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THOMAS J.
MAGEE

Partner

tmagee@heplerbroom.com

314-480-4212

St. Louis, MO

 

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Personal Injury & Product Damage
  • Talc

Education

  • St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985
  • Marquette University, B.S. in Math, 1982

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the
    • 7th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description


Thomas J. Magee focuses his practice on trials involving complex litigation matters, including: 

  • Products liability
  • Professional liability
  • Commercial litigation
  • General personal injury
  • Trucking
  • Automobile

He has tried over 160 jury trials to verdict, including matters in the United States District Courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the state courts of Missouri (including the City of St. Louis and 13 counties), and the state courts of Illinois.

Since 2008, he has served occasionally as an Adjunct Professor of Law in Trial Advocacy at St. Louis University School of Law.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow
  • Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Distinctions


  • AV Preeminent® Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2018)
    • 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" – Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (St. Louis)
  • "Best Lawyers in St. Louis" by St. Louis Magazine (2007-2017)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer (2006-2017)
    • Top 50 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, St. Louis (2008-2014, 2016)
    • Top 100 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2008-2014, 2016)
  • Missouri Lawyer Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly for most reported verdicts/judgments as a defense attorney (2014)

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Counsel for Defendant. Defendant was driving home from work in a company car when he rear-ended Plaintiff on the highway. Defendant was severely intoxicated, arrested, and later convicted for driving while intoxicated. Trial focused on Plaintiff's injuries as Plaintiff did not seek immediate treatment and lied under oath about his wage loss claim. Plaintiff claimed in excess of $300,000 in medical bills and $1,000,000 in future medical and home and lifestyle expenses. There was significant insurance coverage due to Defendant driving a company car. Plaintiff demanded $3.5 million before trial and Defendant's insurer offered $500,000. Jury found for Defendant, and Plaintiff was awarded $0 in damages. (Michael Knudsen v. P.G., St. Louis County, Cause No. 13SL-CC01297, May 2016)
  • Counsel for Defendant. Plaintiff was employed by First Student as bus driver. During a union meeting, Plaintiff got into an altercation with another driver. Plaintiff filed suit claiming Defendant had knowledge of other driver’s violent tendencies and failed to take any action to prevent attack on Plaintiff. Plaintiff asked for $600,000 in compensatory damages and $1.8 million in punitive damages. Jury found for defendant. (Gary Spiller v. First Student, Inc., Madison County IL, Cause No. 12-L-1223, October 2013)
  • Counsel for Defendant. Plaintiff was a truck driver involved in an accident with driver of 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 had lost wage claim of $408,000. Jury found for defendant and assessed 100 percent fault to Plaintiff. (Patrick McCusker v. First Student, Inc. St. Louis City, Cause No. 1222-CC02366, September 2013)
  • Counsel for Defendant. Plaintiff was at Defendant’s premises picking up a shipment of steel bars. As product was being loaded on his truck, the overhead crane fell from the ceiling. Plaintiff claims he was struck by crane. Plaintiff had subsequent fusion of cervical spine and made claim of permanent disability. Plaintiff asked for damages in excess of $1,000,000 in closing argument. Verdict for defendant. (Walter Douglas v. St. Louis Cold Drawn, Inc. St. Louis County, Cause No. 11SL-CC01746, March 2013)
  • Counsel for Defendant. Plaintiff was the successor in liability to a company that was converting apartment buildings to condominiums. Defendant was the construction manager on the job. Due to a gap in the scope of work, portions of the roof were uncovered and a rain storm caused extensive damage to the units. Plaintiff claimed a loss in the fair market value of the units of approximately $1.5 million plus lost rent of approximately $300,000. Plaintiff settled with two of the subcontractors before trial for $289,000. Defendant admitted responsibility but claimed that Plaintiff was partly to blame due to failure to schedule contractors. Demand before trial was $1.8 million and defendant’s offer was $300,000. Jury found as follows: Damages of $1,384,000 with 50 percent fault to plaintiff and 50 percent to defendant. After offset for prior settlements, the net verdict to the plaintiff was for $547,000. (Nottoway v. Salt River Construction Services, St. Louis County Circuit Court, Cause No. 10SL—CC02723, March 2010)

For a complete listing of Representative/Recent Case Results and Reported Cases, click here.