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Gary Snodgrass – Civil Defense Attorney, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Gary E. Snodgrass received his B.A. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, graduating cum laude in 1973; his Master of Arts in Philosophy in 1975, magna cum laude, from Michigan State University; and his J.D. in 1978 from Saint Louis University.

Gary was admitted to the Bar in Missouri in 1978 and the Bar in Illinois in 1979. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits.

Gary is the current President of The Harmonie Group and is a past and current Member on the Board of Directors of The Harmonie Group. He is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and The Defense Research Institute. Gary is the former Chairman for the International Association of Defense Counsel Construction Litigation Committee. He is an advocate for American Board of Trial Advocates. Other affiliations: The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Lawyers Association of St. Louis, The Missouri Bar, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Gary completed the American Academy of Attorney-Mediators’ training program in 1994 and serves as a Mediator for USA&M on cases pending in various courts in the St. Louis area.

Gary co-authored “Architects and Engineers’ Liability” for the Missouri Tort Law CLE Desk Book series and “Waiver of Subrogation and Allocation of Risk in Construction Contracts” for The Defense Counsel Journal. He is also a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars and trial practice seminars sponsored by the Bar and other professional organizations. He also served twice as a faculty member in 1998 and 2003 for the Trial Academy sponsored by the International Association of Defense Counsel in Boulder, Colorado. His Martindale-Hubbell rating is AV.

Publications and Seminars

  • Selected Faculty Member, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Boulder, Colorado, 1998 and 2003
  • Speaker, Expert Witnesses: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, (sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis), 2001
  • Speaker, Missouri Construction Law: Can This Job Be Saved? (sponsored by Lorman Education Services) St. Louis, 2000
  • Speaker, Missouri and Illinois Law for Design Professionals (sponsored by Lorman Education Services) St. Louis, 1998 and 1999
  • Speaker, Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar, St. Louis, 1997
  • Speaker, Law for Design Professionals Seminar (sponsored by Lorman Education Services) 1997
  • Participant, All – Industry Day Mock Trial, Charter Property Casualty Underwriters, St. Louis, 1997
  • Faculty Member, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, St. Louis, 1994 and 1996
  • Speaker, The Everything You Wanted to Know About Insurance Law But Were Afraid to Ask Seminar, St. Louis, 1995
  • Participant, Civil Jury Trial Demonstration, St. Louis, 1993 and 1994
  • Speaker, Avoiding Reversible Error / Keeping the Verdict on Appeal, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, 1990
  • Speaker, Taking and Defending Depositions, St. Louis, 1990 and 1993
  • “Defending Design Professionals: Is Contract Language an Adequate Shield,” Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 64, 1997
  • “Waiver of Subrogation and Allocation of Risk in Construction Contracts,” Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 62, 1995
  • “Architects’ and Engineers’ Liability,” Missouri Tort Law, Second Edition, Vol. I, 1990
  • “The Liability of Architects and Engineers in Construction Cases,” St. Louis Bar Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, 1984
  • Co-Author: “Chapter 4 – Design Professional Liability,” Mo. Professional Liability & 4.1 – 4.27(MoBar2005)
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INSIGHTS

> ARTICLES

Lawyers Recognized By Defense Research Institute (DRI) for Trial Win

DRI members Gary Snodgrass and William Thomas recently won a case filed by a power industry developer against their client, a geotechnical engineer, in St. Louis County, Missouri. Although they asked the jury for over $1.2 million, the jury returned a ve [...]

> CASES WON

Gary Snodgrass and Josh Breithaupt Obtain Defense Verdict for Their Client on Million Dollar Wrongful Termination Claim after Three Week Jury Trial in St. Louis County.

  PS Partners: Gary Snodgrass and Josh Breithaupt We Represented: The Kilo Diabetes and Vascular Research Foundation Type of Case: Employment - Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy Venue: St. Louis Count Circuit Court Fact [...]

Gary Snodgrass, William Thomas, and Nick Meriage Obtain Total Exoneration Verdict for Geotechnical Engineering Company Professional Liability Negligence Claim

PS Partners: Gary Snodgrass, William Thomas PS Associate:  Nick Meriage We represented: Tech Services to Go, Inc., d/b/a Tsi Engineering, Inc. Venue: St. Louis County Circuit Court Facts: Negligence claim. Design-build contractor Ch [...]

Verdict for Defendant Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois

PS Partners/Associate: Gary E. Snodgrass, Partner and Deanna J. Brady, Associate We represented: Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois Venue: Missouri – Howell County Circuit Court Facts: Plaintiff Karen Burkett was a passenger in a vehicl [...]

Gary Snodgrass Gets Defendants Verdict in Personal Injury Claim

Schwarz v. Maguire PS Partners/Associate: Gary E. Snodgrass, Partner and Deanna J. Brady, Associate We represented: Marilyn Maguire Venue: St. Louis City Circuit Court Facts: Plaintiff Paul Schwarz was stopped on his 2004 Harley-Davidson [...]

Gary Snodgrass wins Defense Verdict for Construction Premises Claim

Jack Reynolds v. Tony Prince Company, Inc., d/b/a Tony Prince Flooring PS Partner who tried case: Gary E. Snodgrass, Partner and Derek Ruzicka, associate We represented: Tony Prince Company Inc., d/b/a Tony Prince Flooring Venue: St. Louis C [...]

ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS

  • The Harmonie Group
    • Current President and Member on Board of Directors
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Chairman, Construction Law Committee, 1996 - 1997
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • United States Arbitration & Mediation Midwest, Inc (USA& M)

EDUCATION

  • Saint Louis University
    • J.D., 1978
  • Michigan State University
    • M.A., Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 1975
  • Saint Louis University
    • B.A., Psychology, Cum Laude, 1973

LICENSURE

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court
    • Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Eighth Circuit

ADR Certifications

  • Court Approved Mediator
  • State of Missouri
  • United States Arbitration and Mediation Midwest, Inc.

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Included in the 2008, 2017 Edition of The Best Laywers in America for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • America's Most Honored Professionals, Top 5% - The American Registry - 2015
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List: Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney, St. Louis, MO - 2005, 2011-2016
  • Member, American Board of Trial Attorneys, Inducted 2007

BACKGROUND

  • Principal, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2011 - Present)
  • Founding Principal, Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. (1991 - 2010)
  • Principal, Brown, James & Rabbitt, P.C. (1984 - 1991)
  • Associate, Brown, James & Rabbitt, P.C. (1981 - 1984 )
  • Associate, Moser, Marsalek, Carpenter, Cleary, Jaeckel, Keaney & Brown (1978 - 1980)
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