Verdicts & Settlements

Settlement for former pitcher for St. Louis Cardinals

In September of 1994 Joe Magrane and his wife Renee were driving on Wild Horse Creek Road, returning home from dinner when their car fell into a ditch on the roadway. The developer of a subdivision and its excavation contractor were in the process of creating an entrance way to a new subdivision and had cut 8 inches into the asphalt roadway. The tires on the right side of Joe’s car drove into the 6 inch deep ditch. When Joe reacted he pulled his car back across the roadway and into a tree. The airbag on his steering wheel deployed and sent his left elbow crashing through the driver’s side window. Joe sustained a laceration a tendon in his left elbow. Not a major injury unless you are a Major League pitcher. Joe’s career was not the same after the accident. He did not play in the Major League in 1995 and made a brief comeback with the Chicago White Sox in 1996. Tim Gallagher represented Joe and Renee in a personal injury lawsuit filed in St. Louis County. Tim aggressively pursued the case and achieved a favorable settlement the week before trial.


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

Client Testimonials


"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

"When I injured my knee, I asked a lawyer friend of mine for advice. He thought highly of Heller, Gallagher & Finley and told me to call them. From the beginning I was extremely pleased with the representation that I received. My case involved both a workers compensation claim and a potential personal injury lawsuit. Sally Heller always kept me informed as to what was going on with my case. Since I had a comp claim and a personal injury claim, Sally went out of her way to make sure I knew what my options were. She did a good job of protecting my interests and not just accepting what was on the table."

– Frank

"Matt Davis went out of his way to make sure my needs were met. He drove 75 miles to meet me halfway between Sikeston and St. Louis, just so I wouldn’t have to drive the whole distance. I was very satisfied with how prompt Matt was about getting things done, and couldn’t have been more satisfied with the way things turned out. At the very beginning Matt told me it was going to be a hard case to win, and he asked me what I wanted to do. I said I wanted to carry on and he did. Matt did a very good job, and he did very good by me."

– Shannon

"There are three people you need to feel comfortable with. You need to feel comfortable with your doctor. You need to feel comfortable with your Pastor. And you definitely need to feel comfortable with your attorney. If you need to chase after any one of those people there is a problem. But that was not the case with Jennifer. She was personal, and even more, she was professional. I was always informed of what was going on in my case, and of what the next step was. I was referred to Jennifer by another attorney that could not help me with the specialized case, but now Jennifer is my “go to” attorney. I could not have been happier with her and her firm."

– Edward

I love the firm and I love the people in the firm. They are very professional as soon as you walk in the door. I could not have been more pleased with the outcome of my case and it is because of the hard work Sally Heller and her team put in on it. There were not any surprises. I was so prepared I always knew what was coming. I could not be more satisfied.

– Eric H.

Tim Gallagher is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and you could not ask for a better attorney. I was referred to him by an attorney here in Kentucky who originally investigated the case. That lawyer told me it would be tough and the best thing to do would be to hire Mr. Gallagher and file a lawsuit in St. Louis. The relationship and care he put into my case was just unreal. He told me that he would never ever forget me and I still hear from him on my birthday, at Christmas, and throughout the year. I put my whole faith in Mr. Gallagher and he did a fantastic job.

– Billie P.

The representation I received was outstanding. My sister-in-law is an insurance adjuster and she recommended Sally. Sally and her whole staff addressed me as an individual and not as a number or the next client. They took all of my needs and considerations and addressed them very satisfactorily. I think this is an outstanding firm. If I need any other help in the future they will be the first people I call.

– Max H.

The case took us a while, but Jennifer always kept me informed of what was going on. I was always able to get in contact with her when I needed too. If I called her she would get back to me either the same day or the next day. I never had to wait 4, 5, or 6 days. Her whole staff did a great job of keeping in contact with me and was very courteous. I never felt intimidated. I was treated like a person. I could not have been happier with how I was treated.

– Ethel S.

I found out about Heller, Gallagher & Finley through my sister, and have been very happy with the representation I have received. Jennifer has helped me with a wide range of cases from a hit-and-run car accident to the writing of my will. She is always very informed and educated on all of the various topics I have dealt with her on, and I have been very impressed with the level of professionalism.

– Cynthia K.