Each year, Super Lawyers rate outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process starts with peer nominations which are then validated by 3rd party research which looks at 12 different evaluation categories. The evaluations are then reviewed by a highly credentialed panel of attorneys who choose the top 5% Super Lawyers and the top 2.5% of Rising Stars.
Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. is proud to recognize 8 of our attorneys who were added to the 2016 list of Missouri Super Lawyers:
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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 counsel in the matter of Parr v. Breeden, a Supreme Court decision that redefined the issue of co-employee liability in the State of Missouri.
Michael represented the defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that employees of a trucking company missed signs of the poor health of the driver killed in a single-vehicle accident. He obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the defendants, each of whom were plaintiff’s co-employees. The Court of Appeals for the Southern District of Missouri affirmed the grant of summary judgment, but a dissenting judge transferred the case to the Missouri Supreme Court, based upon a procedural rule rarely used. The dissenting judge cited a recent conflicting case in the Western District, Leeper v. Asmus, which had also been appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declined review ofLeeper, but took up Parr.
The Court affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment, holding that plaintiffs’ allegations of duties held by the defendant co-employees fell within the non-delegable duties of an employer. Therefore, workers’ compensation was plaintiffs’ exclusive remedy. Plaintiffs also argued that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations applicable to motor carriers and their employees created independent duties that took the co-employees outside the employer’s non-delegable duties, but the court rejected the argument.
Michael, who was also honored last year as a Rising Star by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, is featured in the January 2017 issue of Missouri Lawyers Weekly along with the other Missouri Lawyers Awards winners.
Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. is proud to announce that two of our attorneys were included in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Gary Snodgrass was included for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Robyn Fox was included for Appellate Practice.
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 verdict assessing 100 percent of the fault to the plaintiff.
Read the entire DRI article.
Congratulations to Derek Ruzicka who was named the firm’s newest principal in 2016.
Derek has worked as an associate with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. for seven years and is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. Derek has extensive experience in business litigation, environmental law, product liability, professional liability and toxic torts litigation claims. Derek was named a Rising Star in Personal Injury Products Defense by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine in 2015.
We are pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been recognized by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers for 2015.
Robyn Fox – Insurance Coverage
Michael Hamlin – Rising Star, Personal Injury General Defense
Don O’Keefe – Transportation/Maritime
Derek Ruzicka – Rising Star, Personal Injury Products Defense
Jerry Simon – Civil Litigation
Gary Snodgrass – Professional Liability Defense
Bill Thomas – St. Louis Top 50 and Construction Litigation
More information about the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers can be found here.
American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ have selected Jerry Simon as a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts. Jerry has extensive experience defending against mass tort claims and has spoken several times on various mass tort and toxic tort related topics.
Congratulations to Josh Breithaupt who was named the firm’s newest principal in 2014.
Josh has worked as an associate with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. for nine years and is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and multiple United States District Courts in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. Josh has extensive experience in the transportation, trucking, insurance, commercial, and construction industries in the defense of premises liability, products liability, personal injury, and business/commercial litigation claims. Josh recently obtained a defense verdict in a transportation personal injury claim that he tried to verdict in the City of St. Louis, Missouri.