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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 clients seeking economic relief through COVID-19 programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Program and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Community/Civic Activities

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

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "The Shuttered Venue Operator and Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant Programs: How to Help Your Clients Access the Billions Available" webinar
    Federal Bar Association and MyLawCLE, March 31, 2021
  • "COVID-19 Business Relief Opportunities" webinar
    Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, January 28, 2021
  • Speaker, “Liability Insurance: What Do You Actually Have and What Should You Really Have in Place to Protect Your Railroad”
    American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association’s 2012 Convention
  • Speaker, “Pathology of Asbestos-Related Disease”
    National Business Institute seminar, Asbestos: Current Issues and Effective Litigation Tac-tics
  • Speaker, “Asbestos: Past, Present and Future”
    National Business Institute seminar, Asbestos: Current Issues and Effective Litigation Tac-tics
  • Speaker, “Corporate Electronic Information Policies: Why You Need One and What You Can Learn From Other’s Mistakes"
    American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association’s 2010 Annual Convention
  • Speaker, “Beware of ERISA Lien Rights Or Your Settlement May Fail"
    Winter Meeting of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Speaker, “Ethics: In Re Silica Product Liability Litigation MDL 1553"
    National Business Institute seminar, Asbestos: Current Issues and Effective Litigation Tac-tics
  • Speaker, “Highlights of Missouri’s Tort Reform Law"
    The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Bench and Bar Conference
  • Speaker, “An Overview of the Different Social Media Platforms"
    Associated General Contractors of St. Louis Seminar, February 19, 2011
  • Speaker, “Beware of ERISA Lien and Medicare Lien Issues That May Arise During Settlement"
    CLE Presentation for Client
  • Speaker, “The Computer Sits Second Chair, How Supportive is Litigation Support Software"
    Winter Meeting of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Speaker, “Courtroom Presentation Strategies: Communicating Your Story to the Jury"
    The Missouri Bar
  • Speaker, “The Use and Misuse of Computerized Exhibits"
    Special Litigation Conference, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Panelist, “Intellectual Property, Ethics and Privacy Online" 
    St. Louis Bloggers Guild’s 2nd Annual Interactive Festival


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