Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC

Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC

Belleville Personal Injury Defense Lawyer

Firm Overview

Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC, is recognized as one of the pre-eminent defense litigation firms representing insurance companies and their insureds in and around Belleville, Edwardsville, Carbondale, Effingham and Springfield, Illinois. Our clients include national and regional insurance firms requiring aggressive, effective legal defense. We work closely with our clients and provide cost-effective service to obtain positive results.

Insurance Defense in Courts Throughout Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri

With more than 130 combined years of trial experience, our lawyers have the capacity and resources to pursue creative defense strategies involving sophisticated multiple-party litigation. Our experience and knowledge make us one of the leading firms providing insurance defense litigation services for national and regional insurance companies and their insureds facing lawsuits in courts throughout southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. We are a six-lawyer law firm yet able to offer the sophisticated services generally associated with larger firms.

Professional Liability, Medical Malpractice and Car Accident Defense
We provide legal defense for a variety of complex litigation matters that include personal injury and wrongful death claims in the following areas:

-Asbestos and chemical exposure
-Occupational hazards
-Professional liability
-Vehicle accidents
-Medical malpractice
-Product liability
-Class-action lawsuits
-All other insurance defense litigation

We pride ourselves on providing premium service and building strong professional relationships with our clients. Our legal experience, our close ties to the local community, and our dedication to meeting the needs and goals of our clients have earned us a reputation for excellence in the legal community. Out-of-state insurance companies and law firms frequently ask us to serve as lead counsel and local counsel for litigation matters pending in central and southern Illinois.

We Work to Keep Costs Down for Our Clients
We understand that cost benefit analysis is always important when litigating a case, and we strive to provide cost-effective and efficient representation. We also understand that keeping our clients informed of developments in a timely fashion assists in decision-making and strategy throughout the life of each case.
Main Office
Main Office
5 Park Place, Professional Centre
Belleville  IL  62226
Phone
  • 618-310-3314
Fax
  • 618-277-0970
Websites
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Skilled Belleville Personal Injury Defense Lawyers

Defending Insurers and Corporations Against Personal Injury Claims
As one of the leading insurance defense law firms working in the challenging legal environment of Southwestern Illinois, the attorneys at Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC have successfully represented numerous insurance companies and corporate clients.

Our attorneys have achieved positive results in personal injury defense cases ranging from minor traffic accidents to large class action lawsuits, saving our clients millions of dollars in claims, settlements and verdicts. Call us at (618) 310-3314 to consult a lawyer about your personal injury defense matter.

Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC represents clients in personal injury defense involving:
-Motor vehicle accident defense
-Medical malpractice defense
-Product liability defense
-Toxic torts defense , including asbestos defense and chemical and occupational hazards defense
-Premises liability defense
-Professional liability lawsuits
-Construction accidents defense

Your Insurance Defense Team Is Headed by a Personal Injury Attorney
At Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC, each personal injury defense case is assigned to and handled by a single lawyer. That way each of our clients has a single source for the most comprehensive and up-to-the-minute information on their case. Each attorney is backed by a team of experienced advocates and skilled professional staff.

Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC understands serious medical injuries and accident causation. Our extensive experience in personal injury defense assists us in achieving positive results in negotiations or at trial. We routinely take on personal injury defense cases involving catastrophic injuries, including trauma to the head and neck, or thoracic, lumbar and cervical spine.

Succeeding in a Tough, Litigious Business Climate
Our law firm in located in Belleville, Illinois, and we keep close ties with clients and the legal community in Madison and St. Clair counties. In this corner of Illinois it is important to have those local connections, especially where major civil litigation matters are concerned. Many of our attorneys and staff were born and raised in or around Belleville, so we understand how to talk to juries in a way that presents your case in the best possible light.
Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC is dedicated to providing every client with tough, aggressive representation in all types of insurance and car accident defense.

James E. Neville

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury Defense
-Medical Malpractice Defense
-Professional Liability Claims
-Toxic Tort
-General and Auto Insurance Defense
-Products Liability
-Transportation Defense Litigation

Litigation Percentage
-99% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 1980
-Missouri, 1982

Education
-Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
---J.D. - 1980
-St. Louis University
---B.S. - 1977

Published Works
-The Bystander's Right Under Strict Liability Does Exist: A Call for Reform of the Restatement, (Co-Author), 25 St. Louis University Law Journal 543, 1981
-1991 Evidence Update, (Co-Author), Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel 12th Annual Seminar, September, 1991
-1997 Evidence Update, (Co-Author), Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel 18th Annual Seminar, September, 1997
-Contributing Editor: Illinois Supreme Court Limits Application of Medical Malpractice Statute of Repose, Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 2nd Quarter, 1993

Classes/Seminars
-Co-Chairman, Rookie Seminar, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1994
-How to Discharge a Patient and Decrease Risk of Patient Abandonment, 2006
-Medical Records Retention - To Keep or Not to Keep, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
-St. Clair County Bar Association
-Illinois State Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-The Missouri Bar
-Madison County Bar Association
-Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
-Named, Chicago Lawyer, Top Lawyers in Illinois, 2007
-American Board of Trial Advocates, Rank of Advocate, Member
-American Board of Trial Advocates, Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter, President, 2010
-Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
-Recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer: Medical Malpractice Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Products Liability Defense; Transportation Defense (including Aviation/FELA/Maritime); Toxic Torts Defense
-Illinois Leading Lawyers' Network, Board Member
-Selected as 2013 Illinois Super Lawyer
Education
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Timothy S. Richards

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury Defense
-Professional Liability Claims
-First and Third-party Insurance Litigation
-Products Liability
-Toxic Tort Claims
-Transportation Industry Claims
-Personal Injury Asbestos Litigation
-Trial and Appellate Practice

Litigation Percentage
-100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 1982
-Missouri, 1983

Education
-Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
---J.D. cum laude - 1981
---Honors: National Order of Barristers
---Honors: Legal Writing and Moot Court
---Honors: Instructor, Southern Illinois University School of Law, (1978-1981)
---Law Journal: SIU Law Journal, Articles Editor, 1980 - 1981
-Augustana College
---A.B. - 1978

Published Works
-Retaliatory Discharge: Its Applicability to Employees Protected by a "Just Cause" Provision, (Co-Author), 72 Ill. B.J. 480, 1984

References
-Hon. James L. Foreman, Chief Judge U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois

Honors and Awards
-Illinois Leading Lawyers: St. Clair County Medical/Legal Committee
-Expert Witness in Professional Liability and First-Party Insurance

Litigation
Professional Associations and Memberships
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
The Missouri Bar, Member
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Member
Past Employment Positions
Hon. James L. Foreman, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Law Clerk, 1981 - 1983
Fraternities/Sororities
Omicron Delta Kappa
Education
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Robert G. Wuller Jr.

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury Defense
-General and Auto Insurance Defense
-Product Liability
-Commercial Litigation
-Real Estate Law
-Real Estate Tax Law

Litigation Percentage
-75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 1972
-Missouri, 1983

Education
-Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
---J.D. - 1972
-University of Notre Dame
---A.B. - 1969

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 1981-1986
-St. Clair County Bar Association, Member
-American Bar Association, Member
-Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
-The Missouri Bar, Member, Missouri Bar Association Worker's Compensation Committee
-Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member

Fraternities/Sororities
-Delta Theta Phi
Education
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Matthew C. Zittel

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury Defense
-Medical Malpractice Defense
-Insurance Law Defense

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 1997
-Missouri, 1998
-U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
-U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri

Education
-Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
---J.D. - 1997
-McKendree College
---B.B.A.cum laude - 1994

Published Works
-1997 Evidence Update (Co-Author), Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel 18th Annual Seminar, September, 1997
-Professional Associations and Memberships
-Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
-St. Clair Bar Association, Member
-Madison County Bar Association, Member
-Illinois State Bar Association, Member
-American Bar Association, Member
-The Missouri Bar, Member
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member
-Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member
-Defense Research Institute, Member
Education
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Christopher B. Bortz

Areas of Practice
-Medical Malpractice Defense
-Personal Injury Defense
-General Insurance Defense
-First and Third Party Insurance Claims

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 2000
-Missouri, 2000
-U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2000

Education
-Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
---J.D. - 1999
-Purdue University
---B.A. - 1996

Honors and Awards
-Selected as 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star
-Professional Associations and Memberships
-Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
-St. Clair County Bar Association, Member
-Madison County Bar Association, Member
-Illinois State Bar Association, Member
-American Bar Association, Member
-The Missouri Bar, Member
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member
-Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member
-Defense Research Institute, Member
Education
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Lucas J. Dalton

Areas of Practice
-Medical Malpractice Defense
-Personal Injury Defense
-General Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 2005

Education
-Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
---J.D. - 2005
-Southeast Missouri State University
---B.S.B.A.
---Major: Economics
---Minor: Finance
-Southeast Missouri State University
---B.G.S.cum laude - 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships
-St. Clair County Bar Association, Member
-Madison County Bar Association, Member
-Illinois State Bar Association, Member
-American Bar Association, Member
-Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member
Education
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Derek J. Siegel

Areas of Practice
-General Insurance Defense
-Dram Shop Defense
-Personal Injury Defense
-Medical Malpractice Defense

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 2012

Education
-Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
---J.D. - 2011
---Law Review: VU Law Review, Associate Editor, 2010 2011, Note ----Writer, 2009 - 2010
-University of Illinois
---B.A. - 2006
---Major: Communications
---Minor: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships
-St. Clair County Bar Association
-Madison County Bar Association
-Illinois State Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
-Defense Research Institute
Education
  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso
    Juris Doctorate
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