Attorneys of Onder Law - St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys
James D. O'Leary - St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyer

James D. O'Leary

Catastrophic Injury, Construction Litigation, Products Liability, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Rape & Sexual Assault

Email Address:oleary@onderlaw.com

Jim was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Jim graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1992 and attended law school at St. Louis University School of Law where he graduated in 1995.

Jim is a founding partner of the firm. Jim concentrates his practice in injury litigation and torts, including negligence, truck and bicycle crashes, construction and work place injuries, electric shock and electrocution, spinal and brain injuries, premises liability and negligent hiring or supervision resulting in criminal acts of murder, molestation, rape and sexual assault, defectively designed or constructed roads or structures, and defective products, including construction equipment, medical device and pharmaceuticals.

In 2005, Jim tried a case in Jefferson County Circuit Court, Kohlfield v. Rock Hill Mechanical Corp., involving a construction site fall resulting in spinal and brain injuries. Jim obtained a $9,000,000 unanimous verdict on a no offer case from the insurance company, which is the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Jefferson County, Missouri.

Later that same year, Jim was successful in obtaining a $1,500,000 settlement for a sexual assault and rape victim at Plaza Square Apartments in the City of St. Louis, N.R. v. Plaza Square Partners, LLC, et al., which is believed to be the largest reported settlement of a sexual assault case against an apartment complex in Missouri.

In February 2010, Jim successfully tried the case of Willett v. Harsco Corporation d/b/a Patent Construction Systems, a construction site accident involving defective scaffolding which resulted in a back injury. Jim obtained a $1,100,000 unanimous verdict in St. Clair County, Illinois Circuit Court on a no offer case from the insurance company. This verdict is one of the largest personal injury verdicts in St. Clair County, Illinois over the past ten years.

In August 2011, after three years of litigation, Jim successfully resolved a child's bicycle crash resulting in a brain injury, Kramer v. Bax Engineering, et al. Jim proved the crash was caused by a defectively constructed road. The insurance companies for the contractors which designed, built and maintained the road settled the case with his client's family for $8,300,000. This settlement is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in St. Charles County, Missouri history.

In March of 2012, Jim resolved a case involving a defective consumer product, which burnt his client, for $2,900,000.

In July of 2012, after several years of litigation, Jim obtained a $3,450,000 settlement for three electric utility line workers who sustained electric shock injuries due to a defective wire stand. This settlement is the largest personal injury settlement in the rural Missouri county where the case was set to be tried. That same month, Jim obtained a $425,000 arbitration award against the State of Missouri on a no offer case for a defective intersection which caused a car crash inMains v. M.H.T.C.

In September of 2012, Jim obtained $950,000 and waiver of the $340,000 workers' compensation lien for a union carpenter who fell off a roof, which is believed to be the largest reported personal injury settlement in St. Louis County for a co-employee construction site negligence case in Barton v. Bazzell, et al.

On January 28, 2013, Missouri Lawyers Weekly acknowledged that Jim had five of the top one-hundred fifty 'Top Plaintiff Wins in 2012' for the State of Missouri.

Jim is a member of the Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, an organization that fights to protect the interests of victims of negligence, torts, dangerous products and consumer fraud.

Jim is admitted to practice law in Missouri and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. Jim is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney, indicating the highest level of legal ability and ethics, which is received by less than 10% of practicing attorneys.

Furthermore, Jim was named a Missouri Super Lawyer in 2005 and 2010-2012, which represents the top 5% of practicing lawyers in the state of Missouri. In 2012, Jim was also named by KC Magazine as a Top Attorney in Plaintiff Personal Injury General Law. Jim is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which less than 1% of practicing lawyers in the United States would qualify.

Jim has tried numerous bench and jury trials in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Jefferson County, and Federal Court. Several of his cases have been highlighted in local news reports and papers, including the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Jim lives in St. Louis with his wife and three children.

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Onder Law holds the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

We have been recognized by the Million Dollar Advocates Foum for securing million dollar settlements on behalf of our clients. Fewer than 1% of all attorneys receive this recgonition.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

We have been recognized by the Million Dollar Advocates Foum for securing multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of our clients. Fewer than 1% of all attorneys receive this recgonition.

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The attorneys of Onder Law have been recognized as Super Lawyers

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Onder Law handles mass tort claims that are filed in federal courts nationwide. Attorneys at Onder Law are licensed only in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas; however our attorneys have handled cases nationwide* including in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Attorneys at Onder Law have represented clients in federal multi-district litigation in the following cities*: Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, Birmingham, AL, Boston, MA, Buffalo, NY, Charlotte, NC, Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, Fresno, CA, Hartford, CT, Honolulu, HI, Houston, TX, Indianapolis, IN, Jacksonville, FL, Kansas City, MO, Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Louisville, KY, Memphis, TN, Miami, FL, Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, New York, NY, Oklahoma City, OK, Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, Pittsburgh, PA, Portland, OR, Providence, RI, Raleigh, NC, Richmond, VA, Riverside, CA, Rochester, NY, Sacramento, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, San Antonio, TX, San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, Seattle, WA, St. Louis, MO, Tampa, FL, Tucson, AZ, Tulsa, OK, Virginia Beach, VA and Washington, DC.

* In order to represent clients in states where the attorneys are not licensed, they must be granted admission pro hac vice or associate with local counsel.