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Vernon R. Dawdy

Practice areas:

Family, Criminal Defense, Probate

About Me


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Educated at: the United States Military Academy–West Point;


            The philosophy of: Duty, Honor, Country -  is firmly ingrained into every cadet


 


St. Louis city police officer:


            no better place to experience and understand the perils that people face.


 


Prosecuting Attorney:


            First trial assistant - the decision of whether someone should be prosecuted and to what extent should be the main focus of a prosecuting attorney


            - not whether he can win the case - its not a game. 


            Fairness must be learned and practiced.  


 


Private practice:


            30 years of Practicing and applying the trade


            A little known fact: 


                        -most attorneys …and most judges -have never tried a jury trial.


            Mr. Dawdy has tried many jury trials —from murder to business litigation.  


 


Commissioner of the Missouri Ethics Commission - appointed by the Governor:


            The job of examining and judging the ethics and honor of those in power.


 


LIFE EXPERIENCES - the most important kind of experiences


Award winning artist:  6 portraits and a mural painting currently hang in the Jefferson County Courthouse. Many paintings are in private collections.


            Former member of Artist Section of the Artist Guild.  Juried art show winner.


            — Everyone must have a passion.


 


Collegian boxer:  hard headed - perhaps a screw loose


 


Marathon runner: endurance and determination —also learn to walk backwards upstairs.


 


Trained Schutzhund dogs -German protection dog sport. He and the dogs speak German


 


St. Louis House of Rock: Owner of St. Louis’s premier rock and roll nightclub for over                  16 years. —Everyone must have fun.


 


—Finally - Two children:  Daughter- doctor of psychology; Son- theoretical physicist


            — reasons to be humble.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1976

  1. Family: 34%
  2. Probate: 33%
  3. Criminal Defense: 33%

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Contact Info

Lofftus and Dawdy

14 Green Valley
Fenton, MO, 63026-0520

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MOGood Standing, Active197601/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
CommissionerMissouri Ethics Commission2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyDawdy Law Firm2008 - Present
PartnerLofftus and Dawdy1985 - 2008
First Trial ProsecutorCole County Prosecuting Attorney1977 - 1981
Police OfficerSt. Louis Police Department1971 - 1975

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMember1990 - Present
Jefferson County Bar Associationmember1982 - Present
US District Court Eastern MOmember1981 - Present
US Court of Appeals 8 Circuitmember1981 - Present
US District Court Western MOmember1978 - Present
Missouri BarMember1976 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Pauley v. Pauley, 771 S.W.2d 105 (Mo. App. E.D., 1989)reversed the current law

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976