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Jeff Bauer

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Jeff Bauer


Award-Winning Representation

Jeff graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1997. At Notre Dame, he was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Statutory Interpretation and the winner of the Thomas C. Hollywood scholarship. Before law school, Jeff graduated with honors from Southwest Missouri State University. Jeff Bauer joined Strong Law, P.C., in 2000, and has been a shareholder since 2004.

Since joining the firm, Jeff has gained experience preparing and/or trying personal injury and product liability suits in the following states:

  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Florida
  • Arkansas
  • Nevada

Prior to coming to Strong Law, P.C., Jeff spent three years in Kansas City as a trial attorney. While practicing in Kansas City, he also worked on community projects including drafting ballot language and legislation for the Missouri and Kansas Bi-State Culture District.

Recognized for Excellence

Jeff has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2011 for Insurance law, Litigation-Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, and Products Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs, and was named by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury – Plaintiffs, Springfield, MO in 2014, Lawyer of the Year, Insurance Law, Springfield, MO in 2018, 2020 & 2022, and Lawyer of the Year, Products Liability Litigation- Plaintiffs Springfield, MO in 2019 & 2021. Jeff was also selected for membership in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial lawyers, and as a Top 100 Lawyer by The American Society of Legal Advocates.

Jeff has spoken and written on Evidence, Appellate Practice, Trial Advocacy, and Insurance Law.

Jeff was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in 2023. He has also served on the Missouri Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee to Study Discovery and Use of Electronically Stored Material, and the Missouri Supreme Court’s Special Committee on Complex Litigation.



Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions
  • Missouri Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee to Study Discovery and Use of Electronically Stored Material
  • Missouri Supreme Court’s Special Committee on Complex Litigation
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
    • Board of Governors
    • Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee
    • Member, Constitutional Committee
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor and Leadership Society
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Springfield Metropolitan Bar

Honors & Awards

  • US News Best Lawyers: 2011- Present
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
  • AV Preeminent
  • Lawyer of the Year: 2018- Present
  • Super Lawyers Top 100: 2021


While attending Notre Dame Law School, attorney Bauer also received the following honors:

  • Honors: Recipient, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Statutory Interpretation
  • Honors: Winner, Thomas C. Hollywood Scholarship

  • Honors Southwest Missouri State University - University
  • Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude Notre Dame Law School - Graduate School
    Notre Dame , IN 1997

Community Involvement

Representative Cases:

  • Bank of America v. Stevens, 83 S.W.3d 47 (Mo. App. S.D. 2002)
  • Hodzic v. U-Haul Int., 2003 WL 23204336 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2003)
  • State of Missouri, ex. rel. Ford Motor Company v. Westbrooke, 151 S.W.3d 364 (Mo. banc 2004)
  • Vulgamott v. Perry, 154 S.W.3d 382 (Mo. App. W.D. 2004)
  • State ex rel Mann v. Conklin, 181 S.W.3d 224 (Mo. App. S.D. 2005)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Blount, 491 F.3d 903 (8th Cir. 2007)
  • Essex Ins. Co. v. Ragland Mills, Inc., 2008 WL 11338144 (W.D. Mo. 2008)
  • Richey v. Phillipp, 259 S.W.3d 1 (Mo. App. W.D. 2008)
  • Deck v. Teasley, 322 S.W.3d 536 (Mo. banc 2010)
  • West v. Sharp Bonding Agency, 827 S.W.3d 7 (Mo. App. 2010)
  • Sentry Select v. Hosmer, 2011 WL 534353 (W.D. Mo. 2011)
  • BNSF Railway Co. v. Griffitts, 2013 WL 123214425 (W.D. Mo. 2013)
  • Owners Ins. Co. v. Craig, 514 S.W.3d 614 (Mo. banc 2017)
  • Desai v. Garcia Empire LLC, 2018 WL 840769 (W.D. Mo. 2018)
  • Seneca Specialty Ins. Co. v. Garcia Empire, LLC, (W.D. Mo. 2018)
  • Spence v. BNSF Railway Co., 547 S.W.3d 769 (Mo. banc 2018)
  • Desai v. Seneca Specialty Ins. Co., 581 S.W.3d 596 (Mo. banc 2019)
  • Branson Duck Vehicles LLC v. Stecker, 2020 WL 7212385 (8th Cir. 2020)
  • Loveland v. Austin & Shelter Mutual Ins. Co., 626 S.W.3d 716 (Mo. App. E.D. 2021)
  • Woodgate v. St. James Winery, Inc., 656 S.W.3d 24 (Mo. App. S.D. 2022)