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Chandler
D.
Atkins
314-421-1850 [Main]
314-421-4346 [Fax]

Practice Areas


  • Insurance Defense
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Automobile Liability Defense
  • Restaurant, Retail and Dram Shop Defense
  • Elevator and Escalator Liability
  • Insurance Coverage and Extra Contractual Liability Defense

Education


  • Lindenwood University, B.A.
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Western District of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois
    • Northern District of Illinois

Memberships


  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • St. Charles County Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Primerus Premises Liability Defense Practice Group – Retail, Hospitality, Entertainment
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Publications


  • Missouri Joins the Majority of States in Adopting the Restatement: Best Practices in Limiting Liability for Criminal Acts of Known Dangerous Persons,National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Newsletter, June 2018
  • To Blow or Not to Blow, St. Louis Bar Journal, 2009

Awards and Recognitions


  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-Present
  • Volunteer of the Year, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • William E. Jaudes Scholarship for Community Service
  • Sonnenschien Scholar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Trial Academy
  • 2018 Tom Cochran Community Service Award, The Missouri Bar

Events and Speaking Engagements


 

  • “The Devil is in the Doors:  Automatic Door Claims in Retail and Elevator Settings,” Columbus, Ohio 2018
  • “Understanding Liquor Liability Exposures and Coverages,” Kansas City, Osage Beach and St. Louis, Missouri 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pro Bono and Public Service


  • Founder & Volunteer Director, New Heights Tutoring & Mentoring Program, Recognized by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, Wentzville, MO, 2012
  • Attorney Coach, Missouri High School Mock Trial
  • 2018 Tom Cochran Community Service Award, The Missouri Bar Young Lawyer's Section

Chandler Atkins received his bachelor’s degree in history from Lindenwood University before attending Saint Louis University School of Law where he obtained concentrations in both Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation.  He has a broad range of experience working in the areas of automobile accident liability, insurance law, legal malpractice defense, construction defects, personal injury defense, family law, premises liability, criminal defense and traffic law/DWI. 

He has litigated and tried cases throughout Missouri and Illinois.  Chandler’s focus is on insurance defense in representing defendants in the areas of wrongful death, trucking/auto accidents, premises liability, legal malpractice, dram shop actions, slip and falls, product liability, worker’s compensation, and construction site accidents.  In 2013, Chandler obtained a unanimous defense verdict in favor of a trucking company and its driver in a lawsuit alleging the driver was negligent following a traffic accident.  In 2018, Chandler obtained a verdict in favor of a Defendant nightclub in the City of St. Louis regarding a stabbing and the criminal acts of third parties.  In 2019, Chandler received a unanimous defense verdict after only twenty minutes of deliberation concerning a premises liability claim at a restaurant in St. Louis County.  Chandler has also obtained summary judgment and dismissals in favor of clients involving claims of legal malpractice, premises liability, dram shop liability and negligent employment practices.

 

Chandler has received several awards and recognitions, including being named as Volunteer of the Year by Saint Louis University School of Law, a recipient of the William E. Jaudes Scholarship for community service, and a Sonnenschein Scholar. Chandler co-authored the article on D.W.I. traffic stops, To Blow or Not to Blow for The St. Louis Bar Journal in 2009.  In 2012, Chandler was recognized by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder for his role in volunteering as Director of the New Heights Tutoring & Mentoring Program in Wentzville, Missouri.  In 2013, Chandler successfully completed the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Trial Academy which was instructed by the state’s leading defense trial lawyers and judges.  He is a frequent author and presenter for industry meetings and conferences. 

Chandler and his wife, Laura, enjoy spending time with their three young children hiking, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.  He and his family volunteer as mentors of the New Heights Tutoring & Mentoring Program weekly, and direct many events and outings for the children in the Program including sporting events, campouts and community enrichment projects.  Chandler is also the attorney instructor for the Ft. Zumwalt High School Mock Trial Team that participates annually in the competition put on by the Bar Association of Missouri – St. Louis.  In 2019, Chandler’s team advanced to the State Championships.