Jess Ullom is a member of Doster Ullom & Boyle, LLC. Jess was raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He taught high school geometry and calculus for four years, three of which while he attended law school. He graduated from St. Louis University Law School. He has been in private practice his entire career, representing individuals and businesses, primarily on litigation matters.
Jess has tried hundreds of civil and criminal cases, including over 50 jury trials. Cases in the civil area have ranged from standard breach of contract claims to complex business litigation and medical malpractice. Jess has extensive appellate experience at every level of the state and federal court system, including the United States Supreme Court. Jess obtained a landmark jury verdict and an appellate decision in a civil rights suit, four other appellate decisions that set new precedents in the law, and many favorable major jury verdicts.
He also served as a municipal judge for 36 years; the last 22 years as the judge of the St. Louis County Municipal Court, West Division.
He has been actively involved in the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association as a director and speaker since 1989 and served as president from 1997–1998. He is a liaison member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Committee on Criminal Procedure. He previously served on the Editorial Board for the Missouri Bench Book, a reference publication of the Missouri Supreme Court for municipal judges, for which he authored the chapter on Essential Elements in the trial of offenses. He is one of nine judges to receive the Pittman Award from the Association in recognition for his contributions.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Appellate practice
- Civil litigation representing individuals and businesses
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Judge, St. Louis County Municipal Court (1992-2015)
- Liaison Member, Missouri Supreme Court’s Committee on Criminal Procedure (2007–present)
- Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association; Executive Board (1989–Present); President (1997-1998)
- The Missouri Bar
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
- Speaker, regularly, on various topics at Judicial and Legal Professional Education programs sponsored by State, Court and Professional Organizations
- Louis University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
- Pittman Award – Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association
- AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsSM
- Co-Counsel on U.S. Supreme Court case holding in a unanimous decision that a requirement of real estate ownership as a qualification for public office violated the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. The decision reversed a contrary ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court.
- Obtained a substantial jury verdict in Federal Court in favor of three police officers who claimed they were forced to resign under the threat of their families being told false information about their activities. The judgment was upheld on appeal and has become a landmark decision on the issue of constructive discharge.
- Defense of manufacturer of prototype machine on claim by joint venturer for design infringement and breach of contract. Jury award for defendant manufacturer plus judge’s award of prototype to defendant’s possession.
- Prosecution of real estate developers’ claim for specific performance of $11 million contracts for sale of property against defendant sellers, who claimed a breach. Trial court ruling for plaintiff developers enforcing a contract. Defendant appealed, Court of Appeals affirmed trial court ruling.
- Defended business and property owner on a claim by an adjacent property owner for easement infringement, which would have caused loss of use on an extensive portion of defendant’s property. Trial court ruled in favor of an adjacent owner. Our defendant client appealed. Court of Appeals reversed trial court rulings and entered judgment for the defendant property owner on all plaintiff claims.
- Prosecuted suit by a commercial developer of shopping mall against a city, which had threatened not to provide sewer service to development when completed. Successfully disproved city’s claim of over-capacity resulting in trial court’s ruling to grant motion for summary judgment in favor of plaintiff developer and against city. Mall was completed with all municipal services provided.
- Defended city on suit by ten business owners on claim for over $500,000 in refunds of utility payments over period of 15 years. Jury awarded total of $21,000 to some of the businesses. After trial, judge increased award to approximately $250,000. City appealed trial judge’s decision to increase award. Court of Appeals reversed trial court and entered judgment on original jury verdict.