Testimonial: Terry Blackford (…and his amazing story!)


“I cannot thank Kevin Sullivan enough for all he’s done for me. I admire his skills and talent, and I trust him completely. He did a bang up job for me and my buddy, Bob, when we were both hurt in a horrible truck accident. I was a State Trooper with the Highway Patrol for over 33 years, and a private investigator for many years after that, so I know a thing or two about the law, and Kevin is the best. Here’s what happened. Several years ago, Bob and I were involved in a terrible truck crash that injured us both pretty seriously. We were heading out to go fishing at Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma, and we stopped my pickup truck off the road on a scenic overlook to stretch and take a break. There was a concrete barrier that protected the edge of the overlook from a steep, rocky slope. Bob and I had hopped over that barrier to relieve ourselves, and we had just climbed back onto the parking area when we heard wheels roaring on the “chatter bars” or “rumble strips” on the side of the pavement, you know, those grooves that make noise when you drive on them to wake you up. I looked up and saw a big tractor-trailer barreling down the road toward us out of control. I saw the driver’s head jerk up like he’d been asleep at the wheel and he had that ‘holy moly” look on his face. I bet he was going 50 miles an hour down that steep grade, even though there are signs everywhere warning trucks to slow down for those hills. The truck was a few hundred yards away and heading into the concrete barrier. Bob and I ran for that wall and just as we hopped over it, the truck slid down along that concrete wall and was heading right at us. The truck split apart from the impact and its load of 1800 car tires was flying everywhere. I was halfway over the wall when the tires and debris hit me, and I bounced 100 or more feet down the hill with tires bouncing all over and around me. My buddy had gotten over the wall just before me, and he was pinned and totally covered by tires and pieces of the trailer. The truck ended up smashing into my pickup.

I was bruised and messed up all over but somehow I managed to get up the hill to try and help my friend. I could hear him moaning under the pile of debris and did my best to uncover him. I couldn’t get him out all the way, but I got to where I could see his face buried in sawdust and planting mulch. He wasn’t breathing and I thought he might be dead. I got his head up tried to get the stuff out of his mouth. There was too much junk and debris in the way so I couldn’t get in to do CPR on him, so I pulled his arm back as far as I could, held his head, and punched him in the ribs as hard as I could. I hit him twice while I’m yelling ‘breathe you son of a bitch’. The second time I hit him he spit out the sawdust and started breathing, but just barely. I yelled to someone who had stopped up on the hill and told them to get the highway patrol and tell them to send a helicopter life flight. I held onto Bob until help arrived. The rescue crew took over, and I got to the top of the hill, then fell to the ground. They flew my friend to the hospital by helicopter, and took me in an ambulance.

They checked me out at the hospital and I was sore and hurting all over, but they sent me home with some medicine. I saw my doctor the next day and he took one look at me and immediately sent me to an orthopedic specialist. Turns out I had multiple injuries including black and blue marks up and down the right side of my body, tire marks across my chest, ribcage and back and multiple contusions and swollen areas. I had severe pain in my ribs, chest, back, right hip, left hand and my groin area. It hurt like hell every time I even moved. I couldn’t even wear a brace for my back and other injuries because of all the bruising and swelling and pain, and I had to wait for weeks before I could even start therapy. The doctors found out I had cracked my ribs, which is extremely painful, and all you can do is wait for them to heal. I ended up having surgery on my hand and my hip, and I still have issues with those. And to make matters worse, I started having nightmares, sleeplessness and anxiety as a result of the accident. The doctors put me on anti-depressants and sleep aids, and they said I had the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. I also had vertigo and dizziness, but that seems to have gone away, and I’ve got Tinnitus now, that annoying ringing in your ears.

But I consider myself pretty lucky to be alive. I’ve still got issues from the accident, more than the everyday aches and pains people talk about for sure, but I’m getting along. I don’t know what I would have done without Kevin Sullivan and the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Kevin filed suit for me against the trucking company and got me a settlement that covered all my medical bills and made them pay for their negligence. And Becky Griffin, a paralegal at his office helped me all along the way, too, with logistics and paperwork and everything. When something got screwed up, Becky unscrewed it. She’s the best. But we had a fight on our hands. That trucking company was totally in the wrong and they didn’t want to settle this thing, and they had some big law firm fighting us…but I tell you what, Kevin used his legal skills on that big law firm and he wowed everybody and made them look bad. He was totally prepared and handled everything with great skill. Even the judge scolded those other lawyers for not settling this thing sooner because they were so obviously in the wrong. Kevin really knows and believes in the law, and I think he is a great American. Amen, Brother!

Kevin also helped my buddy, Bob…when the hospital sent him a bill for $7000 for that helicopter ride, and the trucking company refused to pay it, Kevin got in there and took care of things for Bob, too. My buddy’s doing better now, thank God, but his is another story…

Testimonial: David and Amanda Erlinger

“My husband, Dave, was seriously injured in a truck accident when his tractor trailer was hit by another tractor-trailer while he was stopped on the shoulder of the highway. There was a fiery crash and Dave was knocked to the pavement and dragged underneath his truck. It’s a miracle he survived. The truck accident left David with herniated disks in his back and some other problems, and he’s going to need back surgery. In spite of his injury and all the pain he’s suffered, the insurance company for the truck that hit him didn’t want to take care of us. We were getting calls from so many parties that wanted statements from us, like his insurance company, the other truck driver’s insurance company and so on, that we didn’t know what to do. We’re a young couple, and I was scared to death about our prospects for the future. What if Dave was hurt so badly that he couldn’t work, and how were we going to pay his medical bills so he could get the care he needed to get better? That’s when we decided we needed an attorney. We were ultimately recommended to Kevin Sullivan at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. That was the best call we could have made. The whole situation was scary, and it put a lot of stress on our marriage, too. But Kevin and his staff took the weight off our shoulders. Kevin and another attorney at their firm, Mike Knepper, were always on top of everything having to do with our case. Kevin and Mike always took the time to explain what was going on and what was going to happen, and they told us why things were the way they were, and that calmed us down and made us feel so much better. Once we talked to Kevin, whenever people called about the accident, we just had to say, ‘talk to our attorney” and Kevin and his people took care of everything. The whole team at Sauter Sullivan did a great job for us, and they got us a settlement that will take care of all of my husband’s medical bills, lost wages and his future surgery and pain and suffering. Kevin and his team were a Godsend for us!”

Testimonial: Hope Sexton


“In June of 2012 I was stopped in traffic on highway 270 in St. Louis when a pickup truck crashed into me hard from behind. I was knocked unconscious and I ended up in the hospital with a broken wrist and pinkie finger, and bruises and abrasions on my arm. I also had awful abrasions and wounds on my face and that’s what really scared me, because I’m a young woman in my early 20’s, and I didn’t want to be disfigured for life or anything. I was so self-conscious about my face after the accident, I hardly went out for months.

The police report said the driver of the pickup was texting and not paying attention when he hit me, and that he couldn’t provide proof of insurance. That’s when I talked to my family and we decided I better talk to a lawyer. My aunt said someone else in the family had used the Sauter Sullivan law firm and they liked them, so I called Kevin Sullivan. Kevin was really helpful right from the start. He found out the guy who hit me did have auto accident insurance and filed a claim for me. I was really concerned about how I was going to deal with all the medical bills that were coming in. That was my first question to Kevin. ‘When am I going to get the insurance money to pay these bills?’ He told me all the steps of the process so I would know what to expect, and that he would help me all the way through. It turns out that my own insurance company wasn’t processing some of my medical bills properly, and Kevin and his paralegal Becky helped get all that straightened out for me. When the insurance company for the guy who hit me finally settled my claim, they paid the maximum amount of the guy’s coverage, and that helped me cover all my medical bills, and compensated me for the fact that my face was damaged and that I’ll probably have real problems with arthritis and my hand in the future because of the accident. When the case was finally all settled and done, Kevin told me, ‘Hope, I want you to think of me as your lawyer for life. If you ever need legal advice for anything, you just call me. I’m there for you.’ And he has been. Even after the claim was settled, Kevin has helped me deal with the creditors for all those medical bills so I can get all this totally behind me. I know he’s there for me and I recommend him to anyone who needs legal help.”

Testimonial: Tracy & Becky Federhofer

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tracy and becky federhoferCase: Personal Injury, Auto Accidents
Attorney: Christopher Geldmacher
Clients: Tracy & Becky Federhofer

 Tracy – “Over the past four or five years, we have had some bad luck in our family. First it was our uncle who got hit and injured while driving his car. Chris helped get his van repaired and get him compensation for his injuries. Next, I involved in a collision where a guy hit the side of my car really hard. Even worse, my nephew, Becky’s son, was in the car with me. I messed up my back and had to miss work for a while as I was getting treatment for my injuries. Chris was able to get me a fair settlement that covered my medical bills, lost wages, and paid me for the pain and hassle I had to go through. He also got money for Becky’s son for his injuries that she was able to put into a savings account for him. After that, I was involved in a collision while riding with a friend. The person who hit us didn’t have insurance. The accident totally messed up my back again. I didn’t even know that we were going to have a claim since the other driver didn’t have insurance. Thank God for Chris. He found insurance coverage and got me compensated for my injuries again. Finally, I had another accident where my dad was driving. He was at fault, but his insurance company did not want to pay. Chris fought with the insurance company and made them pay an amount which was fair. Mr. Geldmacher really knows his stuff and does what he needs to do to help his clients. He always kept me up to date on the status of my cases. He’s a really good guy. I always tell people to call Chris if they need help.”

Becky – “Chris handled my son’s case, which Tracy told you about, but I had my own accident when I was a passenger in my uncle’s van. We were stopped at a red light at Potomac and South Grand in South St. Louis a gal on a cell phone barreled into the rear of our van. I was 8 months pregnant at the time. I went to the ER because my back was hurting, and because I wanted the baby to be checked out. Turns out the baby was fine, thankfully. Mr. Geldmacher handled the whole thing for me. He had to file a lawsuit, because the insurance company wasn’t offering a fair amount. We settled the case before trial. That little bit of extra money came right at Christmas time, and it was a blessing for my two babies, because I was able to give them the Christmas I wanted them to have. Mr. Geldmacher is a good person and a good lawyer. He’s a sweetheart. He is really polite, and he really cares. I don’t know what I would have done if Chris Geldmacher wasn’t there to fight with the insurance company for me.”

Testimonial: Elder Nathan Jordan

Case: Auto Accident
Attorney: Matthew Sauter
Client: Elder Nathan Jordan

Elder Nathan Jordan gets excited when he talks about Matt Sauter and how he helped him and inspired him.

“About 10 years ago, I was driving my car up in Jennings, Missouri, in North St. Louis County. I was a minister at a church up that way at the time. I was looking for an address of where I was going, so I was driving slow, when a car slammed into me from behind. It was pretty bad. My car was really messed up and me and a friend in the car were injured. I had pretty severe back injuries. I had a herniated disc in my back and that caused me problems with my sciatic nerve. The pain was really bad…it was in my back and my legs were weak and I had numbness and tingling…it was hard to sit or stand for a long time and it hurt to move. I had to spend 3 or 4 months in physical therapy at St. Louis University, and I couldn’t believe the ton of medical bills that were piling up. And I really couldn’t work for a while…I was lucky that my employer was good to me through all this and I didn’t lose my job. What made things worse was that the police said I had caused the accident because I was driving slow and impeding traffic, even though the other guy ran into me! The police gave ME a ticket. I couldn’t believe it and I didn’t know what I was going to do.

I met Matt Sauter through some people I know, and he was a life saver. Matt was very approachable, friendly and concerned for me. And he’s professional. Matt took on my car accident and personal injury case aggressively and challenged the police on the ticket they gave me and got it fixed, and then he fought for me to prove that the car accident was the other guy’s fault. Matt was really something. You should see him. He really knows his way around the court, and he was really aggressive representing my interests. He showed personal concern for me…I mean he really cared. He had compassion. He went above and beyond for me, and made sure I got everything fair I deserved because of the car accident and my personal injury. He got me a settlement that compensated me for my car and my medical bills, and he even got me some money that helped me because of my lost time at work. And he helped me work with another attorney he knows to make sure I got the disability coverage I needed to get through everything. Matt is a real professional, but he’s a humble guy and I really like him. He’s become like a brother to me…he’s my friend and I can’t thank him enough for how he helped me. I tell anyone who needs help to talk to Matt Sauter because he cares. I’ve sent him two of my nephews, and another pastor I know, and I’ve referred friends and family and parishioners to Matt when they need a lawyer.”

Today, Elder Nathan Jordan is a hard working minister for a non-denominational church in Union, Missouri. He was so inspired by his experience with Matt Sauter of Sauter Sullivan in St. Louis, Missouri that he decided to pursue studies in criminal justice as a way to expand his ministry and help people with substance abuse, alcohol and addiction problems. He’s studying at East Central College, and hopes to become a parole officer when he graduates.