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Lisa Larkin has practiced exclusively in litigation and appeals since 1996. Her practice is concentrated in appeals and complex motions, personal injury defense, medical malpractice defense and business litigation. Lisa’s litigation experience includes representing clients before state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois, as well as appellate work in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Appellate Courts, and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Lisa is the Editor of the firm’s Illinois Law Blog and has co-authored a chapter of the MoBar Damages CLE book on environmental law and toxic torts. Before entering law school in 1992, Lisa worked as an Assistant Trade Analyst at the Italian Trade Commission in Chicago.


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995
  • University of Illinois, B.S., summa cum laude, 1992
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Appellate Advocacy Committee
    • Women In the Legal Profession Committee
  • Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers


  • Author, “New Medicare Reporting Requirements for Liability Claims (Including Liability Insurance Carriers and Self-Insureds) Involving Medicare Beneficiaries,” Association of Corporate Counsel’s St. Louis Chapter Newsletter (Summer 2009)
  • Author, Environmental Law and Toxic Torts, MO. Damages, MoBar 2d ed., 2001

Awards & Recognition

  • Missouri Lawyers Media Appellate Attorneys POWER LIST, 2021
  • Missouri Lawyers Media Up & Coming Mentor Award, 2020
  • Missouri Lawyers Media Influential Appellate Advocates Award, 2017

Community Involvement

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart, Parents Coordinating Council Member
  • Girls' Youth Basketball Coach

News & Events

Paul Venker and Lisa Larkin Recognized on POWER List of Appellate Attorneys

02.28.22 | For the second year in a row, Baker Sterchi attorneys Paul Venker and Lisa Larkin have earned recognition on Missouri Lawyers Media's POWER List of Appellate Attorneys.

Baker Sterchi Members Paul Venker and Lisa Larkin Named to Missouri Lawyers Media's POWER List for Appellate Attorneys

02.23.21 | Baker Sterchi Members Paul Venker and Lisa Larkin earned recognition in the 2021 Missouri Lawyers Media POWER List of Appellate Attorneys.

Three Baker Sterchi Attorneys Recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media as 2020 Up & Coming Honorees

08.28.20 | Missouri Lawyers Media selected Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys Jonathan Benevides, Lisa Larkin, and Jennifer Maloney as 2020 Up & Coming honorees. The publication recognizes Benevides and Maloney in the 40 and younger category for demonstrating professional excellence while making a positive impact on their profession and communities, and Larkin in the Mentor category for playing an important role in the development of those starting in the legal profession.
  • Dieser v. St. Anthony's Med Ctr.

    498 S.W.3rd 419 (Mo. banc 2016)
  • Dodson v. Ferrara

    491 S.W.3rd 542 (Mo. banc 2016)
  • Wahl v. Watco Cos., LLC

    458 S.W.3d 857 (Mo.App. W.D. 2015)
  • Roberts v. BJC Health Sys.

    391 S.W. 3d 433 (Mo. banc 2013)
  • Gaynor v. Washington Univ.

    261 S.W. 3rd 650 (Mo.App. E.D. 2008)
  • Naunheim v. Barnes-Jewish Hospital

    247 S.W.3d 600 (Mo.App. E.D. 2008)
  • Brooks v. Laboratory Corp. of America

    226 Fed.Appx.615, 2007 WL 1695149 (8th Cir. (Mo.) 2007)
  • Arthur v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation

    224 S.W.3d 68 (Mo.App. E.D. 2007)
  • Ashby v. Mine Safety Appliance, et al.

    –Ill.App.3d–(5th Dist. 2005)
  • Hollowood v. St. Luke’s Episcopal – Presbyterian Hospitals, Inc., et al.

    162 S.W.3d 109 (Mo.App. E.D. 2005)
  • Wakehouse v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

    353 Ill.App.3d 346, 818 N.E.2d 1269, 289 Ill.Dec. 66 (3rd Dist. 2004)
  • Dean v. Duckworth

    99 Fed.Appx.760, 2004 WL 878448 (8th Cir. (Mo.) 2004)
  • State ex rel. BJC Health System v. Neill

    86 S.W.3d 138 (Mo.App. E.D. 2002)
  • Tierney v. Vahle

    304 F.3d 734 (7th Cir.(Ill.) 2002)


Baker Sterchi Secures Summary Judgment for Manufacturing and Industrial Services Client

On October 26, 2021 Baker Sterchi secured summary judgment in favor of a manufacturing and industrial services client in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Baker Sterchi Secures Summary Judgment for Heavy Equipment Manufacturing Client

On September 22, 2021 Baker Sterchi secured summary judgment in favor of a heavy equipment manufacturing client in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Supreme Court Appellate Decision is a Win for Healthcare Providers

In 2015, two of the firm's attorneys were involved in briefing and arguing before the Missouri Supreme Court in favor of the constitutionality of the statutory cap on non-economic damages in a medical negligence wrongful death action.

Blog Posts

2021 Highlights from the Illinois Courts

01.26.22 | In this 2021 year-end summary, the Illinois Law Blog analyzes several of the most impactful decisions from the Illinois courts.

Illinois Supreme Court Find a Duty to Defend for Alleged Biometric Information Privacy Act Violations

07.15.21 | The Illinois Supreme Court held a duty to defend existed for an alleged BIPA claim despite a violation of statutes exclusion. It found the underlying suit alleged a nonbodily personal injury, the disclosure of which was found to be a publication, and that BIPA is a statute intended to protect privacy interests.

City of St. Louis and Multiple Illinois Counties Again Distinguish Themselves as "Judicial Hellholes"

01.20.21 | The City of St. Louis has earned itself the #7 spot on the 2020/2021 "Judicial Hellholes" list, with the trio of Cook, Madison, and St. Clair Counties in Illinois earning the #8 spot, but both rankings are down from their previous slots of #5 and #7 held by these counties, respectively, in the previous report.

City of St. Louis and Multiple Illinois Counties Again Distinguish Themselves as "Judicial Hellholes"

01.20.21 | The City of St. Louis has earned itself the #7 spot on the 2020/2021 "Judicial Hellholes" list, with the trio of Cook, Madison, and St. Clair Counties in Illinois earning the #8 spot, but both rankings are down from their previous slots of #5 and #7 held by these counties, respectively, in the previous report.

Seventh Circuit Paves the Way for Illinois Biometric Law Suits in Federal Courts

06.24.20 | The Seventh Circuit has sided with the Ninth Circuit in holding alleged BIPA violations constitute an injury-in-fact sufficient to confer standing to bring the action in federal court.

Illinois Supreme Court Ruling Emphasizes Necessity of Post-Trial Motion in the Preservation of Trial Court Error

06.18.20 | Parents in a medical malpractice claim alleging both a failure to obtain informed consent claim and a claim for professional negligence will get a new trial on only the informed consent claim. The parents failed to raise any trial court error with regard to the negligence verdict in any post-trial briefing and therefore forfeited their right to a retrial on that claim.

Eighth Circuit Holds Federal Question Jurisdiction Can Be Found in the Details

05.11.20 | Despite causes of action asserting only state law claims, a court may find federal question jurisdiction where the complaint's allegations, prayer for relief, or both do not rely exclusively upon state law.

New Illinois Statute Among the First to Address AI-Aided Job Recruiting

01.14.20 | The use of artificial intelligence screening tools promise to get employers one step closer to finding that perfect candidate, but their use may open Pandora's box of privacy concerns over the use and storage of such information. Illinois is among the first states in the country to provide a framework for AI's use in the interviewing process.

Ninth Circuit Allows Class Action Against Facebook under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act to Proceed in California

09.25.19 | The Ninth Circuit has acknowledged the extraterritorial reach of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, opening the door to a class action in California for violations of the statute as against persons using Facebook from locations in Illinois.

Terms of "Confidential" Co-Defendant Settlement Prove Party Bad Faith and Earn Counsel a Disciplinary Referral

09.05.19 | The confidential nature of settlement negotiations and terms, as is frequently agreed to by the parties as part of a settlement package, is a well-established and often referred to as sacred part of American jurisprudence. In a recent opinion, Illinois' First District Appellate Court reminded litigants that such confidentiality, in fact, can be lost.

Missouri Supreme Court Affirms Prospective Only Application of Amendments to Sect. 537.065 RSMo Providing for Notice to the Insurer and Intervention as a Right

08.28.19 | The Missouri Supreme Court affirms that amendments to RSMo Sect. 537.065 requiring a valid Sect. 537.065 contract between a plaintiff and a tortfeasor limiting recovery to insurance and notice to insurers for an opportunity to defend do not apply retroactively to cases where the contract was entered into prior to the effective date of the amended statute.

United States Supreme Court Holds Counterclaim Defendants May Not Remove Diverse Lawsuits

07.25.19 | The U.S. Supreme Court holds that a third-party defendant is not entitled to remove because neither the General Removal Statute nor the Class Action Fairness Act permits a third-party counterclaim defendant to do so.

Illinois Appellate Court Holds Employer's Alleged Biometric Information Privacy Act Violation Is Not Subject to Arbitration

04.16.19 | The Illinois Appellate Court has held employees' claims under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act do not constitute "wage or hour violations" subject to mandatory arbitration under an employment agreement.

Jackson County Circuit Court's Fine of City of Raytown Is a Sunshine Law Cautionary Tale

03.13.19 | A Jackson County Circuit Judge awarded almost $40,000 in attorney fees and assessed $4,000.00 in civil penalties to the city clerk for the City of Raytown, after she refused Sunshine Law requests in a matter where the City faced possible litigation.

Missouri Supreme Court Compels Arbitration, Finding Adequate Consideration for Arbitration Agreement with At-Will Employee

03.04.19 | Missouri Supreme Court holds that there is adequate consideration for an at-will employee's agreement to arbitrate and compels arbitration of his wrongful termination and discrimination claims.

Illinois Supreme Court Confirms State's Biometric Information Privacy Act Has Real Teeth

02.18.19 | Illinois Supreme Court has held that no damages beyond the statutory violation itself are required to state a claim for the improper collection, retention, or dissemination of biometric identifiers under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Who May Challenge an Allegedly Discriminatory Property Tax Assessment? And What is the Burden of Proof?

12.17.18 | A taxpayer lacks standing to protest a property assessment made before the taxpayer owned the property. And a taxpayer asserting a discrimination claim must prove that other similarly situated properties were undervalued compared to his property.

Missouri Court of Appeals Declines to Adopt a Parking-Lot Right-of-Way Rule

12.04.18 | Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District declines to find a common-law rule requiring a driver backing out of a parking spot in a private parking lot to yield the right-of-way to another driver in the lane adjacent to the parking spot.

Eighth Circuit Takes a Hardline Position on Non-Retained Expert Witness Disclosures

10.25.18 | The Eighth Circuit deals severely with a plaintiff's failure to disclose information about non-retained experts, as required by Rule 26. The result underscores the importance of strict compliance with both the federal rules on discovery and those regarding sanctions for non-compliance.

Amendments to 537.065 Providing for Notice to the Insurer and Intervention as of Right to be Applied Prospectively Only

07.25.18 | Missouri's Western District has held 2017 amendments to 537.065 mandating insurers have notice and an opportunity to intervene as of right when an insured enters into a 537.065 agreement apply prospectively only to agreements executed after the effective date of the amendment, August 28, 2017.

Missouri Supreme Court Tightens the Reins on Personal Jurisdiction

02.28.17 | In a recent opinion, the Missouri Supreme Court continued the U.S. Supreme Court's trend toward limiting personal jurisdiction over a non-resident defendant. In State ex rel. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Dolan, the Court held Norfolk's substantial and continuous business in the state of Missouri was insufficient to establish general personal jurisdiction over Norfolk.

Missouri Supreme Court Addresses Insurer Intervention, Garnishment Proceedings and Bad Faith Findings

12.20.16 | In a recent opinion, the Missouri Supreme Court addressed the timing for an insurer's intervention in a case involving a Section 537.065 between the plaintiff and an insured, as well as the more-than-bare-bones showing required for a finding of insurer bad faith.

State ex rel. Heartland Title Services, Inc. v. The Honorable Kevin D. Harrell

10.05.16 | In a matter of first impression, the Missouri Supreme Court recently clarified that Missouri's venue statute must be read to allow venue (referring to the locale where the trial in a case can be held) in any Missouri county when requirements for both subject matter and personal jurisdiction are met.

Might An Interlocutory Appeal Be In The Cards?

09.05.16 | During the course of litigation, unfavorable interlocutory court rulings (i.e. rulings that are not final for purposes of an immediate appeal) may be temporary hiccups in the preparation of a party's case or may threaten a party's overall litigation strategy and chance of ultimate success. Until final resolution of all parties and issues, there may be nothing a party can do about those unfavorable rulings.

What Role Can Appellate Counsel Play Before the Appeal?

08.01.16 | In many ways, referring to a lawyer with extensive experience practicing in appellate courts as an "appellate" lawyer is misleading. An appellate lawyer is practiced generally in legal research, writing and analysis and is skilled at approaching matters from a detached, academic perspective. These are skill sets that can bring value to all stages of litigation.

Should You Appeal?

07.05.16 | The trial is over. Things did not go as had been hoped, and an adverse judgment has been entered. An appeal is a given, right? Not necessarily. Although in most civil cases, there is an automatic right to an appeal from an adverse judgment or other final order, that does not necessarily mean an appeal is the right choice in every case.

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Statute Capping Punitive Damages Violates Right to Trial by Jury

09.09.14 | On September 9, 2014, in a unanimous opinion authored by the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a Missouri statute which imposed a cap on the amount of punitive damages awarded to the greater of $500,000 or five times the net amount of the judgment awarded a plaintiff against a defendant.

Missouri Appellate Court Holds Timing Requirements for Requests for Admissions are Not Mere Suggestions

04.08.14 | Requests for admissions propounded pursuant to Missouri Rule of Civil Procedure 59.01 are likely to get any litigant's attention, if only due to the potential consequences for failing to timely respond. The rule says such failure shall result in each matter being admitted. To underscore the point, the rule requires…

Legislative Changes Coming to Missouri's Workers' Compensation Law on January 1, 2014

01.01.14 | Some major changes are coming soon to Missouri's Workers' Compensation Law. Earlier this year, the Missouri General Assembly passed what began as a legislative effort to address issues in the coverage of occupational diseases created by the switch in 2005 to strict construction of the Law. In the end, this effort resulted in…

Federal Subpoena Rule Gets Some Substantive Amendments

12.01.13 | Under Rule 45(a)(2), a subpoena "must issue from the court where the action is pending." This simplifies the previous version of the rule where a subpoena for attendance at trial or hearing had to issue from the court for the district where the hearing or trial was to be held, a subpoena for attendance at a deposition had to issue from…

Court of Appeals Holds No Recognized Cause of Action Exists Under Missouri Law Against Gun Shop Owners for Sale of a Non-Defective Lawful Product

07.16.13 | In an opinion issued July 16, 2013, the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals declined to extend what would have amounted to dram shop-type liability to a gun shop that sold ammunition and magazines to a purchaser who used a stolen credit card and later shot and killed two individuals.

Missouri Supreme Court Decision Where Majority and Dissent Sharply Disagree Over the Nature of Lower Court's Ruling Underscores Importance of Clear Trial Court Rulings for Purposes of Appeal

07.16.13 | A recent opinion from the Missouri Supreme Court is notable not so much for its conclusion, but for the stark contrast in how the majority and dissenting opinions viewed and interpreted a lower court ruling. The opinion serves to highlight the importance of building a clear record of trial court rulings for purposes of appeal.

United States Supreme Court Victory for St. Louis-Based Monsanto

05.13.13 | The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, has held in favor of Monsanto on a patent infringement suit arising from the St. Louis-based company's Roundup Ready soybean seeds. Monsanto invented and patented a genetic modification that enables soybean plants to survive exposure to glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in many herbicides (including another Monsanto product, Roundup). According to the opinion…

Missouri Court of Appeals Joins Majority of Federal Courts in Holding the Prohibition Against Evidence of Subsequent Remedial Measures Does Not Extend to Measures Taken by Non-Parties

04.23.13 | In a matter of first impression, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District has held the exclusionary rule barring evidence of subsequent remedial measures does not apply when the remedial measure was implemented by a non-party. According to the Court....

"Probability" of Having Contracted Communicable Disease at Work Held Sufficient to Assert an Occupational Disease Claim Even in the Absence of Evidence of Actual Exposure

03.26.13 | In a recent opinion, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District held a workers' compensation claimant had sufficiently proven her husband sustained an occupational disease arising out of and in the course of his employment with Capital Region Medical Center with evidence that his hepatitis C was "probably" caused by his employment. This, despite the fact that claimant presented no evidence that anyone with hepatitis C was ever present in the workplace.

Punitive Damages Exception Recognized to General Rule Precluding Direct Liability Against Employers Who Admit Vicarious Liability for Employees' Negligence

03.19.13 | The Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri has answered in the affirmative a question left open by the Missouri Supreme Court almost two decades ago: whether a claim for punitive damages can in fact serve as an exception to the general rule that once an employer had admitted respondeat superior liability for an employee's negligence, it is improper to allow a plaintiff to proceed against the employer on any other theory of imputed liability.

Eastern District Addresses the Effect of the 2005 Amended Venue Statute on Permissive Joinder

02.26.13 | In a case of first impression, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District has addressed the very narrow issue of what effect the permissive joinder rule has on venue where a plaintiff suffers injuries from separate, successive accidents in different counties within the State of Missouri. The Court concludes the new venue statute...

Eighth Circuit Predicts Negligent Misrepresentation Claim Barred by Missouri's Economic Loss Doctrine

01.05.13 | Missouri's economic loss doctrine prohibits a commercial buyer of goods from seeking to recover in negligence or strict liability for purely economic losses that are contractual in nature. In this appeal originating in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals held that, if called upon to do so, the Missouri Supreme Court would likely hold…

Release of Liability Contained in Event Entry Form Held to Apply to a Subsequently Added Event Sponsor

01.15.12 | On any given week, most of us are asked to sign at least one or two releases of liability for various sporting and recreational events. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District recently held those releases may be effective as to entities who were not releasees at the time the releasor signed the document.

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Non-Economic Damage Cap Is Unconstitutional in Medical Negligence Claim

01.05.12 | The Missouri Supreme Court in a 4 to 3 decision held that section 538.210 RSMo 2000 is unconstitutional to the extent that it infringes on the jury's constitutionally protected purpose of determining the amount of damages sustained by an injured party. The Court further held...

Berra v. Danter

12.05.09 | In Berra v. Danter, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, addressed what has been a disputed issue among litigants: whether the reasonable value of plaintiff's medical services may be determined by looking to the amount of medical expenses "incurred," or only by looking to the amount of medical expenses actually paid. The Eastern District held...

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