J. Michael Waller

Mike Waller joined Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion in 2017 where he handles automobile liability, premises liability, governmental liability and general liability lawsuits in both the state and federal courts in Missouri.

Sabrina Bentele

Sabrina Bentele joined Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion in 2024 as an Associate Attorney practicing civil litigation. Sabrina focuses her practice in trucking litigation, products liability, premises liability, automobile liability and insurance defense. Sabrina is licensed to practice in the State of Missouri.

Stephen Mudge

Stephen C. Mudge has been practicing trial law for 46 years. Mr. Mudge was born and raised in Madison County and comes from a long line of attorneys who have practiced law for more than 100 years. Mr. Mudge has extensive trial practice and has tried a wide variety of jury and non-jury cases. He has tried all types of personal injury cases including wrongful death, brain injury, and other catastrophic injuries, resulting in no liability or low damage verdict.

Andrew Andereck

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Noel Smith

Noel Smith is an attorney with over 20 years of courtroom experience in Illinois and Missouri. His practice primarily focuses on toxic tort defense and general civil defense litigation. Noel’s experience includes significant court appearances, including jury trial experience, in St. Louis, the St. Louis Metro area in the Illinois counties of Madison and St. Clair, and various other counties in Southern Illinois.

Michael Hobin

Michael Hobin is a partner in the firm. Michael has tried over twenty civil jury trials to verdict in the Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair, Jersey, Randolph, Marion and Fayette, in addition to a civil rights action in federal court. Michael has successfully argued before the 5th District Appellate Court of Illinois. He has also been retained by local attorneys to mediate cases.

Katherine Smith

Katherine Smith focuses her practice in the area of Insurance Defense in both Missouri and Illinois. From personal auto lines to common carriers, homeowners to commercial, construction to products liability, she has extensive experience in defending and litigating both first and third party insurance matters—with a special focus on claims involving issues of bad faith refusal and vexatious refusal.

Michael Margherio

Mr. Margherio primarily practices in the area of Workers’ Compensation defense, although he also does work in the areas of Insurance Law and the defense of liability cases in the state and federal courts. He represents insurers and self insured employers on Workers’ Compensation cases in the St. Louis area and the eastern half of Missouri, including Hannibal, Cape Girardeau, Rolla, Jefferson City, Farmington, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff.

James Defranco

James E. DeFranco has concentrated his practice on the defense of civil claims. He has tried over 100 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts in Illinois and Missouri, including traumatic brain injury, commercial arson, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury cases. He holds the rank of Diplomate with the American Board of Trial Advocates and was the president of the Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter in 2016.

Scott Bjorseth

Scott Bjorseth is a partner in the firm. He has over 25 years of courtroom experience and an active litigation practice in both Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts. He has tried dozens of civil cases to verdict throughout the St. Louis metro area and Southern Illinois.