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“We care about you”. Do you really think any law firm would advertize or have a mission statement that they don’t care! Here is another interest tag line.

“Experienced and Professional” I have never seen an ad or mission statement that we have no experience and we are unprofessional. For Pete’s sake, lawyers are all professionals licensed by the Missouri Bar. Likewise you will see words such as “aggressive”, “compassionate” “serious” or statements such as “no recovery – no fee”, “we can help”, “Quality Legal Representation” and of course the always “free initial consultation”.

Every person and every case are different. There is no cookie cutter method of handling personal injury cases. I know that there are hundreds of lawyers in the metropolitan area who “handle personal injury cases”

Our goal is to provide you with the most information possible to help you understand how the system works and if you choose to hire my firm to advise you and keep you informed throughout the process. We want to make certain you have all the information to make the right decisions for you and or your family starting with the basics:

  1. Do I need a lawyer?

  2. How do I hire the right lawyer?

  3. Can I settle my property damage claim separately from my injury claim?

  4. Do I need a lawyer for my property damage claim?

  5. Should I talk to the other guy’s insurance adjuster?

  6. Should I let them record a statement?

  7. Should I give them the names of the doctor’s and hospitals where I was treated?

  8. Should I sign medical authorizations to let the other guy’s insurance company?

  9. Should I notify my insurance company?

It has happened to me and my family:


  1. My father was killed by a young driver who was under the influence of alcohol when I was 21. The horrific damage and effects of that accident are damaging my family today, as you read this message. The accident happened 39 years ago. I know what happens when a loved one and a bread winner is killed at the hands of a negligent driver.

  1. My daughter was involved in a terrible accident wherein she sustained bilateral skull fracture and a traumatic brain injury. While my daughter is doing remarkably well, I watched first hand as she struggled to recover regain some control of her life. I know what it is like to watch a loved one struggle to rebuild her life.

  1. I myself have been injured on the job and suffered a ruptured disc. I had surgery and went through weeks of physical therapy. I know what it is like to be injured, lose time from work and struggle to regain your strength and career.




Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 30%
    41 years
  2. Workers Compensation: 20%
    41 years
  3. Defective Products: 15%
    41 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    41 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher Timothy O'Connor

    Tom DeVoto goes “all in” with his clients on their personal injury claims and uncovers every possible theory to provide them a full recovery of damages. While shaped early on at one of the finest large trials firms in St. Louis, he brings a small firm ease of dealing. Tom’s reputation alone comprises his advertising because he is well known for his results and approach. He gets his work from other attorneys and past clients, so silly billboards and tv ads are unnecessary.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


MOGood Standing, Active197501/08/2013
ILActive Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to PracticeUnknown08/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Lon O Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer AwardThe Missouri Bar Foundation1985
ListedMarquis Who's Who in American LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe DeVoto Law Firm1996 - Present
Senior PartnerWuestling, James & DeVoto1985 - 1995
Associate/Junior PartnerGray & Ritter1975 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Missouri Bar FoundationFellow2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present
The Lawyers Association of St. LouisSustaining Member1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Missouri BarMemberN/A
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMemberN/A
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysMemberN/A
Lawyers Association of St. LouisExecutive Committee1981 - 1982
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Shoulder Dystocia at DeliverySettlement - $350,000 (St. Louis City)
Slip and FallVerdict - $433,900 (St. Louis City)
Cerebral Palsy/failure to diagnose maternal diabetesSettlement - $450,000 (Franklin County)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Case Law Update:Evidence at Trial: The Essentials. Practical Evidence for Civil Litigators2008
Supplement Chapter 9 Missouri Civil Practice MoBar CLEThe Opening Statement2007
Chapter 9, Missouri Civil Practice, MoBar CLEThe Opening Statement2002
Supplement to Chapter 7, Problems of ProofAgency1989
Supplement Chapter 4, Missouri Tort Law, Vol. 1Employer’s Liability for Negligence1984
Supplement, Torts IIInnkeepers Liability1982
Missouri Problems of ProofDeath and Derivative Actions1979
St. Louis Bar JournalJuveniles and the Law1978
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Fairfield UniversityHistory, English, Political Science and SpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Practical Evidence for Civil Litigators. The Essentials.impeachment and making a record together with a written case law update2011
Trial Lawyers Successful Trial Tips: What They Learned“So you want to use and expert?” & “Ethics Strategies and Settlement Negotiations"2005
Auto InsuranceUninsured, Underinsured And Accident Litigation in Missouri2005
The Missouri Bar Trial Practice InstituteFaculty “Break Out Leader” for instruction and “student” presentations of Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, and Closing Argument and Faculty Demonstration of an Opening Statement2004
Problems and solutions in Comparative FaultComparative Fault in Product Liability cases and Medical Negligence Cases1993
Taking & Defending DepositionsDiscovery of the Opposing Expert-The Products Liability or Medical Malpractice Case1991
Missouri Products Liability Seminar sponsoredProduct Liability1991
Current Issues in Insurance and Tort LawInsurance and Tort Law1991
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists LawUninsured and Underinsured Motorists Law1990
15-Hour Review of the LawTrial Techniques: Conducting Direct and Cross Examinations1990
Missouri Civil Procedure SeminarMissouri Civil Procedure1986
Evidentiary Problems at TrialImpeachment of Witnesses1986
Demonstrative Evidence SeminarDemonstrative Evidence1986
St. Louis University School of LawTrial TechniquesN/A
Professor Karen Tokarz Trial Practice ClassTrial DemonstrationN/A
Mechanical Engineering.Product Liability LawN/A