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				O'Toole, Jr.
Civil defense trial lawyer

Terrence O'Toole, Jr.

Member in St. Louis

Terry O'Toole is an experienced trial lawyer with proven results. He has tried more than 30 cases to verdict in state and federal courts and in 2017 was awarded the Lon O. Hocker award by the Missouri Bar Foundation for excellence in trial advocacy. A former police detective and criminal prosecutor, Terry utilizes his unique skill set to serve his clients in all aspects of risk management, investigation, case preparation, and trial.

Terry concentrates in the areas of medical malpractice and general liability defense, including personal injury, security, insurance, and transportation law.  He works regularly with clients ranging from healthcare providers, claims managers, and in-house counsel to provide counsel and advocacy tailored to each client’s unique needs.

Representative Experience:
  • Jury verdict for healthcare client in alleged wrongful death medical malpractice action with $3.2 million dollar demand (2022)
  • Jury verdict for healthcare clients in alleged wrongful death medical malpractice action (2017)
  • Jury verdict for healthcare client against allegations of premises liability, demand of $350,000 (2016)


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • University of Missouri, B.A., 2001

Memberships & Activities

  • American Short Line Railroad Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • St. Louis Association of Healthcare Risk Managers

Awards & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, St. Louis Metropolitan Area, 2021-present
    • Insurance Law (2022-present)
    • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (2024)
    • Personal Injury Litigation  Defendants (2021-present)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2019-present
  • Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award, 2017
  • Missouri Lawyers Media Up & Coming Award, 2015
  • Louis A. Lombardo Prosecuting Attorney of the Year Award, 2013
  • KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy Graduate, 2011-2012
  • Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office Award for most cases tried to verdict in the Sex Crimes Unit, 2011
  • Circuit Attorney's Office Justice Award for outstanding trial results, 2009
  • University City Police Officer of the Year Award, 2003


  • Presenter: "Neutral Evaluation Basics" section of "ADR Workshop", Missouri Bar CLE (October 2019)
  • Presenter: “Legal Panel – Punitive Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases; Responding to Medical Records Requests”, Washington University / BJC HealthCare Defense Counsel Seminar (September 2019)
  • Presenter: "Trial Masters – Jury Instructions: Ten Common Pitfalls of Jury Instructions", Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Bench and Bar Conference (May 2019)
  • Moderator: “2018 Technology: A Firm's Best Friend”, Missouri Bar CLE (November 2018)
  • Presenter: "Using Technology in the Courtroom" section of "Port Tech Conference", Missouri Bar CLE (October 2018)
  • Presenter: "Using Technology in the Courtroom" section of "The Trial Experience", Missouri Bar CLE (June 2018)


Baker Sterchi Obtains Dismissal for Missouri Hospital

Baker Sterchi recently secured dismissal of all claims against a Missouri hospital client. The lawsuit arose from an admission to the hospital in December 2017; however, the plaintiff filed the lawsuit more than two years later.

Defense Verdict Secured at Trial of Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Case

In a wrongful death medical malpractice case, a St. Louis County jury returned a verdict for our clients, an emergency medicine physician and hospital nursing staff, after a five-day trial. At trial, Plaintiff claimed that the emergency medicine physician and hospital facility nursing staff wrongfully administered...