Representative Matters

Josephine Abshier focuses her practice in the defense of personal injury claims, premises liability, construction and property damage disputes. She represents various corporations, insurance companies and individuals in the defense of these claims. Ms. Abshier regularly defends claims under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. She has also defended many Federal Employers Liability Act lawsuits alleging occupational, traumatic and psychological injuries, including Safety Appliance Act and Locomotive Inspection Act claims.

Ms. Abshier is experienced in every aspect of litigation. She handles complex discovery, claim investigation, depositions of witnesses and experts, settlement negotiations, mediation and trial. Ms. Abshier is a strong advocate for her clients in the courtroom. She researches and drafts concise, thorough motions and pleadings to support her arguments. Her practice reflects her belief that  preparation is a key component of persuasion.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in March 2015, Ms. Abshier worked for over six years an associate at a boutique litigation firm in St. Louis. She served for three years as a judicial clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, for two appellate judges. During law school Ms. Abshier clerked at a Columbia, Missouri firm and she worked as a research assistant to two professors.

During law school, Ms. Abshier was a member and Note and Comment Editor of the Missouri Law Review.  Upon graduation she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was one of two law students nominated for Phi Kappa Phi honors society in graduate studies.  She was a member of the Dean's List and received multiple awards for her class work in Torts, Property, Tax, Bankruptcy, Products Liability, and European Union Law.  She graduated cum laude. As an undergraduate at the University of Missouri - Columbia Ms. Abshier was a member of the Honors College and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.  She studied Spanish, Business Management and Anthropology and spent a semester in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Professional Affiliations

  • Missouri Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member

Representative Matters

  • Second chair on a six-day, $1 million jury trial in St. Louis City resulting in a defense verdict for her client.
  • Defended an independently operated Class I railroad with more than 46,000 employees in lawsuits brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act.


"Missouri Supreme Court Clarifies: Siding with Business Owners in Negligent Security Actions May Have Been Wrong All Along," 68 Mo. L. Rev. 505, 2003.


J.D., cum laude, University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, 2004
• Order of the Coif
• Note and Comment Editor, Missouri Law Review
B.A., magna cum laude, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Missouri at Columbia, 2001