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MATTHEW R. DAVIS is a partner in the law firm of Gallagher Davis LLP, where he focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and ERISA/disability insurance claims. Mr. Davis is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois State Bar Association, and The Missouri Bar. Mr. Davis earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Truman State University and his J.D. degree from St. Louis University.
MATTHEW J. DEVOTI is a partner in the law firm of Casey, Devoti & Brockland, P.C., where he practices in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Devoti earned his B.A. degree from Westminster College and his J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, and the Injury Board.
AMY COLLIGNON GUNN is an attorney with The Simon Law Firm, P.C., in St. Louis, where she focuses her practice on plaintiff personal injury work, including product liability, medical negligence, and medical device litigation. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and Missouri; and before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the Southern, Central, and Eastern districts of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. Ms. Collignon Gunn is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Illinois State Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Women in the Legal Profession Committee, the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, and the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. She earned her B.A. degree from Transylvania University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law.
PHILIP SHOLTZ is an attorney at Goldberg Segalla in its St. Louis office. He is a trial attorney who focuses his practice on representing individuals, corporations, and public entities across a range of civil matters involving civil rights, employment discrimination, municipal liability, and general liability. Mr. Sholtz counsels and defends clients during all stages of the litigation process, from inception through trial and appeal. His practice also involves handling toxic tort and environmental litigation, including radon exposure and remediation, ammonia gas leaks, and exposures and chemical exposures. Mr. Sholtz brings to his practice exceptional trial proficiency and deep civil rights litigation experience from spending several years as an assistant attorney general in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in St. Louis. While there he took seven jury and two bench trials to verdict, which included catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and class action cases. Mr. Sholtz regularly handled claims arising under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and employment discrimination cases. His experience also includes working on complex civil rights class actions. Those experiences culminated in being awarded the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Excellence in Litigation Award in 2015, in recognition of the outstanding trial results he had achieved on behalf of the state of Missouri. Mr. Sholtz has extensive appellate experience that includes authoring briefs and presenting oral arguments to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Eastern District of Missouri, Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, magna cum laude, where he also received his J.D. degree. Mr. Sholtz is admitted to The Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western districts of Missouri, U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Illinois, U.S. District Court for Kansas, U.S. District Court for Nebraska, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
JACK B. SPOONER is the principal of Spooner Law, LLC, a boutique litigation practice located in St. Louis, Missouri and serving clients nationwide. He has been an attorney for almost 30 years and has been certified as a civil trial advocacy specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Spooner litigates in all areas of civil trials with an emphasis in the commercial, insurance, and injury practice areas. He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois and Texas; and has participated in numerous jury trials in and around the bi-state area, as well as in federal court. Mr. Spooner also practices before all state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, and the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice matters and has spoken to attorneys, as well as paralegal groups on most topics involved in preparing and trying a civil case. Mr. Spooner is a member of The Missouri Bar (member, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee), Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (member, Trial Committee), Illinois State Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, U.S. Supreme Court, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He earned his B.S. degree from Southeast Missouri State University and J.D. degree from St. Louis University, where he served as an editor on the Law Review.