IALDA Member: Terese Drew

Terese Drew

Hinshaw & Culbertson

701 Market Street
Suite 1375
St. Louis, Missouri 63101
United States

Tel: (314) 425-2100

Fax: (314) 241-7428

tdrew@hinshawlaw.com

Practice Focus

Terese Drew is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s St. Louis office. She is a Co-Leader of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP’s Defense Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Drew is a past co-leader of the firm’s Defense Litigation Department and a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Ms. Drew concentrates her trial practice in the defense of commercial general liability claims, including amusement/leisure industry claims, products liability, premises liability, transportation, ERISA and employment matters, including age, sex and race/origin discrimination cases and claims involving enforcement of ADA. 

Ms. Drew also defends medical malpractice cases with an emphasis in emergency room physicians.

Her assignments routinely include the representation of manufacturers in products liability claims, commercial transportation companies, municipalities, amusement/leisure industry manufacturers and retailers, as well as professional liability insurers. In addition, she handles the majority of insurance coverage issues that arise in the St. Louis office.

In January 2009, Ms. Drew was voted a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Representative Cases

Ms. Drew has tried cases throughout the states of Missouri and Illinois, as well as in the Federal Courts of both states. In addition to her trial practice, Ms. Drew has written and argued appellate briefs before all Appellate Courts in Missouri and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Upon conclusion of a clerkship at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District in 1985, Ms. Drew’s civil trial work has focused on litigation for a variety of entities, including AT&T, Stevens Transport, New Prime, Inc., Travelers Insurance Company, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Company, Inc., The Hartford and Metro. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Drew has written and argued over 30 appellate briefs before all Appellate Courts in Missouri and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Drew’s representative cases include:

•Dwiggins v. City of Chesterfield, Department of Police, et al., Circuit Court St. Louis County, Missouri. (Employment discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.) Plaintiff, a police officer with the City, alleged that a sergeant had made sexually harassing statements and reported the action to her captain. Following a full internal investigation, there was no conclusive evidence. Plaintiff alleged as a result of her complaint, the sergeant stared and leered at her at work and in the parking lot. She claimed the City gave her difficult assignments, poor reviews and no raise because of her complaint. A directed verdict was entered for the sergeant and a defense verdict for the City.

•Hill v. United Exposition, Circuit Court, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, March 2008. (Comminuted fracture of ankle and rotator cuff tear. Result: 100% defense verdict.) Plaintiff was on an amusement ride and descended a slide, striking her foot at the bottom. Defendant maintained Plaintiff took off her shoes, threw them down the slide and hit the shoe when she landed. Plaintiff claimed wage loss of $30,000, medical specials of $32,682.62. Plaintiff asked the jury for $250,000. Defense verdict.

•Gloria Brown v. Dr. Dana Day, Circuit Court, St. Francois County, Missouri, October 2007. (Failure to diagnose and treat claim for $2 million.) Plaintiff alleged failure to diagnose and treat vascular compromise of leg in emergency room, resulting in an above-knee amputation. Jury demand by Plaintiff of $2 million plus money for future pain and suffering. The jury returned a 100% verdict for the defense.

•O’Hare v. BJC Health System, Circuit Court of St. Louis City, Missouri, August 2007. (Wrongful death claim for $2.9 million. Result: 100% defense verdict.) Plaintiff alleged wrongful death and failure to diagnose a septic knee and properly treat patient with sepsis in multiple visits and telephone call to the emergency room. Settlement demand of $1 million. A settlement offer of $200,000 was made (withdrawn at start of trial). Verdict was returned 100% in Defendants’ favor.

•Mikell v. Metro, Circuit Court, St. Louis City, Missouri, August 2007. (Result: $12,400)  Plaintiff claimed bus moved prior to her getting to seat. Video from bus showed Plaintiff walking by numerous open seats available. Plaintiff claimed she had to undergo total knee replacement surgery due to the injury. Medical specials exceeded $70,000. Plaintiff’s demand was $350,000. Defendant offered $45,000 and withdrew prior to trial.

•Nuspl v. Oakley, Circuit Court, St. Louis County, Missouri, November 2006. (Traumatic head injury, more than $2 million. Result: 100% defense verdict.) Plaintiff alleged that Defendant tractor trailer crossed the center line, hitting his tractor trailer and causing him to hit a tree. Plaintiff sustained a closed head injury. Demand of $850,000. Verdict was returned 100% in Defendant’s favor.

•Lovelace v. Sodexho, (Circuit Court Jackson County, Kansas City, Missouri) November, 2005. (Personal injury action. Plaintiff patient in the hospital asserted that he ate bad clam chowder and as a result of contracting some type of gastroenteritis, suffered a deterioration of his multiple sclerosis and claimed wage loss and worsening of his medical condition, Plaintiff asked jury for excess of $20 million; Result: Parties settled during day two of deliberations.) Plaintiff was a patient in the hospital for hemorrhoid surgery. He and his wife alleged that they were served clam chowder (New England style) and after eating the clam chowder, both alleged diarrhea, vomiting and symptoms of gastroenteritis. Plaintiff Lovelace was hospitalized for approximately one week with this condition and then discharged. Plaintiff alleged that he sustained a worsening of his multiple sclerosis because of this period of deconditioning. He claimed that he was able to walk and be completely active prior to this incident and following the latter, was now confined to a wheelchair. Defendants maintained that the clam chowder was not contaminated and that there was no evidence that the Plaintiff had a food borne illness. Moreover, Defendants maintained that the condition of multiple sclerosis is degenerative in nature and that the waxing and waning and periods of deconditioning were consistent with the disease process.

•Darden v. Bi-State Development Agency d/b/a Metro, (Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri) October, 2005. (Personal injury action. Plaintiff, a minor at the time, was a passenger on the Bi-State bus and exited the bus and alleged that the driver signaled her that it was safe to cross the street, and Plaintiff was struck by the Co-Defendant. Plaintiff sustained significant orthopedic injuries as well as an injury to her eye. Plaintiff asked jury to award between $750,000 and $1.2 million; Result: Defendant’s verdict.) Plaintiff was a minor girl passenger on a bus. The bus stopped at a bus stop and she and two friends exited the bus. Plaintiff claimed the bus driver looked in his side mirror and signaled her to cross the street. She also indicated that the driver signaled her a second occasion after checking the mirror. As she stepped out, she was struck by the co-Defendant’s vehicle. Plaintiff sustained significant injuries, both orthopedic and to her eye. After deliberating a day, the jury returned a verdict in favor of all Defendants.

•Self v. Brunson, et al, (Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri) June, 2005. (Personal injury action. Plaintiff standing at the bottom of a loading dock was struck and pinned by his left shoulder by a backing tractor trailer being operated by Defendant Brunson, resulting in injury to Plaintiff’s shoulder and subsequent surgeries; Result: Defendant’s verdict, 0 percent fault assessed to both parties, case is presently on appeal.) Plaintiff was a tractor trailer driver who was at a dock picking up sound equipment. Defendant Brunson was also a tractor trailer driver at the same dock loading additional equipment. Plaintiff, unknown to Defendant Brunson, went behind his tractor and was “spotting” as he backed into the dock area. The doors on Defendant’s truck opened and pinned Plaintiff against the dock. Plaintiff sustained injury to his shoulder resulting in surgeries and alleged inability to act as a stage hand. Plaintiff asked the jury for $2.1 million. The jury returned a verdict with 0 percent fault assessed against all parties. Plaintiff has appealed.

•Ebling v. USA Truck, (United States District Court, Western District of Missouri) April, 2005. (Personal injury action. Plaintiff driver of a tractor trailer was struck in the rear by the USA Truck tractor/trailer. Plaintiff claimed injury to his back and shoulder resulting in shoulder surgery being performed and inability to act as an over-the-road tractor trailer driver, Plaintiff asked jury for over $750,000; Result: Jury verdict for plaintiff $241,000). Plaintiff was driving a tractor trailer which was stopped on I-70 westbound due to traffic. Our tractor trailer driver attempted to stop; however, was unable to do so and struck the rear of the tractor trailer. There was virtually no damage to Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff drove to St. Joseph, Missouri and then sought medical treatment. After a period of conservative treatment, Plaintiff underwent shoulder surgery and subsequent hernia surgery, which he claimed were both related to the accident. As a result of the latter Plaintiff was off work and claimed he could no longer act as an over-the-road truck driver. Evidence was introduced that the brake lines on the USA Truck tractor were damaged and not working at the time. USA Truck maintained that they were in proper order at the last inspection prior to the accident.

•Richka v. American Family Insurance Company, (Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri) April, 2004. (Breach of contract, bad faith claim. Plaintiff alleged that the insurance carrier failed to settle a personal injury action within their policy limits, thus exposing them to an excess verdict of $1.7 million; Result: Jury returned verdict in favor of Plaintiff; however, Defendants had previously entered into a high/low agreement.) Plaintiff was insured by American Family Insurance Company. A driver of one of Plaintiff’s cleaning vans had a minor impact rear-end collision. The Plaintiff in the underlying case sought no initial treatment and subsequently claimed a closed head injury resulting in inability to work and numerous neurological and neuropsychological testing being performed. A trial took place in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis and a jury awarded Plaintiff in the underlying case $1.7 million. Plaintiff’s attorney claimed that a settlement demand in the amount of $250,000 had been made and rejected by the insurer. The insurer maintained that there was never a firm offer to settle the case but rather a recommendation by Plaintiff’s attorney but no indication that his clients would accept the latter. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiff; however, a high/low agreement between the parties had previously been entered.

•Lumpkins v. Bi-State Development Agency d/b/a Metro, (Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri) February, 2004. (Personal injury action. Plaintiff operator of a car claimed that the bus passed her car on the left while she was attempting to make a left turn striking her car and causing injury to her lumbar and cervical spine, Plaintiff asked jury for $40,000; Result: Defendant’s verdict). Plaintiff was operating a car and claimed that the Bi-State bus attempted to pass her on the left even though she had put on her left directional and was attempting to make a left turn. The Bi-State driver indicated that the Plaintiff was to his immediate right as he was proceeding and made a left turn in front of the bus. The Plaintiff claimed soft tissue injuries to her neck and back as well as time off work.

•Butler v. Mary Davidson Trucking, (Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri) December, 2003. (Personal injury action. Plaintiff passenger in a vehicle which ran a red light claimed our driver, entering the intersection on a green light, should have avoided the accident. The claim against the City of St. Louis was that the light fixture had been partially turned on; Result: Plaintiff’s verdict $2.1 million, 22 percent fault assessed to our client; 26 percent to the City; 52 percent to the driver of the vehicle). Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle and the driver of his car entered the intersection on a red light. She claimed that the light stand (there were two separate ones) was not facing her direction. One light stand was facing her direction. Our driver, operating a loaded dump truck, saw the Plaintiff out of his peripheral vision, applied his brakes and swerved to the right to avoid her; however, Plaintiff’s vehicle did not swerve and impacted with our truck. Eyewitnesses agreed our driver entered the intersection on a green light and took all evasive measures possible. The Plaintiff had sustained $150,000 in medical specials with anticipated physical therapy and potential additional knee surgery.

•Owens v CUNA Mutual Insurance Society, Circuit Court Lincoln County, May 2002, August 2002. (Breach of contract Plaintiff was beneficiary under a life insurance policy for $101,000 however, the policy excluded deaths that were the result of an individual operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated; Result: Jury verdict for Defendant, Court of Appeals affirmed.) Plaintiff was the beneficiary under a life insurance policy issued to her sister. CUNA issued the policy in the amount of $101,000. However, the policy excluded coverage for a death or loss that was caused by operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Decedent was killed in a one-car accident. She was thrown from the vehicle. The blood alcohol testing indicated a level of .204. There were no witnesses. Plaintiff maintained there was no proof Plaintiff was operating the vehicle and the testimony of the alcohol level without an explanation as to the effect did not establish intoxication.

•A. Williams v. Bi State Development Agency, Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri March 2002. (Personal injury action Plaintiff passenger in parked car claimed bus contacted car resulting in jarring and injury to Plaintiff’s lumbar spine and subsequent laminectomy; Result: Jury verdict for Plaintiff $2,000, note Plaintiff sought $250,000 from Jury.) Plaintiff was seated in a car that was parked and the driver’s mirror was struck by the bus. Plaintiff claimed that the impact jarred the car and caused her pain in her neck, shoulder and lumbar spine. She sought treatment within a couple of days with a chiropractor and ceased treatment with him after six weeks. She was involved in a minor collision following this incident. She then developed approximately a year later significant low back pain with radiation into the leg. She also made complaints of radiating pain to the chiropractor. She underwent a laminectomy. Her medical specials were approximately $18,000 and had a wage loss claim for three months off from work.

•McKnight v. Heavy Duty Trux, Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri, February 2002. (Personal injury action Plaintiff claimed that tractor trailer made wide right turn and struck vehicle resulting in injury to Plaintiff’s knees and requiring knee replacement; Result: Defendant’s verdict no appeal.) Plaintiff was approaching a T- intersection and claimed that the Defendant tractor trailer was in the left lane, with no directional illuminated. When the light turned green, Plaintiff claimed he advanced and commenced his right turn when the tractor trailer made a right turn from the left lane. The driver of the truck denied the later and claimed he made a wide right turn from the middle of the street. He denied that he saw the Plaintiff at any time prior to impact. Plaintiff had prior problems with his knees; however, no time off work and no significant medical treatment. Plaintiff had physical therapy and ultimately a knee replacement.

•Elastizell of St. Louis v. Statewide Insurance Company, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, December 2001. (Insurance contract – vexatious refusal to pay claim under surety bond in a timely period. Result: Court ruled in favor of Defendant finding that Plaintiff could not receive attorney’s fees and limited the damages to maximum of $2,000. Plaintiff dismissed case and settled for said sum.) Plaintiff filed a claim alleging that Defendant had failed to pay the amount of the surety bond in to satisfy sums do Plaintiff when a contractor failed to pay their fees which were significant. Defendant ultimately paid the bond, only several months after the original request. Plaintiff sought to recover their attorney’s fees for having to file suit to obtain the sum and do to the delay in payment. Defendant maintained that under the Miller Act (which applied to the case) that they were not entitled to the attorney’s fees. On the morning of trial, the Court announced that it was granting the motion in limine of Defendant precluding any attorney’s fees and limiting the matter to the statutory damages of approx. $2,000.

•Greer v. McDonough Manufacturing Company, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, November 2001. (Product liability action Plaintiff claimed industrial resaw was improperly guarded resulting in amputation of two digits on right hand and significant disfiguring and disabling injuries to tendons and muscles. Plaintiff sought $1.2 Million from jury; Result: Fault assessed 95 percent Plaintiff, 5 percent to Defendant, jury verdict of approx. $60,000 reduced by fault to $3,050 (approx.). Motion for new trial on damages denied. No appeal taken parties settled for judgment with each party paying its own costs.) Plaintiff was employed in a pallet company as a laborer either flipping or stacker wood. He alleged that a piece of wood was stuck in the resaw and that he had been instructed on how to pull or align the wood so it would catch. In performing this maneuver, his right hand was pulled into the rollers and to the blade resulting in amputation of two digits and the right hand being essentially useless. Defendant was the manufacturer of the resaw. It was claimed that there was insufficient guarding under the ANSI standards over the rollers which allowed an individual to come in contact with the rollers and blade.

•Lloyd et. al. v Bi State Development Agency, Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri, Spring 2001. (Personal injury action Plaintiffs bus passenger seeking damages for injuries incurred when bus struck by car; Result: Plaintiffs dismissed Defendant Bi State at the close of their cases.) Plaintiffs were passengers on a bus which was struck from rear by another car. Plaintiffs claimed the bus not properly at the bus stop and was not parked in accordance with the statute for the distance from the curb. Plaintiffs dismissed their case with prejudice as to Bi State when it was apparent that the Court was going to grant the motion for directed verdict.

•Turner v Paradise Alley, Circuit Court City of St. Louis, Missouri, Appellate Opinion, Fall 2001. (Personal injury action, Plaintiff seeking multiple millions for severe injuries when she was hit by car on Defendant’s property; Result: Summary judgment entered in favor of Defendant and sustained by Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Plaintiff’s motion to reconsider pending.) Plaintiff filed suit for damages as a result of having been hit on the parking lot of Defendant’s property during an altercation with a patron. Plaintiff maintained that Defendant was responsible as there had been other criminal acts on the property in the past and that Defendant had assured the Plaintiff that she would be “alright” if she was at the property and not accompanied by her boyfriend. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that we could not be held liable for the third party criminal acts as there was no special relationship with the Plaintiff, there were no sufficiently similar prior criminal acts and there was no affirmative assurance for personal safety given to the Plaintiff upon which she relied. The court granted summary judgment and the Plaintiff appealed. The court affirmed the granting of summary judgment. The Plaintiff filed a motion to reconsider or transfer which has not been ruled on to date.

•Brownyard, et. al. v. President Casino Missouri, Inc., Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri, April 2001. (Wrongful death, Plaintiffs asked the jury for minimally $10 Million; Result: Verdict for Plaintiff, $1.85 million with 58 percent fault to decedent and 42 percent to Defendant, net to Plaintiff $777,000). (A high-low agreement was suggested by Plaintiff’s attorney while the jury was deliberating and entered into by the parties.) Norman Brownyard and his wife were in St. Louis for artificial insemination procedures. Mr. Brownyard had previously been diagnosed with hepatitis C and cirrhosis. While in St. Louis, he went to the levee to gamble on the President Casino. He fell while walking to the boat and landed on the asphalt and/or the cobblestones. Mr. Brownyard sustained a broken hip as a result of the fall and his hospital course was complicated by the development of respiratory complications. Nine months after the fall, Mr. Brownyard died, with the death certificate indicating liver failure, cirrhosis and hepatitis C. Defendant contended that the death of Mr. Brownyard was the normal course of his pre-existing disease process. Plaintiff maintained that but for the fall he would not have died. The lawsuit was filed against the City of St. Louis, St. Louis Parking Co., and the Port Authority as well as the casino. Less than a week prior to trial, St. Louis Parking and the city entities settled with the Plaintiff. The suit proceeded to verdict against the casino. The casino maintained that they did not lease nor own the area where the decedent fell and the witnesses from the city confirmed this fact. However, the Court would not grant a motion for directed verdict. Due to the high/low agreement, the post trial motions were not filed so that the issue of whether the Court would entertain a motion for judgment not withstanding the verdict was not addressed.

•Duty v. Mad Bombers Fireworks Production, Inc, City of Alton, Illinois, and Andrew James, Circuit Court Madison County, Illinois, September 1999. (Triple fatality in fireworks barge explosion for more than $20 million; Result: Confidential settlement with all parties substantially less than prior demands, each having been over $1 million individually.) Plaintiffs were fireworks company employees performing a July 4 celebration display for the City of Alton, Illinois. The men were working from a barge in the middle of the Mississippi River. They were not wearing life jackets and it was alleged that there were no life jackets or fire protection or fire fighting equipment on the barge. A shell was discharged and exploded on the deck of the barge setting off a chain reaction of explosions. Two of the men were allegedly thrown into the river as a result of the explosion, the other man burned to his death on the barge. The claims being made against the Defendants were negligence (assuming they were not employees of the fireworks company), Jones Act and general maritime law negligence. The Plaintiffs were seeking recovery for the deaths and sought independently in excess of $20 million. After two weeks of trial, the cases were settled with a comprehensive confidential settlement and “gag” order. However, the settlements reached were substantially less than the demands that were made, each in the range of $1 million  per Plaintiff or more.

•MaCaraeg v. Juan Domingo Mattias, Circuit Court of St. Charles County, Missouri, Summer 1999. (Auto accident claim for $110,000; Result: Jury verdict for Plaintiff for $1,454) Plaintiff was struck in the rear by the Defendant on the interstate with Defendant’s vehicle traveling at the speed limit of 65 mph to 70 mph. Plaintiff claimed injuries including a herniated disc. Plaintiff also claimed wage losses for a two-year period following the accident allegedly as a result of the painful condition in her back. Plaintiff further claimed that she was required, due to the severity of the condition, to return to the Philippines as she had no family here. Defendant admitted that the vehicle struck the Plaintiff’s truck but denied that Plaintiff sustained any type of damage. Defendant maintained there was a two year gap in treatment prior to the herniated disk being diagnosed and that it was not related to the accident. Plaintiff asked the jury for $110,000 representing $57,000 in lost wages, approximately $2,900 in medical specials and $50,000 in pain and suffering. The jury awarded Plaintiff $1,454.

•Perovich v. J.C.R. Hotel , Inc. (d/b/a Ramada Inn in Jefferson City), Circuit Court Cole County, Missouri, January 1999. (Slip and fall claim for $175,000; Result: Jury verdict for the Defendant.). Plaintiff was attending a motivation conference at the Ramada Inn in Jefferson City, MO. It had snowed and the parking lot was covered; however, had been plowed. Plaintiff claimed that the snow continued to fall during the day and into the evening hours and the snow was not removed later in the day. Plaintiff also claimed that the manner in which the snow was piled created a hazard as it allowed the melting to occur and that there was no salt or ice melt spread to protect the patrons. Defendant hotel maintained the lot was cleared and periodically checked and salt and sand and chemical spread on an as needed basis. Defendant also asserted that the condition was open and obvious and the Plaintiff was aware of same when he fell and was comparatively at fault for the accident. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $175,000. Previously, Defendant offered $20,000 to settle, which was rejected. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant.

•Scherer v. Sam Parker and Cal Ark Trucking, Inc., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, August 1998. (Tractor trailer accident claim for $400,000; Result: Jury verdict of $150,000 with 35 percent fault to Plaintiff, net verdict $97,500.) Plaintiff was a member of the Missouri Highway Department road crew performing road work on an interstate in Southern Missouri. Various road signs stating the road was closed and that the traffic needed to merge were present. Defendant tractor trailer struck the truck in which Plaintiff was seated and towing the electric light merge arrow. The members of the road crew testified they had been in that position for 10 to 15 minutes and the area was properly signed. Defendant driver claimed a highway truck pulled out in front of him and that the traffic in the next lane would not allow him to merge. Plaintiff’s accident reconstructionist found 354’2” of skid marks from the tractor trailer. Independent witnesses did not support the testimony of any of the parties. Plaintiff incurred in excess of $37,000 in medical specials, including sustaining a severe facial laceration and aggravation of a herniated, asymptomatic disc. Plaintiff was off work for 4 months. Plaintiff asked the jury for $400,000. On the first day of trial Plaintiff lowered his demand to $300,000 and Defendant offered $125,000. The latter was withdrawn on the commencement of trial. The jury returned a verdict for $150,000 with fault assessed 65 percent to the Defendants and 35 percent to the Plaintiff for a net verdict of $97,500.

•Richards v. Bi State Development Agency, Inc., Circuit Court, City of St. Louis, Missouri, June 1998. (Vehicular accident; Result: directed verdict in favor of our client). Plaintiff was a passenger on a Bi State bus that was struck from the rear by a Quik Trip pick up truck. Plaintiff and the Co-Defendant claimed that the bus stopped, started and then suddenly stopped before the Quik Trip driver could react. Plaintiff sustained soft tissue injuries and made no wage loss claim. At the close of the Plaintiff’s attorney’s opening statement a motion for directed verdict on behalf of our client, Defendant Bi State, was granted by the court.

•DeRosa v. Bi State Development Agency, Inc., Circuit Court, City of St. Louis, Missouri, Spring 1998. (Vehicular accident; Result: Defendant’s verdict.) Plaintiff was a passenger on Defendant’s bus and claimed that the bus came to a sudden stop, hit a curb and as a result, he was thrown into the seat in front of him. He sustained a fractured sternum and was hospitalized for one week. He incurred medical specials in excess of $11,000 and made a loss wage claim for the four months he was off work. Defendant had no record of any alleged accident but admitted that records of such incidents would not be maintained. Plaintiff asked the jury for a reasonable sum of approximately $35,000. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant.

•Chehn v Bi State Development Agency, Inc. and Laclede Gas Company, Circuit Court, City of St. Louis, Missouri. Spring 1998. (Vehicular accident – $3 million to $5 million claim; Result: Defendant’s verdict.) Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle struck head-on by a Laclede Gas service van. Plaintiff and Plaintiff driver together with the Co-Defendant Laclede claimed that the bus cut the van off resulting in the van losing control, crossing the center line and striking the Plaintiff’s vehicle. The bus driver claimed that she did not change lanes in the vicinity of the van but rather watched the accident unfold in her side mirror. Our client, Defendant Bi State, maintained that the co-Defendant was traveling too fast. The weather was raining and the roads wet. The Plaintiff had extensive injuries including the loss of a kidney, loss of the spleen, lacerated liver, severe keloid scar, soft tissue injuries to the neck, back and legs as well as psychiatric problems including depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Plaintiff’s medical specials were in excess of $55,000 and her projected wage loss claim was $400,000 along with a future medical claim of at least $100,000. Plaintiff asked the jury to return an award in the range of $3 million to $5 million. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff and against the Co-Defendant for $1.5 million. The jury found in favor of our client.

•Flemming v Bi State Development Agency, Inc., St. Louis County Circuit Court, St. Louis, Missouri, April 1998. (Personal injury; Result: Defendant’s verdict.) Plaintiff, a passenger on a bus, claimed that as she alighted the bus pulled from the stop before she exited and drove several feet with her partially outside of the bus. Plaintiff had an independent witness, a fellow bus passenger, corroborate her version of the accident. She alleged that she sustained a torn rotator cuff as a result of the incident as well as soft tissue injuries to her knee. Defendant’s driver had no recollection of the incident and the Defendant had no report of the incident but could not state that it did not occur. Defendant proved the bus would not operate if the doors were open in any manner. Plaintiff asked the jury for $30,000 and the jury returned a verdict in favor of Defendant.

•Spiller v. Roy Widener Truck Lines, Inc, United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois, December 1997. (Truck accident; Result: Defendant’s verdict.) Plaintiff was a truck driver who was standing next to his tractor trailer unit in a parking stop at a rest area. The tractor-trailer being operated by Defendant driver pulled out and drove over Plaintiff’s foot. Plaintiff incurred in excess of $17,000 in medical specials and was out of work for over one year as an over-the-road truck driver. Plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury to return a reasonable sum of $131,000. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Defendant.

•Wallace v. St. Louis County Cab Company, et al, St. Louis County Circuit Court, St. Louis, Missouri, September 1997. (Personal injury; Result: Defendants’ verdict.) Plaintiff was a pedestrian on the shoulder of Interstate 270 at 8:30 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. Co-Defendant, Sister Catherine Dewitt, struck Plaintiff when he allegedly ran, jumped or stepped out into traffic. The St. Louis County Cab struck the Dewitt car knocking Plaintiff into the interior of the vehicle. Plaintiff sustained a traumatic amputation of his left leg, fracture of the right tibia and right humerus and numerous internal injuries. Plaintiff’s demand was $3 million reduced one week prior to trial to $1.5 million. Plaintiff sought a verdict of several million dollars. After a week and a half of trial, a Defendants’ verdict as to all Defendants was rendered.

•St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company v. M.U.S.I.C, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. (Declaratory judgment; Result: $644,000 paid for liability and defense costs in discrimination case; verdict against M.U.S.I.C for 50 percent or $322,000.) In this declaratory judgment action, Ms. Drew represented an insurance company who had reimbursed its insured a total of $644,000 which consisted of the defense costs to private counsel and settlement sums for a class action discrimination matter. We maintained that M.U.S.I.C. had coverage for the insured as did St. Paul and should be responsible for 50 percent of the sum paid. After submitting the matter on briefs, the court agreed with our position and found M.U.S.I.C. owed $322,000 plus interest. Affirmed by the Eighth Circuit.

•Allison v. Flexway, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. (Truck accident claim for $600,000; Result: Settlement; our client paid $5,000 and Co-Defendant paid $120,000.) Plaintiff was a passenger in her husband, our driver’s, pick-up truck. Defendant Flexway tractor trailer jack-knifed on Interstate 270 during a rain storm. Co-Defendant Flexway alleged our client, Allison, was traveling too fast and could have avoided the collision as other vehicles had passed safely. Plaintiff’s demand was $450,000. Case settled after two and one-half days of trial, our client paying $5,000.

•Leach v. Archway Amusements, Inc., Circuit Court, City of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. (Personal injury premises claim for less than $500,000; Result: Jury verdict of $15,000.) Plaintiff fell when she tripped over black cables used to operate the Spider amusement ride. Our client admitted they had a cover over the wires but it broke and was removed. Plaintiff fractured her arm and lost three months from work. Eight months prior to trial, settlement was offered of $15,000 but rejected and offer withdrawn in proximity to trial. Plaintiff asked the jury to use their discretion but said it was not a $500,000 case. The jury returned a verdict of $25,000 with 20 percent fault to Plaintiff. Net verdict was $15,000.

•Blanton v. Funtime Shows, Inc., Buchanan County Circuit Court, Missouri, July 1995. (Premises liability – $400,000 claim; Result: Jury verdict of $45,000.) Plaintiff attended a carnival and rode on our client’s merry-go-round. While her daughter rode on one horse, Plaintiff was struck by another horse which became detached. Plaintiff alleged she sustained a closed head injury. Plaintiff claimed projected medical specials of over $1,000,000. After Defendant proved that Plaintiff’s expert neurologist was a convicted felon and that Plaintiff could not maintain a lost wage claim due to questionable evidence, Plaintiff demanded $400,000. The jury awarded Plaintiff $50,000 and assessed 10% fault.

•Stacker v. Eastern, St. Clair County Circuit Court, Illinois, Spring 1994. (Vehicular accident claim for $400,000; Result: Jury verdict for Defendant and verdict on Defendant’s cross claim for $60,000). Plaintiff, an East St. Louis Police Officer, claimed that our client, Mr. Eastern, a day care driver, crossed the center line and struck his patrol vehicle. Plaintiff had an independent witness that saw our client cross the center lane. Our client had a personal injury claim for $60,000. Plaintiff demanded $40,000. Jury returned a verdict for the Defendant and awarded him $60,000 on his counterclaim.

•Shepard v. Scego, Montgomery County Circuit Court, Missouri, Fall 1993. (Truck accident claim for $350,000; Result: Jury verdict for defense.) Plaintiff was an early twenty-year-old female who was four months pregnant. She lost control of her car and struck our truck. Plaintiff alleged that our client, Scego Trucking, had crossed the center lane causing the Plaintiff to switch lanes. Plaintiff demanded $350,000. The jury returned a verdict for the Defendant.

Professional Background

Ms. Drew’s work experience began in 1984 with a clerkship at the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Honorable Carl R. Gaertner. She joined Hinshaw in September 1987. Ms. Drew holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability.

A member of the Missouri State Bar Association, she served for three years on the Board of Governors and for eight years on the Young Lawyers Section Council. Ms. Drew is also a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Her litigation practice is reflected in such professional affiliations as the Defense Research Institute, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Transportation Lawyers Association and the International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association.

Since January 2006, Ms. Drew has been an Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law teaching trial advocacy.

Publications and Presentations

Ms. Drew has lectured frequently, speaking on a variety of litigation topics. Among the subjects of her presentations are:

•“Defending the Insurer in a Bad Faith Claim”

•“Managing Risks & Handling Claims”

•“Slip & Fall Cases in Missouri: New Case Developments”

•“So You’ve Been Sued, What to Do About it?” (relating to the amusement industry) •“Specialization in Missouri, Past, Present, Future”

•“Uninsured Motorist Coverage Stacking in Missouri: New Case Update”

•“Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage” (including 1990s Illinois Update) Ms. Drew is also the author of “Computerized Video Graphics: More Than a Picture,” Missouri Bar Journal, Summer 1987.