Halle Dimar attended Saint Louis University School of Law
because of its nationally recognized program in Health Law. While in law
school, she completed an internship with the general counsel for Saint Louis
University’s School of Medicine, providing her insight into both the risk
management and litigation side of defending health care providers.
After graduating, Ms. Dimar
joined the firm’s Health Care Liability practice group in the St. Louis office.
Her practice focuses solely on defending health care providers, including
physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, nursing homes and other
long-term care providers, as well as pharmacies. She regularly advises
clients on HIPAA issues, physician and employee discipline, subpoenas, and
child abuse prevention programs. Ms. Dimar is also a frequent presenter to
medical students regarding risk management.
Honoree - Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List (2018-2019)
Rising Stars - Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
Fifth-Largest Reported Defense Verdict or Judgment, 2016
Missouri Lawyers Awards, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Defense Verdict or Judgment, 2011 Missouri Lawyers Awards, Missouri
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Selected Favorable Jury Verdicts
v. Mid-West Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Obtained a defense verdict in a dental
malpractice case involving a lingual nerve injury and the alleged failure to
refer the patient for a nerve repair surgery. The plaintiff sought $800,000 in
damages. After an hour of deliberations,
the jury returned a defense verdict.
Leslie Grussing v. Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, Inc. and Corey
Received a defense verdict in a case
in which the plaintiff alleged the defendant doctor had failed to recognize and
treat a knee infection following an arthroscopic knee surgery. Plaintiffs asked for more than $1 million in
damages, and after two hours of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous
Carolyn Carroll and Sammy Carroll v. John Bennett, M.D. and The
Hannibal Clinic Operations, L.L.C.
Obtained a defense verdict in a
medical malpractice case involving a bowel perforation following a vaginal
hysterectomy. The plaintiff sought $5.5 million in damages. After two hours of
deliberations, the jury returned a defense verdict.
William Carter v. Hannibal Clinic Inc.
Obtained a unanimous defense verdict
in a wrongful death/medical malpractice case involving the diagnosis and
management of a bowel perforation following a vaginal hysterectomy. After an
hour of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict.
Tara Feld Kamp v. Shahbaz Riaz, MD
Received a unanimous defense verdict in
a case in which the plaintiff alleged the defendant doctor had failed to place
the plaintiff on DVT prophylaxis, although the hospital's own risk assessment
forms placed the plaintiff at a "very high risk" for developing blood
clots. The plaintiff sought more than $3.5 million in economic damages and a
non-specified amount of non-economic damages.
Laurie Stokes v. Laura Hulbert, MD
Obtained a defense verdict in a
medical malpractice case involving a ureter injury following a vaginal
hysterectomy and the post-operative recognition and treatment of that
injury. After 30 minutes of deliberations,
the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict.
Machon v. Washington University
Secured a defense verdict in case
where plaintiff was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain. After initial
improvements, the plaintiff declined and was discovered to have a dead bowel.
Plaintiffs filed suit in excess of $5 million claiming the defendants failed to
diagnose his condition and that the dead bowel was a result of a blood clot.
Mary O'Neal v. Dr. Asif Habib
Obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful
case where plaintiff alleges that proper fall precautions were not put in place
for an Alzheimer’s patient who was admitted to the hospital and suffered a
fall, leading to a femur fracture. After 30 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict.
Prior Legal Experience
Saint Louis University Health Sciences Department - General Counsel
Speaker and Program Chair, "Dealing with 'The Reptile': How to Defuse and Defend against Reptilian Tactics,'" Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium (January 2019)
Speaker, "2017 Tort Reform Update," Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium (January 2018)
Speaker, “Voir Dire,” Simon Law Firm Seminar (June 2017)
Speaker, “The Business
of Medicine: The Anatomy of a Malpractice Lawsuit," Washington University
School of Business (October 2014)
Records and Experts,” National Business Institute (April 2014)