Amy Collignon Gunn

Amy Collignon Gunn


Amy Collignon Gunn

Injury & Medical Malpractice Lawyer Representing Clients Nationwide

With a focus on personal injury cases, Amy Collignon Gunn is a caring, trial-tested lawyer serving clients across the United States. She handles many types of personal injury matters, including cases involving defective products, medical negligence, dangerous drugs, and medical devices.

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Practice Areas: Defective Products, Drug & Medical Device Defects, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

Education: Saint Louis University, J.D., cum laude
Transylvania University, B.A.

Assistant: Donna Zurheide
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Lesa Smith

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Professional Bio

Amy has dedicated her legal career to advocating for clients and their families after their lives have been devastated by the careless and/or reckless conduct of a doctor, hospital, or corporation. Whether you have been injured due to a doctor’s or hospital’s medical negligence or a corporation’s decision to sell a defective product, Amy has the expertise and insight to help. She takes her job as “counselor” very seriously, taking time to listen to each of her client’s cases. Amy guides individuals through complex litigation and legal proceedings, leading them to a resolution of the case and enabling them to return to their lives, ready to move forward.

Amy is a member of numerous state and national professional associations and organizations and has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Washington University School of Law since 2001 and is regularly asked to give presentations to her fellow attorneys on legal and ethical topics. She has received the highest ethical and professional rating of AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell® and is on the executive committee of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys where she works hard to ensure that our civil justice system provides equal access to injured individuals.

Professional Associations
  • Missouri Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, Member
  • Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, President, 2017-18
  • Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, President-Elect, 2016-17
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Treasurer, 2013-14
  • Board of Governors and Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Member of the Women’s Caucus
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, former Board Member-At-Large
  • Women in the Legal Profession Committee

Amy’s dedication has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for her clients through the years:

  • $10 million mass tort/product liability
  • $6.0 million product liability
  • $5.75 million medical malpractice
  • $2.8 million product liability/medical malpractice
  • $2.0 million product liability/wrongful death
  • $1.0 million medical malpractice
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2009-2019
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Influential Appellate Advocates Award 2018
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in St. Louis 2018
  • International Advisory Experts Award: Injury & Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in Missouri, 2017
  • Kentucky Colonel 2007 to present
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation 2007 to present
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers® 2008-2018
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers® Top 50 in St. Louis 2013-2018
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers® Top 100, 2013-2018
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers® Top 50 Women 2010-2018
  • Inaugural Speaker for The Honorable Donald J. Gunn, Sr. Professionalism and Justice Address to the incoming class of Saint Louis University School of Law, 2014
  • Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award, MATA 2013
  • President’s Award, BAMSL 2013
  • Member of the Inns of Court 2011-2013
  • The American Trial Lawyers Assoc., Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2011
  • Women’s Justice Rising Star Award 2009
  • 40 Under 40, St. Louis Business Journal 2008
  • Up and Coming Lawyers, Missouri Lawyers Weekly 2007
  • Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award 2007
  • John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award 2006
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Commercial Transactions 1996
Bar Admissions
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Missouri
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Published works
  • Searching for an Acceptable Reasonable Doubt Jury Instruction in Light of Victor v. Nebraska, 40 St. Louis U. L.J 145 (1996).
  • Structural Work Act Repeal Retroactive?, 4 IDC Quarterly 50 (1996).
  • Tort Immunity for Public Service Not-For-Profit Corporations, 4 IDC Quarterly 6 (1997).
  • Since When Is “Too Nice” A Fault?, XLV St. Louis Lawyer 12 (2007).
  • Let’s Thank the Role Models, St. Louis Lawyer, Jan., 2008.
  • Life is a Spinning Plate, and I Want to Balance It!, WLA Newsletter (2008).
  • The Rewards of Giving Back, Saint Louis Brief, Spring, 2009.
  • Medical Device Preemption: Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc. and Its Aftermath, The Missouri Trial Attorney, Summer, 2009.
  • The Value of Medical Bills? The Wait is Over, The Missouri Trial Attorney, Fall, 2009.
Seminars Presented
  • Legislative & Mass Tort Changes in Missouri, 06/20/2017, The Simon Law Firm, P.C. Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial Seminar to Benefit the Legal Services of Missouri
  • First Chair Society, Guest Speaker, Saint Louis University School of Law, February 23, 2016
  • Expert Witnesses: Using Court Rules to Your Advantage, NBI Video Webcast, October 22, 2015
  • Telling Your Client’s Story With Technology—David or Goliath? (Panel Discussion), Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, October 8, 2015
  • Auto Injuries: Advanced Plaintiff Strategies, NBI, September 25, 2015
  • Take Control: Proving Doctors are Employees of Hospitals, Webinar, December 9, 2014
  • How to Avoid $1,000/day Penalties- Statutory Compliance with the Requirements of Liens, MODL/IDC, September 18, 2014
  • Stacked Deck: Dealing (Still) with Billed v. Paid, MATA Conference, June 21, 2014
  • Anatomy of a Product Liability Case, The Simon Law Firm Seminar to Benefit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, June 17, 2014
  • Product Liability 101, BAMSL, Bench and Bar Conference, May 29, 2014
  • Product Liability 101, St. Louis County Bar Association, May 16, 2014
  • Introduction of Medical Records and Bills into Evidence, The Best Practice Series, April 4, 2014
  • Applying Medical Knowledge of Injuries to Your Case, December 9, 2013
  • Pre-Trial Motions, The Simon Law Firm Annual Trial Practice Seminar, June 18, 2013
  • Deline Ethics and Professionalism Program for First Year Law Students, April 5, 2013
  • Medical Malpractice from A-Z, December 7, 2012
  • Tips on Deposing Lay Witnesses, BAMSL-Bench and Bar Conf., June 1, 2012
  • Medicare Set Asides in Personal Injury Litigation, February 24, 2012
  • Medical Malpractice From A-Z, December 2, 2011
  • The Mechanics of Illinois Civil Procedure, June 29, 2011
  • Where Does the Buck Stop? Dealing with Medical Bills, June 26, 2011
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Evidence, November 10, 2010
  • Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case, January 14, 2010
  • Trial Practice II, Masters Program: Split Decisions- Admissibility of Medical Bill Evidence in Missouri, September 25, 2009
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation- Avoiding Preemption Pitfalls, June 26, 2009
  • The Value of Medical Bills, The Simon Law Firm Trial Practice Seminar, June 23, 2009
  • Case Evaluation and Venue, BAMSL Bench, Bar and Professional Development Conference, May 29, 2009
  • Document Management in the Trenches: How Paralegals Can Get & Stay Organized, January 29, 2009
  • How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases, June 13, 2008
  • Successful Medical Malpractice Suits, April 22, 2008
  • Gaining The Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases, March 26, 2007
  • Tips for Handling The Personal Injury Case, December 14, 2007 (substitute for John Simon)
  • Litigation Case Management: Best Practices for Paralegals, October 8, 2007
  • How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases, June 13, 2007
  • Successful Medical Malpractice Suits, April 27, 2007
  • Medical-Legal Implications of Placental Pathology, January 29, 2007
    • Guest Speaker at Washington University School of Law –
    • Health Law Association Luncheon, March 21, 2007
  • Plaintiff’s Personal Injury From Start to Finish, June 29, 2006
  • Simon Passanante Trial Practice Seminar (moderator), 2005-2011
  • Keys to Litigating Missouri Bad Faith Cases, June 3, 2005
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy in Missouri, January 19, 2005
  • Ethics in Litigation, December 9, 2004
  • Misconceptions in Medical Malpractice Reform, October 22, 2004
  • State Civil Litigation in Missouri, May 19, 2004
  • Keys to Litigating Missouri Bad Faith Cases, March 30, 2004
Teaching Experience
  • Adjunct Professor of Pretrial Litigation at Washington University School of Law, Fall, 2001-Present (recipient of 10 years of service recognition, 2011)
  • Missouri Association of Defense Lawyers (MODL) Trial Academy, Faculty Member and Presenter, 2013-2015
  • Guest Lecturer for Washington University School of Law, Product Liability Class, Spring Semester, 2010, 2012
  • American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Coach for Saint Louis University School of Law Team, 2009
Community Involvement
  • The Simon Law Firm, P.C. Annual Seminar to Benefit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Founding Member, Annual Committee Member and Former Moderator
  • Our Little Haven, Event Committee Member
  • Let’s Start, Event Committee Member

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