Brad L. Badgley

Top rated personal injury attorney in Belleville, Illinois

Brad Badgley P.C.
Brad L. Badgley
Brad Badgley P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Workers' compensation; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1978

Education: The John Marshall Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023

Brad Badgley P.C.

26 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220 Visit website


For over 43 years, attorney Brad L. Badgley has helped his clients secure the compensation and benefits they need following an injury or loss caused by someone else's negligence. Through his law firm, Brad L. Badgley, P.C. Attorney at Law, in Belleville, Illinois, Mr. Badgley represents individuals and families throughout St. Clair, Madison and Williamson counties with their legal needs related to personal injury, wrongful death and workers' compensation claims.

Mr. Badgley began his legal career in 1978 after receiving his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and his license to practice from the Illinois State Bar Association. In 1996, The Missouri Bar also admitted him to practice, and Mr. Badgley practices before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Badgley has gained a reputation for his aggressive litigation tactics and effective negotiation skills, resulting in substantial settlements and awards on behalf of his clients. Through his efforts, he has obtained some of the largest verdicts ever awarded in Illinois, including a $110 million verdict for the victims of a grain elevator explosion, and a $19.6 million settlement for two railroad salvage workers who were seriously burned in a derailment explosion.

Dedicated to his practice, Mr. Badgley remains active in many professional legal organizations, including serving on the board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Mo-Ill Chapter President of the American Board of Trial Advocates,Workers Compensation,Bench and Bar, Senior Section Counsel for the Illinois State Bar Association, among several others. He has also served as counsel to a number of organized labor associations, including the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

As testament of his high level of professionalism and service, Mr. Badgley has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Workers' compensation: claimant

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 60% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 40% Workers' compensation: claimant

First Admitted: 1978, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background:
  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, B.A. in Finance, 1974
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer, Multiple Subjects, Illinois Trial Lawyers, 1983 - Present
  • Lecturer, Multiple Subjects, Illinois State Bar Association, 1983 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, Subject - Jury Selection, McKendree College Forensic Psychology Class, February 18, 2000
  • Program Chair, Moderator, Products Liability Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, February 21, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, Seminar - Topic - Low Speed Collision, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, April 14, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, Topic - Legislative Changes Affecting Organized Labor, Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Local 182-B/Midwest Regional Conference, April 15, 2000
  • Listed in 83rd Edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for High Professional Legal Standards and Ethics
  • Nominated and vetted by peers., Admitted to College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, WILG, 2019
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Community Services Award Certificate of Appreciation, Belleville Trades & Labor Assembly AFL-CIO, 1986
  • Phi Delta Phi
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Bank Star One, Director
  • Fairview Heights Community Bank, Director
  • Union Planters Private Banking, Advisory Board, Director
  • Leader Funds, Director
  • Magna Trust Company, a Subsidiary of Magna Group, Inc., Director
  • Confidential settlement for a 66 year old daughter and next of kin, for the wrongful death, of her 85 year old wheel chair bound mother with dementia, who died in a fall at a nursing home., 2016
  • $110,000,000 verdict for two grain bin cleaners, who were injured in a grain bin explosion located in Chester, Illinois. On appeal the verdict was reduced as to one defendant and settled for a confidential amount as to the remaining defendant., 2015
  • $110,00,000 verdicts for two bin cleaner employees, who were injured in a grain bin explosion, located in Chester, Illinois. The Verdict was reveresed on appeal as to one defendant, and settled for a confidential sum as to the remaining defendant., 2012
  • $18,500,000 plus waiver of $750,000 workers compensation lien for two derailment service workers injured by an explosion at a Louisville, Kentucky railroad derailment site., 2017
  • $1,000,000 settlement for husband and wife injured in a motor vehilce accident by an intoxicated contractor driving home from a tavern., 2018
  • Koehler v. Illinois Cent. Gulf R. Co., 463 N.E.2d 918 (1984)
  • Standard Mutual Ins. Co. v. Fiedler, William, et al., 5-98-0675
  • Koehler v. Illinois Cent. Gulf R. Co., 488 N.E.2d 542 (1986)
  • Allied Van Lines v. Randall Russell, 2012 IL App (5th) 110255WC-U
  • Prest by Prest v. Sparta Community Unit School District No. 140, 510 N.E.2d 595 (1987)
  • Frakes v. Industrial Com'n, 534 N.E.2d 512 (1989)
  • Sauget v. Beuckman Ford Inc., 399 N.E. 2d 189 (1979)
  • Mank v. West American Ins. Co., 620 N.E.2d 6 (1993)
  • Stiles v. Panorama Lanes, Inc., 438 N.E.2d 241 (1982)
  • McGee v. Oldham, 642 N.E. 2d 196 (5th Dist 1994)
  • Deason v. Metropolitan Property & Liability Ins. Co., 474 N.E.2d 783 (1985)
  • Curtis Jackson v. City of Collinsville, 2011 IL App.(5th) 100516-U
  • Wisdom v. Stonewall Ins. Co., 487 N.E.2d 11289 (1986)
  • Hanson v. Illinois Central Gulf R. Co., 529 N.E.2d 81 (1988)
  • Sterling Steel Casting Co. v. Industrial Commission, 384 N.E.2d 1326 (1979)
  • Dockery v. Village of Steelville, 558 N.E.2d 449 (1990)
  • Godare v. Sterling Steel Casting, 421 N.E.2d 925 (1981)
  • Sisk v. Williamson County, 167 Ill. 2d 343 (1995)
  • Universal Underwriters Ins. Co. v. State Farm Auto Ins. Co., 470 N.E.2d 1130 (1984)
  • Chet Shelton, et al. v. Guaranty National Insurance Com, 5-98-0437
  • Darnell v. Ralph Korte Equipment Co., 494 N.E.2d 1206 (1981)
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company v. Paulk, 826 F2d 1068 (7th Cir 1987)
  • Buddell v. Board of Trustees, State University Retirement System Of Illinois, 514 N.E.2d 184 (1987)
  • Ryan v. Blakey, 389 N.E.2d 604 (1979)
  • Hoffmeister v. K-Mart Corp., 537 N.E.2d 460 (1989)
  • First Nat. Bank of Belleville v. Skidis, 403 N.E.2d 56
  • Gouge v. Central Illinois Public Service Co., 582 N.E.2d 108 (1991)
Representative Clients:
  • $19.6 million settlenent for Tony Carrillo and Greg Powers, railroad salvage employess who were burned in a derailment explosion., 2017
  • Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council AFL-CIO
  • Carpenters Local 433
  • Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Union Local 182B
  • Laborers International Union of North America Local 459
  • Service Employees Union Local 116
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Workers Compensation Lawyers Association, Board Of Director, Petitioner, 2021
  • Member ISBA Workers' Compensation Law Section Council, 2019
  • Greater St. Louis Council, Member
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1978
  • East St. Louis Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Chapter Vice President
  • Missouri, 1996
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member and Board Manager
  • Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member

Office location for Brad L. Badgley

26 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220

Phone: 618-235-1000


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023

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