Roy Dripps


Roy Dripps obtained his law degree from St. Louis University in 1981 and has been a leading member of the Madison County legal community ever since. Dripps has obtained millions in verdicts and settlements for people injured by barge companies and other corporations. In 2001, Dripps obtained a unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court holding that injured seamen can have their cases heard in state courts. In 2003, Dripps obtained a $7,500,000 verdict for a deckhand who was permanently paralyzed from the waist down when a crane failed and a barge cover hit him. Dripps also obtained an $8.4 million verdict for a client who lost a leg as a result of a defective nail gun and ultimately collected $9.9 million when the verdict was affirmed on appeal, with interest.


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1981
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Madison County Legal Community, Member
  • St Louis University, Missouri
    • A.B. in Biology – 1978

Bar Admission

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas

Representative Cases

  • Lewis v. Lewis and Clark Marine, 531 U.S. , 2001


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated SM, Martindale-Hubbell®

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker, Continuing Legal Education

Past Positions

  • Appellate Court Judges, Judicial Law Clerk

Professional Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character & Fitness, Former Member
  • Alton-Wood River Bar Association, Member
  • Madison County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
  • Local Rules Committee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Former Member
  • Madison County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney