Sumner Law Group
7777 Bonhomme Avenue, Suite 2100
St. Louis, MO 63105
I initially became a lawyer because I was drawn to the court room at a young age. I am one of the seemingly few remaining people who believe the law profession is a noble one. After graduating from law school, I was hired by a prominent defense firm in St. Louis, Missouri. While there, most of my clients were large insurance companies in personal injury suits. For three years, I learned how insurance companies operate – how they evaluate claims, how they pay their defense attorneys, and how they gather evidence. It was quickly plain to see that these insurance companies were not out to protect the injured. While there are some reputable insurance companies out there, as well as adjusters, the common theme is to pay as little as possible on a claim to protect the bottom line. In 2003, I decided that I wanted to fight for the injured. I now, on a daily basis, put my prior experience to work when representing the injured to maximize compensation for my clients.
As a St. Louis, Missouri injury attorney with Tapella & Eberspacher LLC, I represent individuals and their families throughout the State of Missouri as well as the Metro-East, Illinois. My practice includes: automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus and taxi accidents, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, slip and falls, defective drugs, dog bites, burn injuries, defective products, defective masks, and workers’ compensation cases.
When not working, I spend time with my family at the St. Louis Zoo, Magic House, Science Center, and local parks. Because I think it is important to support local education programs, I also enjoy teaching Business Ethics and The U.S. Constitution at Fontbonne University. I am a proud supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Recognition and Awards
2012-2014 Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent – Highest Possible Rating
2013, 2014 SuperLawyers “Rising Star” in Missouri
2014 National Trial Lawyers Top 100
2015 National Association of Distinguished Counsel Nations Top 1%
J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, 1998
Eastern District of Missouri, 2001
Central District of Illinois, 2003
Southern District of Illinois, 2003
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Million Dollar Advocates Club
- American Association for Justice
- Women’s Caucus – American Association for Justice
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Madison County Bar Association
- St. Clair County Bar Association
- East St. Louis Bar Association
- Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis
- Kids’ Chance Inc. of Missouri
- Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group
“Are Injured Contact Lens Wearers Really to Blame for Not Keeping Their Cleaning Solution Clean?“
Drugs & Supplements, Harris Martin Publishing, September 2006.
“Don’t Ignore the Dangerous Roadway Defendant“
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, American Association for Justice, Spring 2010.
“Definition of “Spouse” for Personal Injury Lawsuits? Let the Jury Decide!“
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, American Association for Justice, Spring 2011.
“Professional Conduct Rules – A Closer Look“, Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli & Rowland PC, Edwardsville, Illinois, 2009.
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Women’s Caucus Lobby Day, “Joint and Several Liability“, Jefferson City, Missouri, June 2011.
ITLA’s Southern Illinois Judicial and Legislative Night – Shotgun Seminar, “Preparing Witnesses for Depositions and Trial“, St. Louis, Missouri, September 28, 2012.
Personal Injury 101, “Damages“, National Business Institute, Collinsville, Illinois, February 22, 2013.