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Pitzer Snodgrass’s dedication to insurance issues is reflected in the strength of its client list. Some of the top insurance companies in the nation have turned to us when seeking legal counsel, and we are known both regionally and nationally for the strength of our insurance litigation team.

Our insurance practice involves coverage opinion and analysis, declaratory judgment actions, first party claims, fire and arson, UM/UIM claims, excess claims and more. Pitzer Snodgrass is also a member of the Harmonie Group, one of the top associations for law firms associated with the risk industry.

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PRACTICING ATTORNEYS

  • Seth Gausnell, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Seth Gausnell

    Principal
    gausnell@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1320
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Mike Hamlin, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Mike Hamlin

    Principal
    hamlin@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1330
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Chris Lang, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Christopher Lang

    Principal
    lang@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1334
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Todd Applegate, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Todd Applegate

    Managing Principal
    applegate@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1301
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Don O'Keefe, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Don O’Keefe

    Principal
    okeefe@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1345
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Derek Ruzicka, Associate at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Derek Ruzicka

    Principal
    ruzicka@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1382
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Jerry Simon, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Jerry Simon

    Principal
    simon@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1356
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Robyn Fox, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Robyn Fox

    Principal
    fox@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1336
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Peter Dunne, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Peter Dunne

    Principal
    dunne@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1318
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Phillip Bryant, Manging Partner at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Phillip Bryant

    Principal
    bryant@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1310
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Josh Breithaupt, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Josh Breithaupt

    Principal
    breithaupt@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1383
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Jim Ribaudo is an Associate with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Jim Ribaudo

    Associate
    ribaudo@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314-335-1329
    Fax: 314-421-3144
  • Contessa Brundridge, Associate at Pitzer Snodgrass, PC

    Contessa Brundridge

    Associate
    brundridge@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314-335-1357
    Fax: 314-421-3144
  • Justin-Moore-Associate-Pitzer-Snodgrass-210x120

    Justin Moore

    Associate
    moore@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314-335-1390
    Fax: 314-421-3144
  • Michael Langella, Associate at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Michael Langella

    Associate
    langella@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1398
    Fax: 314.421.3144

INSIGHTS

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Proper Service of Process Over a Foreign Insurance Company in Missouri Through the Department of Insurance

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Missouri Law Quick FAQ – A Few Handy Reminders and References for Missouri Law Questions

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

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Does the Cap on Non-Economic Damages for Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Actions Still Apply After Watts v. Cox, et al.?

One of the most monumental decisions in the medical malpractice world in Missouri was handed down by the Missouri Supreme Court in Deborah Watts v. Lester E. Cox Medical Centers, et al., 376 S.W.3d 633 (Mo. 2012), on July 31, 2012. As most in the medical [...]

Stacking of Commercial and Personal Policies in Missouri and Illinois

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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 [...]

Peter Dunne and Michael Langella Successfully Defend Against Civil Rights Violation Claim

PS Partner: Peter J. Dunne PS Associate: Michael A. Langella We represented: Travelers Insurance Company  Venue: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Facts: Type of action: 42 U.S.C. § 1983 - Failure to Int [...]

Don O’Keefe Successfully Reduces Plaintiff Award in Personal Injury Claim

PS Partner: Don O'Keefe We represented: Safeco Insurance Company (for Michael Halley)  Venue:  Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri Facts: Jamie Hathaway and his wife, who was a passenger, sued Michael Halley over a February 8, 201 [...]

Phillip Bryant Obtains Motion for Summary Judgement in Property Insurance Claim Case

PS Partner: J. Phillip Bryant We represented: Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Company  Venue: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri Facts: SJP Properties, Inc. is in the business of buying and selling foreclosed properties. On Jul [...]

Phillip Bryant and Anthony Hafner Obtain Motion for Summary Judgement in Battery and Assault Case

PS Partner: J. Phillip Bryant PS Associate:  Anthony Hafner We represented: Lititz Mutual Insurance Company  Venue: Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, Division 20 Facts: Plaintiff alleged that, without provocation, defendants [...]

Phillip Bryant Successfully Reduces Plaintiff Award in Personal Injury Claim

PS Partner: Phillip Bryant We represented: Virginia Evans  Venue: Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Division 19 Facts: Defendant Virginia Evans (insured by Safeco Insurance) stopped her car behind that of plaintiff Tana Houston at a [...]

Peter Dunne: Holland v. City of Gerald, et al.

Holland v. City of Gerald, et al. PS Partner/Associate who tried case: Peter J. Dunne and Peter M. Rohrich We represented: Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Venue: United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri Facts:  Th [...]

Phillip Bryant Represents Robert Julian v. Betty Lester v. Richard Clark

PS Partner who tried case:  J. Phillip Bryant We represented: Safeco Insurance Company of America Venue: City of St. Louis Facts:   Defendant Betty Lester collided with the side of the vehicle in which plaintiff was a passenger allegedly ca [...]

Plaintiff Verdict Obtained for Safety National Casualty Corporation

Chris Lang, Safety National Casualty Corporation v. Austin Resolutions, Inc. Partner who tried case: Christopher J. Lang We represented: Safety National Casualty Corporation Venue: United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri [...]