Stephen C. Buser

Stephen C. Buser

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Columbia, IL

Law Office of Stephen C. Buser, Ltd.
 | 108 Veterans Parkway, PO Box 797
Columbia, IL 62236
Phone: 618-281-6336
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen C. Buser is the founder and owner of the Law Office of Stephen C. Buser, Ltd., located in Columbus, Illinois. A highly rated attorney with over 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Buser devotes his efforts to helping innocent accident victims throughout Southern Illinois, the eastern part of Missouri and the St. Louis metro region obtain the compensation and benefits they need to support themselves and their families.

Handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. Buser advocates strongly on behalf of those adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, construction injuries, animal bites, toxic torts, medical malpractice and workers' compensation. As a major part of his practice, he maintains a particular focus on representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect as well as those who lost a loved one due to another party's negligence or wrongdoing.

Utilizing a vast network of medical professionals, vocational rehabilitation experts and other resources, along with having a registered nurse on his staff, Mr. Buser is able to provide a level of support and advocacy unmatched by other personal injury firms. Never one to accept an initial offer from insurance companies, he works tirelessly to secure the maximum amount possible for his clients.

A 1975 graduate of The University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and mass communication, Mr. Buser received his Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1978. That same year, the Illinois State Bar Association admitted him to practice, and The Missouri Bar admitted him in 1996. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Missouri and U.S. Supreme Court.

A consummate professional, he is active in a number of professional legal organizations, particularly the Illinois State Bar Association, where he served as chair for the association's tort law section council and was a member of the association's civil practice and procedure section council.

About Stephen Buser

Admitted: 1978, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.buserlawfirm.com/firm-overview/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois Supreme Court, Committee on Jury Instructions Civil Cases, Member, 2006-2015
  • ISBA, Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, Member, 2006-2008
  • ISBA, Young Lawyers Division, Member, 1980-1983
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Member, 1978-2017
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1978-2017
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2013-2017
  • Illinois Supreme Court, Committee on Character and Fitness, Member, 2015-2017
  • U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois, Lawyer Association, 2017-present
  • ISBA Chair, Tort Law Section Council, 1987-1988
  • American Bar Association Chair, General Practice Section Litigation Committee, Member, 1992-1994
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Practice Section Council, Past Chair, 1978-present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 1979
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1987-2017
  • United States Supreme Court, 2005
  • American Association of Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Group, Member, 1999-present
  • ISBA, Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, Member, 1995-1996
  • ISBA, Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, Member, 2012-2013
  • American Association of Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Committee, Member, 2010-2017
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, Member, 1978-2017
  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1978
  • Missouri Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2006-2017
  • Missouri Supreme Court, 1996
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Tort Law Section Council, Past Chair, 1978-Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Illinois Premises Liability: Update and Review", 77 ISBA Journal Vol. 15, Illinois Bar Journal, November 1989
  • Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting Lake Ozarks, MO June 25-28, 2015
  • "Jury Forms Handbook Makes Drafting Instructions Easier", 81 ISBA Journal Vol. 3, Illinois Bar Journal, March 1993
  • AAJ Annual Convention Montreal, Canada July 11-14, 2015
  • "Lawyers and Shakespeare", 82 ISBA Journal Vol. 1, Illinois Bar Journal, January 1994
  • "Illinois Nursing Home Litigation 2000,"Volume 88 No. 6, June, 2000
  • Reptile in Nursing Home cases St. Louis, Missouri, October 23-24, 2015
  • "Illinois Nursing Home Litigation", Vol. 88, Illinois Bar Journal, June 2000
  • "Illinois Liability for Contact Sport Injuries," 32 Illinois State Bar Tort Trends Newsletter 3, December 1996
  • American Association of Justice Advanced Deposition College New Orleans, LA, January 15-18, 2016
  • "Division of Pension Benefits Between Parties Under The Illinois Dissolution of Marriage Act, 2 ITLA Journal Vol. 3, Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, Spring 1981
  • "Strict Products Liability Litigation in Review," 70 Illinois State Bar Journal 3, November 1981
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, February 2016, Speaker: The Nursing Home Pressure Case Steamboat Springs, Colorado, February 18-20, 2016
  • "Illinois Domestic Violence Act in Review" ,5 ITLA Journal Vol. 2, Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, Spring 1983
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Briefs, Co-Editor, 2008-2010
  • AAJ Plaintiff Convention Boca Raton, FL, February 27-March 2, 2016
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Cognitive Science Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, March 14-15, 2016
  • "Tort Actions for Economic Loss: The Continuing Saga of the Moorman Doctrine", 5 ITLA Journal Vol. 2, Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, Spring, 1983
  • Editorial Board, The Compleat Lawyer, General Practice Section, American Bar Association, 1990-1991
  • AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar Charleston, SC, May 5-6, 2016
  • "Views from the Bench: Interview with Judge Charles Chapman",ITLAJournal ,Vol. 1, Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, Winter 1985
  • "An Attorney Addresses Landscape Contractors' Liability Under the Law," 30 Landscape Contractor 9, September 1989
  • AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Damages Seminar Nashville, TN, May 19-22, 2016
  • "Failure to Warn in Toxic Tort Cases", 23 Trial Magazine Vol. 10, American Association of Justice, October 1987
  • "Update on New, Revised, and Withdrawn Illinois Civil Jury Instructions," Illinois State Bar Trial Briefs Newsletter, Volume 53, No. 11, June, 2008
  • "Remedies in Nuclear Radiation Litigation," American Trial Lawyers Law Student Environmental Essay contest winner, 1977
  • "A Primer on the Use of Structured Settlements in Litigation Practice", 11 Barrister Magazine  Vol.4, American Bar Association, Fall 1984
  • "Fifth District Grants New Trial on Damages when Jury's Verdict is Inconsistent with the Evidence," Illinois State Bar Trial Briefs Newsletter, Volume 23, No. 5, December 2007
  • AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Review and Update, Sante Fe, NM, October 28 - October 29, 2016
  • "Update on Supreme Court Rule 220 and Petrillo", 137 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Vol 244, December 13,1991
  • "The Saga of Admissibility of Vehicular Post-Collision Photographs Continues," Illinois State Bar Trial Briefs Newsletter, Volume 52, No. 7, March, 2007
  • ''Trial Preparation Checklist for the General Practitioner", Vol. 4 The Compleat Lawyer, General Practice Section, ABA, Winter 1986
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, Speaker: Medication and the Practice of Law Steamboat Springs, Colorado, February 2017
  • "Disclosing Experts: Trial Lawyers' Bugaboo", 138 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Vol 76, April 17,1992
  • "Don't Judge Juries by Political Correctness", St. Louis Post Dispatch, March 25, 1993
  • "Illinois Premises Liability: a New Era," 41 Illinois State Bar Trial Briefs 4, January 1996
  • "Structural Damage to Residential Buildings", AmJur Trial Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Vol. 15, American Jurisprudence, Fall 1994
  • "The Resurrection of Petrillo," 42 Illinois State Bar Trial Briefs Newsletter 4, November 1996
  • "TV Cameras Transform Courtroom into Circus," Monroe County Clarion Journal, November 5, 1995
  • "Medical and Hospital Medical Malpractice: Law and Litigation: Statute of Limitations", Callaghan and Company, 1987
  • "Going to Trial," Preliminary Procedural Matters and Filing Suit, American Bar Association, 1989
  • "Abe Lincoln: Illinois' Self-Esteem Role Model," Monroe County Clarion Journal, September 19, 1995
  • "New Limits on Suing for Injury", St. Louis Post Dispatch, April 4, 1995
  • "Notice Under Illinois Tort Law," 23 Illinois Bar Tort Trends Newsletter 3; November 1987
  • "Kansas Lawyer was Inspiration to Illinois Nephew," 35 Illinois Bar News 21, May 15, 1995
  • Anatomy of Nursing Home Malpractice, American Bar Association, Chicago, IL, March 13, 1999
  • "Fifth District Takes New Direction in School Tort Liability," 23 Illinois State Bar Tort Trend Newsletter 4, January 1988
  • "New Limits on Suing for Injury," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 4, 1995
  • Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., Inc. L&J Nursing Home Litigation Seminar Las Vegas, NV, October 26-27, 2001
  • "Medical and Hospital Malpractice: Law and Litigation," Statute of Limitations, Callaghan and Company, 1987
  • "Duty Versus Doubt: Death Row Dilemma," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 19, 1993, Book Review of Execution Eve written by William J. Buchanan
  • Association of Trial Lawyers Education, The Ever-Changing Defendant: Holding the Nursing Home Industry Accountable Memphis, TN, October 4-5, 2006
  • American Association of Justice AAJ's Litigating Nursing Home Cases Seminar Austin, TX October 3-4, 2008
  • "Recent Trends in Tort Law," 23 Illinois State Bar Tort Trends Newsletter 2, October 1987
  • "What Next for the Quixotic Petrillo Doctrine?" 39 Illinois State Bar Trial Briefs Newsletter 1, September 1993
  • American Association of Justice AAJ's Advanced Nursing Home Seminar and Case Development College, Memphis, TN June 11-14, 2009
  • "Wilson v. Clark: Review and Update," 23 Illinois State Bar Tort Trends Newsletter 3, November 1987
  • "Lefthander International Magazine 4, July/August 1993
  • American Association of Justice  AAJ's Litigating Nursing Home Cases Seminar Chicago, Illinois October 17-18, 2009
  • "Horses, Accidents and Injuries: What is the Owner's Liability?" Illinois Racing News, April 1984
  • "Fifth District Makes New Rule on Forum Non Conveniens," 39 Illinois State Bar Trial Briefs 1, June 1993
  • American Association of Justice Establishing Corporate Negligence in Nursing Home Cases Using Cost Reports and Other Financial Documents Washington D.C., June 4-5, 2010
  • "Illinois Animal Law and Tort Liability," 21 Illinois State Bar Tort Trends Newsletter 2, November 1985
  • "Jury Forms Handbook Makes Easier Drafting Instructions Easier," 81 Illinois State Bar Journal 3, March 1993
  • American Association of Justice Nursing Home Litigation Deposition College Washington D.C., May 10-11, 2012
  • "Editor's Comments on Illinois Tort Reform Act," 22 Illinois State Bar Tort Trends Newsletter 2, November 1986
  • 138 Chicago Daily Bulletin 76, April 17, 1992
  • MO - CLE Head Trauma Teleconference National Business Institute, August 21, 2013
  • "Update on Illinois Insurance Caselaw," Illinois State Bar Policy Newsletter, March 1989
  • Cited by Illinois Supreme Court in Boatmen's National Bank v. Martin, 185 Ill.Dec.509, 614 NE2d 1194, June 28, 1993
  • American Association of Justice Litigating Nursing Home Case Las Vegas, NV, November 13-17, 2013
  • "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury", St. Louis Post Dispatch, August 8, 1994
  • "Making Waves: Interview with Gary Peel," 9 The Compleat Lawyer 2, Spring 1992
  • "Problems with Petrillo in Civil Practice," 38 Illinois State Bar Trial Briefs Newsletter 6, March 1993
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association Winter Seminar/Conference Speaker: Nursing Home Litigation 101 Lake Tahoe, CA, February 27-29, 2014
  • Editor-in- Chief, Illinois Bar Journal, 1998-2000
  • 139 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 95, May 14, 1993
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Nursing Home Seminar Las Vegas, NV, March 14-15, 2014
  • Editor and Co-Editor, ISBA Section Council Publications for Tort Trends, Young Lawyers, Family Law and Trial Briefs
  • 33 Illinois State Bar News 21, May 15, 1993
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Seminar Web Neuropsychological Diagnosis in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, June 12, 2014
  • Advisory Committee, Illinois Tart Law Reports, 1987-1988
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Seminar Web Neuropathical Diagnosis in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, June 12, 2014
  • Editorial Board, The Compleat Lawyer, General Practice Section, American Bar Association, 1990-1991
  • Nursing Home Litigation Illinois Continuing Legal Education Speaker: Case Intake, Experts, Jury Instructions, Common Plaintiff Theories Collinsville, Illinois, February 12, 2015
  • "Strict Product Liability in Review", 70 ISBA Journal Vol. 3, Illinois Bar Journal, November 1981
  • "Illinois Residential Burglary Statute: A Need to Redefine When an Invaded Structure is a Dwelling", 73 ISBA Journal, Vol. 5, Illinois Bar Journal, January, 1985
  • AAJ Winter Meeting Palm Springs, CA February 21-23, 2015
  • "Illinois Tort Law in Review", 77 ISBA Journal Vol. 1, Illinois Bar Journal, September 1988
  • ITLA Spring Seminar Las Vegas, NV, March 13-14, 2015

Educational Background:

  • University of Kansas, BS, Journalism, 1975
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Office Location for Stephen C. Buser

108 Veterans Parkway
PO Box 797
Columbia, IL 62236

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Last Updated: 10/30/2019

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