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Robert Stephens – Civil Defense Attorney, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Robert Stephens is a 2005 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. While at the University of Missouri Robert was on the Dean’s list and received a Dispute Resoultion Certificate.  Additionally, Robert founded the Sports law Society, a student organization dedicated to educating its members about the current legal issues, educational opportunities, and career opportunities in the area of sports and the law.

Robert received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002. Prior to joining Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., Robert worked for another St. Louis law firm where he focused in a worker’s compensation practice. Robert was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2005, and the Illinois Bar in 2008.

Recently, Robert initiated establishment of internal firm committees, including the Diversity Committee and the Charitable Activities Committee, and is currently serving as Associate Chair of the Charitable Activities Committee.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Court Approved Mediator – pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17
    • St. Louis City Circuit Court

Community Involvement

  • Maryland Heights, MO Board of Adjustment
    • Member (2012 – 2014)

Publications

  • “Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (U.S.),” The Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, New York: Springer.  (Expected Publish Date 2012)
  • “European Union,” The Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, New York: Springer.  (Expected Publish Date 2012)
  • “Red Cross,” The Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, New York: Springer.  (Expected Publish Date 2012)
  • “Travel and Travel Health,” The Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, New York: Springer.  (Expected Publish Date 2012)
  • “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Mental Health Practitioner’s Guide to HIV/AIDS, New York: Springer. (Expected Publication Date 2013).
  • “Medicaid,” Mental Health Practitioner’s Guide to HIV/AIDS, New York: Springer. (Expected Publication Date 2013).
  • “Medicare,” Mental Health Practitioner’s Guide to HIV/AIDS, New York: Springer. (Expected Publication Date 2013).
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Recent Personal Jurisdiction Decision in St. Louis City, Missouri Limits the Use of a Registered Agent to Establish Personal Jurisdiction

On October 28, 2016, Judge Robert Dierker issued an order in the case of Bristol v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 1522-CC10413, denying Ford’s Motion to Dismiss Based upon Lack of Personal Jurisdiction. Ford argued that there was no personal jurisdiction in t [...]

Will Cancers From “Vaping” Be the Next Toxic Tort?

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Genetic Mutation Defense in Asbestos Cases

Over the last few years, asbestos defense attorneys have slowly begun to introduce a defense to the causation of mesothelioma related to a specific genetic mutation. In a recent study, scientists have found that individuals who carry a mutation in a gene [...]

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds the Exclusive Remedy Provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act in Asbestos Related Diseases

On November 4, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court filed the attached opinion in the matter of Folta v. Ferro Engineering, 2015 L 118070. In a 4-2 decision, the Court held that when the employee’s injury or disease first manifests after the expiration of c [...]

Personal Jurisdiction Considerations in Missouri & Illinois after Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014)

On January 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014). The background of this case is as follows: Daimler is a German corporation which was sued in California by Argentinian plaintiffs for hum [...]

Updates To Illinois Personal Jurisdiction Law After In re Plavix Related Cases and its Applicability to Illinois Asbestos Cases

In the recent case of In re Plavix Related Cases, 2014 WL 3928240 (2014), the Court narrowed the scope of personal jurisdiction in Illinois for out-of-state residents attempting to file a claim in Illinois courts. Specifically, In re Plavix Related Cases [...]

New Amendments to the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act Impact Asbestos Litigation

Beginning on January 1, 2014, the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act applies to mesothelioma and other toxic exposure. On July 11, 2013, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 1, which amended the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act, modifying [...]

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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 Bar Association
  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers – attended 2015 John L. Oliver, Jr. Trial Academy
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

EDUCATION

  • University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO
    • J.D., 2005
  • University of Missouri - Columbia, MO
    • B.S. Elementary Education

LICENSURE

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Eight Circuit
  • United States District Court
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois

BACKGROUND

  • Associate, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2012 - Present)
  • Associate, Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion, L.L.C. (2008 - 2012)
  • Associate, Boggs, Boggs & Bates, L.L.C. (2007 - 2008)
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