Gray Ritter & Graham, PC
701 Market Street
Suite 800 Saint Louis, MO 603101
Maurice B. Graham is President of Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. and concentrates his practice in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation and catastrophic injury and death cases. He is a frequent speaker and author in the areas of litigation and legal ethics.
Mr. Graham was educated at Central Methodist University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received both his B.A. and J.D. degree.
He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals, in addition to being admitted in the federal courts of Missouri. Mr. Graham has handled cases in federal and state courts throughout Missouri and in courts in Montana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. In 2013, he obtained the highest jury verdict ever received in a medical negligence wrongful death case in St. Louis County.
Mr. Graham was a member of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors from 1980 through 1990 and President of The Missouri Bar in 1988-89. He has served on several Missouri Bar and Missouri Supreme Court task forces and committees, including co-chairing the Supreme Court Cameras in the Courtroom Task Force. He served as a member and chairman of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, which oversees attorney discipline in Missouri.
Mr. Graham is a past president of the St. Louis Bar Foundation. He is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the American Bar Association. He was a member of the ABA House of Delegates from 1990-1994. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the American Association for Justice, and the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Graham received a Special Merit Citation from the American Judicature Society in 1989 and received a Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School in 1988. In 1992, he was honored by the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Distinguished Alumni Award. He is active in University affairs, having served as President of the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School Foundation, and a Trustee of the Jefferson Club. Mr. Graham served as Chairman of the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School's $17 million endowment campaign.
Mr. Graham received the 2010 Award of Honor from The Lawyers Association of St. Louis. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, and Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, and is listed among the "Best Lawyers in St. Louis" in St. Louis Magazine in these same areas. Graham was named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 St. Louis Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year and Best Lawyers’ 2009 St. Louis Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest given. He was voted as one of the top three in Missouri Lawyer's Weekly's "Missouri's Best Survey" in the category of Best Litigator. Mr. Graham has been selected annually to Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (among the top 5 percent of lawyers in Missouri and Kansas) since 2005, and repeatedly has been included in the "Top 10 Attorneys" in the region.
He received the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year Award 2001; The Missouri Bar President's Award, 1991; Spurgeon-Smithson Award, 1994; Purcell Professionalism Award, 2000; and Pro Bono Award, 2000. He was the co-author of "Spoliation of Medical Records," 52 J. Mo. Bar 87 (1996) (selected to receive the Oliver Rasch Award as the outstanding article of 1996); and "Hedonic Damages - Where are We?" 51 J. Mo. Bar 265 (1995).
In 2006, Mr. Graham was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Methodist University. He served as a member of the Board of Curators of Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, and is a member of the Sheldon Arts Foundation Board in St. Louis, serving as Board Chairman from 2007-2010.
Mr. Graham has active outdoor interests, including skiing, and in 2013 he and his wife, Edna Mae, did a 245-mile bike ride across the state of Missouri.
Areas of Practice
Wrongful Death & Catastrophic Injury
Commercial Litigation & Class Action
Automobile / Trucking Accidents
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
J.D. - 1962
Honors: President, Law School Student Body
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
B.A. - 1960
Major: Political Science
"Spoliation of Medical Records," (Co-Author), 52 J. Mo. B. 87, 1996
"Hedonic Damages - Where Are We?", 51 J. Mo. B. 265, 1995
Frequent Speaker, Litigation
Honors and Awards
Best Lawyers 2014: Bet-the-Company Litigation
Best Lawyers 2013: Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyers Committee, National Center for State Courts, 2013
Best Lawyers 2013 St. Louis Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers 2012: Bet-the-Company Litigation
Best Lawyers 2011: Bet-the-Company Litigation
Award of Honor, The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, 2010
Best Lawyers 2010: Bet-the-Company Litigation
Best Lawyers 2009 St. Louis Lawyer of the Year: Bet-the-Company Litigation
The Best Lawyers in America, 2003 - Present
Best Lawyers in St. Louis, St. Louis Magazine, 2003 - Present
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005 - Present
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year Award, 2001
Purcell Professionalism Award, 2000
The Missouri Bar Pro Bono Award, 2000
The Missouri Bar Oliver Rasch Award, 1996
The Missouri Bar Spurgeon Smithson Award, 1994
The Missouri Bar President's Award, 1991
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, International Society of Barristers
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Special Merit Citation, American Judicature Society, 1989
Distinguished Alumni Award, Central Methodist University, 2006
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992
Citation of Merit, University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, 1988
Professional Associations and Memberships
St. Louis Bar Foundation, President
The Missouri Bar, Member, Board of Governors, 1980 - 1990
The Missouri Bar, President, 1988 - 1989
Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Chairman
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
American Bar Association
ABA, House of Delegates, 1990 - 1994
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
The National Trial Lawyers
American Association for Justice
University of Missouri-Columbia Law School Foundation, President
Jefferson Club, Trustee
University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, Chairman, Endowment Campaign
Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, Member, Board of Curators
Sheldon Arts Foundation Board in St. Louis, Chairman 2007-2010Type your comment here...