• 31 Oct 2018

    Nagel Named Top 100 Trial Attorney for 2018

    The BiState Law Center is pleased to announce that Matthew Nagel has been named a Top 100 Trial Attorney in Missouri for 2019 by the National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA). The NTLA also named Nagel a Top 25 Workers Compensation Attorney for Missouri. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. The NTLA recognized Matt as a Top 100 Trial Attorney in Missouri since 2016, and a Top 25 Workers Compensation Attorney in Missouri since 2017. The NTLA also named Matt as a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney in Missouri from 2013 through 2017.  Matt Nagel is the lead trial attorney and the managing partner at the BiState Law Center. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or […]
  • 26 Apr 2018

    Matthew Nagel – 2018 AV Preeminent Lawyer

    Martindale-Hubbell® named Matthew Nagel as an AV Preeminent Lawyer for 2018. Martindale-Hubbell in an independent legal director that ranks lawyers in a number of categories. An AV Rating is considered the gold standard for the best attorneys across the country. AV Rated lawyers, like BiState Law Center's Matthew Nagel, are rated by their peers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. AV Preeminent Attorneys are an elite group; only approximately 10 percent of all attorneys hold an AV Preeminent Rating.   This is the 2nd year that Martindale-Hubbell recognized Matthew Nagel as an AV Preeminated Lawyer. Upon learning of his AV Preeminent Lawyer status, Matthew Nagel said, "I am flattered and grateful for this recognition. Only a few lawyers become AV Preeminent, and the fact that the award is based upon the reviews of other lawyers in our community means a great deal. Ultimately, the job comes down to helping people and […]
  • 19 Apr 2018

    What is Negligent Entrustment?

    Negligent Entrustment is a type of legal claim brought by an injured party against a vehicle owner, even though someone else was driving the vehicle. An example of negligent entrustment will help. Bob owns a 2017 Dodge Avenger. He lets Jim borrow the Avenger for the day, even though Bob knows Jim does not have a driver’s license. While driving the Avenger, Jim causes a crash and severely injures Jill. Jill now has a claim against Jim for negligence and a claim against Bob for negligent entrustment. If forced to, Jill and her lawyers can file a single lawsuit against both Bob and Jim to compensate her for the harms and losses she suffered from the crash. What Is Required In A Negligent Entrustment Claim? In a car crash claim, an injured person must prove two things to win a negligent entrustment claim: 1. Did the vehicle owner entrust an unfit person to drive the […]
  • 09 Apr 2018

    The Deadly Cost of Drowsy Driving

    Drowsy driving is a dangerous and far too common habit. According to the CDC, one in 25 drivers reports falling asleep while driving within the past month. This dangerous practice can quickly turn deadly for drivers, passengers, and others on the road. This guest post is brought to us from the folks at Tuck.com. The Tuck Sleep Foundation is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web. The Impact of Drowsy Driving Accidents Drowsy driving is a factor in 6 percent of crashes annually. Each year, that adds up to approximately 328,000 crashes. Of those crashes, approximately 109,000 involve injuries and 6,400 involve fatalities. In addition to injuries and fatalities, drowsy driving is behind billions in societal costs each year. Annually, […]
  • 26 Nov 2017

    Nagel Named Top 100 Trial Attorney

    The American Society of Legal Advocates released its list of Top 100 Trial Attorneys, naming Matthew Nagel as a Top 100 Trial Attorney in Illinois. Nagel is BiState Law Center's managing partner and joins a select group limited to less than 1.5% of of all licensed lawyers nationwide. The American Society of Legal Advocates is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. A team of lawyers spent six months researching tens of thousands of lawyers across the country and manually selecting less than 1.5% of all lawyers based on an array of criteria. ASLA’s Top 100 Lawyers and Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 listings recognize exceptional legal talent and early promise among the next generation of great lawyers. This selection comes shortly after Nagel won a $30,000 verdict in a dog bite […]
  • 15 Sep 2017

    Read the Stockley Verdict

    On September 15, 2017, St. Louis City Judge Tim Wilson found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty in the shooting death of Anthony Smith. Many people across the country are upset about this decision. Just as many people are worried about the impact that protests may have on the St. Louis region.  Make up your own mind by reading the full verdict.
  • 04 Sep 2017

    Missouri Changes Work Comp Retaliation Standard

    Beginning August 28, 2017, the standard for Missouri workers compensation retaliation claims changes from "contributing factor" to "motivating factor." Crucially, this single word makes a huge difference to injured workers that are terminated for exerting their legal rights. The BiState Law Center publishes a website dedicated to helping injured workers through the Missouri Workers Compensation system. You can read this full article, and get all of the information you need on your Missouri Work Comp claim at www.stlouisworkcom.com.
  • 01 May 2017

    Happy Law Day!

    Happy Law Day, America! What is Law Day? In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared that May 1st would be celebrated as Law Day in the United States of America. Law Day the idea of Charles S. Rhyne, who served as the President's legal counsel and President of the American Bar Association. The official purpose of Law Day is for the American people to celebrate " in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States and of their re-dedication to the ideals of equality and justice under law in their relations with each other and with other countries." We are also appreciating "the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life." Every year the American Bar Association chooses a new theme for Law Day.  In 2017, the Law Day Theme is "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy." Some countries also celebrate May 1st […]
  • 26 Nov 2016

    Matt Nagel Named Top 100 Trial Lawyer

    We are please to announce that Matthew Nagel has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Matthew Nagel is the Managing Partner and lead trial attorney at the BiState Law Center.  He represents people that have been hurt by the negligence and carelessness of others.  Matt also represents businesses in court across the St. Louis Metro.  All of his trial work focuses on making the workplaces and roadways safer in Missouri and Illinois. "The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications […]
  • 23 Nov 2016

    Texas Judge Stops New Overtime Laws

    A Federal Judge in Texas issued an injunction, halting the Obama Administrations new overtime laws that were set to take effect on December 1st. On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Amos L. Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that President Obama and the Department of Labor had exceeded their authority in raising the overtime salary limit.  The new regulation would move the salary limit that exempts workers from receiving overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. This injunction is a temporary measure that stops the regulation from taking effect until the judge can issue a full ruling. The injunction casts serious doubt on the Regulation taking effect on December 1st, as originally planned. Is The New Overtime Law Good For Business? Many business owners criticized the regulation, which Obama championed, claiming that businesses would either lose their ability to operate or have to cut workers' hours significantly.  By shifting the minimum threshold to qualify for overtime […]