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Sara M. Salger

Managing Partner


Sara M. Salger received her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, graduating cum laude, and Saint Louis University School of Law for her J.D. where she received an International Law Certificate and litigation focus. She spent two semesters abroad during law school attending Università Cà Foscari di Venezia in Venice, Italy and University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Ms. Salger’s legal career has been focused on advocating for individuals wronged by the actions of others, with a particularized focus on representing victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer, as a result of exposure to asbestos. She has also handled complex benzene litigation and general personal injury claims.

Working at The Gori Law Firm since the firm’s inception, and a Partner since May 2016, she is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri, is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Missouri State Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, American Association for Justice, National Asbestos Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers (Member), National Women Trial Lawyers, and is on the Illinois Trial Lawyers Executive Committee and Board. Actively involved in her community, Ms. Salger serves on various philanthropic boards in the area and volunteers her time speaking to local high school and college law classes and groups.

Areas Of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2008
  • Missouri, 2009


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 2008
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois
    • B.S. – 2004
    • Honors: cum laude
Professional Associations
  • SIU Board of Trustees, 2022
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2nd Vice President
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 10 Asbestos Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association, 2021
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers, Executive Board
  • National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Madison County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Missouri State Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • National Asbestos Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers, Member, Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
  • National Women Trial Lawyers , Member
  • Super Lawyer: 2024
  • 2022 Partners for Pets Rescuer of the Year Award
  • 2022 Emerging Lawyer
  • Lead Counsel Verified Since 2022
  • 2020 National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • 2015 -2020 Recipient of Super Lawyers Rising Star Award
  • 2019 Lawyers of Distinction – Personal Injury
  • 2019 The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 in the State of Illinois
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Association President’s Award for 2019 for dedication to ITLA and Chair of the ITLA Women’s Caucus
  • 2018 National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • 2018 Emerging Lawyer
  • Get to Know Me 2017 People to Watch
  • 2016 Recipient of Law Bulletin’s Emerging Lawyers Distinction
  • Designated Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers

  • Moderated/Planning Chair: Litigation Practice Tips & Strategies Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2023
  • Moderated/Presented: National Trends Driving Asbestos Litigation, Perrin Conferences National Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2023
  • Moderated/Planning Chair: Litigation Potpourri Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2022
  • Presented: The Top Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation, Perrin Conferences Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2022
  • The Judicial Roundtable: A View From the Bench, Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2021
  • Presented: Caution in the Courtroom: Motion Practice, ITLA Trial & Practice Tips Webinar, 2021
  • Perrin National Asbestos Conference – Speaker, September 2020
  • Trial Lawyer Lessons Learned During Quarantine” Webinar Moderator and Co-Planner, September 2020
  • Presented: Workplace Exposures & Causation and What Does SB1596 Mean for Workers’ Compensation, ITLA Workers’ Compensation Seminar, 2019
  • Moderated/Presented: The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Perspective, American Bar Association Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Conference, 2019
  • Moderated/Planning Chair: Trial & Practice Tips Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Presented: Docket Management in Mass Filing Jurisdictions, Perrin Conferences, 2019
  • Moderated: The Judicial Roundtable, Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2018
  • Presented: Asbestos Caselaw Update, Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Shotgun Seminar, 2018
  • Presented: The View from The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Perspective, American Bar Association Blowout at the Biltmore: Hot Topics in Toxic Torts & Environmental Law, 2018
  • Presented: Navigating the Hague Convention: Evidence Abroad, Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Shotgun Seminar, 2017
  • Presented: Jurisdictional Update—Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri & Pennsylvania, Perrin Conferences, 2017
  • Presented: Medicare: What’s New, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Southern Illinois Shotgun Seminar, 2016
  • Presented Jurisdictional Updates: Overview of California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Emerging Jurisdictions, Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook, Perrin Conference, 2016
  • Presented: Women in Business Breakfast Roundtable, Cutting Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation, Perrin Conference, 2016
  • Presented: Ethical Considerations in Asbestos Litigation—The Ethics of Determining Where to File Your Case, Plaintiff’s Asbestos Litigation Seminar, 2016
  • Presented: Jurisdictional Updates: Overview of California, Illinois and Emerging Jurisdictions, Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2015
  • Presented: Asbestos Litigation Update, Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Shotgun Seminar, 2015
  • Presented: Key Jurisdictional Updates in California, Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, Cutting Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation, Perrin Conference, 2015
  • Presented: Key Jurisdictional Updates: Illinois/Missouri, Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2014
  • Presented: Motion Practice in Madison County, Illinois, HarrisMartin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2014
  • Presented: The Growth of Foreign Asbestos Cases, Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2013
  • Moderated: From Intake to Trial Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund, 2013
  • Presented: Asbestos and Mesothelioma, Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference, 2010

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