Catastrophic Injury, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Auto Accidents, Workplace injuries, Tire Separations, Tire Explosions, Burns and Electrocutions, Amputations, Pharmaceutical & Medical Products Litigation, Premises Liability/Third Party Criminal Acts/Rape/Sexual Assault, & Workers' Compensation
Jim earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1990. Jim worked in sales for three years before returning to law school in 1993 at St. Louis University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 1996. Jim is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
At the Onder Law Firm, Jim concentrates his practice in products liability, catastrophic injuries, pharmaceutical litigation, and wrongful death claims, including window covering strangulation claims, forklift accidents, workplace injuries, tire explosions and separations, truck and car crashes, under ride collisions, manufacturing equipment defects, skid loader accidents, bobcat accidents, gas tank explosions, car defects and construction equipment cases.
Jim has handled product liability and wrongful death cases throughout the country including Missouri, Maine, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, California, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Connecticut, Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Montana, New Jersey, Washington, Tennessee, Oregon, and South Dakota.
Jim is widely recognized, along with his partner James Onder, as a national advocate and authority window blind strangulation and safety.Â Jim has handled over 60 catastrophic injuries and deaths involving strangulation on window covering cords throughout the United States.
Since joining the firm in 2003, Jim has participated in verdicts and settlements in excess of $125,000,000. Some highlights are listed below.
In 2004, Jim successfully resolved a wrongful death claim in Indiana for $3,000,000 for a widow and her four children against a major retailer resulting from the operation of a forklift on a defective loading dock.
In 2005, Jim completed the trial of Kohlfeld v. Rock Hill Mechanical Corp., involving a construction site accident and helped obtain a $9,000,000 verdict, which is the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Jefferson County, Missouri.
In 2006, Jim resolved the lawsuit of a young boy for $4,100,000 against a major automobile manufacturer for a defective seat which failed during a collision causing the boy to suffer catastrophic brain damage.
Also in 2006, Jim participated in the $4,000,000 resolution of the wrongful death claim a woman resulting from the failure of an under ride bar of a truck and trailer operated by a large food manufacturer.
In 2007, Jim resolved the wrongful death claim of an operator of a large dump truck when he was killed after the left front tire on his steer axle of his dump truck failed. The tire had been in use less than one week. At the time of the collision, the dump truck was empty. This matter settled for a confidential amount.
In 2009, Jim assisted in the litigation and resolution of a forklift accident death case for a total of $2,650,000.
In February, 2010, Jim completed the trial of David Willett v. Harsco Corporation d/b/a Patent Construction Systems, involving a construction site accident and obtained $1,100,000 unanimous verdict in St. Clair County, Illinois Circuit Court on a no offer case. This verdict was one of the largest verdicts in an injury case in St. Clair County, Illinois over the past ten years.
In August, 2010, Jim completed the resolution of the Kramer v. Bax Engineering, et al. lawsuit, for a total settlement of $8,300,000 which is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in St. Charles County Circuit Court history.
In September, 2010, Jim participated in the $22,500,000 resolution of the claims of a mother and her newborn son, both of whom suffered catastrophic brain damage, resulting from an automobile collision in rural Missouri. This is believed to be the largest reported settlement in St. Louis County history.
In 2011, Jim resolved death claims involving consumer products in the States of Connecticut, Illinois, Arkansas and California for over $6,500,000.Â Jim also resolved a third party criminal act case for a confidential amount involving the shooting of a customer on the parking lot of a large retailer in Western Missouri.
In 2012, Jim resolved a claim involving a brain injured child in the State of Washington for $5,300,000 and resolved a claim for a brain injured child in Missouri for $3,500,000. Jim also resolved a claim for a burn victim from a consumer product for $2,900,000.
In 2013, Jim has successfully resolved injury and death claims involving consumer products including claims in Missouri, California, Arizona, Virginia and Ohio in excess of $6,000,000.00.Â
In 2014, Jim successfully resolved a sexual assault case has successfully resolved injury and death claims involving consumer products including claims in Missouri, Montana, California, Arizona, Virginia and Ohio in excess of $6,000,000.00.
In 2015, Jim successfully resolved a consumer product case involving the brain injury of a 3 year old child for $4,750,000.
Jim also successfully resolved a brain injury claim for a young child for a confidential amount and participated in resolving over $4,000,000 in wrongful death claims in Georgia, California and Montana.
In 2016, Jim successfully resolved a wrongful death, third party criminal assault case at an in Missouri for $2,000,000.
Jim is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, AEIG, the Missouri Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the St. Louis County Bar Association, where he served six years on the Executive Committees.
Jim was born and raised in St. Louis. Jim is the son of a retired St. Louis County, Missouri Circuit Court Judge. Jim currently lives in St. Louis with his wife and six children.