Debbie Champion is a founding partner in the firm of Rynearson Suess Schnurbusch and Champion. Ms. Champion is actively practices in Missouri and Southern Illinois, in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She has tried cases in eastern and southeastern Missouri and in southern Illinois. She has argued before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Eastern, Western and Southern District Courts of Appeals.
Ms. Champion received the award of Outstanding Young Alumni from the Washington University School of law in 2012. She was honored for the most defense verdicts by Missouri Lawyers Media.
Ms. Champion won the Lawyer’s Lawyer Award at the 2008 Women’s Justice Awards. She is a recipient of an Outstanding Volunteer Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the Missouri Pro Bono Publico Award from the Missouri Bar Association. She was recently honored by the Women’s Law Caucus of Washington University for her commitment to the advancement of women in the law.
She has been selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young St. Louisans by the St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of Shelter the Children. She was a founding member of Kids’ Inc, a charitable organization for underprivileged children of East St. Louis, Illinois.
Ms. Champion co-authored the Missouri Practice Worker’s Compensation Subrogation Chapter. She often presents educational seminars to clients and to the legal community on topic a variety of topics, most recently including voir dire, depositions, dealing with the difficult client, premises liability, workers’ compensation subrogation, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, and Missouri and federal liens.
Ms. Champion is founder and president of Tools for Schools, a not for profit corporation which distributes school supplies to needy schools and children.
Ms. Champion is a Fellow and charter member of the Litigation Counsel of America and she is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Ms. Champion served on the 21st Judicial Circuit Judicial Commission as part of Missouri’s non partisan court plan for a 6 year term
Ms. Champion is a member of the Supreme Court of Missouri Ad Hoc Committee to Study Expert Discovery.
Licensed since 1988
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I highly recommend Debbie Champion. She has been my opposing counsel on multiple cases over the course of the last 23 years. In my opinion, she is one of the most skilled trial lawyers in St. Louis. She is is honest, ethical and -- as an added bonus -- an exceptional human being.
Brian McChesney Personal Injury Attorney
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1989||05/14/2015|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1988||01/08/2013|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|William McAlpin Pro Bono Award||Legal Services of Eastern Missouri||2011|
|Top 10 Defense Verdicts||Missouri Lawyers Weekly||2010|
|Women in Law Award||Women's Law Caucus Washington University School of Law||2009|
|Lawyer's Lawyer||Women Justice Awards||2008|
|Fellow||Litigation Counsel of America||2007|
|10 Outstanding Young St Louisans||St Louis Junior of Commerce||1995|
|Pro Bono Publico Award||The Missouri Bar||N/A|
|Volunteer Lawyer Award||Legal Services of Eastern Missouri||N/A|
|Partner||Rynearson Suess Schnurbusch & Champion LLC||2000 - Present|
|Partner||Evans and Dixon||1998 - 2000|
|Associate||Evans and Dixon||1988 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court||Master||2010 - Present|
|National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|National Association of Professional Women||Member||2009 - Present|
|Lift for Life Academy||Board Member||2009 - Present|
|Tools 4 Schools||President||2008 - Present|
|Council for Litigation Management||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|Litigation Counsel of America||Fellow||2007 - Present|
|Lawyer's Association of St. Louis||Member||2000 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee||Member||2000 - Present|
|Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers||Member||1995 - Present|
|Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis||Member||1989 - Present|
|Barbara Laber v. Dierbergs Markets, LLC||Won--Defendant Verdict|
|Monnye Gross v. SNR, Manning, Theil, and Bracht||Case settled after 5 days of trial with individual Defendant and Plaintiff dismissed case against all other defendants after 7 days of trial|
|Amanda Simmons et al v Heartland Wood Products||Won-Defendant Verdict|
|Public Risk Magazine||Workers’ Comp Top Ten: How to Cut Costs in 2011||2011|
|Missouri Practice Guide||Subrogation Chapter in Workers' Compensation Volume||2004|
|Washington University School of Law||Law||J.D.||1988|
|Murray State University||Psychology and Criminal Justice||B. S.||1983|
|Annual Conference||Considering Legal Process Outsourcing as Part of Wider Legal Cost Management: Limitations vs Benefits||2011|
|Annual Conference||Vampires, Voodoo and Verdicts Frightening Issues in Insurance Defense Litigation||2011|
|Adjuster Training||Missouri First Party and Third Party Bad Faith Claims||2011|
|Quarterly Meeting||Negotiation 101||2010|
|Missouri Legal Update||Voir Dire||2010|