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KATE A.
WATKINS

Associate

kwatkins@heplerbroom.com

314-480-4167

St. Louis, MO

 

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury & Property Damage
  • Cybersecurity

Education

  • University of Missouri School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. in Political Science and History, 2005

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern District of Missouri 
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description


Kate A. Watkins focuses her practice on trials involving general litigation matters, including:

  • Personal injury
  • Insurance law
  • Commercial motor vehicle accidents
  • Insurance coverage
  • Auto accidents
  • Third-party criminal liability
  • General premises liability
  • Construction defects
  • Cybersecurity

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • St. Louis County Bar Association

Published Legal Writings


  • “Driving While Drowsy: Fatigue of the Drive as a Basis for Punitive Damages,” Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Litigation Management Magazine (Spring 2015) 

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Second-chaired a jury trial in Franklin County, Missouri, involving a trucking accident on I-44. Plaintiff claimed to have incurred medical bills in excess of $300,000 and claimed he was unable to return to work. Obtained a favorable result for the client thanks to thorough investigation of the claim, including successful surveillance of Plaintiff and expert testimony regarding injuries. (Larry James v. Boss Logistics, Franklin County Cause No. 10AB-CC00224. June 2014.)
  • Second-chaired a jury trial where Plaintiff was a truck driver involved in an accident with driver of a school bus. Plaintiff had independent witness who supported his version of the accident. Plaintiff claimed $120,000 in medical bills due to three surgical fusions and a lost wage claim of $408,000. Jury found for defendant and assessed 100% fault to Plaintiff. (Patrick McCusker v. First Student, Inc., St. Louis City Cause No. 1222-CC02366. September 2013)
  • Single-handedly tried a jury case in St. Louis City concerning an auto accident. Case involved dispute of liability concerning who had right of way at an intersection controlled by a stoplight. Obtained a favorable result for the client that came in below the last demand made by Plaintiff. (Ana Quiroz v. Victor Fowler, St. Louis City Cause No. 1222-AC07853-01. February 2013)