Beth C. Boggs

Managing Partner

Phone (314) 726-2310
Fax (314) 726-2360

Beth C. Boggs is the managing partner of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, LLC.  She founded the firm in 1999.  Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, LLC is a certified woman owned business.  It is the largest WBENC certified law firm in the State of Missouri.  Beth has tried cases, in the southern and central Federal Districts in Illinois, the Eastern and Western federal districts in Missouri and in jurisdictions throughout Missouri and southern Illinois.  She has also tried cases in a variety of jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis.

Beth C. Boggs concentrates her practice in civil litigation involving construction defect, insurance coverage, employment law, premises liability, transportation, defense of pharmacy cases, civil rights defense, professional negligence, toxic tort defense, asbestos exposure defense and insurance defense.

Beth has been named an Illinois SuperLawyer in Insurance Defense.  She was named one of the "Most Distinguished Alumni" of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2008.  She maintains a close relationship with her alma mater.  She and her husband, Darin, sponsor an annual scholarship, which is awarded to the law school's best ping pong player.  She is also one of the sponsors of the Class of 1991 Scholarship, which is awarded annually.  She is the Law School Chair of the Forever SIU Campaign for 2018.  She and her husband have also formed scholarship funds for students who publish in local law journals and for female law students at SIU.  The Clemens Scholarship, which is named in Beth's honor is given annually to a deserving female student at SIU Carbondale.

She was named one of the "Lawyers of the Year" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2005.  She received the "President's Award" from the Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis in 2014.  

Ms. Boggs is honored to have been selected to be a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society honoring the top one-half of one percent of American Lawyers.  She is also a member of  the American Bar Foundation.

Beth is a frequent author on a variety of insurance and trial topics and is the newsletter editor and the Chair of the Member Communications Committee for the National Restaurant & Retail Defense Association.  She is also a highly sought after speaker, speaking frequently at national conferences on trial related topics.

$2.2 Million Awarded to Employees Subjected to DNA Testing in the Hunt for the Mystery Pooper, NRRDA Newsletter December 2015

Browsing Shelves Can Satisfy the Distraction Exception to Open and Obvious Doctrine in Illinois, NRRDA Newsletter December 2015 

Combating Reptile Tactics in Litigation--NAMWOLF Newsletter December 2015

20.5 Million Dollar Premises Verdict Upheld--NRRDA Newsletter 2015

The Duty to Create Evidence in Spoliation--NRRDA Newsletter 2015

Ethical Pitfalls in Social Media Discovery--Journal of American Law 2015

Chapter 17: Property Law--Missouri Tort Law Deskbook  2015 

Chapter 5: Settlements with Minors and Incompetents--Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook: Settling Cases 2014 

Annual Review of Missouri Law: Best Directories 2013 

Missouri Appellate Court Considers Whether Tony LaRussa is a Distraction--NRRDA Newsletter 2013 

Illinois Court of Appeals Examines Distraction and Deliberate Encounter Exceptions to the Open & Obvious Danger Rule--NRRDA Newsletter 2012 

Billing Custodian Affidavits Constitute Substantial Evidence--NRRDA Newsletter 2011 

Summary Judgment Entered in Favor of Retailer on Wet Floor Claim--NRRDA Newsletter 2010 

Does What Happens on Facebook Stay On Facebook?--Illinois State Bar Journal 2010 

Telling the Story at Trial--The St. Louis Bar Journal 2009 

The Distraction Exception:  Don't Let the Exception Swallow the Rule--Illinois Bar Journal 2005 

Chapter 14:  Rights & Remedies--Mo. Insurance Practice Deskbook 2004 

Primary Insurers' Duty to Exercise Good Faith Toward Excess Insurance Carriers--Illinois State Bar Journal 202 

Survey of Illinois Law:  Torts--Southern Illinois University Law Journal 2001 

An Insurers Rights Under the Common Fund Doctrine--Illinois State Bar Journal 2001 

Criminal Convictions do not Equal Intentional Acts--Southern Illinois University Law Journal 2001 

Chapter 6:  Settlements with Minors & Incompetents--Mo Litigation Settlements Deskbook 2001 

Public Policy v. Policy Exclusions--Journal of the Missouri Bar 2001 

Survey of Illinois Law:  Insurance--Southern Illinois University Law Journal 1999 

Mastering the Obvious:  The Open & Obvious Doctrine in Illinois--Illinois State Bar Journal 1997 

Determining Diligence in Service of Process:  Patience is Not a Virtue--Illinois State Bar Journal 1996 

Just Say No:  Avoiding the Pitfalls in Denial of Coverage--Journal of the Missouri Bar 1996 

Survey of Illinois Law:  Civil Procedure--Southern Illinois University Law Journal 1995 

The Validity of Territorial Restrictions on Uninsured Motorist Coverage--Journal of the Missouri Bar 1994 

Understanding the Illinois Medical Studies Act--Illinois State Bar Journal 1994 

Missouri Discovers Lost Chance of Recovery--Journal of the Missouri Bar 1993 

Rethinking the Ban on Hypnotically Enhanced Testimony--Illinois Bar Journal 1993 

Survey of Illinois Law:  Health Care--Southern Illinois University Law Journal 1992 

Lost Chance of Survival:  Should the Courts Ever Tinker with Chance?--Southern Illinois University Law Journal 1992 

Hypnotically Enhanced Testimony, has it lost its Charm?--Southern Illinois University Law Journal 1991

Beth Boggs and The Honorable Nanette Baker recently spoke at the WLA Mentorship lunch hosted by Dowd Bennett.

Moderator: Class Action Panel--NAMWOLF Annual Conference in New York 2017

"Class in Session:Defending Putative Class Actions."

Combating Plaintiff's Reptilian Tactics--Stafford 2017

Beth was the Auctioneer of the prestigious BSP Cornerstone Golf and Tennis Classic in Birmingham, Michigan.

Beth was a panelist on the topic of Mediation Advocacy for CLM in August of 2016.

Beth spoke at a CLE on Challenging Expert in New Orleans in February of 2016


To Kill or Not to Kill-The Trial Attorney--NAMWOLF Annual Conference 2015

How to Survive or Thrive with 537.065--Insurance Disputes Seminar 2015 

The Art of Persuasion: Influencing Juries When the Law and Facts are Against You--National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 2014 

Advanced UM/UIM Motorist Law in Illinois--Advanced UM/UIM Conference 2014

Human Resources Law:  What you Need to Know--Four Points 2013

Firearm Legislation:  Current Topics, Trends and the Impact on Insurance Related Claims--2013 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting 2013

Current Issues in Civil Practice & ADR--Annual Review of the Law 2009 

Negotiation and Ethics--Annual CLE 2009

UM/UIM in Illinois--Annual Review 2004

Insurance Law in Missouri--Lorman Education 2003 

Insurance Law--Insurance Law Annual CLE 2003 

Handling Automobile Insurance Matters--Annual Review 2003 

Premises Liability in Missouri--Annual Review 2003 

Insurance Law in Missouri--Annual Review 2002 

UM/UIM--Annual Review 2002  

Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Illinois--NBI 2001 

Underinsured Motorist Issues-UM/UIM Seminar 2000 

FMLA--Missouri Employment Law Review 2000  

Insurance Law--Annual Review 2000

Lost Chance of Survival--Medical Malpractice in Missouri 1999

Missouri-Kansas SuperLawyers 2016, 2017, 2018

Top Legal Eagles in St. Louis, 2015 

President's Award--Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis, 2014  

Illinois Business Journal Top Women in Law--2011

Woman of the Year in Law--2009 

Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale--2008

Illinois Super Lawyer--2007

Lawyers of the Year, Missouri Lawyers Weekly--2005 

Top Women Business Owners--2005

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, J.D. magna cum laude, 1991

Governor's State University, B.A. 1987


Illinois 1991

Missouri 1992

Federal Courts for the Southern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, Kansas Federal Bar, Eastern District of Missouri, Western District of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits.

Insurance Coverage, Premises Liability, Medical Malpractice, General Negligence Defense, Fraud and Misrepresentation, Bad Faith, Extra-contractual litigation, Automobile Negligence, Transportation, Construction Defect, Mold Claims, Wrongful Death, Minor's Settlements, civil rights defense, Employment, discrimination defense, trucking litigation, general tort litigation, pharmacy liability, products liability, toxic tort defense, asbestos exposure defense,  commercial litigation.

NAMWOLF, NRRDA, DRI, ISBA, BAMSL, WLA, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Lawyers Association of St. Louis, National Association of Insurance Women, CLM, Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, American Bar Federation, Insurance Litigation Institute of America, National Society of Professional Investigators, The Bar Association of the Central & Southern Districts of the Illinois Federal Courts, Phi Kappa Phi, American Bar Association, Member, Diversity Law Institute, Member, Trial Law Institute

Beth Boggs is the president and  founder of Step It Up, a local charity which provides free shoes and socks for local area children through monthly shoe distributions. Its website can be found at  She is also founder and president of Another Man's Treasure, which can be found at  She also is active in running the annual charity golf tournament for the Clemens Scholarship to raise funds for scholarships for female law students.  She is an avid supporter of her alma mater, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She and her husband are chairing the Forever SIU campaign in 2018. She is actively involved in the sponsorship of multiple scholarships at SIU, including a scholarship which is awarded annually to the school's best ping pong player.