Education: Benedictine College, B.A., 1985, St. Louis University, J.D., 1988
Practice Areas: Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Products Liability; Automobile Accidents; Wrongful Death; Insurance litigation.
Membership: The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; St. Louis County Bar Association; The Missouri Bar (Board of Governors, 1996-1998); American Association for Justice; Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (Board of Governors 2008-present).
Admissions: 1988, Missouri; 1989, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
Timothy J. Gallagher has 29+ years' experience as a Trial Lawyer. For the last 20+ years Tim has focused his practice on representing people who have sustained serious injuries from automobile accidents, medical malpractice and products liability.
Tim began practicing law in St. Louis in 1988, with Amelung, Wulff & Willenbrock an established Insurance Defense firm where he had the opportunity to learn from highly respected personal injury defense lawyers. Early in his career Tim gained valuable trial and appellate experience which included being on the losing side of the largest personal injury verdict in the history of St. Charles County and winning a case in the Missouri Supreme Court.
In 1996 Tim "switched sides" and began representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. That career move happened after a jury trial in 1995 with a well-regarded plaintiffs firm. It was a fair trial without any antics. The opposing lawyer was impressed by Tim's skills and professionalism, so after that trial that firm recruited Tim to come work for them.
Tim has tried jury cases in the United States District Court in St. Louis and in the Missouri State courts of St. Louis City, and the Counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin. He has tried and won personal injury jury verdicts of a million dollars or more in three different venues: the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. He has tried and won jury verdicts for more than the insurance policy limits in the City of St. Louis City, and the counties of Jefferson, St. Louis, and St. Charles.
Note that the above paragraph only mentions jury verdicts. That is because Tim is a trial lawyer. He is willing to take a client's case all the way to a jury to hold a defendant accountable for the harm caused to his client. Many lawyers publicize the dollar value of their settlements on a scroll on their website. Sometimes they publish their judgments or awards. Tim has those too. But he doesn't want to advertise that way because he believes that trial lawyers should be evaluated based upon their ability and willingness to try cases to juries. Tim suggests that when a prospective client interviews an attorney for their case, the client should ask the attorney about jury trials- the wins and the losses.
In addition to jury trials, Tim has argued appeals before the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court. He has won some cases and lost some cases. But most importantly, Tim has worked to help hundreds of people through difficult times in their lives.
Tim has earned a reputation as a dedicated, compassionate advocate and a creative thinker. Most clients are referred to Tim by other attorneys. Tim believes that one of the highest compliments he can receive is when a lawyer that has been on the opposite side of a case with him refers an injured friend or family member to him.
Tim has also been called on by other lawyers when they have needed help trying to figure out insurance coverage issues.
Whether a client was referred by another lawyer, or finds Tim through the internet, Tim treats all of his clients with honesty and respect- even when that honesty is to tell somebody that there aren't enough facts to support a lawsuit or it doesn't make economic sense to pursue a case. Tim has found over the years that when people have been injured or suffered a loss they often just want to talk to a lawyer to see if they "have a case." Tim believes that it is his duty to provide an honest evaluation. To Tim that is what it means to be a Counselor at Law.
For more than two decades Tim has maintained an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Tim shared the top of the list for The Missouri Lawyers Weekly's "Top Plaintiff Lawyers 2008" for his role in winning the largest personal injury verdict in the State of Missouri that year. In January of 2014 Tim and his partner Matt Davis received the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Award for “Most Plaintiff's Verdicts or Judgments” for the year of 2013. He was named a Missouri- Kansas Super Lawyer in 2009, 2011 & 2014.
In addition to his practice of law, Tim served his community as an elected member of the City Council of Richmond Heights, Missouri from 2002 to 2010. He is an active member of Little Flower Parish in Richmond Heights where he served on the School Board from 1999 to 2002. He was a volunteer CYC coach for his children's sports teams, when they were in grade school from 1996 to 2011. Like former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa, (who is also a lawyer) Tim retired from his baseball managerial career on top after his son's 8th grade team won the CYC City / County Championship in 2011. From 2010 through 2012 Tim was a volunteer coach for Rosati- Kain in the BAMSL Sponsored High School Mock Trial competition. Since his children are grown and no longer playing organized sports, Tim has been giving back to the community by serving as a CYC soccer referee since 2011. He has also taken up running as a way to stay fit. He has completed six half marathons and dozens of other shorter races.