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J. Michael Weilmuenster

J. Michael Weilmuenster

Belleville, Illinois

phone (618) 257-2222
fax (618) 257-2030

Michael Weilmuenster received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and earned his law degree form the St. Louis University School of Law in 1987. He is licensed to practice law in the States of Illinois and Missouri.

Since graduation from law school in 1987, Michael has limited his practice to personal injury litigation concentrating primarily in areas of medical malpractice, product liability, construction injuries, and childhood sexual abuse. He has obtained numerous verdicts or settlements in excess of $1,000,000 for severely injured clients in complex personal injury lawsuits. In addition, in the past few years he has successfully prosecuted several multi-million dollar class action claims. Due to his success and reputation among his peers, he is recognized as an "Illinois Leading Attorney" in personal injury litigation. In addition, for over ten years he has been recognized as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" and a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

He is a member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and also a member of ITLA's Medical Negligence Committee. Other professional affiliations include membership in the American Association for Justice, The American Bar Association, The Illinois State Bar Association, and The Missouri Bar Association.

Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice
Products Liability
Sexual Abuse/Assault
Trucking Accidents
Construction Negligence
Federal Tort Claims
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1987

Missouri, 1988

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1987

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1987

U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1987
Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 1987
Honors: Hullverson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
Honors: Finalist, ABA's National Trial Advocacy Competition

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Major:  Economics and Business Administration

Representative Cases:
Brooks v. Midwest Grain Products, 311 Ill. App. 3d 871 (3rd Dist. 2000)
Jacobs v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 291 Ell. App. 3d 239 (5th Dist. 1997)
McArthur v. St. Mary's Hospital of Decatur, 307 Ill. App. 3d 329 (4th Dist. 1999)
Parks v. Kownacki, 305 Ill. App. 3d 449 (5th Dist. 1999)
Hendricks v. Riverway Harbor Service, 314 Ill. App. 3d 800 (5th Dist. 2000)
Ellington v. Bilsel, 255 Ill. App. 3d 233 (5th Dist. 1993)
Webb v. Morgan, 176 Ill. App. 3d 378 (5th Dist. 1988)
Slimack v. Country Life Insurance Company, 227 Ill. App. 3d 287 (5th Dist. 1992)
Wisniewski v. Kownacki, 851 N. E. 2nd 1243 (2006)
Wisnieski v. Diocese of Belleville, No. 5-08-0615
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Spoken at Numerous Seminars, Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association, 1996 - Present
Honors and Awards:
An "Illinois Leading Attorney", 1997 - Present

Illinois "Super Lawyers", 2007 - Present

National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyer, 2008 - present

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association, 1998 - Present

Board of Managers

The Illinois State Bar Association

The Missouri Bar Association

The American Bar Association
Past Employment Positions:
Kassly, Bone et al, P.C., Attorney/Partner, 1987 - 2000
Kappa Sigma

J. Michael Weilmuenster

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