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About me

After many years of diverse practice experiences, I've settled into doing what I enjoy most: helping injured people and their families.  We can't return lost time, we can't mend bones, and we can't bring loved ones back; however, we can give people a fair opportunity to obtain justice in the civil court system.  Helping people understand and navigate the civil justice system is what motivates me.  And, at the end of the case, the best part is when my clients or their families tell us, "thank you."  I hope someday that I can be a good example for my two children, so that they work to help those in need in their communities, too.


Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 70%
    12 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    17 years, 100 cases
  3. Litigation: 10%
    17 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($225-400/hour), contingent (33-40%), Pro bono (5%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • William Wylie Blair

    I endorse this lawyer because he is diligent in practice and does a great job representing his asbestos clients.


    William Blair Defective and dangerous products Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Scott Adam McGee

    I have worked with Ben for many of years. He is dedicated to his clients and goes the extra mile to make certain that those responsible for his clients' injuries are held accountable. Ben and the attorneys at his Firm are truly outstanding attorneys, and I highly endorse him.


    Scott McGee Mesothelioma and asbestos Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


701 Market St.
Suite 1575
St. Louis, MO, 63101


MOGood Standing, Active200501/08/2013
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199905/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2015
CALI Excellent AwardsN/AN/A
Amjur Award –Torts I and IIN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member/PartnerSWMK Law, LLC2012 - Present
AttorneyGori Julian & Associates, PC2008 - 2012
AttorneyGoldenberg, Heller, Antognoli & Rowland2004 - 2008
AttorneyHepler Broom Macdonald Hebrank True & Noce, LLC1999 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysMember2012 - Present
American Association for JusticeAttorney Member2010 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Madison County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
LF v. AO Smith et al.$6,000,000
RB & AB v. 3M Co. et al.$1,400,000+
R.S. and M.S. v. AGCo et al.$1,750,000+
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Missouri, ColumbiaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Perrin Cutting Edge in Asbestos Litigation ConferenceThe Bare Metal Defense: Almost a Decade of Claims2012
Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm ConferenceA Brief Foray into Forum Non Conveniens in Missouri2012
Illinois State Bar Association: Pre-Trial Motion PracticesDiscovery Motions and Practice2012
Asbestos: Current Issues and Effective Litigation TacticsUpdate on Law in Illinois on Proving Causation and Damages2010