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Gay L. Tedder


Gay Tedder is a partner in the Litigation Department of Hughes Hubbard & Reed.  Her practice focuses on product liability litigation.  Ms. Tedder has experience in all aspects of large scale multi-defendant products liability cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.  Ms. Tedder has litigated and served as trial counsel in various tobacco cases.

Ms. Tedder also has experience handling various other types of civil matters including personal injury, employment law, medical malpractice and administrative and commercial litigation.  Ms. Tedder also argued numerous appeals before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Concentration

  • National Products Liability Litigation
  • Non-Products Liability Litigation  

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Former Member, The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Former Member, The Defense Research Institute
    • Former DRI Missouri State Representative (2013)
    • Past Vice Chair, The DRI Women in the Courtroom Committee (2008–2009)
    • Committee Member, The DRI Trial Tactics Committee
    • Past Editor, The DRI Trials and Tribulations Newsletter (2006–2007)
  • Former Member, The Board of Directors of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (2006–2012)
  • Teaching Faculty: Trial Academy: Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (2004–2009)

Previous Experience

  • Partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Missouri


  • Missouri Super Lawyer, 20052012

Speaking Engagements

  • ​Speaker, “Company and Employee Witnesses: Selection, Preparation and Privilege”, Association of Corporate Counsel, Mid-America Chapter, Kansas City, Missouri, November 12, 2014
  • Speaker: “Voir Dire: The Art of Deselection”, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, New York, New York, June 20, 2012
  • Speaker: “Altria 2010 Diversity Roundtable”, Richmond, Virginia, June 16, 2010.
  • Speaker: “Discovery in Complex Cases”, Advanced Trial Skills: MODL/MATA Judicial Trial College, Lake Ozark, Missouri, April 29, 2010
  • Speaker: “State Attorney General Actions”, Defense Research Institute, Annual Meeting, New Orleans Louisiana, October 24, 2008
  • Speaker: “Diversity: Retaining Women in Law”, South Dakota Bar Association, Rapid City, South Dakota, June 19, 2008
  • Speaker: “Mentoring and Professional Development for Woman in Law”, Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyers Networking Luncheon, Orlando, Florida, June 6, 2008
  • Moderator: “Mastering the Art of Taking and Defending Effective Depositions”, The Missouri Bar, Kansas City, Missouri, February 15, 2008
  • Moderator and Speaker: “Retention of Top Female Litigators”, Defense Research Institute, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 11, 2007
  • Speaker: “Jury Research: A Primer”, Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Kansas City, Missouri, January 16, 2004

Court Admissions

  • Missouri State Courts
  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Practice Groups and Other Information

Education Information

  • Kansas State University, B.A., 1979
  • University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Florida

Highlighted Matters

Recent Product Liability Matters

  • Lourie v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. et al.  (Hillsborough County, Florida 2014)
  • Gafney v. Lorillard Tobacco Co. et al.  (Palm Beach County, Florida 2013)
  • Kemp v. Lorillard Tobacco Company et al.  (Escambia County, Florida 2013)
  • Szymanski v. Philip Morris et al.  (Lee County, Florida, 2011)

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