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Vernon R. Dawdy

Family Attorney at Fenton, MO

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1976
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Vernon

Learn Vernon’s areas of practice.


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.


Dawdy Law Firm
14 Green Valley
Fenton, MO, 63026-0520

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Posted by fred | June 12, 2015
needed legal advise
Mr. Dawdy is an excellent lawyer. When we needed legal advise and help he was able to let us know what we were expected to do and kept us informed all the way. Not really knowing the legal system and court system he kept us informed at all times as to what we could expect and what was expected of us. He was very professional but at the same time, kept us at ease. This was a difficult time for us and he made the process much easier for us.
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Posted by Tom | May 12, 2015
Vernon Dawdy
I began using Vern Dawdy for all of my personal and business needs beginning approximately 35 years ago. He possesses great communication skills and is an excellent litigator. I’ve found him easy to contact and he always returns my calls on a timely basis. I’ve found him straightforward and realistic regarding possible outcomes on my cases. Additionally he possesses a gift for writing contracts, as verified in litigation. In conclusion if Mr. Dawdy weren’t the best he wouldn’t still represent me after all of these years.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2014
Fathers Rights Advocate-Simply the Best (Please Read My Review)
Mr. Dawdy is a fantastic lawyer. He is well renowned in the legal community and sits on the state board of ethics. He is a no nonsense "straight shooter" who is not afraid to "roll up his sleeves" and work for you. Whereas many lawyers wont let their client have a say in their OWN case . Mr. Dawdy will listen to you, advise you on your options, and let you make the final decisions, if you so chose. Mr. Dawdy's down to earth and humble demeanor is very refreshing in the legal community. Mr. Dawdy is a fantastic "partner" to have on your legal team. Oftentimes he will work well into the evenings making sure his clients are taken care of. Mr. Dawdys experience is second-to-none. He has seen it all, and is a fantastic ally to have advocating for you. I would highly recommend Mr. Dawdy to anyone (especially a father wanting a fair go in family court).
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dawdy Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lofftus and Dawdy
  • 1985 - 2008
  • Professor
  • Truman State University
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Cole County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1977 - 1981
  • Police Officer
  • St. Louis Police Department
  • 1971 - 1975
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  • University of Missouri School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • United States Military Academy
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

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


  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1982 - Present
  • US District Court Eastern MO
  • member
  • 1981 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals 8 Circuit
  • member
  • 1981 - Present
  • US District Court Western MO
  • member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Commissioner
  • 2011 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Commissioner
  • Missouri Ethics Commission
  • 2010
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Fenton Family Lawyer Vernon R. Dawdy
Vernon R. Dawdy
Family Attorney
Fenton, MO
Licensed for 47 years
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