Amy graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1996 where she served as Managing Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. Amy joined The Simon Law Firm, P.C. in 2002 after practicing for six years as a defense attorney in the areas of general negligence and products liability. This experience provides Amy a unique perspective, which helps her understand how better to represent her current clients, those who have been injured or lost a loved one due to someone else’s carelessness.
For the second part of her career, Amy has concentrated her practice on prosecuting lawsuits against individuals and companies responsible for defective products, medical malpractice and other negligent acts. She has tried cases in numerous states and through her dedication and the help of a tremendous staff, she has obtained for her clients millions of dollars in compensation.
Amy has been recognized for her commitment to her clients and the legal community through receipt of the John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award in 2006, named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by the Missouri Lawyers Media in 2007. Amy was the recipient of the Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award in 2007. She was also presented with the 40 Under 40 Award by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2008 and received the Women’s Justice Rising Star Award in 2009. Amy has been listed by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers since 2008 in the area of Products Liability and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Top 50 Women in 2010. Best Lawyers in America has listed Amy in the Personal Injury Litigation practice area since 2009. In 2011 Amy was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers by The National Lawyers Association. In 2013 Amy was presented with the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award. Amy was invited to fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America in 2014.
Amy has taught Pre-Trial Litigation at Washington University School of Law each fall semester since 2001 and lectures at legal seminars at least three times a year, concentrating on ethics and best trial practices. Each year, Amy organizes the Simon Law Firm’s annual Seminar to Benefit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which to date has raised over $165,500. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Amy with an AV® rating and she has been nominated and accepted as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Amy is also proud to have been recognized as a Kentucky Colonel by her home state.
Amy is licensed to practice law in numerous states and is a member of local, state and national bar associations. She is a former member of the Board of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis and co-chair of the Women’s Caucus of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys where she also sits on the Board of Governors. Amy currently serves as Treasurer of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Board of Governors.
Jefferson ex rel. Jefferson v. Missouri Baptist Medical Center, 447 S.W.3d 701 (Mo. App. E.D. 2014) — Crystal Jefferson left behind two small children when she died of Stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 37. Five years before, a CT Scan had allegedly been misread by a radiologist resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment. The hospital that provided privileges to the radiologist was granted summary judgment before trial based on a Missouri statute that had been revised during the state’s 2005 tort reform legislation to absolve hospitals for the liability of anyone other than its “employee.” Ms. Gunn appealed the decision to the Missouri Court of Appeals arguing that whether someone is an “employee” of the hospital is a matter for the jury to determine. The Court of Appeals reversed adopting Ms. Gunn’s argument and holding that employment is a jury question, essentially returning agency law to its former application in the doctor, hospital setting.
Duragesic Fentanyl Patch
A thirty five year old gentleman applied a Duragesic Fentanyl Patch as his doctor had recommended shortly before going to bed. He never woke up. Autopsy and toxicology revealed a lethal dose of Fentanyl in his blood and its only source, the Fentanyl Patch. This matter came into Ms. Gunn’s office as a medical negligence case, but her research showed a growing number of similar cases involving the Fentanyl Patch. This same product had been recalled in February, 2004 due to reports of leaking patches from the field. As a result of the recall, changes were made to the manufacturing process, but the design stayed the same. The family alleged that not 100% of leaks could be ruled out despite the manufacturing changes or despite quality assurance and quality control measures. Recalls continued after this death and in the summer of 2009, the company changed from the reservoir design to a matrix design, which does not leak. This matter resolved a short time thereafter.
Youth Football Helmet — An eighteen year old player for Pop Warner collided head to head with a teammate while wearing a youth football helmet. The collision resulted in a subdural hematoma and permanent brain damage. Discovery revealed that the helmet provided less than adequate protection for a simple youth football maneuver. Other similar incidents were also uncovered revealing numerous like injuries. The case was resolved shortly prior to trial.