Practice Area

Civil Rights

Missouri criminal, civil rights, injury, DWI and DWI lawyer.

John obtained his first Not Guilty verdict as a student attorney, nearly a year before he graduated law school. He immediately began jury trial work after graduating law school. To date he has spent over 100 days in jury trials.

For  the first ten years or so of his career, John primarily practiced criminal defense. His efforts led to dismissals and not guilty verdicts in nearly every type of case, from simple assaults and DWIs to sexual assaults and murders.

Approximately five years ago, John began focusing more on civil cases and ultimately has narrowed his practice down to only civil rights cases. John has helped secure numerous six-figure settlements and judgments, including multiple cases that have garnered significant media attention.

John has spent more than fifteen years holding police accountable for their actions in both criminal and civil settings. His extensive experience in both arenas help give him unique experience and tenacity in pursuing civil rights cases on behalf of citizens that have been taken advantage of by police willing to abuse their power.


  • Tulane University School of Law, 2008 (Honors: Order of the Coif, Law Review)
  • Tulane University, 2005, B.A. (Honors: summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Major: English Literature, Minor: History)

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri, 2008
  • U.S. Federal Court, 2008

Associations and Memberships:

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers

“My path to becoming a lawyer was driven by a desire to make a difference and help those who have suffered injustices. With a background in English Literature and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law, I have always been drawn to the power of words and the law. After nearly a decade of defending people from criminal accusations, I realized that I could use my skills to help those who have been victimized by police misconduct and civil rights violations. My commitment to seeking justice for my clients is unwavering.”


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"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, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Randolph, Gasconade, and Monroe and surrounding areas.

St. Peters: 636.397.2411

Columbia: 573.818.2083

14 Richmond Center Ct
St Peters, MO 63376


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