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

Valid service of process is a prerequisite to personal jurisdiction, and failure to comply with legal requirements of process deprives the court of authority to adjudicate.  When a court enters a judgment when no valid personal jurisdiction has been obta [...]

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

A setoff provision in a policy of automobile insurance seeks to reduce coverage by amounts recovered by the insured from other insurance.  In the context of uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, a setoff provision most often s [...]

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

The stacking of policies refers to the practice of combining insurance coverage limits to account for more than one vehicle insured under a multi-car policy, or under separate policies of insurance.  Stacking has been the subject of many appellate decisi [...]

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

Some issues frequently arise in most any matter.  It is helpful to have a quick primer or FAQ (frequently asked questions) with answers to these persistent legal questions. For claims adjusters, lawyers or litigants with cases pending in Missouri, there [...]

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Peter Dunne Successfully Defends Against Civil Rights Violation Claim

PS Partner: Peter J. Dunne 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 Intervene to Prevent Excessive Force. [...]

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 Obtains Motion for Summary Judgement in Battery and Assault Case

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

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 [...]

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 [...]