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Mike Hamlin, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Michael S. Hamlin is a 2000 graduate of the University of Tulsa, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. In 2003, Mike received his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he was a member of the Missouri Law Review.

Mike is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois. He is also admitted in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri, the Western District of Missouri, and the Southern District of Illinois.

Mike is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Professional Liability Defense Federation, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, and The Harmonie Group. He has participated in the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers’ Trial Academy, as well as the International Association of Defense Lawyers’ Trial Academy at Stanford. Mike has presented at multiple seminars on topics relating to defense planning, trial preparation and litigation, bad faith litigation, and insurance coverage issues.

Publications and Seminars

  • Presenter, National Business Institute, “How to Successfully Resolve the Automobile Injury Case.”
  • Presenter, National Business Institute, “Handling Complex Auto Insurance Coverage Disputes.”
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EXPERIENCE

Mike has served as lead trial counsel in Missouri and Illinois on numerous cases involving:

  • personal injury
  • wrongful death claims
  • dram shop liability
  • premises liability
  • first party insurance claims
  • complex coverage disputes
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INSIGHTS

> BLOG POSTS

Uninsured Motorist Offsets: When is the Insurer Entitled to a Setoff?

A setoff provision in a policy of automobile insurance seeks to reduce coverage by amounts recovered by the insured from other insurance.  In the context of uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, a setoff provision most often s [...]

Stacking of Commercial and Personal Policies in Missouri and Illinois

The stacking of policies refers to the practice of combining insurance coverage limits to account for more than one vehicle insured under a multi-car policy, or under separate policies of insurance.  Stacking has been the subject of many appellate decisi [...]

> ARTICLES

Michael Hamlin Selected 2017 Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Influential Appellate Advocate

Principal Michael Hamlin was selected as a 2017 Influential Appellate Advocate.  The honor is part of the 2017 Missouri Lawyers Awards, which honor the top influencers in Missouri’s legal community.  Michael was selected based upon his role as defense [...]

> CASES WON

Michael Hamlin and Ryan Niehaus Obtain Dismissal for Third-Party Administrator

PS Partner:  Michael Hamlin PS Associate:  Ryan Niehaus Facts: Principal Michael Hamlin and Associate Ryan Niehaus obtained an order granting a Motion to Dismiss based upon lack of justiciable controversy.  Plaintiff filed a class action lawsu [...]

Michael Hamlin Obtains Dismissal for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

PS Partner:  Michael Hamlin Facts: Principal Michael Hamlin obtained an order granting a Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction.  Plaintiff claimed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of striking his head multiple [...]

ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS

  • The Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Harmonie Group
    • Medical Malpractice Defense Committee
  • The Professional Liability Defense Federation
    • President Insurance Claims Committee, 2012 - 2013
    • Vice Chairman Insurance Claims Committee, 2011 - 2012
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Missouri Association of Nursing Home Administrators, Inc.
  • Member, University of Missouri Law Review, 2002-2003

EDUCATION

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Trial Academy
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Trial Academy
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
    • J.D., 2003
  • University of Tulsa
    • B.S., Political Science, 2000

LICENSURE

  • Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Illinois

AWARDS & HONORS

Selected for 2017 Missouri Lawyers Weekly award, Influential Appellate Advocate. The prestigious award is given to the Missouri lawyer who obtained the most significant appellate decision of 2016. Mike received the award for the Missouri Supreme Court’s opinion in Parr v. Breeden, SC94393, that addressed co-employee liability.

  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List: Rising Star, Personal Injury General Defense, St. Louis, MO - 2013-2016
  • KC Magazine Top Attorneys, Outstanding Young Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas - 2015
KC Magazine, Top Attorneys Outstanding Young Lawyers Missouri and Kansas, Mike Hamlin     Missouri-Lawyers-Award-2017-Influential-Appellate-Advocate-Michael-Hamlin-bio-sm.fw

BACKGROUND

  • Principal, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2011 - Present)
  • Associate, Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. (2003 - 2010)
  • Law Clerk, Law Offices of Glenn E. Bradford & Associates (Summer 2002)
  • Law Clerk, Attorney General for the State of Missouri (Summer 2001)
  • Office of Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, Assistant to Director of Tulsa, Oklahoma Office
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