Jill S. Bollwerk

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in St. Louis, MO

Bollwerk & Tatlow, LLC
 | 10525 Big Bend Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
Phone: 314-315-8111
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (40%),
  • Social Security Disability (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jill S. Bollwerk is a partner with the Bollwerk & Tatlow, LLC, law firm in St. Louis, Missouri. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 28 years of legal experience, Ms. Bollwerk devotes her practice to advocating on behalf of those who have workers' compensation and personal injury claims as well as issues with Social Security Disability. Licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri, she represents clients throughout Missouri and around the surrounding areas of the greater St. Louis metro region in Illinois.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Bollwerk has gained invaluable experience with automobile and premises liability litigation, workers' compensation and SSDI filings and appeals, and other similar matters. She once worked as an insurance defense attorney, so she has a unique insight into the industry. This helps her devise the most effective strategies possible aimed at helping her clients obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve.

At all turns, Ms. Bollwerk delivers compassionate, personalized counsel to her clients and responds to their calls and emails promptly to address their questions and concerns and to provide updates as to the status of their cases. Recognized for her professionalism and her unwavering commitment to those she serves, she has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with numerous other accolades from her peers and many positive testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

After graduating in the top 5 percent of her class from Southern Illinois University — Carbondale in 1988, Ms. Bollwerk attended Saint Louis University School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1991. The Missouri Bar admitted her to practice that same year, and the Illinois State Bar Association admitted her in 1993. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

Highly active in her field, Ms. Bollwerk is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, where she co-chairs the organization's Emergency Response Team. She is also a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group and The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, among her other professional affiliations. Furthermore, she has several publications to her credit regarding workers' compensation litigation, jury selection, subrogation, effectively establishing a solo practice and other subjects.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents

Workers' Compensation (40%)

Social Security Disability (10%)

Insurance Coverage (10%): Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2019

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White Papers

  • How To Handle your Workers' Compensation Claim Yourself, and How to Know When it is Time to Hire an Attorney! (2018) - A free publication that discusses the workers' compensation claims procedure and knowing when you should hire an attorney.

  • About Jill Bollwerk

    Admitted: 1991, Missouri

    Professional Webpage: http://www.bollwerktatlow.com/bio/jill-s-bollwerk.cfm

    Honors/Awards:

    • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Volunteer of the Year, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Award given in recognition for co-chairing and participating in the creation of the Emergency Response Team, which provides free legal assistance to people affected by natural disasters. Also, for participating in volunteer efforts through Trial Lawyers Care, 2014

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Rule 17 Certified Mediator, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District of Missouri
    • Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Illinois, 1993
    • Member, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group
    • Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives
    • Mound City Bar Association, 2017
    • Member, Missouri Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1993
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1991
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1991
    • Lawyers Association of St. Louis, 1995
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis---2016-present--member of the Worker's Compensation Section.  Formerly a high school mock trial coach for three different area high schools through BAMSL.  Volunteer for Motion for Kids (formerly Project Angel Tree) party every year, 1991
    • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, 1993
    • The Missouri Bar, 1991
    • Member, American Association for Justice (Formerly ATLA), 1992
    • Women's Lawyer Association of Greater St. Louis---2018, Member of the WLA Foundation Board, 2010
    • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys---co-chair, Emergency Response Team, 1994

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer mediator for St. Louis County landlord/tenant court, assisting pro se landlords and tenants in resolving their disputes. , 2019
    • Active in BAMSL Motion for Kids and MATA's Emergency Response Team, which brings free legal help to victims of natural disasters, in coordination with the Red Cross., 2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Annual Trial Masters Seminar, Mock Trial Presenter--conducted a mock plaintiff's voir dire, Lawyers Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, https://lawyersassociationofstlouis.org/app/uploads/2019/02/Lawyers-Association-Newsletter-2-2019.pdf, Trial Attorneys, Every year, the Lawyers Association of St. Louis presents a 4-hour mock trial to the legal community, and the presenters are considered some of the most esteemed and experienced in the area. Jill was asked to participate this year and handled the Plaintiff's voir dire for an audience of over 100 lawyers, 2019
    • "Selecting the Right Jury for Your Case," NBI, Inc. 2012
    • "Subrogation Issues and Procedures", NBI, Inc., 2012
    • 3 Chapters of "How to Start Your Own Solo Practice", NBI, Inc., 2007
    • "Litigating the Claim" The First Step and "The Hearing" - Workers' Compensation Hearings in Missouri, NBI, Inc., 2000 - 2001
    • Co-Presenter, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Bench and Bar--Trial Masters: Objections from Start to Finish, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, https://www.bamsl.org/, Attorneys Of All Areas Of Practice And Judges From The St. Louis Metropolitan Area Courts, Jill spoke, along with The Hon. Stephen Ohmer, and Attorney Eric Martin, about the ins and outs of making objections in written discovery, depositions, pre-trial motions and throughout the trial, 2019
    • Presenter on IMEs and their ethical issues, The Missouri Bar Annual Workers' Compensation Institute, The Missouri Bar, http://mobar.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=135726, Attorneys And Administrative Law Judges, Jill spoke from the claimant's perspective about the mechanics and ethics of obtaining expert opinion testimony, 2019
    • Speaker, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, https://www.matanet.org/, Plaintiff's Attorneys, Provided training on Missouri Emergency Response Team, 2018
    • Speaker, The Paralegal's Guide to Auto Accident, Institute for Paralegal Education, https://ipe.nbi-sems.com/, Litigation Paralegals And Assistants, Participated in a recorded seminar to be presented througout the country to paralegals on the subject of auto injury litigation. I spoke specifically on Case Intake and Investigation, as well as Evidence and Discovery, 2015
    • Presenter, Understanding and Resolving Issues Regarding ERISA, Medicare, Medicaid, Disability Benefits and Unpaid Medical, Missouri Division of Worker's Compensation Annual Conference, https://labor.mo.gov/sites/labor/files/Understanding-and-Resolving-ERISA-Medicare-etc.pdf, Attorneys, Case Managers, Insurance Adjusters And Administrative Law Judges, Spoke to participants about all of the many subrogation, lien and reimbursement issues that arise in workers' compensation cases, as well as issues regarding unpaid medical bills, 2016
    • Presenter, National Business Institute, https://www.nbi-sems.com/ProductDetails/Eliminating-Minimizing-Liens-in-Personal-Injury-Settlements/OnDemand-Audio/78843SADM_ILCLEET144200000?pt=1, Attorneys And Paralegals, Eliminating and Minimizing Liens in Personal Injury Settlements, Spoke on investigation and negotiation of all types of liens and subrogation interests that face a personal injury practitioner, 2018
    • Moderator, Reptile Theory: The New Frontier of Trial Practice, United States Arbitration and Mediation, https://usam.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2.24.17-MO.pdf, Attorneys And Mediators, Moderated a discussion among plaintiff's lawyers and defendant's lawyers in how the Reptile theory is used in their practices, 2017

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • $5,000 awarded to plaintiff who injured her neck and knee in side impact auto collision. Trial in Jefferson County, MO April 3-5, 2019. Motions for New Trial were filed by plaintiff, 2019
    • $2.2 million workers' compensation award (value of permanent total disability award based on life expectancy).  Police officer suffering from post traumatic stress disorder due to combination of last work incident in combination with prior work incidents. JC v. Second Injury Fund, 2018
    • $99,000 settlement in St. Charles County Circuit Court.  Plaintiff's vehicle was struck by a vehicle which left the scene of the crash.  Plaintiff's vehicle spun out and then hit the concrete barrier. Plaintiff suffered an aggravation of a prior neck injury and also sustained a rotator cuff tear which was not discovered for more than a year after the crash. Defendant originally claimed his vehicle did not strike plaintiff's vehicle, 2018
    • $219,978 workers' compensation settlements for police officer suffering from post traumatic stress disorder due to separate shooting incidents.  Lifetime benefits awarded against Second Injury Fund in separate proceeding, 2018
    • $325,000 combined wrongful settlement: Schroeder v. Murphy, American Family and Archway Memorial Chapel--settlement totaling $325,000 awarded for the death of a motorcycle funeral escort who was struck while proceeding through a red light. Case settled a approximately 1 month before trial.  Settlement obtained as follows: $100,000 policy limits of the responsible driver; $150,000 uninsured motorist limits paid due to the acts of a phantom motorist, $75,000 settlement with funeral home that planned the procession, 2018
    • $600,598.88 Jury Verdict--Henderson v. Shelter Mutual Ins. Co., Tried in Jefferson County Circuit Court, Verdict A: jury assessed damages of $500,000 with 30% fault to plaintiff (judgment entered on policy limits of $50,000 on Verdict A); Verdict B: Jury awarded $5,150 in penalties, $12,498.88 in interest, and $82,950 in attorney's fees. Jury found that plaintiff's insurance company wrongfully refused to pay her $50,000 of uninsured motorist benefits when she was run off the road by a driver who blinded her with its bright lights and caused her to go into a ditch. Plaintiff suffered fractured eye sockets, nose, and leg, 2018
    • $47,154 workers' compensation settlement for work-related car crash, elbow impingement and lumbar herniated disc. TF v. Employer, 2018
    • $60,000 workers' compensation settlement (maximum settlement authority) Dennis P. v. SIF, 2018
    • Jury trial--Verdict for Defendant, but $50,000 paid by defendant to plaintiff due to a high/low agreement entered pre-trial. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband. Husband was waved on to turn left by a stopped vehicle and when he turned, their vehicle was struck.  Voss v. Lynn and National General Insurance Online, St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2017
    • $66,685.89 workers' compensation settlement for hip injury to trucker. MM v. Employer, 2017
    • $125,000 settlement for passenger thrown from vehicle in a crash in Ste. Genevieve County who sustained back injury. FB v. AA, 2017
    • $50,000 policy limits settlement against driver who overturned his vehicle and was in the middle of the road with no lights. Plaintiff struck the vehicle, sustaining a hand injury. St. Louis City Circuit Court--Dennis P. v. Nicholas W, 2017
    • $200,000 settlement shortly before trial in Monroe County Circuit Court for motorcyclist who fractured his leg when he lost control of his motorcycle. He alleged that he was forced to switch lanes in a construction zone from lower pavement to high pavement because a piece of construction equipment was coming at him in his lane of travel. He alleged that he did not have adequate warning of the oncoming equipment in order to safely change lanes.  Minks v. WL Miller, 2017
    • $60,000 workers' compensation settlement (maximum settlement authority)Floyd H. v. Second Injury Fund, 2015
    • $400,000 settlement of third party suit filed by injured worker who was hurt on the job by another worker, who was working for a different entity (Confidential), 2015
    • $60,000 workers' compensation settlement (maximum settlement authority) David S. v. Second Injury Fund, 2015
    • $60,000 workers' compensation settlement (maximum settlement authority) Robert S. v. Second Injury Fund, 2015
    • $91,000 uninsured motorist settlement plus $36,854.40 workers' compensation settlement for employee who injured head and neck in work-related car crash. Robert M. v. Allstate (uninsured motorist case); Robert M. v. Reliable (workers' compensation case), 2015
    • $85,000 settlement for woman injured in fall near soda fountain at Taco Bell. BG v. Taco Bell, 2015
    • $54,847.87 workers' compensation settlement for hand injury; also assisted with employee's Social Security disability appeal and won.  Floyd H.  v. Employer, 2015
    • $44,948 workers compensation settlement for shoulder injury. GH v. Employer, 2014
    • $150,000 worker's compensation settlement for worker who sustained multiple chemical sensitivities after being exposed to a chemical at work in a dental office. CR v. DA, 2014
    • $54,304.90 workers' compensation settlement for leg injury, Ted L. v. St. Louis Co., 2014
    • $50,808 workers' compensation settlement following hardship award that was upheld by the Labor and Industrial Relations Comission, ordering  employer to provide disputed back surgery.  Settlement was for permanent partial disability for the back after the awarded surgery. Smuzeski v. Altec, 2014
    • $100,000 workers' compensation settlement for widow whose husband died in a crash after suffering a heart attack. Kathryn N. v Parsons. Case was hotly contested as to whether the decedent's heart attack occurred before the crash, or whether the decedent died as a result of the crash.  We had previously won the widow's contested accidental death appeal against Cigna Insurance, resulting in a payount of $600,000, 2014
    • $150,000 settlement--Limberg v. McBroom and Continental Western Ins. --the insurance company for the third party driver paid its $100,000 policy limits, and plaintiff's underinsured motorist carrier paid its $50,000 limits after an ambulance attendant suffered injuries when a driver failed to yield to the ambulance, causing a crash, 2014
    • Workers' Compensation Award valued at $900,000 over lifetime--Fronek v. Production Delivery --Workers' compensation award for permanent total disability benefits rendered October 2017 (affirmed by Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, 2018): Award for permanent total disability benefits from August 4, 2013 for life (resulting in back benefits award of $192,096 plus $736.15/weekly for the life of plaintiff), also $6444.95 in unpaid medical expresses awarded, 2017
    • Jury Verdict $50,000--Massey v. Sumner---Jury verdict entered in Jefferson County Circuit court on 8.8.18 for $50,000 policy limits. Automobile crash. Defendant ran a red light and struck plaintiff as he was turning onto highway 55. Plaintiff suffered a herniated cervical disc, 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • Multiple Police officers for various cities and municipalities, 2015
    • Multiple truckers for Yellow Freight/Roadway, 2014

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Candidate for 21st Circuit Judicial Commission, 2017

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    Educational Background:

    • SIU Carbondale, B.A., Major: Communications / Radio-Television, Honors: Top 5% of her Class, December, 1987 

    Industry Groups

    • General working public
    • Truckers
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    Office Location for Jill S. Bollwerk

    10525 Big Bend Road
    St. Louis, MO 63122

    Phone: 314-315-8111

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