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James is a family man with a passion for adventure. He and his wife,
Sherrie, love to find new places and having new experiences. He has been
on a bobsled run, learned how to fly a plane, zip lined through the
rain forest, attended a Hollywood premier, was part of America's Cup
sailboat crew, got to meet Nickelback backstage and even driven a NASCAR
race car. Most recently, he has developed a passion for riding
motorcycles with the purchase of his new bike. He and Sherrie love to
share those experiences with their three children, Ryan, Tyler, and


Their favorite spot to spend time together has easily become Walt
Disney World, which James affectionately refers to as his second home.
"As you grow older, you have to still be a kid. Life is so serious and
there continues to be more pressure the older you get. It's important
for me to get to play with the kids, ride the rides, and be an active in
my relationship with my kids," said James of his favorite vacation
spot. He continued, "I'm grown up when I have to be, but being downright
goofy when I want to be keeps me young at heart."

His passion
for kids is also the driving force behind years spent as a youth hockey
coach. After spending years coaching kids from 6-7 years old all the way
to 14-15, James has learned how important it is for adults to have a
positive effect on children. "You always wonder if you have an impact on
kids," continued James, "and then 10 years later, when you see them
carry the same respect and discipline outside the rink that they were
taught in hockey, you realize you did. And they still call me coach!"

is Castle Law Office's founder and president. He began his career with a passion for helping people get out of debt. James’ passion for working in the world of bankruptcy first came when he
himself had to file for bankruptcy during law school. “After being laid
off from General Motors, I found myself like 90% of the population,”
explained James. The process was difficult for him but something
positive did come out of it: it clarified what he wanted to do. “In law
school, you take classes in the law but you aren’t taught about what
kind of work is going to make you happy. I’m so grateful to have learned
my passion early and followed my dream to become a great bankruptcy
attorney,” finished James. 


He started his bankruptcy
practice in 1994 and has taken the same drive and determination he used
to help over 30,000 families get debt relief to help the victims of
serious accidents. James gets the most enjoyment out of litigating
complex cases and going up against the insurance companies for the tough

Through his work with injured victims, James has learned
that there are critical mistakes that can be made immediately after an
accident that prevent those involved from being treated fairly by the
insurance companies. As a result, he used his extensive knowledge of
personal injury and passion for education to write his fifth
publication, "I Survived! The Crash Victim's Guide to Dealing with the
Aftermath." James said of his book, "Regardless of whether someone
represents themselves or even files with another attorney, having the
right information is absolutely vital. I feel it's my duty to get that
information out there and make it available for free."

He attended
St. Louis University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in
Missouri and the Eastern and Southern Districts of Illinois.

most recent achievements include being selected as one of America's Top
20 Premier Experts, for which he has been featured in such national
publications as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, as well
as interview appearances on Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC. He also co-authored
a book with America's Premier Experts, Shift Happens, which provides
the latest review n the economic recession. The book became a
best-seller in three different categories soon after it was released.

addition, he has been a featured guest on the prominent radio show "The
Next Big Thing," and is the legal expert for St. Louis radio
personality Niecy Davis from Foxy 95.5 during which he answers the most
pressing legal questions from Missouri and Illinois residents.

of James' passion for injured persons is similar to his passion for his
bankruptcy clients. "You have these giant companies and they are out to
make a profit. Unfortunately, an insurance company makes a profit by
paying out as little as possible, regardless of their actual injuries."
He finished, "The best part of being the voice for these victims is
getting the settlement and the treatment that the client actually
deserves, not just what the insurance company is willing to give."


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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 13: 35%
    22 years, 16 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 7: 35%
    22 years, 14 thousand cases
  3. Debt Collection: 30%
    4 years, 42 cases



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Contact info

Castle Law Office

500 North Broadway
Suite 1400
St. Louis, MO, 63102

Castle Law Office - Wentzville, MO Office

1127 Wentzville Pkwy
Suite 4
Wentzville, MO, 63385



MOGood Standing, Active199301/08/2013
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bankruptcy Lawyer of the YearAmerican Lawyer Academy2010
Best-Selling AuthorAcademy of Best Selling Authors2009
Voted Best Attorney to Have on Your SideMissouri Lawyers Weekly2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentCastle Law Office1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy CourtCommittee Member2014 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2013 - Present
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysMember2012 - Present
CHADS CoalitionBoard Member2010 - Present
American Lawyer AcademyMember2009 - Present
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2008 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Helping People but Hurting Her Livelihood: Pam Files Missouri BankruptcyWe got rid of $25,763.33 in unsecured debts and helped her keep her house and car through her Chapter 13 plan.
James Gets Rid of Thousands in Debt And Gets Life Back on TrackJames was able to discharge over $50,000 in debt and still keep his house.
David's Bankruptcy Discharge Violation Ends in Extra Money in his PocketDavid’s illegally garnished funds were returned to him, the collector signed a Satisfaction of Judgment. David also got a little extra money in his pocket and all attorney’s fees and costs paid for by the debt collector.
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Publication nameTitleDate
How to Sue Your Debt CollectorsDebt Collection Harassment2013
"Live to Ride, Ride to Live: The Ultimate Biker's Guide"The Missouri Motorcycle Accident Book2011
The Missouri Accident BookEssential Guide to Serious Injuries in Missouri2010
Shift HappensGetting Past Debt: Regroup, Restructure, Rebuild!2009
Get Out of Debt: Secrets Your Creditors Don't Want You to KnowThe Missouri and Illinois Bankruptcy Book2008
The Ten Must Know Secrets to Having the Life You Dreamed of after BankruptcyThe Essential Guide to Your Family's Bright Financial Future2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctor1993
Lindenwood UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GLM SuperconferenceBankruptcy Law Marketing2013
GLM Super ConferenceBankruptcy Law Marketing2012
Great Legal Marketing ConferenceLawyer Marketing2011
Continuing Legal EducationBankruptcy Law2011
BDB GroupAttorney Marketing2011
Great Legal Marketing ConferenceLawyer Marketing2010
Continuing Legal EducationBankruptcy Law2010
Great Legal Marketing ConferenceLawyer Marketing2009
Continuing Legal EducationBankruptcy Law2009
Celebrity LawyerBankruptcy and Personal Injury Law2009
Continuing Legal EducationBankruptcy Law2008
Continuing Legal EducationBankruptcy Law2007
Continuing Legal EducationBankruptcy Law2005