Charlie James


Charlie James was born in the Bootheel of Missouri in Senath, Missouri. After graduation from Senath High School, Charlie enlisted in the Air Force and received training from the National Security Agency. He served four years in the Air Force in Germany and Pakistan. Charlie then spent 2 years in the Navy in the Philippines. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1971 with a major in history.

Charlie received his M.A. from Northeast State University (now known as Truman State University) . He then worked a few years for Missouri Probation and Parole. Charlie graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law in 1977. While in law school, Charlie wrote articles for publication in the Missouri Law Review. Charlie started his own law firm upon graduation from law school. The law office was located in Wentzville, Missouri for twenty-five years. In April 2002, the law firm moved its office to St Peters, Missouri. Charlie is a Fellow of the American Trial Lawyers Association who has served St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, and Pike counties for over 45 years.

Charlie has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Missouri by The National Trial Lawyers Association. He also has an AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Charlie has tried hundreds of jury trials over the course of his illustrious career with an exceptional record or success. See if Charlie can help you with your legal needs. 

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Murder
  • Drug Possession
  • Sex Crimes


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

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