Ralph G. Godsy

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Phone: 314-621-7700
Fax: 314-621-1088
Email: rgodsy@boylebrasher.com

Narrative:

Ralph is currently involved in the defense of medical malpractice claims, railroad FELA and third party negligence suits, and cases involving trucking industry liability. An effective litigator, Ralph has had several cases dismissed or significantly limited in scope through pretrial motion practice. Ralph for several years has been a key member of several successful court room trial teams and has also successfully represented clients in appellate courts. Among the other members of the firm with keen senses of irony and humor, Ralph’s stand out. He uses them as very effective tools in the court room with judges, juries and opposing counsel.

Away from the office Ralph likes to spend time with his family and engages in various pursuits. He is a karate black belt, a triathlete and a mountain biking enthusiast. Ralph has taught children’s karate classes at his local YMCA for several years. 

Areas of Practice:

  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Trucking Defense
  • Railroad Defense
  • Toxic Tort Defense
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri

Education:

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Juris Doctorate
  • Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • The Illinois State Bar Association

Notable Cases:

Estate v. Short Line Railroad. U.S. District Court for Western District of Missouri; Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. Wrongful death/railroad grade crossing case. Plaintiffs’ decedent died at a railroad highway crossing. Mr. Godsy represented a short line railroad and a railroad holding company. The case was dismissed in federal court for lack of jurisdiction and refiled in state court. Mr. Godsy prepared and argued a motion to dismiss the case on the theory that the named plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. The motion to dismiss was granted and the case was dismissed with prejudice on all counts.

Estate v. Short Line Railroad (II). Mr. Godsy co-authored the Response Brief to Plaintiff’s Appeal and successfully represented all defendants at oral argument before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Dismissal of Plaintiff’s case with prejudice was affirmed.

Employee v. Railroad. Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri. FELA (asbestos). Mr. Godsy analyzed plaintiff’s prior claims and the settlement documents for those matters, Mr. Godsy successfully argued prior release of the asbestos claims in a motion for summary judgment. After the summary judgment motion was filed, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed this case on the eve of the hearing on the summary judgment motion.

Injured Motorist v. Trucking Company. Personal injury claim filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southwest Division. Motorist alleged he was injured in accident with client trucking company. Mr. Godsy moved to dismiss the case as a result of plaintiff’s numerous violations of discovery orders. The court agreed with this position and ordered the case against Boyle Brasher LLC’s client dismissed.

Railroad Employee v. Class I Railroad (I). Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri. FELA (toxic exposure/cancer and cumulative trauma to knees and spine). Mr. Godsy conducted all the discovery and prepared the case for trial. He also co-tried this case with Mr. Brasher of Boyle Brasher LLC. The jury rendered a verdict in favor of Boyle Brasher LLC’s client.

Railroad Employee v. Class I Railroad (II). Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Godsy assisted in drafting the response brief and successfully represented the railroad during oral arguments to the Court of Appeals. Verdict in favor of BBLF’s client was affirmed.

Injured passengers v. Trucking Company. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Injured passengers brought suit against defendant trucking company and deceased driver in state court. Mr. Godsy removed this case from Jefferson County, Missouri Circuit Court and successfully argued against remand with the theory that the decedent and defendant ad-litem, both Missouri residents, were not parties at interest in the litigation and that the proper party to consider for diversity consideration was the insurance company, a non-Missouri resident. This matter proceeded to a jury trial where Mr. Godsy was the trucking company’s lead trial counsel. The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the trucking company.