Verdicts & Settlements

Largest personal injury verdict in Saint Louis County History

Tim Gallagher and Matt Davis, along with Co-counsel Robert M.N. Palmer of Springfield, MO, represented a 48 year old man and his wife in a trial against a motorist who caused a crash in Wentzville, MO in December, 2004, that left the man a quadriplegic. On May 9, 2008, after a week long trial, a St. Louis County jury returned a verdict for the plaintiffs in the amount of 21 Million Dollars. After the trial the Judge assessed pre judgment interest on the verdict to bring the total judgment to just under 25 Million Dollars. The Missouri Lawyers Weekly reported the verdict as both the largest personal injury verdict in the history of St. Louis County and the largest verdict in a personal injury case in the State of Missouri in 2008.

What Our Clients Say

"Dear Tim & Matt,

Because of you Jim and I are enjoying lots of improvements in our home, dinners out without worrying about the bill, helping a bit with our grandkids expenses- you’ve made our lives easier – as Jim and I have discussed- we would have loved to seen you finish the trial- you were excellent – if only we were a little younger- but we’re very happy with the outcome – Thanks to you both."

– Judy and Jim

About Us

The experienced trial attorneys at Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P. provide vigorous advocacy and representation to clients and their families injured or killed in accidents or on the job injuries.

Conveniently and centrally located on South Hanley Road near I-64 and I-170 in St. Louis County, the firm has built a reputation for successfully representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits arising out of medical malpractice, automobile and trucking accidents, product liability and dangerous or defective products, nursing home negligence, premises liability and on-the job accidents including workers' compensation. The firm has particular experience representing clients suffering from catastrophic injuries, including head and spinal injuries. In addition to helping clients receive compensation for their injuries, the firm has extensive experience in insurance litigation, helping our clients determine what coverage is available and making sure they obtain a full recovery.

Individual Attention

At Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P. we have made a conscious choice to keep our firm relatively small. With four attorneys and a talented group of paralegals, we have the ability to handle complex cases, while ensuring that each client gets the personal attention of the attorney working on his or her case.

At our firm, the client’s primary contact is with his or her attorney. We pride ourselves on developing one-on-one relationships with each client, enabling us to thoroughly understand the individual circumstances and issues that could ultimately determine the outcome of the case. We take our role as “Counselor at Law” seriously. We know that it is our job to advise our clients of their rights and to explain the law to allow them to make informed decisions.

Ability and Integrity

All of the partners at Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P. have received the highest rating possible in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Each partner has been reviewed by other lawyers and Judges in the St. Louis area and been awarded a rating of AV (Very High to Preeminent for Legal Ability and Very High for General Ethical Standards).


The attorneys at Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P. are exceptionally talented trial attorneys each with an impressive record of success. Our attorneys represent a diverse range of ages, gender and experience, providing a synergy that ultimately benefits each of our clients.

Our attorneys have experience in all the state and federal trial and appellate courts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and have successfully represented hundreds of clients.


At Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P., we are gratified that most of our clients are referred by other attorneys and former clients. This is a testament to the level of expertise we have accumulated in each of our areas of practice. We believe the pooled experience of each of our attorneys enables us to provide exceptional service to each of our clients.

Our attorneys are skilled litigators and negotiators whose expertise is recognized and sought out by clients and fellow attorneys. Our support staff is comprised of experienced paralegals who work closely with the attorneys and clients. In addition, we have the ability and resources to fully engage experts in other fields, as needed, in each case we handle. It is our mission to harness all of our experience, skill and expertise for the benefit of each client.

The law firm of Heller, Gallagher & Finley, L.L.P., experienced trial attorneys helping individuals and families obtain fair compensation for wrongful deaths, catastrophic injuries and on-the- job injuries in St. Louis and throughout Missouri.