Gary K. Burger

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in St. Louis, Missouri

Burger Law
Gary K. Burger
Burger Law

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Missouri since: 1992

Education: Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024
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Burger Law

500 N Broadway
Suite 1860
St. Louis, MO 63102 Visit website


The founding attorney of Burger Law, a leading personal injury law firm based in St. Louis, Gary K. Burger has dedicated his 30+ year legal career to the pursuit of justice, advocating for injury victims and their families. He is known for his zealous representation and has helped clients recover over $200 million so far.

He provides diligent legal services and compassionate representation to individuals and families who have been harmed by the negligence of others in Missouri, Illinois, and other states throughout the United States. His winning track record and current services span a wide range of personal injury and other civil cases, including:

  • Motor vehicle accidents (ie. accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, boats)
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability
  • Premises liability
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Dog bite
  • Wage and hour employment claims
  • Class actions and other injury plaintiff cases

His litigation and jury trial wins have been featured in the news media and he has hundreds of positive testimonials and reviews from happy clients, including more than 200 video testimonials and over 600 5-star Google reviews in addition to peer reviews and endorsements from fellow attorneys. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the Missouri Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits, and various Federal District courts.

Recognized by his clients and peers alike for his shrewd legal acumen, rigorous commitment to ethics, and commitment to thorough communication and education, Mr. Burger has an impressive list of accolades to attest to his legal skills. In addition to being recognized by Super Lawyers for more than a decade running and listed as one of the Top 50 attorneys in St. Louis, he is peer-review rated AV Preeminent (the highest possible honor)* through Martindale-Hubbell and is a board-certified attorney in civil trial advocacy and civil pretrial practice advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In addition to memberships in the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, he is inducted to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by the National Trial Lawyers. He has also earned the Clients Choice award from Avvo and a perfect 10.0 rating on Justia. Furthermore, one of his case wins was recognized as the second-highest jury verdict ($113.7 million) of 2018 in the state of Missouri by TopVerdict.

Mr. Burger's passion for law and justice is reflected in his work outside of the courtroom as well. He is an active member of the legal community and is affiliated with many prominent legal associations, serving on several nonprofit boards throughout his career, such as Board and Executive Committee member for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the Board of Governs for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (member of the Board of Governors), The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Illinois State Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, and the American Association for Justice. He has also been a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Intervention Committee and the Missouri Lawyers Regional Disciplinary Committee. Gary Burger regularly leads CLEs for fellow attorneys on complex legal topics. Along with educating fellow attorneys and the broader public about his practice areas through such engagements, news media appearances, and published written materials, he hosts YouTube and TikTok channels and the ”Lawyer v. Lawyer” podcast.

In addition to his professional achievements, Gary Burger is an active member of the St. Louis community. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife, kids, and rescue dogs and regularly donates to and volunteers for organizations such as the pet rescue Gateway Pet Guardians. Gary is an avid beekeeper and scuba diver. As a certified instructor, he even leads dives at Bonne Terre Mine and has been featured as a diving instructor in various media outlets, including Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly and the TODAY show. He enjoys being active, including bicycle riding and travel.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Legal Malpractice, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 10% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1992, Missouri

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Has been chosen by peers for the list of Super Lawyers for 12+ years, an honor only given to 5% of lawyers in each state., Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters
  • For pioneering contributions in recovery for Missouri lawyers, nominated by Judge Teitelman of the Missouri Supreme Court, James T. Britt award, Missouri Lawyers' Assistance Program
  • 2 years running (2023, 2024) named to Top 50 list of St. Louis Metro lawyers, Top 50, Super Lawyers, 2024
  • selected to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only honor that is comprised of the most qualified attorneys in each state.  , Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Gary Burger is named as member of the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor only given to 1% of attorneys in the United States.  , Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Avvo Clients’ Choice Award
  • AV-rated lawyer by LexisNexis and Martindale-Hubbell, “The preeminent Rating, indicating the highest level of legal ability and ethics. The pinnacle of professional excellence.”
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • The Missouri Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
  • Member, Illinois Bar Association
  • Member, Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Former Member, Missouri Lawyers Regional Disciplinary Committee
  • Former Chairmen, Missouri Lawyers Assistance Committee
  • Member, Missouri Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Missouri Supreme Court Intervention Committee under Rule 16.
Educational Background:
  • University of Missouri Columbia, Dual Degrees in Economics and Political Science, 1988
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D. Was awarded the Scholar in Law Award, 1992, 1989-1992
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $3 million judgment against Pam Hupp for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger, representing Gumpenberger's mother and his son, 2020
  • $232,000 workers' compensation settlement for a slip and fall accident that led to injuries requiring the client to have 5 surgeries, 2019
  • $305,000 settlement for a woman who was bitten in the face by a dog, 2020
  • $350,000 settlement the defense fought against every step of the way, for a man's injuries caused by the defectiveness of a ladder he received for use on a commercial project, 2020
  • A huge $1.25 million settlement for a woman who was rear-ended forcefully, and suffered brain and spinal cord injuries as well as PTSD and anxiety, 2021
  • $2.5 million settlement for the daughters of a man who was killed in a high-speed crash by a truck driver with high levels of THC in his system, 2021
  • $5,000,000 settlement for the family of a young man killed when a speeding tractor-trailer ran a red light and collided with his vehicle, 2013., 2013
  • $113.7 award for class of MO Corrections Officers who were not paid for pre and post shift activities, 2018., 2017
  • $400,000.00 car accident settlement with disputed causation on medical, 2011., 2010
  • $1.97 million settlement for a client who was driving on the highway when a children play ground equipment fell off the back of the vehicle in front of her causing the accident, 2012.
  • $175,000.00 settlement in slip and fall snow and ice case at that resulted in low back injuries, 2010.
  • $50,000.00 sexual harassment verdict against strip club in Southern Illinois, 2010.
  • $142,000.00 verdict for a client who was hit by a vehicle who failed to stop at a stop sign while on his motorcycle.
  • $180,000.00 settlement for premises liability slip and fall case. Settled the day before trial, 2011.
  • Over $100,000.00 recovery for family suffering smoke inhalation after apartment fire caused by landlord illegally storing accelerants in basement, 2010.
  • $675,000.00 car accident settlement and our client was intoxicated, 2010.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Secrets and Tricks" for resolving a PI case at full value in the claims stage and handling ethics problems, Lecturer, Host, The Hard Stuff in PI Cases: Settlement, Evidence in Trial and Ethics, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2022
  • Handling experts in litigation and trial, Lecturer, Host, How NOT to Have Your Expert Struck, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2020
  • Handling and resolving liens, Lecturer, Host, Liens, ERISA, and (de)STRESS, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2020
  • Zoom depositions and mediations and advanced demand and negotiation tactics., Pandemic Success: Advanced ZOom Depositions and Mediations, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2021
  • Trial strategy and tort reform, law firm marketing and cross-cultural lawyering, Lecturer, Host, Advanced Litigation: Hone and Update Your Litigation Practice, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2023
  • MC for the Maximum Lawyer conference in St. Louis for three years, attended by more than 250 attorneys from across the country gathered to share ideas, resources, solutions, challenges, and triumphs of legal entrepreneurship, Master of Ceremonies, Running a Law Firm While Getting a $113 Million Verdict, Maximum Lawyer Conference, 2021
  • Apportionment of Damages Under FELA, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 1999.
  • How to Effectively Handle and Resolve Small Personal Injury Cases, Presenter, Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, 2001.
  • Hot Tips in Personal Injury Litigation, Presenter, Annual Missouri Bar Meeting, 2001.
  • Civil Trial Tips, Presenter, Solo & Small Firm and Missouri Bar Conferences, 2003.
  • Closing Arguments, Solo & Small Firm Trial College, 2007.
  • Jury Instructions and the Jury, Lecturer, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2014.
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Recognized as one of the top settlements in Missouri in 2022 for a $117.5 million FLSA case, 2022
  • Winner of the second highest jury verdict in Missouri with a $113.7 million settlement, 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors for the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri organization, 2023
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Board of Governors, 2024

Office location for Gary K. Burger

500 N Broadway
Suite 1860
St. Louis, MO 63102

Phone: 888-212-0520


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