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About Stephen Woodley

Steve received a DMD degree in 1982 from Washington University and law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1986. Since joining Gray Ritter Graham, he has been lead trial counsel in several hundred medical negligence cases throughout Missouri. His practice also concentrates on automobile and trucking accidents. 

Steve has been a frequent lecturer at law, medical and dental schools, and professional societies on medical and dental negligence, and has also given continuing legal education presentations on a number of topics. He was on the court-appointed committee that developed form interrogatories for medical negligence cases in St. Louis and co-authored Missouri Civil Trial Practice publications on voir dire and wrongful death damages.

Steve has been, since 2003, recognized in Best Lawyers® in America. He was named Best Lawyers® 2021 “St. Louis Personal Injury Plaintiffs’ Lawyer of the Year” and Best Lawyers® 2018,” St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.”

Steve is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.


Professional Accolades

Best Lawyers of America since 2003:
     St. Louis Personal Injury Plaintiffs’ Lawyer of the Year (2021)
     St. Louis Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs’ Lawyer of the Year (2017)

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Appellate Advocacy Award (2012)
National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Missouri”
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Plaintiff-Medical Litigation (2005-present)
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory AV Peer Review Rating (highest)

Professional Associations


Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
American Association for Justice
American Society of Legal Advocates
American Board of Trial Attorneys
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors
Lawyers Association of St. Louis, Executive Committee

Published Works


  • “Cross Examination of Defendants’ Experts: General Guidelines,” Missouri Trial Attorney (Summer, 2002)
  • Missouri Civil Trial Practice (Co-Author), Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys “Demonstrative Evidence in the Medical Negligence Case: Using Certified Medical Illustrators and Computer Animators,” Missouri Trial Attorney (Spring, 2002)
  • Missouri Bar Civil Trial Practice, Damages (Co-Author) Ch. 11, Wrongful Death and Supplements

Bar Admissions & Education


Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
     J.D., 1986

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
     D.M.D., 1982

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
     B.A., 1978


  • Missouri, 1986
  • Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1987
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