Jim Virtel

Professional Experience:

Jim Virtel is an experienced litigator, having tried over 100 cases to conclusion including commercial and business disputes, product and premises liability cases, coverage issues and shareholder disputes. He was a partner at Armstrong Teasdale where he practiced since 1976 in the areas of class action, products liability, tort, fire and electrical liability, non-compete and trade secrets and other areas of civil litigation. He has also authored many published articles about these areas of law. Jim is admitted to the Missouri and Illinois Bar and has tried cases in many of the Circuit Courts of these states as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.  Jim is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell ®, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® for 20 + consecutive years in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Energy Law. In 2013 he was selected asLawyer of the Year for Energy Law by Best Lawyers in America ®. Professional activities include serving as a Fellow and Chair for the American College of Trial Lawyers, and membership in the Defense Research Institute and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.


Jim is active in many charitable and civic organizations including the Easter Seal Society and the United Way of Greater St. Louis and served on the Board of Directors for Dance St. Louis and the Board of Regents for Loras College. He has also served as an adjunct Professor at St. Louis University School of Law for Trial Practice.

Professional Affiliations:

• Missouri Bar, 46 years
• IL Bar, 46 years
• American College of Trial Lawyers, 24 years, State Chair; Chair of two National Committees



• J.D., cum laude, Saint Louis University, 1969
• B.A., cum laude, Loras College, 1966



• Missouri
• Illinois
• U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
• U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
• U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
• U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
• U.S. Supreme Court
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


Best Lawyers in America; Lawyer of the Year, Energy Law (2013)
• Selected as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by Martindale-Hubbell andAmerican Lawyer Media (ALM)
Best Lawyers of America; Commercial Litigation, Energy Law and Personal Injury Litigation (20+ consecutive years, including the most recent edition)
Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers / Super Lawyers Business Edition (2008-2013)
Super Lawyers St. Louis’ Top 50 (2013)
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Commercial Litigation. Praised as a “supremely capable” trial attorney, whose “congenial approach” is considered key to his success in representing defendants. (multiple years)
• Listed as a litigation star in the state of Missouri in the 3rd edition of Benchmark Litigation,The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
• AV Peer Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


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