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      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.


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Practice Areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 50%
    27 years, 12.5 thousand cases
  2. Car Accidents: 20%
    27 years, 12 thousand cases
  3. Transportation: 20%
    27 years, 11.5 thousand cases
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%
    27 years, 800 cases



Hourly ($175-200/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • Brian Scott McChesney

    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
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Edward Albert Gilkerson

    I have known Debbie for years. She is always prepared and represents her clients very effectively.


    Edward Gilkerson Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Rynearson Suess Schnurbusch & Champion, LLC

500 North Broadway
Suite 1550
St. Louis, MO, 63102-2448


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198908/17/2015
MOGood Standing, Active198801/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
William McAlpin Pro Bono AwardLegal Services of Eastern Missouri2011
Top 10 Defense VerdictsMissouri Lawyers Weekly2010
Women in Law AwardWomen's Law Caucus Washington University School of Law2009
Lawyer's LawyerWomen Justice Awards2008
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2007
10 Outstanding Young St LouisansSt Louis Junior of Commerce1995
Pro Bono Publico AwardThe Missouri BarN/A
Volunteer Lawyer AwardLegal Services of Eastern MissouriN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerRynearson Suess Schnurbusch & Champion LLC2000 - Present
PartnerEvans and Dixon1998 - 2000
AssociateEvans and Dixon1988 - 1998
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Theodore McMillian American Inn of CourtMaster2010 - Present
National Restaurant and Retail Defense AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Association of Professional WomenMember2009 - Present
Lift for Life AcademyBoard Member2009 - Present
Tools 4 SchoolsPresident2008 - Present
Council for Litigation ManagementAttorney Member2007 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2007 - Present
Lawyer's Association of St. LouisMember2000 - Present
Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law CommitteeMember2000 - Present
Missouri Organization of Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMember1989 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Barbara Laber v. Dierbergs Markets, LLCWon--Defendant Verdict
Monnye Gross v. SNR, Manning, Theil, and BrachtCase 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 ProductsWon-Defendant Verdict
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Publication NameTitleDate
Public Risk MagazineWorkers’ Comp Top Ten: How to Cut Costs in 20112011
Missouri Practice GuideSubrogation Chapter in Workers' Compensation Volume2004
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJ.D.1988
Murray State UniversityPsychology and Criminal JusticeB. S.1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceConsidering Legal Process Outsourcing as Part of Wider Legal Cost Management: Limitations vs Benefits2011
Annual ConferenceVampires, Voodoo and Verdicts Frightening Issues in Insurance Defense Litigation2011
Adjuster TrainingMissouri First Party and Third Party Bad Faith Claims2011
Quarterly MeetingNegotiation 1012010
Missouri Legal UpdateVoir Dire2010