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Michael Todd Blotevogel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Maryville, IL

Armbruster Dripps Blotevogel LLC
51 Executive Plaza Ct
Maryville, IL 62062
Phone: 618-208-0320
Fax: 800-927-1529
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Appellate, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael Todd Blotevogel is a partner with the Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC, law firm in Maryville, Illinois. Serving clients across the country, Mr. Blotevogel has more than 17 years of total legal experience, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients who are dealing with complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

·       FELA claims

·       Federal Railway Safety Act claims

·       Jones Act claims

·       Whistleblower claims

·       Products liability

·       Nursing home neglect and abuse

·       Medical malpractice

·       Premises liability

·       Automobile accidents

·       Other personal injury and wrongful death claims

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Blotevogel has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, and he has gained a reputation as a leader in FELA claims, Jones Act claims and Federal Railway Safety Act claims. From his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients. He maintains an unwavering dedication to helping his clients obtain the justice they deserve.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Blotevogel has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1995 graduate of Truman State University, Mr. Blotevogel received his Master of Arts in public administration from the University of Minnesota in 1997. After working with United Way for several years, he decided to pursue his legal career, and he obtained his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in 2003. While there, he served as an editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly, and he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Blotevogel holds his license to practice in Illinois and Missouri, and he is admitted to practice before various U.S. District Courts across the country as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

He is an active member of The Missouri Bar, and Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Alton-Wood River Bar Association and the Madison County Bar Association.

*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
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Appellate
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Appeals, Class Actions, Motor Vehicle Defects


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

About Michael Todd Blotevogel

First Admitted: 2003, Illinois

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Educational Background

  • (MA) in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota
  • (BSBA, cum laude) at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1995

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The article reviewed Illinois case law, as well as law from other jurisdictions, to discuss the proper and (often) improper use of motions in limine, particularly the increasing use of motions in limine as dispositive motions., Coauthor, At the Threshold of the Threshold: Responding at Trial to Dispositive Motions Disguised as Motion In Limine , Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association Trial Journal, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, American Association for Justice, 2017


  • This year was the first time I attempted to get a rating from Martindale Hubbell, and I was given the AV rating. , AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2017


  • $224,965.00 verdict for 70+ old plaintiff who had unwitnessed slip and fall at a Pilot truck stop shower. , 2020
  • $3.15 million FELA verdict for railroad employee injured by supervisor. , 2019
  • $525,000.00 FELA verdict for railroad employee injured after his employer refused to replace defective equipment. Verdict affirmed by Seventh Circuit in 2019., 2018
  • In Boyce v. Triple Crown Services Company, 3:15-cv-00696-MJR-SCW (S.D. Ill. June 1, 2017), Chief Judge Michael Reagan recently approved a settlement of $750,000.00 on behalf of a class of truckdrivers alleging that Triple Crown improperly required them to lease Qualcomm communications equipment directly from Triple Crown. Judge Reagan approved the settlement as fair and reasonable in light of the amount recovered on behalf of the class and the potential defenses Triple Crown could have raised. , 2017
  • A St. Louis County woman was awarded $722,811.10 for injuries she received in a vicious dog attack. The court agreed that the plaintiff suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result of the attack., 2013
  • A Duval County, Florida jury returned a verdict of $1,089,000.00 for the family of a railroad worker who died when the railroad failed to get him prompt medical attention after a coworker told a dispatcher he had collapsed., 2012
  • On January 28, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court denied the petition for leave to appeal filed by the defendants in Bruntjen v. Bethalto Pizza, LLC. 23 N.E.3d 1200 (Table), 388 Ill.Dec. 2; see also 2014 IL App (5th) 120245, 385 Ill.Dec. 215, 18 N.E.3d 215 The case involved a passenger in a van who sustained a traumatic brain injury when an Imo's Pizza delivery driver crossed the center line and hit his vehicle. The jury's verdict was $2,284,500.68; with interest on appeal, the ultimate judgment was in excess of $2.9 million. Charles Armbruster, Michael Blotevogel and Roy Dripps represented Matt Bruntjen in the trial and appellate courts., 2015
  • A St. Louis County, Missouri jury awarded an automobile transport driver over $1,000,000.00 for his injuries, and found his total damages exceeded $2,000,000.00. The jury agreed that the manufacturer of the rig was negligent, and separately found that it failed to provide proper warnings regarding the dangers of its chain and ratchet vehicle securement system. , 2013
  • A Madison County jury awarded a plaintiff $550,000.00 for a shoulder injury he suffered when he fell in a Casey's General Store. The man fell because store employees left liquid on the floor, failed to clean it up, and failed to warn about its presence. Casey's motion for a new trial and related post-trial motions were recently denied., 2017
  • A Macoupin County, Illinois jury awarded over $115,000.00 to a couple for injuries they suffered in an automobile collision, despite evidence that neither of them had required surgery in the years following the collision., 2014
  • Charles Armbruster and Michael Blotevogel obtained a verdict of nearly $300,000.00 for a couple who were injured in an automobile collision in Madison County, Illinois. The couple's car was struck when the defendant crossed into a lane for oncoming traffic in an improper attempt to pass cars stopped near an intersection. , 2016
  • A Grant County, New Mexico jury awarded $988,000.00 to a railroad worker who suffered a back injury after a derailment. According to court personnel, the verdict was believed to be the largest personal injury verdict ever returned in this venue. , 2012
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Office Location for Michael Todd Blotevogel

51 Executive Plaza Ct
Maryville, IL 62062

Phone: 618-208-0320

Fax: 800-927-1529

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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