Doug Ponder's practice is centered around the representation of individuals who have been injured by the conduct of another. He has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, including trials, mediations, and appeals. Over the course of his career, he has tried over thirty cases, including cases in both the civil and criminal context. In addition, Doug has argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and authored successful briefs before each district of the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.
Before founding Ponder Zimmermann LLC, Doug spent years as a civil defense lawyer representing hospitals and insurance companies in complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases. He handled a wide range of matters, from complicated medical malpractice cases involving catastrophic injuries to straightforward automobile accident cases. This experience gives Doug insight into how insurance companies defend against claims and lawsuits, which can be a significant advantage for his clients.
Doug graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law, a top twenty-five law school. He was the recipient of the Booker and Betty Smith Law Scholarship and the prestigious Iowa Law School Foundation Merit Scholarship. Upon graduation, Doug served as a judicial law clerk for then Chief Judge Edwin H. Smith of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.
Doug is licensed to practice law in Missouri and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the St. Charles County Bar Association, and the American Association For Justice. Doug is originally from Iowa, and currently resides in St. Charles, Missouri, with his wife and daughter.