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Gretchen Myers

Owner/Trial Lawyer
Education

University of Missouri - BA with Honors in 1981
Double Major: Honors Economics and Political Science

University of Missouri School of Law, JD 1984

Professional

Owner/Attorney - The Law Offices of Gretchen Myers, P .C. 1999 to Present

Partner/Attorney - Myers & Kordenbrock, P.C. 1995 to 1999

Principal/Attorney - The Hullverson Law Firm 1985 to 1995

Federal Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge James H. Meredith

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri 1984 -1985

Admitted Missouri, 1984
Illinois, 1985
California, 1985
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1985
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1989
Memberships In Legal Associations
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA)—National Advisory Board Member 2011-present (First woman trial attorney in the U.S. chosen to serve on the advisory board)
  • American Association for Justice (formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America) 1981 to present
    • President of University of Missouri Law School-Columbia Student Chapter 1983-84
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys: 1985 to present
    • President 1997 to 1998
    • President-Elect 1996 to 1997
    • Vice President 1995 to 1996
    • Executive Committee 1992 to Present
    • MATA PAC Trustee 1998 to 2001
    • Board of Governors 1987 to Present
    • Chairperson of Public Relations Committee 1989 to 1992, 1998 to 1999
    • Chairperson of Membership Committee 1990 to 1991
    • Legislative Committee 1998 to 1999
    • Legislative Review Committee 1995 to 1999
    • Medical Malpractice Vice Chair 1994 to 1995; 1995 to 1996
    • Co-Chair of Legislative Committee 1996 to 1997
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee 1988 to 1989
    • Peoples Law School 1988 to 1989
    • Organizational Review Committee 2005-2006
    • Public Relations Committee 2004-2006
    • Fundraising Committee 1987 to 1995
    • Vice Chair Fundraising Committee 1993 to 1994
    • President of ATLA/MATA Law School Chapter 1983 to 1984
  • Public Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice)
  • Women Lawyer's Association of Greater St. Louis 1985 to Present:
    • President 1994 to 1995
    • President Elect 1993 to 1994
    • Vice President 1992 to 1993
    • Secretary 1991 to 1992
  • Missouri Approved Instruction Committee - Civil (MAl) 1997 to Present
  • (Appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court)
  • Supreme Court Civil Rules Study Committee 1989 to 1992
  • (Committee appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to revise the Rules of Civil Procedure)
  • Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee 1994 to 1996
  • (Appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court)
  • Missouri Bar Association:
    • Special Committee on Dispute Resolution 1987 to 1993
    • Legislative Review Subcommittee 1989 to Present
    • Tort Law Committee 1988 to Present
      • Tort Law Committee Chair 2000 to 2003
      • Tort Law Committee Vice Chair 1990 to 1991, 1998 to 2000
    • Civil Practice & Procedure Committee 1989 to Present
    • Insurance Law Committee 1989 to Present
    • Professionalism Committee 1994
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Lawyer's Association of St. Louis:
    • Award of Honor Selection Committee 2001 , 2002, 2015, 2017
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis:
    • Trial Section Steering Committee
    • Litigation Task Force
    • Mock Trial Volunteer Judge
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri:
    • Planning Committee - Justice for All Ball
Honors, Distinctions and Highlights
  • Lon O. Hocker Award for Trial Advocacy from the Missouri Bar 1995
    • (Presented to 3 lawyers in the state under 40 who exemplify the qualities of a trial lawyer, professionalism, and high ethical standards based on a demonstrated balance between zealousness and honor, strength and courtesy, confidence and respect, possessing a quick wit in the courtroom supported by meticulous preparation in the pursuit of truth.)
  • Honorary Order of the Barristers 1994
    • (Trial Advocacy Award from the University of Missouri Law School - Youngest Recipient)
  • Daily Record "Justice Award" 1999
    • (First Recipient of Award given for significant contribution to her area of expertise and positive impact on the community)
  • U.S. News and World Report
    • Best Law Firms in America—Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice 2011-present
    • Best Lawyers in America—Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice 2010-present
    • St Louis Lawyer of the Year-Malpractice 2014
    • Best Lawyers Women in the Law 2016
  • Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Top 1% in the US based upon results)
  • Trial Masters— (less than ½ of 1% of US lawyers-- membership inclusion is to acknowledge the “rare advocate that consistently is willing to take their client’s cases to the courthouse”)
    • Charter Member
    • Inducted as Life Member 2014
  • The National Trial Lawyers—Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel—Nations Top 1% 2015, 2016
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Awarded as one of America’s Most Honored Professionals (Top 10% of all U.S. Professionals)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2007-present (Top 5% of Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas)
    • Top 50 Women Missouri & Kansas 2011-2013, 2015
    • Top 50 Women Missouri 2014
    • Top 50 St Louis 2014, 2015
    • Top 100 Missouri & Kansas 2015
  • Faces of St. Louis 2016, 2017—The Face of Justice for the Injured
  • St. Louis Magazine Best Lawyers 2006-2017 edition-Profile
  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell—Top Rating
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers 2012-present
  • Webb City High School Alumni Hall of Fame 2002
  • Best Lawyers in America Consumers Guide 2001-2002
  • Outstanding Service Award - Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys 1998
  • "Write Women Back Into History Award" 1995
  • Missouri Law Review 1982 to 1984
  • Featured in St. Louis Business Journal, "Courtroom Cowboys, Women in the 'Last Macho Bastion'" June 24, 1991
  • Featured in Kirkwood-Webster Times, "Kirkwood's Gretchen Meyers [Myers] Talks About the O.J. Simpson Trial; Life as a Wife & Mother; Making It as a Successful Attorney" July 21-27,1995.
  • Outstanding Young Woman of America
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Special Member 1989
Volunteer and Public Service
  • High School Mock Trial Volunteer Coach 2007-2011
    • St. Louis Priory High School: 2007-2008
      • Ranked 4th Nationally 2007
      • Top 8 at State 2008
  • Villa Duchesne High School: 2008-2011 (team founded in 2008)
    • Regionally Ranked 2008
    • Ranked 3rd in the State 2009
    • Ranked 2nd in the State 2010
    • Ranked 2nd in the State 2011
  • Mock Trial—Volunteer Judge
    • High School Mock Trial
    • St. Louis Internship Program Mock Trial
    • Young Lawyers Mock Trial
    • Washington University Mock Trial
  • Guest Lecturer—St Louis Internship Mock Trial participants—Evidence and Objections
  • Statewide Legal Services Commission
  • Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority: 1996-2004
    • Secretary/Treasurer
    • Legislative Committee
  • Mizzou Flagship Council
    • Founding member
    • Statewide Board Member
    • Secretary
  • St. Louis Priory School Mothers Club and Committee Chair 2004-2005
  • Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School Education Committee 2005-2009
  • Missouri Watch Advisory Committee
  • Justice for Missouri Families
    • Founding member
    • Board of Director
  • Public Justice
  • Learning Disabilities Association
    • 2006 Lawyers Who Care organizer
  • Center for Creative Arts (Coca)
    • Backstage Member
  • St. Patrick’s Center for the Homeless
  • Mo PERG Member
  • Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Lectures and Publications

1982 to 1984

Missouri Law Review Staff

1983

Assistant to Profession Thomas Sullivan - Antitrust Textbook

1983

Author - A Separate Cause of Action for Contribution Among Joint Tortfeasors, 49 Mo. L. Rev 135 (1983)

1988

Lecturer - The Vocational Expert, Nov. 4, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by MATA

1988

Judge - Washington University Trial Practice Jury Trial

1989

Moderator - Personal Injury - Winning Trial Strategies and Trial Notebooks, January 27, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by MATA

1989

Lecturer - A Career in Law, February 8, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

1989

Moderator - Premises Liability: The Theory of Winning, March 10, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by MATA

1989

Judge - Washington University Trial Practice Jury Trial

1989

Lecturer - Effective Discovery and Case Preparation, June 23, Lake Ozark, Missouri - Sponsored by Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA)

1990

Lecturer - Medical Malpractice Seminar, February 9, Kansas City, Missouri - Sponsored by MATA

1990

Lecturer - The Woytus Decision, February 15, St. Louis, Missouri -Sponsored by The Lawyer's Association of St. Louis

1990

Lecturer - Hot Topics in Insurance Litigation, April 26 and 27, St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri - Sponsored by The University of Missouri Law School

1990

Lecturer - Rising Stars Seminar, May 3-5, New Orleans, Louisiana - Sponsored by The American Trial Lawyer's Association

1990

Lecturer - Civil Trial and Appellate Practice, Annual Law Update, June 15, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The Missouri Bar

1990

Lecturer - Current Problems in Insurance, Sept. 13 and 21, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri - Sponsored by MATA

1990

Lecturer - Washing University's Lawyers in Practice, September 19, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

1990

Lecturer - Alternative Dispute Resolution, October 5, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The Missouri Bar

1991

Lecturer - Opening Statement, National Litigation Conference, January 26, Costa Mesa, California - Sponsored by Law Education Institute, Inc.

1991

Lecturer - Tort Law Update, 15 - hour Review of the Law, June 28, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The Missouri Bar

1991

Lecturer - Civil Trial and Appellate Practice, Annual Law Update

1992

Lecturer - Untangling, Underinsured Motorist Coverage: What Does UIM Mean? How Much Coverage is Available?, Practical Problems and Solutions in Insurance Practice, Including Ethical Considerations, February 21, St. Louis

1992

Moderator - Trial Advocacy, March 20, St. Louis, Missouri- Sponsored by MATA

1992

Lecturer - Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, A Review and Preview, Federal Practice and Procedure, June 16, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The Missouri Bar and The University of Missouri Law School

1992

Author - UIM Coverage Alive and Well, Appellate Case Note, The Missouri - The Missouri Bar

1992

Lecturer - Civil Trial and Appellate Practice, Annual Law Update, June 19, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The Missouri Bar

1992

Lecturer - Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Missouri, October 27, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The National Business Institute, Inc.

1992

Author - Violations of Woytus Will Not Go Unsanctioned, Appellate Case Note, The Missouri Trial Attorney

1992

Author - Federal Statutes Do Not Pre-empt All State Causes of Action, Appellate Case Note, The Missouri Trial Attorney

1993

Lecturer - Ethics Seminar, Ethical Considerations Involving Ex Parte Communication with Doctors and Experts, March 12, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by MATA

1993

Lecturer - Trial Advocacy in Missouri, May 4, St. Louis, Missouri, - Sponsored by The National Business Institute, Inc.

1993

Lecturer - New Approaches in Underinsured Motorist Coverage, August 3, San Francisco, California - Sponsored by ATLA

1994

Lecturer - Civil Procedure Update, "Recent Case Developments Regarding Pleadings, Discovery and Summary Judgment", January 27, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The Missouri Bar

1994

Lecturer - Case Evaluation: What's It Really Worth, March 17, St. Louis - Sponsored by The Missouri Bar

1994

Lecturer – “Order in the Quartz” Rocket Docket, Jury Misconduct and Demonstrative Evidence , June 4, Lake Ozark, Missouri – 15th Annual Bench & Bar Conference Sponsored by BAMSL

1994

Lecturer - Federal Practice and Procedure, "Demonstrative Evidence", June 29, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The University of Missouri Law School

1994

Lecturer - Trial Advocacy in Missouri, December 16, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The National Business Institute, Inc

1994

Author - Protection Against Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists, Missouri Insurance Practice (4th Edition 1994)

1995

Lecturer - Taking and Defending Depositions, March 3, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The University of Missouri Kansas City

1995

Author - Ten Tips for Trying Your Case in a Difficult Venue or When Representing a Difficult Client, Trial Tip, The Missouri Trial Attorney, Volume XIII, No. 2, April, 1995

1995

Lecturer - Persuasion in Opening Statements, June 23, Lake Ozark, Missouri - Sponsored by MATA

1995

Lecturer - Ethics for the Plaintiff's Lawyer, 15 - Hour Review of the Law, June 30 - Sponsored by The University of Missouri Kansas City

1995

Author - Ten Tips for Trying Your Case in a Difficult Venue or When Representing a Difficult Client, Advocate, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, July Issue

1996

Lecturer - Maximizing Damages in Personal Injury Cases, April 26 - Sponsored by MATA

1996

Lecturer - Civil Jury Trial Demonstration, May 10 - Sponsored by The University of Missouri Kansas City

1996

Lecturer Blueprints for Success - "Ethics in Trial Practice", June 22 , Lake Ozark, Missouri - Sponsored by MATA

1997

Lecturer - Hot Topics in Personal Injury Litigation - "Trying or Settling the Catastrophic Injury Case", April 11, St. Louis, Missouri - Sponsored by The University of Missouri Columbia, School of Law

1997

Lecturer - CLE Potpourri for the General Practitioner- "Ethical Problems in Mediation" , June 30 Sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

1997

Author - No Choice - Driving the Agenda, The Missouri Trial Attorney

1998

Lecturer - Tried and True Tips for The Trial Attorney, March 6, Sponsored by MATA

1998

Author - Throwing Stones in Glass Houses: The Hypocrisy of the U.S. Chamber Campaign, March, 1998, The St. Louis Daily Record

1998

Author - Lawyers as Heroes, April, The Missouri Trial Attorney 1998

1998

Author - Tobacco, Insurance, The U.S. Chamber and Manufacturing Giants Team UP, The Missouri Trial Attorney

1998

Author - Injured People Need Access to Court, St. Louis Post- Dispatch Editorial, July 14, 1998

1998

Lecturer - Trial Skills for the Winning Edge - Closing Argument in a Medical Malpractice Case, May 1, St. Louis, Sponsored by The University of Missouri-Columbia

1998

Lecturer - Tried and True Tips for the Trial Attorney, March 6, St. Louis, Sponsored by MATA

1998

Lecturer - Civil Matters - Jury Instructions, August 17 & 18, Lake Ozark, Missouri, The Judicial Trial College,

1998

Lecturer - Civil Matters - Jury Instructions, October 27 & 28, Lake Ozark, Missouri, The Judicial Trial College 1999 Lecturer - Anatomy of a Federal Lawsuit - Examination of Witnesses, June 3, Sponsored by BAMSL

1999

Lecturer - Civil Matters - Jury Instructions, August & October, Lake Ozark, Missouri, The Judicial Trial College

1999

Lecturer - Civil Matters - MAl (Civil) How to Use the Book for Beginners, August & October, St. Louis, The Judicial Trial College

2000

Lecturer - Tried and True Tips for the Trial Attorney - Memorable Closings, April 7, St. Louis, Sponsored by MATA

2000

Lecturer - Trial Strategies for Small Firm Lawyers That Win Bias Cases, June 2, Lake Ozark, Missouri, Sponsored by the Missouri Bar - Solo and Small Firm Conference

2000

Lecturer - How to Cherry Pick Jurors in Federal Court, June 2, Lake Ozark, Missouri, Sponsored by the Missouri Bar - Solo and Small Firm Conference

2001

Lecturer - Nuts and Bolts of Trial Skill Techniques, June 8, Lake Ozark, Missouri, Sponsored by the Missouri Bar - Solo and Small Firm Conference

2001

Lecturer Cross Examination, May 24, St. Louis, Sponsored by BAMSL

2001

Lecturer - Civil Matters - Jury Instructions, July, Lake Ozark, Missouri, The Judicial Trial College

2001

Lecturer - Civil Matters - MAl Basics, July, Lake Ozark, Missouri, The Judicial Trial College

2001

Lecturer - Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in Missouri - Handling Difficult Issues in a Wrongful Death Case, November 9, St. Louis, Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

2002

Lecturer - Marketing to Get Business and Keep It, April 18, Kansas City, Sponsored by Women in Law: Meeting the Challenge - Midwest Regional Conference for Women In the Law

2002

Lecturer - Direct and Cross Examination Techniques From the Experts, June 14, Lake Ozark, Missouri, Sponsored by the Missouri Bar - Solo and Small Firm Conference

2002

Lecturer - The Daubert. Kuhmo & Proqencv Decisions from the Experts' Point of View, June 14, Lake Ozark, Missouri, Sponsored by The Missouri Bar - Solo and Small Firm Conference

2002

Lecturer and Author - Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in Missouri -Handling Difficult Issues in a Wrongful Death Case, November 8, St. Louis, Missouri, Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

2003

Lecturer and Author—Truck Accidents-Litigation in a Nutshell, Truck Litigation Resource Center

2003

Lecturer - Trying Cases in State Courts, March 19, St. Louis, Missouri, Sponsored by The National Employment Lawyers Association

2003

Lecturer - Civil Jury Trial Demonstration, May 2, St. Louis, Missouri, Sponsored by University of Missouri - Kansas City

2003

Lecturer - Judicial Trial Skills Seminar June 12-13, Columbia, Missouri, Sponsored by The Trial Judge Education Committee

2003

Author—Trial Skills, The Judicial Trial College

2003

Lecturer and Author—Small Firm Solo Convention, Missouri Bar Association

2003

Lecturer and Author, Trial Practice in the Fast Lane, Sponsored by Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

2004

Lecturer and Author, Successfully Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in Missouri, Lorman Business Center, Inc.

2004

Lecturer, Civil Matters—Civil Law Update on MAI, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2004

Author, 2004 MAI Civil Law Update and Update on New MAI Instructions, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2004

Lecturer and Author, MAI Human Rights Instruction, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2005

Lecturer, How Communication Can Keep You Out of the Courthouse, DePaul Hospital

2005

Lecturer and Author, Defending and Opposing Dispositive Pretrial Motions, Missouri Bar Association

2005

Lecturer and Author, Keeping a Case Afloat in a Flood of Defense Paperwork, Missouri Bar Association

2005

Lecturer and Author, Civil Matters—Civil Law Update on MAI and New Jury Instructions, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2006

Lecturer and Author, Civil Matters—Civil Law Update on MAI and New Jury Instructions, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2006

Lecturer and Author, No Juror Left Behind: Learning Styles 101, Simon Passanante Seminar

2007

Lecturer and Author, Civil Matters—Civil Law Update on MAI and New Jury Instructions, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2009

Lecturer and Author, Civil Matters—Civil Law Update on MAI and New Jury Instructions, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2009

Lecturer and Author, Trial College: Litigation Practice, From Start to Finish: Trial Strategy, Missouri Bar Association, Lake of the Ozarks

2010

Lecturer and Author, Civil Matters—Civil Law Update on MAI and New Jury Instructions, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2011

Lecturer and Author, Trial Training Institute—Cross Examination and Objections, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

2012

Lecturer and Author, Making the Most of Your Trucking Case, The Simon Law Firm Seminar to benefit Legal Services

2012

Lecturer and Author, Civil Matters—Civil Law Update on MAI and New Jury Instructions, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2013

Lecturer and Author, Trucking Accidents: Don’t Put Your Case on Cruise Control—What You Might Miss if You Aren’t Paying Attention, APITLA National Interstate Trucking Top Guns Super Summit, St. Louis, Missouri, April

2013

Author, Trucking Accidents: Don’t Put Your Case on Cruise Control—What You Might Miss if You Aren’t Paying Attention, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America Log Book Magazine, Sept.

2014

Lecturer and Author, Civil Matters—Civil Law Update on MAI and New Jury Instructions, The Judicial Trial College, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri

2014

Author, Objections Guidebook, reviewer and editor, Missouri Bar Association

2016

Lecturer and Author, Ten Ways to “Hammer Down” a Trucking Case, APITLA National Interstate Trucking Super Summit, St. Augustine, Florida,May 16

2016

Author, Ten Ways to “Hammer Down” a Trucking Case, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America Log Book Magazine, July

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