Theresa A. Appelbaum (Teri) attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she received her B.A. in History, summa cum laude, in 1993. Thereafter, she received her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 1996, where she was elected to the Order of the Woolsack honor society and received Academic Achievement Awards in the study of Evidence and Civil Procedure. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis University School of Law for Trial Advocacy.
Teri is a native St. Louisan who has been representing clients in the Metropolitan area in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death, including cases of automobile/trucking collisions, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, construction accidents, products liability, and premises liability, for over 19 years and is a partner in the Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum firm.
Teri’s volunteer activities represent a commitment to both the legal profession and to her community. She is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) where she serves as a co-chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee, helping to author appellate briefs statewide on issues impacting those who have been injured or who have lost a loved one due to the fault of another. Teri also serves on the Board of Missouri Trial Lawyers Care, the charitable arm of MATA. She has served as Chair of the CLE Committee, and co-chair of the Association Development Committee for MATA as well. Teri also serves on the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Association of St. Louis. Teri is active in charitable organizations in the St. Louis area as well.
Teri has authored publications and lectured in the areas of her practice, including authored “Burden of Proof,”Missouri Evidence, 5th Ed. (2005), Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Deskbook, Chapter 3; “Critical Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations,” American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, Winter Convention, 2010; “Public Relations and Community Image in the Era of Tort Reform,” Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Summer Convention 2004; “The Dangers of Sitting at the Bar,” Trial Magazine, Spring Issue, 2006, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, “Premises Liability Cases—Proving Negligence and Reducing Comparative Fault,” Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Women’s Caucus, July, 2011; “The Importance of Taking The Treating Physician Deposition,” Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, New Lawyers Section, October, 2011; Cross-Examination of Plaintiff’s Expert Witness, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Summer Convention 2013.”
Teri was admitted to the Missouri Bar in1996, and the Illinois Bar in 1997. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, The Illinois State Bar Association, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, The American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group, The Women’s Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis, The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Teri has been selected by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and as a Super Lawyer.