FELA Lawyers

An Unparalleled Track Record in Railroad Injury Cases

For decades, we have provided the highest level of representation to America's railroad workers. Currently, Schlichter Bogard & Denton is one of just four plaintiffs' law firms in the country that have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as National Tier 1 Railroad Injury firms.

Managing Partner Jerry Schlichter is Designated Legal Counsel for the United Transportation Union and was Designated Legal Counsel for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen when the union had a designated legal counsel program.  He is also a former President of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys, an organization that advocates for railroad workers' rights and rail safety, and has been repeatedly voted by his peers into “Best Lawyers in America”.  Partner Roger Denton has tried many railroad injury cases with substantial jury verdicts as well, and has done so in courts in many states.  Partner Nelson Wolff has also tried many railroad injury cases and obtained numerous substantial verdicts on behalf of injured railroad workers. He has also been repeatedly voted by his peers into “Best Lawyers in America,” has been named a National Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, and was recently selected “Railroad Lawyer of the Year” in the St. Louis area by “Best Lawyers in America.”

The firm commands respect throughout the railroad industry for its representation of all crafts of railroad employees, including engineers, conductors, switchmen, maintenance of way workers, carmen, and shop craft employees. The firm has handled precedent-setting cases for railroad workers. For example, the firm obtained the first and only jury verdict for a railroad employee in which a jury found a locomotive not crashworthy. In another case, the firm obtained a verdict for a railroad employee of $5.5 million, the largest injury verdict against the railroad ever at the time.

Recently, the firm obtained a $12.5 million jury verdict against BNSF for a railroad worker who lost his leg under the wheel of a train, which is the highest reported jury verdict for a worker against that railroad. The firm also recently obtained a $7 million settlement in a case brought against Union Pacific on behalf a railroad worker who suffered serious injuries in a close clearance incident; this is believed to be the largest settlement in the state for an injured railroad worker. And the firm recently obtained a $20.5 million judgment on behalf of a severely injured railroad worker in Arkansas, which is believed to be the largest judgment obtained in Arkansas on behalf of an injured railroad worker.

The firm's record of success in railroad cases has been the subject of a feature article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled "Law Firm Remains Undefeated in Railroad Trials." The firm's success in railroad cases has also been the subject of a national story in U.S. Lawyers Weekly, a publication for lawyers throughout the United States, entitled "Small Firm Rides String of Victories in Railroad Cases." Examples of other verdicts the firm has obtained include a $3.1 million verdict for an engineer who was hurt while dismounting a locomotive (see article); a $1.75 million verdict for a conductor who was hurt in a train derailment (see article); a $4.75 million verdict to a train engineer injured in a head-on crash (see article); a $4.1 million verdict for an engineer whose train derailed in a yard (see article); a $6 million verdict for a track worker struck by a passing train (see article); and a $20.5 million judgment for a severely injured railroad worker (see article).

Improving Working Conditions for Railroad Employees

In addition to injury cases, the firm has also taken on important issues in the railroad industry on behalf of railroad employees, including:

  1. Successfully defeating a Union Pacific lawsuit to punish railroad workers and union officers for a claimed "wildcat strike".
  2. Participating in a Washington march in support of union-sponsored rail safety initiatives.
  3. Successfully suing the Federal Railroad Administration to block unfair engineer-certification procedures.
  4. Being the only firm in the country to sue a railroad to stop enforcement of a rule restricting an employee's ability to have access to witnesses, a case which resulted in a state supreme court invalidating the railroad rule and fining the railroad a very substantial sum.
  5. Working hand-in-hand with rail labor to pass fair legislation affecting the rights of railroad workers.
  6. Successfully handling many “whistleblower” cases for railroad employees wrongfully disciplined for reporting an injury or safety violation.

Contact Us

For more information, contact us for a free consultation.  If you are a railroad employee and would like to receive periodic updates with information on matters of interest in the railroad industry, please email us at sbd@uselaws.com.