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Paul E. Petruska


“Working with clients to help them fully understand and evaluate their risks is an important part of my role. I focus on zealously representing their interests not only to resolve disputes but to help prevent future issues.”


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Northen District of Illinois
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals


J.D., St. Louis University School of Law, 1995, cum laude

B.A., St. Louis University, 1992, magna cum laude


Paul Petruska is an experienced trial attorney, estate planner and small business advisor who focuses on solving each client’s unique problems. Paul’s focus on client needs has helped him create a practice that provides a wide spectrum of services. For clients concerned with litigation defense, Paul has disposed of cases through motion practice, obtained defense verdicts in jury tried cases, and successfully handled appeals. For those needing proactive advice to avoid litigation, Paul has served as outside general counsel to draft safety, employment and document retention policies, while also addressing human resource matters. For clients worried about the future, Paul has drafted everything from a simple will to complex trust agreements to address that concern. 

Paul’s focus on defending each client’s unique interests helps him serve as a vital team member for companies in numerous industries. His litigation experience includes matters related to transportation, product liability, employment litigation, construction, personal injury, commercial catastrophic property damage, and toxic torts.

Paul also has a diverse work history. He began as an associate for a medium-size insurance defense firm, became a partner in a boutique litigation firm, and was the chief trial attorney for a large commercial insurer’s major case unit. Paul works closely with clients to help them understand, evaluate and address areas of risk to avoid potential litigation. He is well-versed in liability analysis, data analysis and strategic planning, helping him to accurately assess the best course of action in a given dispute.

As new needs have arisen, Paul has looked to address them. During the pandemic, he has drafted policies specific to COVID-19 and advised on the Paycheck Protection Program.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Chaminade College Preparatory School, Mock Trial Team Program, Volunteer

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