Kate Jilka  Bree


Kate Jilka Bree has several years of experience representing a Class I railroad and various product manufacturers in defense of personal injury litigation, including toxic tort, products liability, and FELA cases. She also previously represented clients in litigation involving other personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and premises liability matters involving acute injuries. She has had an active role in all phases of litigation, including evaluating cases, conducting depositions of fact and expert witnesses, representing clients at motion hearings, and preparing motions and briefs for trial and appellate matters. Kate has developed expertise in briefing issues related to claims under the FELA, Locomotive Inspection Act, and Safety Appliance Act. 



  • Saint Louis University School of Law  (J.D., 2007)
    • Lead Editor, Journal of Health Law
    • Certificate in Health Law
    • Academic Excellence Award for Contracts I
    • Dean’s Select Scholarship
  • Trinity University  (B.A., cum laude, 2002)
    • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
    • Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society
    • Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
    • President’s Scholarship

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri


  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • DRI
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Member, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (2002-2003)