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Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Worker’s Compensation

Criminal Defense

    • DUI/DWI
    • Drug Possession
    • Sex crimes
    • Murder
Missouri criminal, civil rights, injury, DWI and DWI lawyer.

Charlie became a lawyer and opened his own law firm in 1977, nearly 50 years ago. What he founded as Charlie James Law Offices continues today with his sons David and John as James Law Group. Charlie began his practice by taking “contract” public defender cases in addition to any cases that he handled privately.

The early years spent as a public defender gave Charlie far more trial experience than the average attorney. At that time, jury trials were much more frequent events than they are today. As a result, Charlie has tried well over 300 jury trials in his career. Charlie has tried, and won, nearly every type of criminal case that can be imagined. He has established a long track record of success that few other attorneys can rival.

Charlie’s success has not been limited to criminal defense however. Charlie has experienced near equal success in representing people injured by the negligence of others. He has successfully represented those seriously injured or killed in cases involving products liability, negligent driving, unsafe property, trucking/18-wheeler cases, and more.


  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1977 (Honors: Law Review)
  • Northeast State University M.A.
  • Southeast Missouri State University, 1971 (Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Society, Major: History)

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri, 1977
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1980

Associations and Memberships:

  • Missouri Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Criminal Defense Association

“As an attorney, my journey began with a strong dedication to justice and a commitment to defending the rights of individuals. Serving in the Air Force and Navy, I gained valuable experience and a sense of duty that has carried through my legal career. With over 45 years of practice, my passion for law and my clients remains unwavering. I specialize in criminal defense and personal injury cases because I believe that everyone deserves strong and compassionate representation. My goal is to provide effective legal solutions while ensuring that my clients’ rights are protected every step of the way.”


"Problem solved - best attorneys in the country! I had a legal case that other lawyers said I couldn't win, and I should just pay up. Then I was referred to the James Law Group. They told me "innocent people shouldn't have to cave," so they strategized to win my case... and we did! Compassionate, hard working lawyers - they truly care about the little guy. If you use the James Law Group, you'll sleep better at night - your problems will go away."

"I highly recommend this Law firm PERIOD! If you want results that are in your favor, this is the law firm! Both, John and Charlie James are the best lawyers your money can buy! They are like family to me now!"

"Any time you need a lawyer it will be a stressful time. John James was excellent, explained in detail everything that would take place, what to expect etc... I would highly recommend this group."

"I have worked with this firm for mutual clients on several matters. I have seen each of their attorneys in trial and I am always impressed by their level of preparation, their advocacy, and their results. If I had a criminal case, this firm would be who I would call to help me. I have made this recommendation to many people and everyone has been very happy with the level of attention and quality of work they have received."

Proudly serving the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln, Franklin, Montgomery, Pike, Boone, Audrain, and surrounding areas.

St. Peters: 636.397.2411
Columbia: 573.818.2083

14 Richmond Center Ct
St Peters, MO 63376


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