Michael  Blotevogel

Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC
Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC
51 Executive Plaza Ct, Maryville, IL 62062 United States
800-917-1529
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Michael T. Blotevogel has devoted his career to fighting for the rights of injured individuals. He has helped his clients win jury verdicts and secure significant settlements across the United States. He has argued before the Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Eighth Circuit and Tenth Circuit within the United States Courts of Appeals. He has also argued before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Missouri Supreme Court, courts of appeals in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Florida, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He drafted the appellate briefing that led to victories in two cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


He has an AV PreeminentTM Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 10 Railroad Accident Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers.


After graduating from law school, Mike turned down a prestigious position in the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, opting instead to devote his career to fighting for the rights of injured individuals.


Mike earned his JD at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 2003, where he graduated in the top five percent of his class, was a member of its Order of the Coif, and was one of the editors of its top law review (Washington University Law Quarterly).

Prior to law school, Mike obtained a master's degree (MA, summa cum laude) in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota and worked for the United Way of Minneapolis. He completed his bachelor's degree (BSBA, magna cum laude) at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1995.


Education

Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri

J.D.

Honors: Order of the Coif, Member

Honors: Top five percent of his class

University of Minnesota

M.A.

Honors: summa cum laude

Major: Public Affairs

Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

BSBA - 1995

Honors: magna cum laude


Bar Admission

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri

U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma

U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas

U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas

Illinois

Missouri


Representative Cases

Abernathy v. E. Illinois R.R. Co., 940 F.3d 982 (7th Cir. 2019) , Seventh Circuit

Walters v. CSX Transportation, Inc., 754 Fed.Appx. 394, Case No. 17-6508 (6th Cir. 2018), Sixth Circuit

Taylor v. Cottrell, Inc.., 795 F.3d 813 (8th Cir. 2015) , 8th Circuit

Bruntjen v. Bethalto Pizza, LLC, 2014 IL App (5th) 120245, Illinois Appellate

Campbell v. Autenrieb, 2018 IL App (5th) 170148, Illinois Appellate

In re: Teamster Car Hauler Products Liab. Litig., MDL 2339 , 856 F.Supp.2d 1343, U.S. Jud. Pan. Mult. Lit.

Yow v. Jack Cooper Transport Co., 2015 IL App (5th) 140006 , Illinois Appellate


Honors

Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review RatingSM, Preeminent™

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 10 Railroad Accident Trial Lawyers Association

Illinois Super Lawyers


Past Positions

Lakin Chapman, LLC/The Lakin Law Firm, Attorney, 2004 to 2009

United Way of Minneapolis, Research & Writing, 1997 to 2000


Professional Associations

American Bar Association, Member

American Association of Justice, Member, Present

The Missouri Bar, Member, Present

Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Present

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member

Tri-City Bar Association, Member, Present

Alton-Wood River Bar Association, Member

Madison County Bar Association, Member


Practice Areas:

Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)

Jones Act

Wrongful Death

Products Liability

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Trucking Collisions

Premises Liability

Retaliatory Discharge

Medical Malpractice

Automobile Collisions

Whistleblower Claims

Federal Railway Safety Act

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