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Dean Nichols, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Dean C. Nichols received his J.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law in 1999. Prior to law school, Dean completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a B.A. in Communications, graduating cum laude in 1996.

Dean was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1999, the Pennsylvania Bar in 2000, and the Illinois Bar in 2004. He is also admitted to the Eastern District of Missouri, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Southern District of Illinois United States District Courts.

Prior to joining Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., Dean was an associate at Swartz Campbell, LLC in Philadelphia, PA, practicing in medical malpractice, product liability, and general defense litigation. He is a member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Trucking Industry Defense Association, and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Dean participated in the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Trial Academy in 2005 and the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford in 2007. He has successfully represented clients of Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. as lead counsel in several jury trials to verdict in Missouri and Illinois.

Dean has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

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EXPERIENCE

Defended a local manufacturer in December of 2013 in a multimillion dollar contractual dispute through jury trial in the City of St. Louis, successfully obtaining a defense verdict.

Obtained a defense verdict at jury trial for a local podiatrist in a medical malpractice case in October of 2013 wherein plaintiff claimed she was totally disabled from alleged negligent surgeries of the client.

Obtained a successful and satisfactory settlement for the client after directing and supervising lead defense of a construction claim of over $23 million in Madison County, IL with over 10,000 pages of documents obtained during discovery.

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> BLOG POSTS

Does the Cap on Non-Economic Damages for Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Actions Still Apply After Watts v. Cox, et al.?

One of the most monumental decisions in the medical malpractice world in Missouri was handed down by the Missouri Supreme Court in Deborah Watts v. Lester E. Cox Medical Centers, et al., 376 S.W.3d 633 (Mo. 2012), on July 31, 2012. As most in the medical [...]

> CASES WON

Summary Judgment Granted for Construction Contract Defense in St. Clair County

PS Partner:  Dean Nichols PS Associate:  Chris Enger We Represented:   Red-E-Mix, LLC (Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc.) Venue:  St. Clair County, IL Facts: Our client, Red-E-Mix, was added to this case as a third-party defendant to an underlying [...]

Dean Nichols Obtains Favorable Verdict in Amount of Pre-Trial Offer for Premises Liability Claim

PS Partner: Dean Nichols We represented: Chesterfield Mall, LLC, ERMC II LLC, and ERMC III Property Management Co.  Venue: St. Louis County, MO Facts: On April 1, 2010, plaintiff was working as a UPS delivery driver delivering packages to [...]

Defendants Verdict in American Puzzle Company, LLC v. Walter Wurdack, Inc.

PS Partner: Dean C. Nichols We represented: Walter Wurdack, Inc. Venue: St. Louis City Facts: This case involved a plaintiff puzzle company who had obtained sanding sealer from the defendant for years.  Plaintiff manufactured unique layere [...]

Dean C. Nichols receives Defendants Verdict for Medical Malpractice Claim

PS Partner: Dean C. Nichols We represented: Michael Horwitz DPM and Feet For Life Centers  Venue: St. Louis County Facts: Plaintiff had bunions on both feet and came to Dr. Horwitz for treatment. Plaintiff claimed she did not have hammert [...]

Dean Nichols with a Defense Verdict in Healthcare Medical Claim

Charles Alper v. Gentiva Health Services PS Partner who tried case: Dean C. Nichols We represented: Gentiva Health Services Venue: St. Louis County, Missouri Facts:  Plaintiff underwent a bypass surgery with grafts and was discharged from [...]

Defense Verdict for Transportation Personal Injury Claim

Donald Eye II v. Suhor Industries, Inc. Partner who tried case: Dean C. Nichols We represented: Chubb, Suhor Industries, Inc. Venue: Washington County, MO Facts:Defendant’s driver was setting up for a funeral with his vault truck loaded w [...]

ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS

  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

EDUCATION

  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 2007
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, 2005
  • University of Missouri - Columbia, J.D., 1999
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis, B.A., Communications, Cum Laude, 1996

LICENSURE

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Southern District of Illinois
    • Central District of Illinois

BACKGROUND

  • Principal, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2011 - Present)
  • Principal, Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. (2009 - 2010)
  • Associate, Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. (2003 - 2008)
  • Associate, Swartz Campbell, L.L.C, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2000 - 2003)
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