Kevin Wilkins grew up in a middle-class family in the small town of Kinmundy, Illinois, where his father is a retired trainman on the railroad and his mother works at the local bank. Kevin graduated from South Central High School as the Valedictorian of his class and excelled in athletics as a member of the varsity baseball and basketball teams. Following high school, Kevin went on to play collegiate baseball at McKendree University, where he was a two-time All-American Scholar-Athlete. While at McKendree, Kevin earned a business degree in economics and finance and graduated with the distinct honor of magna cum laude.
Kevin went on to Saint Louis University School of Law where he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctorate and received the Dean’s Scholarship for academic excellence. He was also inducted into the Order of the Woolsack, an honor bestowed on those law students graduating in the top 10% of their class. Knowing that he wanted to be a trial lawyer, Kevin focused his law school curriculum on civil litigation skills and earned a concentration in Civil Litigation. During his time at Saint Louis University School of Law, he was awarded the Academic Excellence Award in Products Liability – the highest honor given in the course during law school. In his final year, Kevin was honored with the Saint Louis University Award for Legal Service for his tireless advocacy on behalf of underprivileged clients while working for the Saint Louis University Legal Clinic.
Prior to founding Wilkins Schneller Law, Kevin gained valuable experience working for a major national defense firm where he saw first-hand how corporate defendants evaluate cases and utilize their immense resources to deny just compensation to victims of their corporate negligence. Utilizing that knowledge and knowing that he wanted to help people, not corporations, Kevin went on to work several years at a nationally renowned plaintiff’s firm where he honed his skills representing individuals and their families in a variety of complex civil litigation cases in venues around the country. Kevin’s vast experience includes: wrongful death, railroad and river injuries, auto and trucking accidents, unsafe drugs and medical devices, work-related injuries, premises liability, medical malpractice, consumer fraud, toxic torts, and products liability, to name a few. Kevin has represented individuals and families from all walks of life and is committed to helping people obtain the justice and compensation that they deserve.
Outside of the firm, Kevin is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, and exercising. Kevin is active in the community and volunteers with Join Hands ESL, where he serves as a mentor for children in the East St. Louis area and helps coach their youth baseball and basketball programs. He also serves as President of the South Broadway Athletic Club, an non-profit organization established in 1899 that helps support youth boxing and wrestling in St. Louis.