St. Louis attorney Zane T. Cagle draws upon his experience as a Missouri native to fully understand and relate to each accident client he assists. Zane seeks to know his clients individually and to understand how their injuries have changed their lives. As a successful trial attorney, Zane has dedicated his career to sharing his clients’ stories with juries, and he strives to assist jurors in discovering a deep understanding of his clients and their communities throughout Missouri and Illinois.
Zane grew up in a small, rural Missouri community where he was active in athletics and agricultural science organizations. At the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, he earned a safety management degree; he later obtained a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
After graduation, Zane began his law practice as in-house counsel for HOVENSA, LLC, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Approximately two years later, he came back to St. Louis to practice personal injury law. Zane returned to St. Louis because he was drawn to the “small community” feel of the greater St. Louis area combined with the conveniences of living in a large city.
Awards & Honors
10 Best in Missouri for Customer Satisfaction for 2 Years- American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. Criteria selection includes nomination by board, clients and/or peers; 10/10 in Client Satisfaction; top rated by Clients/Peers, industry leader; no bar or ethics complaints; thoroughly researched; Board of Regents approved; Awards, Associations and Publications.
Top 40 Under 40- The National Trial Lawyers Association- Zane’s professional success and leadership as an injury attorney earned him nationwide recognition as a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40. The organization identifies a select group of top trial attorneys who have exhibited exceptional qualifications and achieved superior trial results before age 40. Membership is limited to 40 attorneys from each state per year.
Super Lawyers 2015: Zane was named to Super Lawyers after spending two years on the Rising Star List. This honor is exclusive to a small percentage of attorneys for their performance in the courtroom. The evaluation criteria include state licensing agencies, history and peer review.
Super Lawyer’s Rising Star List-In 2013 and 2014-Zane was named to Super Lawyer’s Rising Star list. This honor is limited to 2.5% of the attorneys within the state. Rising Star Super Lawyers has a multiple phase process of being nominated by legal professionals who have observed the nominee in action or firsthand courtroom observation. The lawyer’s credentials are then reviewed against defined evaluation criteria including good standing with the state licensing agency and if possible, no history of disciplinary action. Nominees are then ranked by point totals and the highest point totals are named to the Rising Star list.
Most Winning Plaintiff Law Firm for Reported Verdicts & Judgments 2012-as reported by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly. Judgments and verdicts over $100,000 are reported to Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly and each year Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly recognizes the top performers in Missouri.
As an aggressive personal injury attorney, Zane empowers injured individuals to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies that may have contributed to their injuries. This has given him a deep passion for health, safety, education, and justice. Zane continues this commitment through involvement in a number of professional and community organizations. Membership in these organizations enables Zane to further develop his legal knowledge and promote the goal of seeking justice for all. His professional memberships and admissions include:
Supreme Court of Missouri
Supreme Court of Illinois
Superior Court of U.S. Virgin Islands
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands
The Missouri Bar Association
The Illinois Bar Association
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
American Association for Justice
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Lawyers Association of St. Louis
Legal Services Member for Missouri US Unions
American Bar Association
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Trial Lawyers College
The Kentucky Bar Association
Graduate of The Trial Lawyer’s College- Thunderhead Ranch 2011
Community involvement has always been crucial to Zane — from high school athletics, inter-collegiate athletics and fraternity life, to support of non-profit organizations in the areas promoting health, safety education and justice. As a husband and father of two small children, these goals have become increasingly important aspects of his life.
Cagle Rural Reading (CRR) is a non-profit foundation launched by Zane in 2012 promoting literacy through technology. Portions of Zane’s fees from large settlements and verdicts are used to fund the foundation. Schools, libraries and other educational organizations are eligible to received funding through grants. Visit CRR our on site for more information.
Zane founded Cagle Rural Reading in conjunction with an expert board of directors to promote literacy among all children, especially in rural areas such as the area in which he grew up. As an individual who struggled with literacy as a child and met the challenge, Zane is particularly responsive to the reading and literacy needs of all children. As a community leader, Zane feels it is a responsibility and a privilege to be involved in the community and contribute to the learning successes of all young people. Details and opportunities for all to get involved will be forthcoming on this site. We welcome your input and ideas regarding literacy initiatives and identifying particular areas of need. See the list of organizations below in which Zane has chosen to get personally involved to promote health, safety, education and justice:
KidsAndCars.org is a national nonprofit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles.
KidsAndCars.org has been pioneering a national prevention movement since 1996 by promoting the highest level of awareness among parents, caregivers, and the public at-large about the dangers inherent to children in or around motor vehicles.
KidsAndCars.org works to prevent these sudden tragic events through data collection, education and public awareness, policy change, regulations and survivor advocacy.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon had its inaugural run this fall, October 23, 2011, and Solutia is the proud local promoter. The goal of this event was to raise funds for TASK – Team Activities for Special Kids. Zane has dedicated his energy to promote health, safety and education through personally running in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon. Additionally, Zane and The Cagle Law Firm provided corporate sponsorship of the marathon supporting TASK. TASK is an organization providing exercise and socialization through team sports to over 800 greater St. Louis children. Zane also sponsored a team of runners to represent The Cagle Law Firm in running and fundraising. See our blog for details if you are interested in running or fundraising for TASK!
Backyard Lifeguards is a full-service aquatic safety company specifically for residential pools and their owner families, delivering water-safety training, programs and services right to your door. Backyard Lifeguards offers customized on-site pool assessments and water safety education and is an American Red Cross-authorized provider of portable professional lifeguard services. Zane continues to work with Backyard Lifeguards to promote pool safety for families and as a resource in preventing injuries in and around pools.
In the News
Zane is featured in two articles in the St. Louis Magazine, published in 2008 and 2009. Read them to learn more about Zane’s past experience as a personal injury attorney dedicated to giving his clients strong legal representation.