Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


9326 Olive Boulevard, Suite 200, Olivette, Missouri 63132

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
  • Fraud
  • Bad Faith
  • Extra-Contractual Defense


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.


Additional Locations

  • Belleville, Illinois
  • 2900 Frank Scott Parkway West, Suite 988
  • Belleville, Illinois 62223
      • 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

            Client Information

            Insurance Clients

            Non-Insurance Clients

            • BCA Administrators
            • KinderCare
            • Shopko
            • Texas Roadhouse, Inc.
            • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

            Personnel Information

            Partners


            Beth Clemens Boggs

            Olivette, MO

            Practice Areas
            • Premises Liability
            • Coverage Analysis
            • Employment Law
            • Medical Malpractice
            • Construction Liability
            • Commercial Litigation
            • Transportation
            • Product Liability
            • Toxic Torts
            • Personal Injury Defense
            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


            T. Darin Boggs

            Olivette, MO

            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


            Victor T. Avellino

            Olivette, MO

            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


            Michael J. Lach

            Olivette, MO

            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


            James R. Garrison

            Olivette, MO

            Practice Areas
            • Civil Defense
            • Insurance Defense
            • Insurance Coverage
            • Commercial Litigation
            • General Tort Litigation
            • Railroad Litigation
            Admitted
            • Illinois, 1982
            • Missouri, 1984
            Education:
            • University of Illinois, B.S.B.A., 1978
            • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D./M.B.A., 1982

            Steven J. McMahon

            Olivette, MO

            Practice Areas
            • Litigation Defense
            • Insurance Defense
            • Workers' Compensation
            • Medical Malpractice Defense
            • Dental Malpractice
            • Personal Injury Defense
            Admitted
            • Missouri, 1990
            • Illinois, 1991
            • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1992
            Memberships:
            • The Missouri Bar
            • Illinois State Bar Association
            • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
            Education:
            • University of Wisconsin-Platteville, B.S.C.J., 1986
            • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1990

            Born: 1964


            David A. Nester

            Olivette, MO

            Years of Experience: 30

            Practice Areas
            • Class Actions
            • Commercial Litigation
            • Coverage Litigation
            • Employment
            • Insurance Defense
            • Intellectual Property
            • Mass Tort
            • Product Liability
            • Toxic Torts
            Admitted
            • Illinois, 1985
            • Missouri, 1986
            • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1986
            • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2013
            • U.S. Supreme Court, 2014
            Memberships:
            • Illinois State Bar Association
            • The Missouri Bar
            Education:
            • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1982
            • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 1985

            Born: 1960


            Retired Partner


            David C. Davis

            Olivette, MO

            Practice Areas
            • Workers' Compensation
            Admitted
            • Illinois, 1983
            • Missouri, 1983
            Education:
            • Washington and Lee University, B.A. (cum laude), 1977
            • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1982

            Born: 1955


            Associates


            Ryan P. Kovacs

            Olivette, MO

            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


            Matthew A. Temper

            Olivette, MO

            Admitted
            • Missouri, 2007
            • Illinois, 2010
            Education:
            • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2007

            Born: 1968


            Julia D. Stensby

            Olivette, MO

            Admitted
            • New York (Inactive), 2008
            • Vermont (Inactive), 2010
            • Missouri, 2015
            • Illinois, 2017
            Education:
            • University of Virginia, B.A., 2004
            • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2007

            Born: 1982


            Of Counsel


            David M. Stolze

            Olivette, MO

            Admitted
            • Missouri, 1986
            • Illinois, 1987
            • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
            Education:
            • Drake University, B.A., 1983
            • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1986

            Born: 1961


            Andrew S. Malloy

            Olivette, MO

            Admitted
            • Missouri, 2003
            • Illinois, 2005
            Education:
            • University of Missouri, B.S., 1999
            • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2003

            Born: 1975


            James P. McCune, III

            Olivette, MO

            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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