Carl Kessinger was raised in Guthrie, a small town located in central Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology in 1985 after undergoing a yearlong internship at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Carl continued his education at OU, where he received his law degree in 1988. Upon graduating from law school, Carl moved to St. Louis, Missouri. He is licensed by examination to practice law in the state courts of Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Florida. Carl is also licensed in the United States District Courts of the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, and the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys, The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Carl's peers have awarded him the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, 5.0/5.0, peer review rating. This is the highest rating, and represents the top level of professional excellence for ethical standards, legal knowledge, and communication skills. Carl has 25+ years of litigation experience, including the drafting of pleadings and motions, taking and defending depositions, participating in mediations, and jury trials. During the course of his practice, he has handled a wide variety of matters, such as workers' compensation, personal injury, and property damage cases. The majority of Carl's civil litigation experience has been and is devoted to representing injured railroad workers in FELA cases throughout the country. He has handled cases in more than 15 states, ranging from southern Florida to Washington State. Carl has successfully mediated FELA cases, and participated in trials resulting in favorable jury verdicts. Carl has been married to his wife, Libby, for over 38 years, and has three children.