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Matthew J. Devoti

Partner

mjd@caseydevoti.com

 

Matt is a trial lawyer with over 19 years of experience handling a variety of personal injury cases and insurance coverage disputes.  He has tried more than 35 cases to a jury and represented clients in the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Matt’s courtroom experience reaches beyond the greater St. Louis area.  He has tried cases in ten different counties throughout southeastern Missouri, including:  Ste. Genevieve, Jefferson, St. Francois, Pulaski and Phelps counties to name a few.  He has also successfully argued appellate cases in state and federal court, including before the Missouri Supreme Court and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining Casey & Devoti, Matt represented multiple hospitals in a case against the tobacco industry. He uses this inside knowledge to aggressively fight for what is fair and just for his clients.  He became a partner with Casey & Devoti because of his belief in the firm’s core values of honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and putting clients’ needs first.  Today, Matt honors these core values while emphasizing personal service.

Matt was born and raised in St. Louis.  He volunteers his time and talents with several professional and charitable organizations.  In 2017, he served as board president of the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is currently serving on the executive board.  He previously served seven years as a board member of  St. Martha’s Hall, a shelter for abused women and their children.  He was recently reappointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to serve a second term on the Regional Disciplinary Committee for Region XI.

Matt is married to his wife Lauren and resides in St. Louis Hills with his four children:  Joseph, Sophia, Nicholas and Lillian.  In his spare time, Matt enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team, playing golf, and working in his yard.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Missouri, 1998
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2007
U.S. District Court, Kansas, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2012
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2013

EDUCATION

J.D., Saint Louis University, 1998
B.A., Westminster College, 1995

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

The Missouri Bar

  • Region XI Disciplinary Committee by Appointment of the Missouri Supreme Court, Member (2010-Present), General Chair (2013)
  • Speakers Bureau (2010-Present)
  • Client Security Fund, Trustee (2007-2011)
  • Young Lawyers Section Council (2002-2007)
  • Leadership Academy (2001-2002)

Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis

  • President (2009-2010)
  • President-Elect (2008-2009)
  • Vice-President (2006-2008)
  • Secretary (2005-2006)
  • Executive Committee (2000-2005, 2010-2013)

The Injury Board (2011-Present)

American Association for Justice (2010-Present)

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (1998-Present)

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (1998-Present)

HONORS

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Leadership Council, 2018

Appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to the National Leadership Council in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Martindale Hubbell Law Directory

‘AV Preeminent’ Peer Review Rating for Highest Possible Rating In Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, 2017.

‘AV’ Peer Review Rating for Highest Standards of Ability and Conduct, Ethics, Reliability, and Diligence, 2004-2016.

 

Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers

Rising Star 2010, 2011, 2012

Super Lawyers, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

St. Martha’s Hall, Board Member (2012-2018)

Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Executive Board (2018), President (2017), President-Elect (2016), Board Member (2012-present), planning committee and ‘Co-Host’ for annual Wine Opener fundraiser (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)

EndDD.org ‘End Distracted Driving’ Awareness Program, Authorized Speaker (2015-present)

St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church

  • Stewardship Committee (2011-Present)
  • ACTS Team, 2009, 2010, 2011

The Grove Community Improvement District

  • Board Member (2008-2010)
  • Chair, Public Services Committee (2009-2010)

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Delta Omicron Chapter (Westminster College) – Chapter Advisor (2006-2008)

Read Across America, Regional Chairperson (2003-2007)

Kids Voting Missouri (2004)

University of Missouri-St. Louis Mock Trial Team, Attorney-Coach (1999-2002)

SELECTED LECTURES

Presenter, Webinar “Auto Injury: Damages Boot Camp”  –  2 sections “Necessary Documentation for the Extent of the Auto Injury” and “Negotiating and Litigating Auto Injury Damages:  Plaintiffs’ Tactics”  National Business Institute  (January 2019)

Presenter, Webinar “Litigating Damages for Auto Injuries” – 2 sections “Necessary Documentation for the Extent of the Auto Injury” and “Negotiating and Litigating Auto Injury Damages:  Plaintiffs’ Tactics”  National Business Institute  (June 2017)

Presenter,  Lecture “Legal Issues Related to Volunteer Management”, “Liability of Nonprofit Organizations and Volunteers” and “Legal Protection for Volunteers and Use of and Validity of Waivers and Releases”   Non Profit Management and Leadership Program – University of Missouri, St. Louis (March 2017)

Presenter, Webinar “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists:  Medical Discovery and Real Life Scenarios Counsel Often Confronts When Dealing With An Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Case”   National Business Institute CLE(March 2017)

Presenter, Webinar “Litigating Damages for Auto Injuries” – 2 sections “Necessary Documentation for the Extent of the Auto Injury” and “Negotiating and Litigating Auto Injury Damages:  Plaintiffs’ Tactics”  National Business Institute  CLE (June 2016)

Presenter, Webinar “Miscalculation of Pain and Suffering and Exacerbation of Pre-Existing Conditions”, “Negotiating with Auto Insurance Adjusters” and “Examination Errors of Doctor Expert Witnesses”  National Business Institute CLE (December 2015 and October 2016)

Presenter, Webinar “Litigating Duty to Defend Claims:  Overcoming Defense Strategies” and “Insurance Company Strategies Used to Deny Duty to Defend Claims”  National Business Institute CLE (August 2014)

Speaker, “Case Selection & Investigation” Lawyers Association of St. Louis (November 2012)

Presenter, Webinar  “Expert Reports & Scientific Evidence” & “Applying the Rules of Evidence” National Business Institute CLE (October 2012)

Presenter, Webinar “Common Types of Insurance Coverage Disputes” &  “Litigating the Insurance Claim” National Business Institute  CLE (July 2009)

Presenter,  Webinar “Automobile Litigation – Strategic Issues and Answers” National Business Institute CLE (March 2009)

Speaker: “Practice Skills for New Lawyers” Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (October 2005)

Speaker: “Court Crawl” A walking tour of the Federal Court, 22nd Judicial Circuit, and Missouri Court of Appeals (March 2008)

Speaker: “Cocktail Party Questions You Never Know How To Answer – Torts” Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (June 2008)

SELECTED ARTICLES

Author:  “Protecting Yourself Against Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists”  Living Safer Magazine, Spring 2018

Author:  “Turbulence Happens:  Flying Safely With Kids”  Living Safer Magazine, Summer 2017

Author:  “My Teen Is Ready to Drive.  Now What?”  Living Safer Magazine, Spring 2017

Author:  “Why Are We Driving Drunk in 2016?”  Living Safer Magazine, Summer 2016

Author:  “Beware of Liability Waivers and Releases”   Casey & Devoit Blog, Summer 2016

Author:  “Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Personal Injury Claim”   C&D PI Claim Guide_web   Spring 2016

Author:  “My Wallet/Purse Was Stolen, What Should I Do?”  Living Safer Magazine, Spring 2016

Author: “Insuring Teen Drivers”   Living Safer Magazine, Summer 2015

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