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Jerry Simon – Civil Defense Attorney, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Jerome C. Simon received his B.A. in English Literature in 1974, cum laude, from Saint Louis University and his J.D. from Saint Louis University in 1978. He was a contributing author to the Saint Louis University Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, University News. He was also a Fulbright scholarship nominee in 1973 and is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society.

Jerry was admitted to the Bar in Missouri in 1978 and the Bar in Illinois in 1981. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court in both the Eastern District of Missouri and Southern District of Illinois as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal, Seventh and Eighth Circuits.

Jerry is a member of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, The Lawyers Association of St. Louis (Member, Executive Committee 1995-1998), Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors 1995-2000; Chair/CoChair, Continuing Legal Education Committee 1993-1996; Co-Chair, Judicial Committee, 1996-2000), The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute and Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys.

Jerry authored, “Attacking the Crimes on Premises Problem” and co-authored “Premises Liability Survey and Product Liability Law Update”. He also lectures frequently at Continuing Legal Education seminars and trial practice seminars, particularly in the area of premises and hospitality litigation, construction, and toxic torts.

Publications and Seminars

  • Speaker, University School of Law Advanced Trial Advocacy, “Trial Tool Box,” St. Louis, MO (2011)
  • Speaker, Risk Transfer in Construction, Client Seminar, St. Louis, Missouri (2008)
  • Speaker, Current Topics In Innkeeper Liability, Client Seminar, St. Louis, Missouri (2006)
  • Speaker, Construction Agreements: Indemnification and Insurance, Client Seminar, St. Louis, MO (2006)
  • Speaker, Current Trends In Missouri Liability Law, Client Seminar, St. Louis, MO (2005)
  • Guest Lecturer, Managing Toxic Tort Litigation, Webster University, Webster Groves, MO (2004)
  • Speaker, Mass Tort Litigation, Blue Goose Claims Organization, St. Louis, MO (2003)
  • Speaker, Taming the Toxic Beast: Asbestos Litigation in Madison County, Illinois, Client Seminar (2003)
  • Participant, Asbestos Litigation in the 21st Century, Advanced ALI-ABA Course of Study, Chicago, IL (2002)
  • Speaker, Effective Use of Depositions at Trial, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (2001)
  • Speaker, Contractual Liability for the Construction Industry, Charles L. Crane Agency Seminar, St. Louis, MO (2001)
  • Speaker, Missouri Claim Managers Joint Seminar, Missouri Claim Managers’ Council, Lake Ozark, MO (2001)
  • Director, Keeping the Lid on Premises Liability Cases, Client Seminar, St. Louis, MO (2000)
  • Speaker, Insurance Agent / Broker Liability, Employment Law and EPL Insurance Coverage, Insurance Broker Seminar, St. Louis, MO (1999)
  • Speaker, Missouri and Illinois Law for Design Professionals, Lorman Education Services Seminar, St. Louis, MO (1999)
  • Moderator / Speaker, Liability Litigation Management: Caging the Beast, Risk and Insurance Management Society Annual Conference, Dallas, TX (1999)
  • Committee Chair, Hospitality / Hotel Industry Group Education Program, Risk and Insurance Management Society, New York, NY (1998 – 1999)
  • Participant, Legal Issues in the Hospitality & Gaming Industries, Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Houston, TX (1998)
  • Speaker, The Video Deposition of the Child Plaintiff in the Catastrophic Injury Case, Defense Research Institute, Annual Products Liability Seminar, New Orleans, LA (1998)
  • Speaker, Missouri Hotel and Motel Liability Law: Selected Issues, Branson / Lakes Area Lodging Association, Branson, MO (1997)
  • Speaker, Premises Liability for Hotels and Motels, Missouri Hotel and Motel Association, Jefferson City, MO (1997)
  • Participant, Retail and Hospitality Conference – DRI – Chicago 2012
  • Author/panel member, “Making the Record: Do Objections Reall Matter?” MODL Annual Meeting, Branson MO 2012

Community Involvement

  • Our Holy Redeemer Church, Webster Groves (1996 – Present)
    • President, Men’s Club (2000 – 2001)
    • Lector
    • Parish Education Committee Author
    • Catechist
    • Basketball Coach
    • Member, School or Religion Parent Board President (1993 – 1994)
  • Member, Alumni Board of Directors, St. Louis University High School (Steering Committee, SLUH Business Conferences) (1988 – 2001)
  • Head Coach, Girls’ Softball, Webster Groves Softball League (1997 – 1999)
  • Parent Member, Literature Review Committee Webster Groves High School (1995)
  • Member, “Parents are Accountable” Design Team, Bristol Elementary School (1992)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Emmanuel Pre-School, Emmanuel Church (1985 – 1987)
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Jerry Simon, Derek Ruzicka and Robert Stephens Obtain Dismissal Without Prejudice in Asbestos Personal Injury Claim

PS Partners: Jerry Simon and Derek Ruzicka PS Associate:  Robert Stephens We represented: St. Joe Company  Venue: St. Louis City Circuit Court Facts: Plaintiffs Jerry & Cheryl Cozart filed a personal injury and product liability ca [...]

ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS

  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Member, Board of Directors (1995 - 2000)
    • Chair / Co-chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (1993 - 1996)
    • Co-chair, Membership Committee (1994 - 1995)
  • The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
    • Executive Committee (1995 - 1998)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Alpha Sigma Nu
  • Association Of Defense Counsel of St. Louis Secretary (1987)
  • Insurance Attorney Association Member, Board of Directors (1991)
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
    • Associate Member
  • Missouri Hotel and Motel Association (1997 - Present)
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (Charter Member)
Jerry Simon is a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys

EDUCATION

  • Saint Louis University
    • J.D., 1978
  • Saint Louis University
    • B.A., English Literature, Cum Laude, 1974

LICENSURE

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Western District of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Eighth Circuit
    • Federal Circuit

ADR Certifications

  • Court Approved Mediator
    • State of Missouri
    • Federal Courts

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List: Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney, St. Louis, MO - 2009-2016
  • 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts - American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™

BACKGROUND

  • Principal, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2011 - Present)
  • Principal, Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. (1997 - 2010)
  • Partner, Moser and Marsalek, P.C. (1985 - 1997)
  • Associate, Moser and Marsalek, P.C. (1979 - 1985)
  • Assistant Counsel, Missouri State Highway Commission (1978 - 1979)
  • Statewide Fund-raising Director, Fairness in Education Campaign (1976)
  • Research Associate, Center for Urban Programs (1973 - 1977)
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