Fred Kruger joined the firm in January of 2010. Mr. Kruger’s practice with the Firm is transactional-based, and he has handled a variety of business acquisitions, including representation of both sellers and buyers for beer and related beverage wholesalers, asset purchases for a variety of other types of businesses, commercial leases, and other kinds of business contract matters. Mr. Kruger also provides advice on various employment law issues, including employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and related employment compliance matters, including federal and state employee compensation laws, and laws applicable to discriminatory practices associated with employment and other related business activities.

Previously, Mr. Kruger served as in-house counsel for Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. for 25 years. From 2000 through 2008 he was Senior Associate General Counsel and head of the Corporate and Commercial Section of the Anheuser-Busch legal department. In that capacity, he was responsible for advising the company in the execution of its many diverse business transactions, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to procurement, marketing and promotional activities, as well as assisting the company with related regulatory, compliance and corporate governance concerns. As head of this Section he supervised a group that grew to twelve attorneys, four paralegals, one contract analyst and five legal assistants. In this role, Mr. Kruger was responsible for advising and assisting the company in planning, negotiating, documenting and completing a variety of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions. He was the architect of the company’s highly successful investment program under which the company was able to acquire a shared ownership interest in many wholesalers which otherwise remained under independent ownership and management.

Mr. Kruger and his Section handled a wide variety of legal problems due to the highly vertical integration of the company and its diversification into other industries, including not only traditional brewing but also agricultural production, can and bottle container manufacturing, production of other food, beverage and snack products, and operation of entertainment theme parks. While at Anheuser-Busch some of Mr. Kruger’s accomplishments included directing the legal work for transactions involving hundreds of millions of dollars in many of these industries for locations throughout the United States and other parts of the world; managing the professional legal staff with an emphasis on individual growth, accomplishment and personal development; creating and implementing a management system which ensured prompt and appropriate review of the company’s legal commitments and the integrity of contracts executed by it; assisting senior management with preparation of and acceptance by the company’s wholesaler network of a restated national distribution agreement; assisting with the transformation and growth of the company’s metal container manufacturing business from a position as a small, captive supplier into a major industry competitor which supplied many soft drink producers and other outside customers; and advising management on various corporate secretary functions, other related regulatory matters including Sarbanes Oxley compliance and corporate governance practices.

Mr. Kruger is also an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law, where he teaches a class on drafting commercial contracts.

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Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • Missouri, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1979

Education

  • Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) – 1978
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Journal: Indiana Law Journal, 1978
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • B.S. – 1971
    • Major: Industrial Management

Published Works

  • Note: Personal Jurisdiction in Rule 23 Defendant Class Actions, Indiana University Law Journal, Vol 53, No.4, 1978

Classes/Seminars

  • Preparing Commercial Agreements, Washington University School of Law, 2009 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association, since 1988
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1979 – 1988 (currently inactive)

Past Employment Positions

  • Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Senior Associate General Counsel, 2000 – 2008
  • Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Associate General Counsel, 1984 – 2000
  • Republic Steel Corporation, Assistant Counsel, 1981 – 1984
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Associate, 1979 – 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • St. Louis County Air Show, 1998 – 2007, 2014
  • GO! Network, an advisory organization for people in between jobs