J. Thaddeus Eckenrode

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in St. Louis, Missouri

Eckenrode-Maupin, Attorneys at Law
J. Thaddeus Eckenrode
Eckenrode-Maupin, Attorneys at Law

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Civil litigation, Business litigation

Licensed in Missouri since: 1983

Education: Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022

Eckenrode-Maupin, Attorneys at Law

11477 Olde Cabin Rd
Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63141 Visit website


Attorney J. Thaddeus Eckenrode is the founder and managing principal of Eckenrode-Maupin, Attorneys at Law, in St. Louis, Missouri. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in the state as well as the entire country, Mr. Eckenrode focuses his practice solely on defending the rights and interests of clients throughout Missouri who are facing claims of medical malpractice, product liability and other tortious matters.

Over the course of his legal career spanning nearly 30 years, Mr. Eckenrode has tried more than 70 cases to verdict, and he has achieved a success rate of almost 90%. From his efforts, he has helped save his clients millions of dollars in potential damages, and he has earned a listing in Missouri Lawyers Weekly as having secured some of the largest defense verdicts ever awarded in the state.

Along with insurance and tortious claims defense, Mr. Eckenrode has extensive experience handling other complex civil litigation matters, including business and contract disputes, and he has successfully represented numerous licensed professionals before various administrative agencies as well as on appeal.

In honor of his high ethical standards and uncommon legal abilities, Mr. Eckenrode has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, including the organization's Lawyer of the Year award in 2018. He has also received perennial recognition from A.M. Best as a Client Recommended Insurance Attorney for the past 10 years, and he has received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

A 1980 graduate of Siena College in Albany, New York, with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Mr. Eckenrode obtained his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1983. He holds his licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri.

Mr. Eckenrode is a member of several local, state and national legal organizations, including the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Claims and Litigation Alliance, the Defense Research Institute, The Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American Bar Association. He is also highly active with various civic, charitable and educational organizations in his community.

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Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: defense, Civil litigation: defense, Business litigation
  • 50% Personal injury - medical malpractice: defense
  • 40% Civil litigation: defense
  • 10% Business litigation

First Admitted: 1983, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://www.eckenrode-law.com/j-thaddeus-eckenrode/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member: DRI, CLM, MODL, ABA, ASLM, BAMSL.  Active in bar association functions including working as an attorney-coach for a high school mock trial team, and as a speaker for continuing legal education seminars and conferences sponsored by MoBAR, BAMSL, NBI and others. Scheduled Presenter/Speaker at the 2013 CLM National Conference (San Antonio) and the 2013 AALNC Conference (Chicago).
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Board of Directors, O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry. Active volunteer or participant in programs including: Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-A-Highway, Ronald McDonald House dinner program, Make-a-Wish, College-Bound.   Regular Donor/Contributor to Project Angel Tree, Make-a-Wish, Pujols Family Foundation, and many others.  Title Sponsor of the Eckenrode-Maupin/OASIS Food Pantry Annual Golf Tournament.  Mr. Eckenrode's firm supports a number of local and national charities and he encourages those within his organization to assume leadership and organize efforts to make both financial and time contributions to various worthwhile causes.
  • 2009 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • 2012 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • 2010 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • 2011 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America -- Medical Malpractice Defense; Personal Injury Litigation Defense, 2013
Educational Background:
  • Siena College, B.B.A. cum laude., 1980
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1983
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Mr. Eckenrode is a frequently invited speaker at seminars for other lawyers, in programs put on by state bar association and numerous other entities on topics involving trial strategies, tort law issues, etc.  A complete list of speaking engagements is available upon request., Author, Fighting the Squeeze, For the Defense, Defense Bar, Insurance, 2012
  • Predominantly representing defendants sued by others for money damages, he has litigated well over 90 jury trials to verdict, almost all of which resulted in a defense verdict with no award of damages to the plaintiff.  Representative Sampling of Defense Verdicts obtained in multiple venues and in both Missouri and Illinois courts over the past 3-5 years include:  1) Briggs v. Byrne 2) Arnold v. Lovinggood 3) Strong v. Jawaid 4)  AAOSI v. RSI 5) Schomaker v. AMG 6) Smith v. Gaskin 7) Libach v. Parashak 8) Schmitt v. Brabbee 9) Herndon v. Turpin 10) Ambrose v. Mormol 11) Fullerton v. Anesthesia Associates of Cape Girardeau 12) Gilmore v. Carda 13) Greszkowiak v. Blath 14) Michalek v. Crawford, 2016
Industry Groups:
  • Corporate
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Insurance Carriers

Office location for J. Thaddeus Eckenrode

11477 Olde Cabin Rd
Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63141

Phone: 314-675-1668


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022

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