James G. Krispin

James G. Krispin

Experienced St. Louis Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Dram Shop Litigation Attorney

Firm Overview

Fighting for the rights of clients throughout the State of Missouri
If you are the victim of a personal injury because of someone else's negligence, or if you need assistance with a workers' compensation claim, it is vital to hire an attorney who will aggressively fight for your rights. My name is James G. Krispin, and with more than 25 years of experience, I have the ability to either effectively settle your case to your benefit or fight for your rights in front of judges and juries across Missouri. Focusing on the areas of personal injury, workers' compensation, trial and appellate law, and dram shop litigation, I have the extensive knowledge of Missouri law that is necessary to get you the results you deserve.

Combining experience and dedication to get you results
Since February 1992, I have handled hundreds of cases involving individuals and businesses across Missouri. This extensive experience with a wide variety of cases has helped me gain a deep knowledge of the law that many attorneys have not been able to acquire. I have no fear when it comes to litigation, and I thrive on the challenge that each new case gives me. When you come to my St. Louis office for help with your legal problems, you will receive representation from a lawyer with:

-A career of accolades In addition to satisfying clients across Missouri, I am AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal abilities and adherence to ethical standards and have also been selected into Super Lawyers for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Professional Awards and Recognitions.
-A commitment to clients I am personally invested in representing clients who have been injured because of someone else's negligence or who have been bullied by the big insurance companies. I fight for their cause, and no one will intimidate me in court.
-Unrivaled preparation In high-pressure cases, even the smallest detail can be the difference between victory and defeat. And that is why I take pride in knowing every aspect of my clients' cases before we even take action. This is made possible by the personalized attention I give each case and by the open, honest communication I have with each of my clients.

Areas of practice
I handle cases in the following areas of the law:
-Personal injury
-Workers' compensation
-Trial and appellate law
-Dram shop litigation
Main Office
Main Office
1010 Market St. Suite 1500
St. Louis  MO  63101
  • 314-721-2060
  • (314) 726-5834

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30 to 5:00
Office Manager
Molly Powers
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Personal Injury
Helping victims recover their losses
I have personally handled significantly more than 100 personal injury claims of a variety of types and sizes including auto accidents, unsafe products, dangerous drugs, slip-and-falls and unsafe work conditions. Sometimes, these types of matters can be resolved without having to file suit or resorting to the courts. However, when a fair result cannot be achieved in that manner, I pursue these claims through trial by jury and on appeal, if necessary. Listed below is just a small sampling of the cases I have handled to satisfactory conclusion:

Donald C., et al. v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., et al.: Personal injury action arising out of a vehicular collision in which plaintiff's delivery vehicle was struck by defendant's delivery vehicle at an intersection, causing multiple severe injuries to plaintiff and early retirement. Settlement reached ten days before trial: $1,300,000. see related article

Shirley S. v. Accurate Construction Company, Inc., et al.: Personal injury claim involving worker who fell 26 feet through an opening in the floor that was improperly covered by construction contractor resulting in multiple severe injuries and early retirement. St. Louis City Circuit Court jury verdict: $1,125,000.

Joseph F. v. Coleman Trucking Company: Personal injury action arising out of rear-end automobile collision after which plaintiff developed symptoms that continued to worsen, ultimately leading to two surgeries and early retirement. Settlement reached without filing suit: $600,000.

Hildegard W. v. Angela DeFroda: Personal injury and wrongful death action arising out of pedestrians hit by a vehicle in Las Vegas, Nevada, while they were crossing a busy thoroughfare against the light and not within a crosswalk. Elderly husband was killed and elderly wife was hospitalized for more than one month. After returning home to St. Louis, Missouri, two other attorneys declined representation due to unfavorable Nevada State Law concerning pedestrians not within crosswalks. After taking the case and filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, case settled for insurance policy limits: $200,000.

Gordon T. v. Bi-State Development Agency: Personal injury case involving injury to disabled bus passenger whose wheelchair was improperly secured, and turned over while in transit causing fractured leg and subsequent complications, including fat embolism syndrome. Settled during St. Louis City Circuit Court jury trial: $250,000.

Robert H. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company: Claim on plaintiff's uninsured motorist policy involving the actions of a "phantom vehicle" leading to a collision between plaintiff's car and dump truck that resulted in fractured pelvis. After settling with the defendant dump truck, the claim proceeded to trial on the uninsured motorist claim, during which defendant State Farm's offer remained at $1,000. St. Louis City Circuit Court jury verdict: $25,000 policy limit.

Larry S. v. Bischo., Inc., et al.: Personal injury action arising out of a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk at a Taco Bell / KFC Restaurant located in Monroe City, Missouri. Plaintiff suffered a traumatic aggravation of a pre-existing asymptomatic degenerative condition in his lower back, which required surgical repair with internal fixation hardware. St. Louis City Circuit Court jury verdict: $270,000. see related article

Jacob R. v. Edwin Orr, defendant ad litem: Personal injury action arising out of a vehicular collision in which defendant driver crossed the center line of a two-lane state highway hitting plaintiff's vehicle nearly head-on, causing severe left leg and hand injury. The case settled shortly after mediation. see related article

Barbara K., et al. v. Sunbeam Products, Inc.: Product liability claim against manufacturer of electric blanket that caught fire and severely burned previously disabled plaintiff while she was asleep. Defendant claimed that plaintiff's cigarette smoking caused the fire. Plaintiff spent nearly three months in a burn intensive care unit and another two months at a rehabilitation hospital before being released to her home. In a Federal Court jury trial in Jefferson City, Missouri, the jury rendered a $2,000,000.00 verdict and assessed fault against both plaintiff and defendant. After hearing further evidence, and while the jury was deliberating plaintiff's claim for punitive damages, the parties reached a confidential settlement. see related article

Confidential Settlement: Wrongful-death claim against co-employees of decedent who negligently caused his death on the job. Pursuant to a 2005 amendment to the Missouri Workers' Compensation Act, this claim was allowed to proceed in the civil court against those co-employees in addition to the workers' compensation claim against decedent's employer. After extensive pre-trial discovery and motion practice, the case settled at mediation for $3,500,000.00.

James G. Krispin

Practice Areas
Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Dram Shop Liability, General Civil Trial and Appellate Practice

1986, Missouri and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; 2009, U.S. District Court,
Western District of Missouri

Law School
St. Louis University (J.D., 1986)

University of Missouri at St. Louis (B.A., 1983)

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, The Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

St. Louis, Missouri, September 30, 1961

Reported Appellate Decisions
HBI Corp. v. Jiminez 803 S.W.2d 100 (Mo.App.ED. 1990)
Phillips v. Bowden 949 S.W.2d 196 (Mo.App.E.D.1997)
Kilmer v. Mun 17 S.W.3d 545 (Mo.Sup.Ct. 2000)
Reidelberger v. Hussman Refrigerator Co., 135 S.W.3d 431 (Mo.App.E.D. 2004)
State ex rel. Brown v. Dickerson, 136 S.W.3d 539 (Mo.App.W.D. 2004)
Strait v. Integram St. Louis Seating, 236 S.W.3d 121. (Mo.App.E.D. 2007)
Strait v. Treasurer of Missouri, 257 S.W.3d 600 (Mo.banc 2008)
Nokes, et al., v. HMSHost USA LLC, et al., 353 S.W.3d 6 (Mo.App.W.D. 2011).
Married with three daughters
FAA-certified private pilot

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
The Martindale-Hubble AV rating indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.
  • St. Louis University
    Juris Doctorate , 1986

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