigation on behalf of individuals who alleged that the heart surgery drug, Trasylol, increased the risk of kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and death.  In this capacity, T.J. took the depositions of numerous corporate executives across the nation and overseas in Europe.

T.J. was a member of the Science and Daubert Committees in this litigation before the Honorable Charley Breyer in the Northern District of California in San Francisco.  The case arose out of an arthritis medication that plaintiffs argued caused them to suffer heart attacks.  The lead trial in the litigation settled shortly before trial was to begin and ultimately led the drug’s manufacture to resolve the litigation.

EDUCATION

  • J.D. University of Missouri−Kansas City School of Law, 2003
  • B.S. in Biology and Political Science, Rockhurst University, 2000

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • State of Missouri
  • State of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 40 Under Forty – Ingram’s Magazine
  • Best of the Bar – Kansas City Business Journal
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE & CAUSES

  • SAVE Inc.
  • Children’s TLC
  • Ozanam, Board of Directors
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life