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Mike Pitzer – Of Counsel, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Michael J. Pitzer received his B.S. in Commerce and Finance from Saint Louis University in 1970 and his J.D. in 1973 from Saint Louis University. He was a member of Phi Delta Phi. He specializes in civil litigation and has tried cases in Missouri and throughout Illinois.

Mike was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1973. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. He is a recipient of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Foundation Award recognizing service to the community and profession.

Mike has been a member of the Illinois Bar since 1976. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for both the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, and the United States District Court for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois, Madison County Bar Association, the St. Clair County Bar Association, and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He heads the Illinois litigation practice of Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Mike has practiced civil litigation exclusively for the last 35 years. His areas of practice include products liability, medical malpractice, transportation litigation, first party claims, and general liability, including the defense of catastrophic injury claims. He is also a member of the American Trucking Association Litigation Section and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mike has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

Publications and Seminars

  • “Effective Witness Preparation and Presentation,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Point / Counterpoint Seminar, April 11, 2003
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Defendant Verdict in Medical Malpractice Claim

Penny Keller v. James J. Dalla Riva, M.D. and Thomas Hulsen M.D. Pitzer Snodgrass Partner who tried case: Michael J. Pitzer We represented: Thomas Hulsen, M.D. Venue: Madison County, Illinois Circuit Court Facts:  Plaintiff's small intes [...]

Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Case

Hickman v. Chavez, et al. Partner who tried case: Michael J. Pitzer We represented: Defendant one, an internist and Defendant two, a pulmonologist/critical care physician Venue: St. Clair County Illinois Circuit Court Facts: This was a wro [...]

Defendant Verdict for Missouri Botanical Garden for Premises Liability Claim

Kristie Holden V. Missouri Botanical Garden Michael Pitzer Partner who tried case: Michael J. Pitzer We represented: Missouri Botanical Garden Venue: Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis Facts: On June 6, 2006, plaintiff Kristie Holden [...]

ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS

  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
  • American Trucking Association Litigation Section
  • Madison County Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
    • Advanced Civil Mediation, Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, February 27, 2003
  • University Of Missouri - Columbia
    • Mediation Training, Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, June 5 - 7, 2002
  • Saint Louis University
    • J.D., 1973
  • Saint Louis University
    • B.S. in Commerce, 1970

LICENSURE

  • Missouri
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Central District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Seventh Circuit
  • Illinois

ADR Certifications

  • Court Approved Mediator
    • St. Louis City Circuit Court
    • St. Louis County Circuit Court
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List: St. Louis, MO - 2005-2012, 2014
  • 2009 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Bar Foundation Award for Dedicated Service, 1991

BACKGROUND

  • Of Counsel, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2011 - Present)
  • Founding Principal, Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. (1991 - 2010)
  • Principal, Brown, James and Rabbitt, P.C. (1981 - 1991)
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