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Kevin Sullivan is a founding principal and partner at Sauter Sullivan. Kevin is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. He graduated from the University of Tulsa, with a B.S.B.A. with an Accounting major in 1989, and received his J.D. from The University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, in 1992. His areas of practice include:
Articles related to Kevin Sullivan:
- Vacationer Injured in Rented Boat Accident at Lake of the Ozarks Gets $2 Million Settlement with the Help of Sauter Sullivan
A 47 year old St. Charles County mother was vacationing with her family at the Lake of the Ozarks over the 4th of July holiday. The family rented a 26 foot Bayliner deck boat from a local boat rental company for a day on the water. The boat traffic on the Lake that holiday weekend was significant and there were waves over 6 feet high in the main channel. The lady’s husband had very little experience operating a boat and the rental company did not provide him with any real training or warnings about the hazards of boating during a busy holiday weekend. The husband was driving the boat through the main channel with his wife and kids sitting in front. The boat hit some huge waves straight on without throttling or slowing down throwing the lady in to the air. She landed hard on the seat on her tailbone and ended up with an L-1 burst fracture resulting in an incomplete spinal cord injury.
This lady was airlifted to a hospital and had to undergo a posterior lumbar decompression and fusion surgery with implanted hardware. Over the next couple years she had extensive therapy and rehab and had several other surgical procedures. She has daily pain and problems from her permanent injuries, but makes the best of things. She is no longer able to work and her medical bills were extensive.
This was a difficult situation for the family. The husband was probably traveling too fast for the conditions due to his inexperience. The boat rental company should not have sent the family out in the boat that day without training and instruction about how to handle the conditions. There were concerns about how to pay the bills, finding insurance coverage and, most importantly, the sticky situation about a wife having to bring a claim against her husband.
They needed legal help, so they contacted Kevin Sullivan of the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Things did not look promising at first from a legal standpoint, with all parties assuming the rental company’s insurance policy would not cover negligence of the renter of the boat. Sullivan did his due diligence and to everyone’s surprise found the boat rental company had two policies with operator negligence coverage. One included $1 Million in coverage, and the other included an additional $1 Million in excess coverage. The problem…the husband was the negligent operator, which meant the wife would have to file the claim against her husband! Of course, she didn’t want to sue her husband, but in light of the seriousness of her injuries and the lifetime of debilitation, pain and suffering she was facing, it was the only way she could recover damages. Without this insurance money, the family could be facing serious financial troubles in addition to everything else. Kevin Sullivan filed a claim against the insurance policies and was able to secure the $2 Million insurance money for his client and this family. Most importantly, he was able to do so without having to file a lawsuit against the husband.
- Kevin Sullivan Helps Car Accident Victim Get $355,000 Settlement from Underinsured Motorist Coverage
In June, 2014, a high level executive with a financial services firm was injured in a rear end car accident in St. Louis, Missouri, and suffered injuries to his neck and back, including a disc herniation in his cervical spine. Immediately following the accident, he was shaken up but thought he would be fine. After a day or so, he had tremendous neck and back pain and went to see a doctor that he was familiar with from the past. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with damage to the discs in his neck from the crash and was referred immediately to an orthopedic surgeon. Within a week or so he ended up having a multi-level cervical fusion and physical therapy rehab thereafter. He lived an active lifestyle, and was a competitive tennis player, but his injuries prevented him playing the sport he loved. After the surgery, he had difficulty sleeping and for a couple weeks and he could not use his right arm due to nerve damage from the surgery. The nerves would regenerate in time, but it was a slow process that took months, during which time he continued to have extensive weakness, numbness and loss of feeling in his tricep, bicep and left arm. Lots of physical therapy and time helped make things better and he is doing much better today.
The client came to personal injury attorney Kevin Sullivan for help with his car accident case. Sullivan investigated and found that the young woman who rear ended his client’s vehicle had limited insurance that would not come close to even covering the client’s medical expenses and lost time from work. Thankfully, Kevin found that his client’s insurance policy included underinsured motorist coverage, which could be used to cover the difference between what he deserved and what the woman’s limited coverage could provide for him. After significant discussions and ongoing negotiations with the insurance company the firm was able to get this client a settlement of $355,000 which was fair and reasonable compensation for his injuries.
- SAUTER SULLIVAN HELPS OBTAIN LARGEST EVER PLAINTIFF’S LEGAL MALPRACTICE VERDICT REPORTED IN STATE OF MISSOURI- $10.5 MILLION DOLLARS
The law firm of Sauter Sullivan in St. Louis is proud to announce that Kevin Sullivan has been named as a 2015 winner in the category of “Attorneys Securing the Largest Reported Plaintiff Verdicts/Judgments” which is awarded by Missouri’s preeminent legal publication, Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Congratulations, Kevin! The Sauter Sullivan firm was co-counsel with the Thompson Coburn firm representing a client that had to sue its former lawyers for legal malpractice. According to Missouri Lawyers Weekly, the $10.5 Million verdict obtained on behalf of the client was the largest ever reported legal malpractice verdict/judgment in history in the State of Missouri
The case involved the touchy issue of Legal Malpractice, in which a lawyer is put in the position of having to sue another lawyer to protect the integrity of the legal profession and get justice for the clients of the attorneys who were negligent and caused them harm. “Integrity and professionalism are the cornerstones of the legal profession,” says Sullivan. “Certainly, we are all human and mistakes happen, and the courts have remedies available to correct mistakes made by attorneys. But if the lawyers at fault will not admit to their error or worse, try to cover it up, then the lawyers must be held accountable for their conduct. If we fail to hold the offending lawyers accountable, clients and the public will have no faith in the integrity of the legal system or the lawyers who work day in and day out within that system. That’s what happened in this case.”
- $450,000 Settlement for Truck Driver Hit While Changing Tire
A young, recently married couple from a small town in Southern Illinois was faced with uncertainty after the husband was involved in a terrible truck accident. The husband drives a truck for a living, and was travelling on Highway 57 near Effingham, Illinois, when he had a tire blow out on his tractor-trailer. He put on his flashers and pulled his truck completely off the highway on to the shoulder.
- $5.2 Million Settlement in Delivery Van Accident Case
In July of 2011, a mother was stopped at a traffic light with her 9 year old son and 11 year old daughter on Illinois route 15 in Belleville, Illinois. The driver of a commercial delivery van / truck was using his cellular phone instead of paying attention and slammed into the back of the woman’s car at almost 50 miles per hour! Witnesses said the impact was so tremendous that it sounded like a bomb going off.