David K. Simkins heads up the firm’s insurance defense practice in Illinois. Dave tries cases in Madison, St. Clair and other counties in mid and southern Illinois as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Prior to joining Wuestling & James, David served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas M. Welch, Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District. He then worked for Evans & Dixon in 1999-2000. Dave is a member of the Missouri and Illinois bar.

Dave’s practice also involves Missouri insurance defense work as he frequently has jury trials in the Circuit Courts in and around the St. Louis area as well as eastern and central Missouri.

Dave also has significant experience in other fields including personal injury, workers’ compensation, arson/fire, insurance coverage and bad faith/vexatious refusal litigation.

In March, 2007, Dave became a partner in the firm.

Dave has an enviable record of success in jury trials having achieved verdicts for the defendant in Madison County, Illinois and St. Louis County, Missouri.

Dave’s result in the case of Toenjes v. Lammert was highlighted in Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly in January of 2005. In that matter, Plaintiff was rear-ended on the way to work. Three doctors testified at trial that Plaintiff suffered a herniated cervical disk in the accident. Plaintiff admitted into evidence $19,023 of medical bills that he alleged were caused by the accident. The jury found in favor of the Plaintiff, but awarded only $584.

In March of 2006, Dave had in excellent result in the case of Campise v. Borcherding. In that matter, Plaintiff, a 16-year old girl at the time of the accident, was struck by Defendant, who lost control of his vehicle. Two doctors testified at trial that Plaintiff had a herniated lumbar disk as a result of this accident and Plaintiff’s attorney admitted over $41,000 of medical bills into evidence. The jury found in favor of Plaintiff, but awarded damages of only $3,750.

Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Dave came to Missouri to attend the Honors College at the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Journalism where he graduated in 1990. After pursuing a career as a free lance writer with such publications as St. Louis Magazine, Dave entered Saint Louis University School of Law where he graduated cum laude, and was nominated as a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Honorary Fraternity for achievement and service to the university.

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