Our Mission

The BiState Law Center is dedicated to making workplaces, roads, and businesses safer for families in Missouri and Illinois. Our award winning trial lawyers fight to maximize your case and change irresponsible behavior to make everyone safer.  By adhering to our Core Values, listening to our clients and truly caring about them, we can make a difference in our community

Be Zealous – Be Honest – Be Disruptive For Change

The BiState Law Center’s mission is to make the world a safer place by zealously advocating for our clients and being a disruptive force to change the insurance industry.  We want our community to be a better, safer place, where people understand the law and actively work to help others.


We want insurance companies to treat people and business like valued clients, not like file numbers and dates of loss. By providing open and honest communication with our clients, we empower them and their cases against the teams of adjusters, investigators and lawyers assembled by the insurance companies. The insurance company’s team is created exclusively to minimize your recovery, maximize their profits, and ultimately say “NO” in your moment of need. We want to fight on your team.

BiState uses a team environment to maximize your claim. We leverage trial experience and inside knowledge of insurance company tactics to affect meaningful change for your family and the insurance industry. Our goal – zealously fight for clients and force the insurance companies to treat everyone like people – not file numbers.


   Open and Honest communication with you and our team

   Treat everyone with respect and demand it for you

   Accountability to you and each other

   Be Real in our interactions

   Fight for you and tell your story, especially when you cannot.




Matthew Nagel and Michael Warner of the BiState Law Center have been named a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer in Missouri by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Matt has been honored by this award in 2013, 2014, 2015. Mike earned this award in 2016. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state who are younger than the age of 40. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. From the National Trial Lawyers Association Website: “Each of our distinguished Top 40 under 40 members strives to encompass the knowledge, skill, experience and success held by only the best lawyers in America. It is our mission to promote a unique and professional networking opportunity for young lawyers, while developing progressive ideas to pursue justice for those injured by the negligence of others, to educate the public about the importance of access to courts that are free of bias and undue influence, and to protect the right of trial by jury.”


BiState Law Center’s managing partner Matthew Nagel has been named a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer for the State of Illinois by the American Society of Legal Advocates. The American Society of Legal Advocates is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers that draws its membership from lawyers who “combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards.” The ASLA limits its membership to less than 1.5% of all licensed lawyers nationwide, and the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 “identifies and recognizes lawyers demonstrating leadership and talent early on in their careers, not only in their practice, but in exemplifying the characteristics that will demonstrate the best that the legal profession has to offer. By highlighting the work of those showing promise among the next generation of lawyers, we hope to foster growth in the legal profession and promote the highest standards of practice.” Matthew Nagel has been honored by this award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Matthew Nagel of the BiState Law Center has been awarded a 10.0 – Top Attorney by Avvo, an attorney rating site. From Avvo’s Website: “We calculate the rating based on public data we’ve collected on each attorney and the information they have provided in their profile. Information not supplied by the attorney comes from a variety of sources, including public records (state bar associations, regulatory agencies, and court records) and published sources on the internet (including attorneys’ websites). This information is then considered and weighted by our mathematical module to calculate a numerical rating, ranging from 1 to 10. If we have limited information on an attorney, we may give them a rating of “Attention” or “No Concern.” We take into account factors that consumers and legal professionals believe are relevant to an attorney’s qualifications, including experience, professional achievements, and disciplinary sanctions.”

Our Community

The lawyers and staff at the BiState Business Center are dedicated to making our communities safer places by leveraging our legal skills. However, our commitment to the community does not stop when we leave the office. We are proud to support and participate with a number of charities in the St. Louis area that share our values. These are fantastic organizations that we are individually involved with, and we urge you to learn more about them.

The Jane Doe Advocacy Center seeks to improve the state of public health by assisting and empowering survivors and those at-risk of sexual violence by providing legal services and education about their options under the law. The goal is to to create long-term solutions to the challenges faced by the survivors of sexual violence by utilizing the tools and resources of the legal system. Through those efforts, along with collaboration with mental health and healthcare professionals, Jane Doe seeks to provide practical, knowledgeable, and innovative legal services to a much needed area of public health.

BiState proudly serves as litigation counsel for Jane Doe and provides trial advice to assist Jane Doe’s efforts to find justice for the victims of sexual violence.

The Special Needs Soccer Association (SPENSA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 company that brings soccer to young people with disabilities to help build confidence, increase social interaction and have fun. The program is open to any boy or girl,ages 5-21, with a disability. It is designed to bring the excitement and fun of playing soccer to players who traditionally have not had a place in the youth soccer system. SPENSA is free of charge to all of these very special children. The program is privately funded through the generous donations of individuals and corporations, as well as many local youth soccer clubs.

BiState Lawyers are proud to volunteer as helpers and coaches at SPENSA events throughout the Spring and Fall.

Raven is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to domestic violence intervention and prevention in St. Louis, Missouri. Its mission is to foster peaceful relationships, families, and communities by increasing self-awareness, challenging abuse and control, teaching alternative behaviors, and promoting personal responsibility.Raven is the 3rd oldest batterers intervention program in the United States and proudly meets or exceeds all standards set forth by the Association of Batterer Intervention Providers (ABIP) and the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV).

Founded in 1982, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) connects artists and arts organizations of every discipline with accountants and lawyers who donate their time and expertise to help their appreciative clients navigate the complicated world of finance and law. It also provide information and skills training designed to help the arts community develop sound business practices. Through VLAA, more than 300 accountants and lawyers offer counsel to artists and administrators who are asking for help in record numbers. Each year, volunteers donate more than $100,000 in pro bono services to the arts community.