Sally I. Heller

Sally I. Heller


Born: St. Louis, Missouri, February 16, 1958

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1980, Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1983

Practice Areas: Workers Compensation; Personal Injury; Automobile Accidents and Injuries; Truck Accidents; Wrongful Death; Head Injury; Spinal Injury; Premises Liability; Medical Malpractice

Membership: Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; The Missouri Bar; Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (President, 2003-2004, Board of Governors, 1998-); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis (President, 1996-1997); The Lawyers Association of St. Louis.

Admissions: 1984, Missouri, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Miscellaneous Information: Recipient, Missouri Lawyers Weekly "Lawyers of the Year Award," 2004.


Sally I. Heller is a committed and experienced trial attorney who zealously represents her clients who are seriously injured in cases involving auto/truck collisions, workers’ compensation (injury on the job); wrongful death and medical malpractice.

Sally was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, the youngest of three daughters of Melvin and Dolores Heller. Sally’s father Melvin is a World War II veteran who returned from the War and attended Law School on the GI Bill. He started practicing law in St. Louis in 1950. Through her father’s practice Sally was raised to know the dedication, hard work and integrity necessary to represent and help people through difficult times. Today, Sally is proud of the fact that she is still asked to represent and help the children and grandchildren of people that her father helped decades ago.

Sally attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and graduated with a double major in political science and psychology (B.A. 1980). During her junior year of undergraduate studies, she attended Richmond College in London, England taking legal courses under the tutelage of various members of Parliament. Sally followed her father’s path to Law School and graduated from Washington University School of Law (J.D. 1983). In her third year of law school, Ms. Heller was selected to work in Washington, D.C. She interned at the United States Trade Representative cabinet office.

Returning to St. Louis, Sally began her career, first as an Associate to her father, Melvin Heller and then as his partner for fourteen years in the Firm of Heller & Heller, P.C. When her father decided to take his well deserved retirement from the active practice of law, Sally sought out lawyers of integrity who shared her commitment to providing quality representation to people. In 2003, Heller & Heller, P.C. merged with the Firm of Gallagher & Finley. Sally continues to adhere to the professional standards set by her father to persevere and champion the rights of individuals who are seriously injured as a result of the negligence of others or as a result of an injury on the job.

Sally is known for her integrity and her dedication to the cause of her clients. She has maintained an "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell for over a decade. Sally has a wide range of experience in both personal injury cases before juries and workers compensation cases before Administrative Law Judges. She has tried cases in the Missouri Counties of Jefferson, Franklin, St. Charles, St. Louis and St. Louis City. She has tried many workers compensation cases throughout Missouri including Sikeston, Jefferson City, St. Charles, and St. Louis.

In addition to serving her clients, Sally has donated countless hours to professional organizations first as an active member and then president of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis (1996–97) and then to the legal profession and Citizens of Missouri through her participation and service in the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, where she served as President through a tumultuous legislative session in 2003– 2004. For her efforts Sally was honored to be selected as the 2004 recipient of the Missouri Lawyers Weekly "Lawyers of the Year Award."

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