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Talmage Edward Newton IV

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Louis, MO

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 12 years
    Missouri - MO 19 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2011
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2004
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About Talmage

Learn Talmage’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Federal and State Court Criminal Defense - felony and misdemeanor representation - including but not limited to murder, assault, drug crimes (conspiracy & distribution), weapons crimes, DWI, burglary, theft, Government fraud, etc.

    20 years

  2. Federal crime

  3. Civil rights
    Litigating Section 1983 cases against local police departments and cities for excessive police force cases and failure to train officers claims.

    20 years

  4. Appeals
    Routinely litigate appeals in Missouri state courts and the 8th Circuit Court of Federal Appeals. Also licensed in Illinois, the 7th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    20 years

  5. Employment and labor
    Representation of employees (focus on police officers, fire fighters and government officials, but also private sector employees) in administrative actions, disciplinary matters and lawsuits against private employers, municipalities and governments.

    20 years


Newton Wright Barth, L.L.P.
555 Washington Ave.
Ste. 420
Saint Louis, MO, 63101

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by John | March 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with
Talmage was great from the get go. From the initial call where he felt confident, to the end the process was seamless. I appreciate his fairness in working with me and charging appropriately. He was able to handle all of the case with his team and get both charges dropped. His staff was quick to get back to me and very good team to work with.
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Posted by Bernice | November 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
James Henry Crenshaw IV
First of all, let me start off by saying that there is not enough words or space that I could write about how EFFECTIVELY, PROFESSIONALY AND WITH HUMILITY that Attorney Talmage Newton as well as his staff has shown me and my family. Before picking a lawyer, "I asked God to show me who he wanted me to have as my sons lawyer and (HE) guided me to Attorney Talmage Newton. As usual I have found that when God picks a person he always picks a WINNER. Attorney Talmage never stopped until he was able to get ALL of my sons charges dropped. Yes, I can truly say that is was pretty impressive to walk (IN) court with 7 Felony charges on a Tuesday and walk (OUT) on a Wednesday with ALL charges dropped. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. We also greatly appreciated his apparel as a representative for my son. He was always extremely neat, cleanly groomed to perfection. Attorney Talmage was accompanied by one his Co-workers by the name of Attorney Reno. He was certainly a by product of Attorney Talmage Newton and that also totally impressed us. As stated earlier there is not enough space to express the gratitude that Attorney Talmage Newton and his staff has shown the Crenshaw family and for that we will forever be grateful. In closing: If you are looking for someone to represent you as a lawyer We the (Crenshaw Family) would definitely say Picking Attorney Talmage Newton would be one of the smartest and wises move that you could make. From: Bernice
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Posted by Thomas | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Masterful and Creative Intellect
There are times in your life when you need an attorney for mundane purposes. Be it drafting a will, contract writing, or even fixing a parking ticket. And don't get me wrong, these are all very important elements and practices within the legal profession. However, to utilize Talmage for such things would be a waste of his phenomenal talents. I have had the misfortune of requiring Talmage's services on more than one occasion, but I have had the incredible fortune of having Talmage on my side. Never in my life have I encountered a person so brilliant and so insatiably attracted to his chosen field. Talmage is not your average attorney. And by saying that, what I mean is that he eschews every standard I can think of in the legal profession. He won't lie to you about your chances. He won't sugar coat bad news. He won't follow a standard path. And he will most certainly do things his own way (much to the chagrin of the other attorneys.) Talmage is, in his essence, an outside the box thinker. His brilliance in law has very little to do with the confines of the law. I don't even know if that makes sense but if I were to make a comparison, imagine you are trapped in a mine shaft. There is no escape and it looks like you are going to die. If you had Talmage with you, he would somehow pull a magical escape tunnel out of his pocket. That is how surprisingly innovative he is in the legal profession. He sees things no one else does, and he approaches legal puzzles with a passion. He is not a get out of jail free card...but he is the closest thing to it. Obviously I cannot say enough good things. One thing I struggled with initially was taking his advice...but only at first. When I first started working with him, he would tell me to do things that I didn't understand, or that my plan was "the single worst idea he could think of." Of course, I pushed back...I mean, it's my life, I should have some say. But I quickly learned that not only does he know what he's doing, he's doing it in such a way that no one else will expect it. Like I said, brilliant. Once I stopped thinking I knew how to handle things, and just let him have control, the process became almost entertaining. Please trust me on this...Talmage is the single best Attorney in town for criminal matters. And if you ever need a funny, but terrifying letter written on your behalf...he's great at that too. Call it now...seriously
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Comctruction practices defense & debt collection
Talmage Newton has helped my construction firm collect debts from past clients over the years. Talmage also defended my firm against false construction malpractice claims. Talmage does a great job building a case based on facts, and he makes it obvious that you are his priority. He uses the perfect combination of aggressiveness and common sense in all of his cases - this is clear to all sides.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 1-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Newton Barth, L.L.P.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Pleban & Petruska, L.L.C.
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Judicial Intern
  • Missouri Supreme Court
  • 2003 - 2004


  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of Evansville
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. J.L.W.
  • After engaging in discovery, charges were voluntarily dismissed by the prosecutor.
  • USA v. C.B.
  • The Government applied for a career offender designation and a sentence of 92-115 months. After an evidentiary hearing I sucessfully defeated the career offender enhancement and secured the statutory minimum sentence of the client.
  • U.S.A. v. L.S.
  • Government applied for a sentence of 18-24mo after a lengthy evidentiary hearing client was sentenced to only 90-days in jail.
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Amicus Strikeforce
  • 2009 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Robert Duncan Award for Excellence in Advocacy
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Up & Coming Attorney - 2010
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • 2010
  • Roscoe Anderson Award for Excellency in Advocacy
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
  • 2004
  • Order of the Barrister
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
  • 2004
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  • Evans & Dixon Client Newletter
  • Criminal Investigations in Workers' Compensation
  • 2010
  • Evans & Dixon Client Newsletter
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • MACDL Annual Meeting
  • Speedy Trial Motions - At trial and through appeal.
  • 2010
  • Evans & Dixon Client Seminar
  • Anti-Stacking Provisions and the Missouri Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (4)
Endorse Talmage
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Talmage is an experienced attorney with a proven track record. I regularly seek his advice on labor and employment matters and have referred clients to him, knowing that he does a tremendous job. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with Talmage on a federal case, and can say firsthand that he knows the ins and outs of federal criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Talmage is a very smart, hard working attorney who is well respected in St. Louis. He is always working hard for his clients and always willing to share his knowledge with other attorneys. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a smart, hard-working attorney for a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Talmage is a very effective lawyer. I am happy to refer matters to him as I know he will take good care of my referrals."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Talmage. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Friend
"Talmage will never be out-worked. His clients could not ask for a better advocate in their corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart and aggressive, this guy and his whole firm. I've modeled some of my best moves based on stuff they do. I wouldn't wanna have to go up against them in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Talmage is an excellent attorney and I value his opinion in this field."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Talmage is a fantastic lawyer and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He has an excellent reputation in the legal community for his ability to handle complicated criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyers work."
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Speeding and traffic ticket
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