Principal

James Gottschalk

With more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Jim still thrives on the advocacy he practices every day on behalf of his clients. Jim has defended individuals and companies in civil litigation with more than 60 trials in State and Federal Courts in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. He has defended cases involving employment liability issues, real estate, commercial vehicle accidents, construction accidents, environmental exposures, premises liability, product liability, professional liability, medical malpractice, significant property damage and wrongful death. Jim received his B.S. in Business Management from Illinois State University in 1981 and received his JD in 1984 from Washington University School of Law. Jim was admitted to the Bar in Illinois in 1984 and the Bar in Missouri in 1985. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois and the District Court of Kansas. Jim has argued cases in the Appellate Courts in both Missouri and Illinois and has appeared before the Kansas Supreme Court. Outside of the office, Jim enjoys traveling with his wife Karen, teaching Sunday school and spending time with puppies Madeline and Munroe.

Education
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Trial Academy, 2012
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Trial Academy, 2011
  • Saint Louis University
    • J.D., 2004
  • University of Kansas
    • B.S. in Business Administration, Emphasis in Marketing, 1998
Licensure
  • State of Missouri
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Kansas
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Western District of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois
    • District of Kansas
Awards & Honors
  • Editor, Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • Dean's Academic Scholarship, Saint Louis University
  Affiliations
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis
  • The Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  Background
  • Principal, Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas LLC (2019 – present)
  • Principal, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2015 - 2018)
  • Associate, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2011 - 2014)
  • Associate, Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. (2005 - 2010)
  • Associate, Brown & James, P.C. (2004 - 2005)
  • Law Clerk, Simon & Passanante, P.C. (2003 - 2004)