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Robert Plunkert Recieves David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award

Robert Plunkert was awarded the Davvid J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award by the Missouri Bar / Missouri Bar Foundation.

The award acknowledges outstanding appellate advocacy work performed by young lawyers who are members of the Missouri Bar.

Ed Tjaden, US Army Veteran, Pursues Law Degree to Assist Other Veterans

Ed Tjaden, a law clerk with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., is a U.S. Army Veteran and a recipient of the Help a Hero Scholarship.  After serving in the U.S. Army for six years Ed decided to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer.  He applied for, and was awarded, the Help a Hero Scholarship.  He is now in his third year of law school at Washington University School of Law and plans on helping other veterans with their legal issues once he obtains his J.D. Hear more about Ed’s story.

The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. 

Eight Pitzer Snodgrass P.C. Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Missouri Super Lawyers

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:

Gary Snodgrass, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.   Gary Snodgrass – Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney

Don O'Keefe, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.   Don O’Keefe – Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney

Jerry Simon, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.   Jerry Simon – Top Civil Litigation Attorney

Bill Thomas – Civil Defense Attorney, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.   Bill Thomas – Top 50 Attorney and Top Construction Litigation Attorney

Robyn Fox, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.   Robyn Greifzu Fox – Top Insurance Coverage Attorney

Mike Hamlin, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.   Mike Hamlin – Top Personal Injury Attorney, Rising Star

Derek Ruzicka, Associate at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.   Derek Ruzicka – Top Product Liability Attorney, Rising Star

Brian Connolly, Associate at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.   Brian Connolly – Top Personal Injury General Defense Attorney, Rising Star

Additional information about Super Lawyers and their evaluation process can be found on

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 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.

Two Attorneys Included in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

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.

Lawyers Recognized By Defense Research Institute (DRI) for Trial Win

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.

Derek Ruzicka Named Newest Principal At Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

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.

Pitzer Snodgrass Attorneys Receive Super Lawyers Recognition

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.

Jerry Simon Selected As A 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts

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.

Josh Breithaupt Named Newest Principal At Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

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.

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