Judge (ret.) Jack Garvey has been practicing law for 35 years in St. Louis. He began his career in private practice, then moved to the city’s prosecuting attorney office, where he tried 23 cases to verdict. He was then elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, where he served for four years while also practicing as a trial attorney before joining a trial law firm. While in private practice he tried 25 cases to verdict.
In 1998, Judge Garvey was appointed to the associate circuit court bench, where he served five years until he was elevated to a circuit court position and served for an additional 13 years. During his time on the bench, he presided over 200 jury trials, and served as the chief criminal judge, presiding juvenile court judge and assistant presiding judge, as well as the chief judge, of the 22nd Judicial Circuit mass tort docket.
Following his return to private practice in 2015, Judge Garvey has been involved as plaintiff’s co-counsel in the Paxil litigation of Orrick v. GlaxoSmithKline, St. Louis City Circuit #1322-CC00079; co-lead counsel in the opioids litigation of Jefferson County v. Williams, #20JE-CC00029; and local counsel in Roundup cases. In addition to his litigation work, he has been appointed several times as a special master on discovery matters by St. Louis city and county courts. In addition, Judge Garvey was appointed mediator by the circuit court in the case of the City of St. Louis v. National Football League and the Los Angeles Rams, having successfully negotiated a $790 million settlement for the plaintiffs in 2022.
Judge Garvey obtained his B.A. in urban affairs in 1983 from St. Louis University, and earned his J.D. in 1986 from Rutgers University School of Law. He is an adjunct professor of law at Washington University School of Law and St. Louis University School of Law.
Jack resides in South St. Louis with his wife of 39 years, Kathy, a retired registered nurse. They have four children who also live in St. Louis. Jack enjoys running, reading and grilling.
Areas of Practice
- Mass Torts
- Personal Injury
- Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1986
- St. Louis University, B.A., 1983
- Missouri, 1987
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1987
- U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2021
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1991
Professional Honors and Activities
- Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year, St. Louis University Law School, 2006
- Person of the Year, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2000
- Pro Bono Legal Professional of the Year, St. Louis University Civil Justice Clinic, 2007
- Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington University Law School – Evidence and Trial Advocacy, 2001 – 2015
- Adjunct Professor of Law, St. Louis University – Trial Advocacy, 2005 – 2015
- President of the board of directors, St. Louis Public Library, 2004 – 2008
- Alderman, 14th Ward of the City of St. Louis, 1991 – 1995
Presentations, Seminars and Published Works
- “Trends in Mass Torts,” HarrisMartin MDL Conference: The Current Mass Tort Landscape, March 2022
- “Opioid Case Against the Pharmacies,” HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Critical Developments in Mass Torts, MDLs, and Game-Changing Jurisprudence, May 2019