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The POWER List 2023: Lisa A. Larkin

Lisa Larkin Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, St. Louis

For cases likely to escalate to an appeal, Lisa Larkin is called early and often.

After a St. Louis County jury awarded $10.8 million in damages to the family of a woman who died during a heart catheterization, Larkin and fellow POWER honoree Paul Venker joined the case in 2013. They convinced the trial judge to reduce the award to $2.18 million to align with the state’s noneconomic damages cap. The case reached the Missouri Supreme Court, which upheld the cap’s constitutionality in medical malpractice cases involving wrongful death.

Missouri Lawyers Media recognized the pair’s efforts in the case as Influential Appellate Advocates in 2017. Larkin’s mentorship of young attorneys also was highlighted in the 2020 Up & Coming Awards.

In 2022, Larkin and Venker collaborated on an appeal on behalf of the St. Louis County assessor that reversed the reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and appraisal costs that a third party had paid for on behalf of the plaintiffs who hired it.

Larkin earned her law degree from the University of Illinois in 1995.

The POWER List: Appellate Law 2023