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John M. Eccher

About me

 -- Seeking Justice for Criminal Defendants and Injury Victims -- 

"If  you've  been charged with a serious crime, including DWI, and are okay hiring a cheap lawyer to walk into court, get a recommendation from the prosecutor, and plead you guilty - without conducting a thorough investigation, without aggressively defending your rights and protecting your interests, and without giving you the option of your day in court to force a prosecutor to prove the case against you, to have a chance to protect your criminal record, freedom, and life - then I'm NOT the criminal defense attorney for you. 


If you're the victim of an automobile accident or other personal injury caused by some irresponsible or malicious person or entity, and you're fine hiring a lawyer whose only intention is to negotiate a quick settlement - even when this means accepting pennies on the dollar and preventing you from receiving fair compensation for your harms - then again, I'm NOT the attorney for you.


I'm a trial attorney, as is each of my fellow attorneys at the award-winning law firm of Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher.  What this means is that my clients are not forced to plead guilty to a crime, or to accept a low-ball settlement offer for their injuries, because of my reluctance or fear of having to represent them at trial in front of a jury of their peers.  I am ready, willing, and able to handle every aspect of a case - from start to finish - even if this means taking it to trial in order to demand justice for my clients.  Based on my experience, I believe that this willingness and ability to competently and skillfully try cases also results in better recommendations (in criminal cases) and settlement offers (in civil cases).


If you're facing a criminal charge or have been injured by someone else - or know a friend or family member dealing with either of these - I welcome you to call or email me or my firm for a free case review.  We'll fight for you."



The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case must be judged on its own merits.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    6 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    6 years
  3. Employment: 10%
    6 years
  4. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    6 years
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    6 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Justin James McShane

    Do you know what I admire? Attorneys who fight against false accusations and prevent false convictions. That's what Attorney Eccher does. He uses his training, knowledge and experience to maximize the chances of minimizing or eliminating the potential harsh consequences that often flow from the government accusing someone of committing a DUI. On a daily basis, he is there ready to answer "Ready for Trial" in these most difficult cases. He can help you and make a difference.


    Justin McShane DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Marcus Samuel Mcgee

    John Eccher is one of the best young lawyers you will find anywhere. He possesses talent and poise well beyond his years of practice. Although his firm is known first and foremost for their exceptional criminal work, they are very effective in civil cases as well. If I get a call about a Missouri case, they are my first call. I expect great things from John in the years to come.


    Marcus Mcgee Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hollingshead, Paulus, Eccher & Fry

7777 Bonhomme Avenue, Suite 2401
St. Louis, MO, 63105

Hollingshead, Paulus, Eccher & Fry

8350 N. Saint Clair Ave., Ste. 225
Kansas City, MO, 64151



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in MissouriAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Largest Reported Plaintiff Verdicts/JudgmentsMissouri Lawyers Weekly2015
Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of MissouriNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
The Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
"10 Best" Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in MOAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for MissouriAmerican Academy of Trial Lawyers2015
2015 Missouri & Kansas Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo.com2015
Best Law FirmsU.S. News - Best Lawyers2014
Top Attorney: Car Accident - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2014
Top Attorney: Employment - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2014
Top Attorney: Personal Injury - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2014
Top Attorney: DUI - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2014
Top Attorney: Criminal Defense - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2014
2014 Missouri & Kansas Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
"10 Best" DUI/DWI Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in MissouriAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Clients' Choice 2013: Personal InjuryAvvo.com2013
Top Attorney: Criminal Defense - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2013
Top Attorney: DUI - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2013
Top Attorney: Personal Injury - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2013
Clients' Choice 2013: Criminal DefenseAvvo.com2013
Clients' Choice 2013: DUIAvvo.com2013
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top Attorney: Criminal Defense - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2012
Top Attorney: DUI - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2012
Top Attorney: Personal Injury - 10.0 SuperbAvvo.com2012
Clients' Choice 2012: Criminal DefenseAvvo.com2012
Clients' Choice 2012: DUIAvvo.com2012
Clients' Choice 2012: Personal InjuryAvvo.com2012
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Trial PracticeUniversity of Missouri-Columbia School of Law2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHollingshead, Paulus, Eccher & Fry2016 - Present
PartnerHollingshead, Paulus & Eccher2015 - 2016
PartnerHollingshead & Eccher2014 - 2015
Managing PartnerWard & Eccher2012 - 2014
PartnerWard, Hollingshead & Eccher2012 - 2012
AssociateWard | Hollingshead2010 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40Vice President2014 - 2015
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40Executive Committee2013 - Present
The National Trial LawyersTop 1002013 - Present
The National Trials LawyersTop 40 Under 402012 - Present
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaMember2012 - 2013
The Missouri BarMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2014
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - 2014
Missouri Society for Criminal JusticeBoard Member2010 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$7,500,000 Jury Award against Police Department in Employment Lawsuit$7,500,000 Jury Award against Police Department
Felony DWI Dismissed despite .271% BACFelony DWI Dismissed
$140,000 Judgment against County following Jury Trial in Civil Rights Lawsuit$140,000 Judgment against County
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Toxicology LaboratoriesForensic Toxicology for Attorneys 2012Certificate of Completion2012
National Patent Analytical SystemsBAC DataMaster and Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol TestingCertificate of Competency2011
National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationDWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety TestingCertificate of Training2010
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of Missouri, ColumbiaManagementMaster of Business Administration2008
Westminster College (Fulton)Economics; Finance; International BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Student Course“DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing”2013
2013 Bernard Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar"Live Hearing on Defendant's Motion to Suppress Challenging Stop and Search Warrant for Blood"2013
2013 Bernard Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar"Ethical Issues Confronting the DWI Practitioner"2013
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Student Course“DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing”2012
2012 Bernard Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar"Handling Problems that Arise during Cross-Examination in a DWI Refusal Trial"2012
17th Annual Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference"Get in on the Action of a Mock Criminal DWI Jury Trial"2012