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Theodore D. Agniel

Of Counsel

“I think clients appreciate my willingness to work with them to resolve complex problems — paired with a meticulous approach informed by my first-chair trial experience.” 


  • Missouri
  • Illinois


J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, 1985

M.A., St. John's University, 1978

B.A., Cardinal Glennon College, 1972


Manufacturers, health care providers, transportation companies and other corporate clients rely on the litigation experience of Ted Agniel, whose 30-year career has included trying dozens of cases to conclusion.

Ted represents clients in the defense of lawsuits involving medical negligence, toxic torts and other product liability claims, commercial trucking and transportation, insurance coverage and subrogation issues. He frequently represents manufacturers defending claims in asbestos litigation and has experience in some of the country's most challenging venues, including the city of St. Louis, Missouri, and Madison County and St. Clair County, Illinois. He has taken hundreds of depositions, including those of plaintiffs, plaintiffs' fact witnesses, treating physicians and expert witnesses.

Ted handles state and federal trial and appellate work. He has won numerous defense verdicts and successfully mediated many matters. He has lectured on topics involving litigation, evidence, insurance issues and the ethics of personal injury litigation and is the transportation law editor for The Missouri Bar's "Courts Bulletin" monthly publication.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar, Transportation Law Committee
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • St. Louis Lawyers Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute


Representative Matters

  • First-chaired more than 25 jury trials since 1985 with multiple defense verdicts.
  • First-chaired more than 25 bench trials with multiple defense judgments.
  • Secured summary judgment for the defense in medical malpractice case involving alleged negligent spinal surgery.
  • Defense judgment in case involving birth defects due to alleged medical negligence.
  • Successfully negotiated resolution of multiple claims alleging damages in excess of $1 million.
  • Successfully negotiated resolution of claim concerning rail car explosion with damages in excess of $20 million.

News & Insights


Articles & Books

  • Co-author, "The Battle Over Worker Misclassification"
    The Transportation Lawyer, February 2013
  • "Environmental Law and Toxic Torts"
    Missouri Bar's CLE Book on Damages
  • "Update on the Unified Carrier Registration Act (UCRA)"
    The Transportation Lawyer, October 2007
  • "Ex Parte Communications with Treating Health Care Providers: Does HIPAA Change Missouri Law?"
    63 Journal of the Missouri Bar 296, 2007

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