Jonathan Gottschalk

After joining Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion, LLC in 2021 as a law clerk, Mr. Gottschalk remained with the firm after passing the July 2023 Missouri bar examination. He received his Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law in May 2023. While in law school, he was an active member of the SLU Law trial advocacy team, competing in both regional and national competitions.

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.

Dean Stark

Dean Stark has been an attorney in the firm’s litigation section since 2006. Prior to joining RSS&C, Mr. Stark was an attorney in the commercial litigation department of a large Saint Louis firm. Mr. Stark has tried over 30 cases to jury verdict in both state and federal court, and appeared before both state and federal appellate courts. His litigation experience includes representation of clients both as Plaintiff and Defendant in a wide variety of commercial cases including breach of contract, real estate, commercial tort claims, environmental issues, and claims arising under the Copyright Act and Federal Lanham Act. He also has trial experience in the defense of premises liability claims on behalf of retailers and personal injury from automobile accident claims.

Matthew Suess

Matthew Suess focuses his practice on insurance defense, complex commercial litigation, corporate law, and catastrophic tort cases. Matthew provides practical, hands-on advice to national and international clients in business transactions, risk management, and litigation, from Fortune-500 companies to closely-held corporations. He is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and California, and has appeared in both state and federal courts in those jurisdictions. He is experienced in every aspect of litigation, from initial evaluation through trial.

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.