Pathology Expert Witness and Litigation
Our mission at Path Counsel Pathology Legal Consultations is to support the legitimate claims of
your clients with legally defensible medical analysis and opinion. As an established and recognized expert in
the specialty of Medical Pathology, we will partner with you to provide:
Medical record review
Microscopic slide evaluation & tissue pathology reporting
Formal discoverable or confidential non-discoverable report
Legal depositions and trial testimony
Medicolegal areas in which pathologic evaluation of cases can be important
If necessary in such cases
when death has occurred, Dr. Godfrey can also perform private autopsies, exhumation autopsies, second autopsies,
forensic autopsies, or review of findings from previous autopsies through his related enterprise Peace of Mind Private Autopsy Services.
Pathology Legal Consultations includes the investigation of occupational lung diseases,
particularly those from alleged asbestos exposure. Dr. Godfrey has provided this
service to multiple legal firms with an emphasis on such cases, in the greater St. Louis area and
nationally. These references are available upon request.
Path Counsel is fair and compassionate – we guarantee the medical
complexities of your case will be in good hands.
We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to understand your current or
anticipated medicolegal needs.
Stephen E. Godfrey, M.D.,
located in St. Louis, MO has twelve years of experience as the Medical Director for Path Counsel Pathology Legal
Consultations. He is a recertified Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic and Clinical
Pathology. Dr. Godfrey also maintains an active clinical practice, and therefore he is not
vulnerable to potential efforts by opposing counsel to disqualify expert witnesses who no longer practice their
specialty. Such full time expert witnesses can be portrayed as unqualified to render opinions on the
standard of care in their specialties, but Dr. Godfrey is not susceptible to this
maneuver. He provides analysis, depositions, and testimony regarding the pathologic aspects of
medicolegal cases for a range of clients including legal firms, health care institutions, and private
An important aspect in the
litigation of many medicolegal cases is the evaluation of pathologic and laboratory findings in the medical
records from treating institutions and physicians. This is true for both plaintiff
and defendant in civil litigation, and for prosecution and defense in criminal cases. Dr. Godfrey's investigation of
each case is supported by correlation with the medical literature, along with his own lengthy personal
experience. Through his analysis, he provides both oral nondiscoverable opinions and formal documented
reports, depending on clients' needs and preferences. His cases have often
involved depositions and trial testimony as well.
Dr. Godfrey's medical staff
memberships include St. Louis University Hospital. He is the perennial
Secretary-Treasurer for the Society of St. Louis Pathologists, and he is a Fellow in the College of American
Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.