Tim joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2002, leads the firm’s Appellate and Complex Litigation Team, and is Chair of Professional Development. In addition, he has served as chair of the firm’s Paralegal Group. Before joining Sandberg Phoenix, he clerked for Judge Paul Simon of the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Focusing on complex litigation involving product liability claims, business disputes, appellate practice, and class actions, Tim frequently consults with trial attorneys in the courtroom and colleagues at the firm who regularly look to him for fresh, creative ideas when faced with unusual circumstances involving a lot of moving parts. He and his Appellate Team frequently assist in protecting the record and preserving any judicial errors for appeal. As a member of the firm’s Insurance Team, Tim serves as coverage counsel primarily for insurance companies. He also works with the firm’s Class Action Team to advance our clients’ interests in what often become “bet the company” cases.
Emphasizing proactive case management that is smart, practical and efficient, Tim treats the client’s interests, goals and satisfaction as paramount.
Tim has served as chair of the Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard Charitable Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization founded by members of Sandberg Phoenix for the betterment of our community. He has led funding campaigns for the United Way and is a member of the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC), where he chairs its Business Development Group, co-chairs its Military History Club, and regularly attends MAC Toastmaster meetings.
Tim is admitted to practice law in all state courts in Missouri and Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Western District of Missouri, and Southern District of Illinois.
He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) and its Appellate and Pro Bono Committees, the Appellate Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and its Appellate Advocacy Committee, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and Phi Delta Phi.
Other Interests and Pursuits
As a devotee of East Asian culture and supporter of women’s empowerment through their own agency, Tim has combined his passion for writing with his cultural and social interests to produce his first novel, Trusting All I Want, a women’s success story that in January 2019 became an Amazon #1 Hot New Release Bestseller in Asian American Literature, and an overall bestseller in three other categories including contemporary fiction. Through his storytelling and blogging, his support of the women in his life, and his advocacy for women’s advancement in the professional workplace, Tim hopes to inspire readers of all generations to better understand the complex dynamics of relationships and give women both the space and support to achieve and grow.
Tim earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1998.
He earned his B.A. in political science, with college honors, at Washington University in St. Louis in 1993.
He also received senatorial and congressional nominations to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was a cadet from 1989 to 1992. While at the Academy, he served as a platoon sergeant and earned a Parachutist Badge (Airborne Wings) at Fort Benning, Georgia. Additionally, he received the National Defense Service Medal in 1991.
Co-Presenter, “Strategic Planning and Execution of an Appellate Team Project,” Sandberg Phoenix Professional Development Series
Tim joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2002, leads the firm’s Appellate Practice and Trial Record Preservation Team, and is Chair of Professional Development. He is also the immediate past chair of the firm’s Paralegal Group.
He focuses on complex litigation involving product liability claims, business disputes, appellate practice, and class actions, in addition to serving as coverage counsel.
Tim emphasizes proactive case management that is smart, practical, and efficient, and that understands the client’s interests and goals as being paramount. Before joining Sandberg Phoenix, Tim clerked for Judge Paul Simon of the Missouri Court of Appeals. Tim and his Appellate Team frequently assist trial counsel in protecting the record and preserving any judicial errors for appeal.