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Gary K. Burger Jr

Gary K. Burger Jr

Personal injury trial attorney serving all of Missouri and Illinois
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Workers' Compensation ...
  • Illinois, Missouri
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Biography

Gary Burger is managing partner of Burger Law, a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm. Gary has dedicated his 32+ year career to the rigorous pursuit of justice for injury victims and their families. His zealous representation has recovered over $200 million for clients so far.

Gary's legal experience spans all personal injury, including motor vehicle crashes, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability, premise liability, workers' compensation and more. His wins have been featured in the media and he has hundreds of great reviews from clients. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois, the Missouri Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits and various Federal District Courts.

Gary has earned numerous awards from peers and national legal organizations. He has been chosen as a Super Lawyer for over a decade and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. His AV Preeminent rating from LexisNexis and Martindale-Hubbell indicates the highest legal ability and ethical standards and he is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Gary's passion for justice extends beyond the courtroom. He leads Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses to share his knowledge and has published dozens of resources for laypeople who want to understand personal injury law. His firm regularly donates to organizations like Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) and Gateway Pet Guardians and Gary has served on executive boards for LSEM and Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.

Besides his professional achievements, Gary is an active member of the St. Louis community. He enjoys spending time with his wife, kids and rescue dogs. Gary is an avid beekeeper and scuba diver. As a certified instructor, he even leads dives at Bonne Terre Mine and has been featured as a diving instructor in media outlets like the TODAY show.

Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Workers' Compensation
Products Liability
Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
Insurance Claims
Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance
Legal Malpractice
Civil Rights
Discrimination, Employment
Consumer Law
Class Action
Nursing Home Abuse
Employment Law
Employment Discrimination, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination
Additional Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip and Fall
  • Construction Accident Law
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • ATV Injury
  • Sexual Assault
  • AED Liability Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Contact us anytime to speak to a lawyer for free about your case. We answer questions for free, and there is no obligation to hire us.
  • Contingent Fees
    You pay nothing unless we win your case. That means no out-of-pocket expenses for you to hire us. We agree to a percentage of your settlement amount and only get paid when you do. We also work hard to reduce liens and pursue additional forms of compensation for you to maximize the money that goes in your pocket.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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Missouri
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7th Circuit
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8th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner and Attorney
Burger Law, LLC
- Current
Partner and Attorney
Cantor & Burger, LLC
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Attorney
The Brasher Law Firm
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Education
Washington University School of Law
J.D. (1992)
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Honors: Scholar in Law Award, 1992
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University of Missouri - Columbia
B.A. (1988)
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Awards
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Award is the highest possible honor from the organization, a peer-reviewed rating less than 5% of US attorneys receive
Super Lawyers
Thomson Reuters
A peer-nominated and reviewed selection process that recognizes the top 5% of lawyers in their field, Gary has been awarded the Super Lawyers honor for more than 12 years running
Super Lawyers Top 50
Thomson Reuters
Named to the Super Lawyers list of top 50 lawyers in St. Louis
Clients' Choice
Avvo
Second Highest Jury Verdict
Missouri
Winner of 2018 second highest Jury Verdict in Missouri of $113.7 million
Scholar in Law Award
Washington University School of Law
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Honor
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Given to only 1% of attorneys in the United States, Gary is a member of both the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar
Member
Current
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Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Member
Current
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American Association of Justice
Member
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Illinois State Bar Association
Member
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Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
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Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for Plaintiff Lawyers
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Speaking Engagements
The Hard Stuff in PI Cases: Settlement, Evidence in Trial and Ethics, Continued Legal Education, Virtual
Burger Law; Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
In this CLE session, we discussed "Secrets and Tricks" for resolving a PI case at full value in the claims stage, evidentiary foundations for how to get business records and pictures into evidence, when and how to publish to the jury, how to play video depos, business and medical records admission and cross examination, life expectancy, prior pleadings, impeachment, and how to handle certain ethics problems.
Continued Legal Education, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
It was great getting to spend the day with LSEM and 200 of Eastern Missouri's brightest legal minds to discuss "Everything Ethics in Estates", "Fiduciary Income Tax Strategies for IRAs", and "The Latest & Greatest in Elder Law."
Running a Law Firm While Getting a $113 Million Verdict, Maximum Lawyer Conference, St. Louis
Maximum Lawyer Conference
Gary was excited to act as master of ceremonies for the Maximum Lawyer conference in St. Louis with about 250 attendees from around the country. Had fun working on my business, learning from friends and teaching lawyers. Attorneys Jim Hacking and Tyson Mutrux created Maximum Lawyers. Over the years, this group has grown into a collaboration of attorneys worldwide to share ideas, resources, solutions, challenges, and triumphs of being a legal entrepreneur.
Certifications
Civial Trial Advocacy
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Websites & Blogs
Website
Burger Law Website
Blog
Videos
At Burger Law, we understand that being injured in a personal injury accident can harm your physical, emotional, and financial health. Gary Burger and his associates are highly skilled and have the resources needed to properly investigate your case, develop a strong claim, and fight for the compensation you deserve. Welcome to Burger Law - Missouri and Illinois Personal Injury Lawyers

At Burger Law, we understand that being injured in a personal injury accident can harm your physical, emotional, and financial health. Gary Burger and his associates are highly skilled and have the resources needed to properly investigate your case, develop a strong claim, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Auto Accident Law Firm serving all of Missouri and Illinois. Burger Law is an Auto Accident Law Firm that has successfully recovered millions of dollars to compensate car accident victims and their families. When a driver breaks the rules of the road and injures or kills another person, they should be held responsible. If you are injured in a car accident, your case likely has difficult legal, insurance, and damage issues that require a seasoned car accident attorney to resolve. Auto Accident Law Firm Missouri and Illinois - Burger Law

Auto Accident Law Firm serving all of Missouri and Illinois. Burger Law is an Auto Accident Law Firm that has successfully recovered millions of dollars to compensate car accident victims and their families. When a driver breaks the rules of the road and injures or kills another person, they should be held responsible. If you are injured in a car accident, your case likely has difficult legal, insurance, and damage issues that require a seasoned car accident attorney to resolve.

Our personal injury lawyers and paralegals have helped those affected by serious injuries in Missouri and Illinois recover millions of dollars while holding the negligent responsible for their actions. With more than 80 years of combined litigation experience and over $170 Million in Settlements and Verdicts, we have the skills and resources to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. Gary and Joan Burger - Our Dedication to Clients and Their Case

Our personal injury lawyers and paralegals have helped those affected by serious injuries in Missouri and Illinois recover millions of dollars while holding the negligent responsible for their actions. With more than 80 years of combined litigation experience and over $170 Million in Settlements and Verdicts, we have the skills and resources to get you and your family the compensation you deserve.

The injury attorneys of Burger Law know that being injured in a personal injury accident negatively impacts your physical, emotional, and financial health. Gary Burger and his team are highly skilled in all areas of personal injury law and have the resources needed to get you a great financial recovery. When you hire us, we dedicate ourselves to properly investigating your case, developing a strong claim, identifying and obtaining evidence of all of your damages, and fighting for compensation Our Dedication to Clients - Burger Law Injury Attorneys

The injury attorneys of Burger Law know that being injured in a personal injury accident negatively impacts your physical, emotional, and financial health. Gary Burger and his team are highly skilled in all areas of personal injury law and have the resources needed to get you a great financial recovery. When you hire us, we dedicate ourselves to properly investigating your case, developing a strong claim, identifying and obtaining evidence of all of your damages, and fighting for compensation

Burger Law is an experienced team of personal injury lawyers serving Missouri and Illinois that fight hard to get you and your family the recovery you deserve. We start working on your case right away to maximize your recovery. Our team demands full compensation after insurance companies unfairly deny, delay, or devalue personal injury claims. Personal Injury Lawyer Missouri and Illinois - Burger Law

Burger Law is an experienced team of personal injury lawyers serving Missouri and Illinois that fight hard to get you and your family the recovery you deserve. We start working on your case right away to maximize your recovery. Our team demands full compensation after insurance companies unfairly deny, delay, or devalue personal injury claims.

When truck drivers break the rules of the road and injure or kill fellow motorists, Gary Burger and the Burger Law team hold them accountable for their actions. If you or a relative have been injured in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, it is important to get immediate help from experienced truck accident lawyers like us right away. Truck Accident Injury Attorney Missouri and Illinois - Burger Law

When truck drivers break the rules of the road and injure or kill fellow motorists, Gary Burger and the Burger Law team hold them accountable for their actions. If you or a relative have been injured in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, it is important to get immediate help from experienced truck accident lawyers like us right away.

Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. My mother was in an Auto accident and auto was totaled. Hit from behind by a trailer truck. Passed away a few week later
A: I'm so sorry to hear this. A truck crash is one of the most difficult ways to lose a loved one.

Since you say she passed away a few weeks after the accident, you may be wondering about causation. As a wrongful death attorney, I have medical experts who are very good at examining the facts and determining how the injuries from the accident led to the victim's death. They can be critical in a case like this.

It sounds like the at-fault driver was a commercial driver, if I am understanding your comment correctly. A tractor trailer driver will be covered by large commercial insurance policies. There are a few different parties that could have contributed to the accident depending on what happened in this case. There may be multiple parties and insurance policies to hold accountable here. It will be tough, but with a good and experienced trial lawyer representing you, you should be able to make a significant financial recovery. From experience, I can say it's unlikely that the insurance company will offer a fair settlement upfront without a legal fight. But if you hire a firm experienced in these cases, you don't have to worry about any of that and you will also get support from people who know how critical it is to make sure you care for yourself and your needs are met during the process.

My firm and I handle cases like this all the time, unfortunately. We would be more than happy to help you, whether you end up hiring us or just want to ask us a few more questions. We answer questions for free so you're welcome to reach out at any time.
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Q. I have a workers compensation claim from wrist injury , was wondering if I should have a lawyer during this process
A: It's the employer's workers' compensation insurance, not the company itself. However, in some work injury situations there are also third-party claims when someone else acted in a negligent way that caused you to be injured.

As to your first question, you should be seen by the workers' comp doctors and see what they say, but do not sign anything until you are sure it is fair. Many workers' compensation attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay anything out of pocket for them to represent you. Many of us also offer free consultations, so it doesn't hurt to contact a workers' comp lawyer now to tell them about the specifics of your case and get some legal questions answered up front for free.

If someone in your situation called me at this point in the process, I would likely advise then to start by seeing how the process goes and what the insurance company offers. In workers' comp cases, you don't have the same requirements for establishing negligence as you do in a personal injury case, so it's possible that you can receive a fair settlement based on your injuries and lost wages without a lot of litigation and legal legwork. However, many cases do become complicated and require a lawyer (otherwise there would be no workers' comp lawyers out here) so again, make sure you consider everything carefully and get a legal opinion before you agree to a settlement. If you don't feel like the workers' comp doctor is treating you right or grasping the extent of your damages, get a second opinion. If you feel that your employer is not treating you fairly or cooperating, talk to a lawyer.
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Contact & Map
Burger Law, LLC
St. Louis Office
500 N Broadway
Suite 1350
St. Louis, MO 63102
Telephone: (314) 542-2222
Fax: (314) 542-2229
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Chicago Office
332 S. Michigan Ave
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60604
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Burger Law, LLC
Southern Illinois Office
521 W. Main Street
Suite 201 O
Belleville, IL 6220
Toll-Free: (618) 500-4878
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Burger Law, LLC
Chesterfield, MO Office
100 Chesterfield Business Pkwy
Suites 200-222
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Toll-Free: (314) 648-8348
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Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
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