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100 North Broadway
21st Floor
St. Louis, Missouri 63102Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 314-345-5000
Fax: 314-345-5055
Toll Free: 866-866-5000
E-Mail: twilliams@wvslaw.com
www.wvslaw.com
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Established: 2001

Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
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About Us
We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, and are considered to be one of the Midwest’s premier litigation firms. Founded in 2001 by four partners with a total of eight decades of proven litigation experience, the firm has undergone planned, sustained growth, allowing us to broaden the scope of our litigation practice to a nationwide level. We now serve as both national and regional trial counsel for several major corporations and as trial counsel for the largest hospital groups in the St. Louis area. More than half of our partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and the firm has been consistently recognized for its outstanding work by Chambers & Partners.

Our diverse set of practice groups and additional business services allow us to offer clients full-service representation from first filing to appeal. We provide the depth, knowledge and skill often associated with larger law firms, but with the personalized approach, accountability and cost-effectiveness of a highly dedicated, mid-sized firm. With an early, realistic evaluation of each case and a highly efficient staffing model, we are able to maximize the client’s investment and develop an effective strategy for all phases of litigation. Our philosophy is that great client relationships are cultivated from great service and successful outcomes, and that’s exactly what we aim to deliver with each new interaction.
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Additional Locations
Belleville, Illinois
23 Public Square, Suite 415
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Telephone: 618-257-9200
Edwardsville, Illinois
101 West Vandalia Street, Suite 305-C
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
Telephone: 618-659-9100
Fax: 618-659-9125
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AIG - ChartisArch Insurance Group
Cherokee Insurance CompanyChubb Group of Insurance Companies
CNA Insurance CompaniesConsumers Insurance Company
Electric Insurance CompanyEMC Insurance Company
HARCO InsuranceHomesite Group, Inc.
Intact Insurance CompanyKeystone Mutual Insurance Company
Lexington Insurance CompanyMarkel Shand, Inc.
Safety National Insurance CompanyTravelers Insurance Companies
United EducatorsZurich American Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Cottingham & Butler
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Personnel Information
Partners
Theodore J. Williams, Jr.
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5009
E-Mail:twilliams@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Railroad Law
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1975
  • Missouri, 1978
  • District of Columbia, 1982
  • Colorado, 1996
  • Kansas, 2006
  • Oklahoma
  • Wisconsin, 2007
  • Washington, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1974
Military:
Lt. Col., U.S. Army, (Retired)
Born:1947
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Paul N. Venker
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5001
E-Mail:pvenker@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Health Care
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1980
  • Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • St. Louis Bar Foundation (Board Member and President)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1980
Born:1955
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Steven P. Sanders
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5002
E-Mail:ssanders@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Indiana, 1975
  • Missouri, 1977
  • Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits
Education:
  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1975
Born:1950
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Thomas L. Orris
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5003
E-Mail:torris@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1988
  • Illinois, 1989
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1988
Born:1955
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Michael R. Barth
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5018
E-Mail:mbarth@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Health
  • Hospitals
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1999
  • Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1999
Born:1974
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Robert J. Bassett
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5034
E-Mail:rbassett@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1986
  • Missouri, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
Education:
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1986
Born:1961
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Michael B. Hunter
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5012
E-Mail:mhunter@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Railroad Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1996
  • Illinois, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1996
Born:1971
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Lisa A. Larkin
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5014
E-Mail:llarkin@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1995
  • Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Eighth Circuits
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1995
Born:1970
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John P. Lord
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5011
E-Mail:jlord@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Railroad Law
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1977
  • Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Memberships:
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Colorado Law School, J.D., 1977
Born:1952
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John F. Mahon, Jr.
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5094
E-Mail:jmahon@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Negligence
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Insurance Litigation
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2005
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Memberships:
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2004
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Matthew E. Pelikan
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5039
E-Mail:mpelikan@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Asbestos
  • Labor and Employment
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2006
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Education:
  • The University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 2005
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Lucy T. Unger
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5013
E-Mail:lunger@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1989
  • Illinois, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Education:
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1989
Born:1964
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Steven S. Wasserman
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5008
E-Mail:swasserman@wvslaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1990
  • Illinois, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
Memberships:
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Born:1965
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Of Counsel
Mark T. Bobak
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-345-5023
E-Mail:mbobak@wvslaw.com
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1984
Education:
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Born:1959
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Service Areas
Belleville, Illinois15 miles
Edwardsville, Illinois36 miles
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