Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

John H. Bornhofen

Partner - St. Louis


Bar Admissions: Illinois; Missouri

Practice Groups: Construction Law & Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, Product Liability, Toxic Tort / Mass Tort

Education: Washington University School of Law, 2003, JD; Denison University, 1993, BA, Philosophy

Memberships: Defense Research Institute (DRI); Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel


John Bornhofen is a partner in the St. Louis office of Foley & Mansfield, where he practices in toxic tort and mass litigation with a focus on asbestos litigation.

John represents a wide range of product manufacturers, premises owners and service contractors in defense of asbestos personal injury law suits. Since 2004, he has worked in all facets of such cases from inception to trial. He has also defended cases involving construction defects and other construction-related issues.

Prior to attending law school, John worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers in Washington, D.C.


  • Representation of a premises owner in defense of a premises liability claim alleging asbestos exposure
  • Representation of a valve manufacturer in defense of a products liability claim alleging asbestos exposure
  • Representation of a manufacturer of power generating equipment in defense of a products liability claim alleging asbestos exposure.


January 5, 2015
Foley & Mansfield Elects Six Attorneys to Partnership

Foley & Mansfield today announced that six attorneys have been elected to the firm partnership. All have been associates with the firm and, representing a broad range of practice areas, this group of talented attorneys will help the firm continue to diversify its business in the coming years.



  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars® - 2010
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award- Product Liability


2013 Missouri State Bar Pro Bono Hall of Fame


  • The Deconstruction of Landowner Liability in Missouri: Errant Interpretations of Matteuzzi v.Columbus Partnership, 12 WASH.U. J.L. & POL'Y 145 (2003). The courts of appeals invariably cite the Missouri Supreme Court’s most recent examination of the issue in Matteuzzi v.Columbus Partnership as precedent for landowner liability rules. In this Note, John Bornhofen argues that the prevailing interpretation of Matteuzzi is in error.