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9326 Olive Boulevard, Suite 200
Olivette, Missouri 63132Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 314-726-2310
Fax: 314-726-2360
Toll Free: 888-942-2310
www.balblawyers.com
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Established: 1999

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Tort Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Subrogation
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Liability
  • Transportation
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About Us
Our firm specializes in civil defense, insurance defense, and workers compensation defense throughout Missouri and Illinois. We represent insurance companies, their insureds, and self-insured corporations. We pride ourselves on quickly and effectively evaluating matters to obtain favorable results for our clients. The firm is WBENC certified (women-owned business) and is a member of NAMWOLF.
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Additional Locations
Belleville, Illinois
23 South First Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Lee's Summit, Missouri
200 NE Missouri Drive
Lee's Summit, Missouri 64086
Glen Carbon, Illinois
200 West Main
Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034
Murphysboro, Illinois
1400 North Wood Road
Murphysboro, Illinois 62966
Columbia, Missouri
303 North Stadium Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Columbia, Missouri 65203
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Alfa Insurance CompanyAmerican Family Mutual Insurance Company
Auto-Owners Insurance CompanyFederated Insurance Company
Founders Insurance CompanyGMAC Insurance
Non-Insurance Clients
BCA AdministratorsKinderCare
ShopkoTexas Roadhouse, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
Beth Clemens Boggs
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:bboggs@balblawyers.com
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Employment Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Construction Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1991
  • Missouri, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2009
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and St. Clair County Bar Associations
  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • Women Lawyers Association; Greater St. Louis Claims Association (Sponsor)
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Governors State University, B.A. (with honors), 1987
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1991
Born:1967
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T. Darin Boggs
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:tboggs@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1990
  • Missouri, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1995
Education:
  • University of Illinois, B.S., 1987
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, J.D., 1990
Born:1964
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Victor T. Avellino
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:vavellino@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1989
  • Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2005
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
Education:
  • Lindenwood College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1985
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1988
Born:1963
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Michael J. Lach
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:mlach@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1989
  • Illinois, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2003
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Education:
  • Illinois State University, B.S., 1986
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1989
  • Georgetown University, LL.M., 1994
Born:1963
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Robert K. Kerr
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:rkerr@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1988
  • Illinois
Education:
  • Washington University, B.S.B.A., 1984
  • Washington University, J.D., 1987
Born:1961
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Brent L. Salsbury
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:bsalsbury@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2005
  • Missouri, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Education:
  • Illinois State University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 2002
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 2005
Born:1981
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Associates
James P. McCune, III
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:jmccune@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Missouri, 2003
  • Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
Education:
  • Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 1991
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, J.D., 1994
Born:1969
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Ryan P. Kovacs
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:rkovacs@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2006
  • Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Education:
  • University of Missouri, B.S.B.A., 2000
  • University of Missouri, J.D., 2006
Born:1978
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Steven A. Ahillen
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:sahillen@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2011
  • Missouri, 2012
Education:
  • Saint Louis University, B.A. (summa cum laude, dean's list), 2007
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude, Dean's List), 2011
Born:1985
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Alejandro P. Frank
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:afrank@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Education:
  • Washington University, B.S. (Dean's List), 2011
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List, Academic and Dean's Scholarships), 2015
Born:1980
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Ben W. Hohenstein
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:bhohenstein@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2014
  • Illinois, 2016
Education:
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A. (Dean's List), 2010
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2014
Born:1988
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Corrigan L. Lewis
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:clewis@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2015
Education:
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.S., 2012
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2015
Born:1989
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Laura E. Petkovich
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:lpetkovich@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2015
  • Illinois, 2016
Education:
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A./B.A., 2008
  • Loyola University of Chicago, M.S., 2010
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2015
Born:1986
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David A. Schroeder
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:dschroeder@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2011
Education:
  • Valparaiso University, B.A., 2005
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 2010
Born:1982
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Julia D. Stensby
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:jstensby@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2015
  • New York (Inactive), 2008
  • Vermont (Inactive), 2010
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2004
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2007
Born:1982
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Ryan L. White
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:rwhite@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2015
Education:
  • The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2011
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2015
Born:1989
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Peter M. Westhoff
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:pwesthoff@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2002
  • Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2008
Education:
  • University of Missouri-Saint Louis, B.S./B.A., 1999
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D., 2002
Born:1969
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John P. Zimmerman
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:jzimmerman@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1984
Education:
  • Denison University, B.A., 1980
  • Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 1983
Born:1958
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Scott T. Martin
Olivette, MO
E-Mail:smartin@balblawyers.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2016
Education:
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., 2012
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2015
Born:1990
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Of Counsel
Andrew S. Malloy
Olivette, MO
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2003
  • Illinois, 2004
Education:
  • University of Missouri, B.S., 2000
  • University of Missouri, J.D., 2003
Born:1975
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(This firm also appears in the Subrogation section of this publication)