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Charles Guss Markwell

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at O'Fallon, MO

5.0   33 reviews

also known as Guss Markwell, Markwell Law, LLC

  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 14 years
    Washington - WA 24 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2009
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Charles Guss

Learn Charles Guss’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Representing conumers in Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy cases, advising comsumers on debt solutions and civil lawsuits regarding their creditors.

    25 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Defense of Misdemeanors and Felonies, involving very serious allegaions of criminal misconduct, emphasis on Negotiations and Trials. I've had the opportunity to defend many innocent people that were charged with very serious crimes involving serious rammification had they been convicted.

    25 years

  3. Litigation

           Originally from St. Louis Missouri, I grew up in a strong midwest and moral family who taught me right from wrong, and to stand up for my rights and the rights of others.  Often, people are facing insurmountable opposition with little or no ability to overcome great odds.  It is my position that we should all be fighting for the those who find themselves alone, afraid, and at times unpopular.  I subscribe to the notion that a society is judged by how it treats it's most vulnerable.  I represent my clients and fight with that in mind.


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Markwell Law LLC
1031 Peruque Crossing Court, Ste. B
O'Fallon, MO, 63366

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Posted by Jewel | November 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
There are so many great things I can say about Guss. Guss was there every step of the way through my divorce and explained things in a way I could understand it. Guss was quick to respond to my calls, emails, etc. and was always there when I needed quick advice. He always met me with understanding and reassurance. I highly recommend Guss as an attorney and will continue to use him in the future if need be. Thanks Guss!
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
Guss handled my bankruptcy case flawlessly. He took the time to make sure I understood each aspect and answered any questions I had no matter how big or small the question was. He talks to you like a person and not just another client. He doesn't make any judgments on you, he just wants to help you through the problem you are facing.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2017
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Extremely professional
Gus was very professional. He answered all questions in a timely manner and his fees were reasonable. My bankruptcy was quick and painless. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2017
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So helpful to a widow l
I am a widow and after my husband passed I was alone with a stack of bills and no where to turn! I tried to limp along but went deeper in debt. Finally I decided I had to file for bankruptcy. I went online to find a lawyer and was so happy I found Guss Markwell of Markwell Law. LLC Mr. Markwell made me feel like I was not alone in this process. He is a very knowledgeable and he helped me through the whole thing without having a nervous breakdown. I hope that anyone that may have any questions or help be sure to call and set up your appointment. Thank you
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Posted by kim | October 29, 2016
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Mr. Markwell was very informative and thorough with my case
Posted by Diane | October 14, 2016
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Fast and Proessional
I found myself in the need of bankruptcy and I was mortified. Guss was fantastic. He did an excellent job, calmed me and handled everything very quickly. I have already recommended him to 2 other people and I would like to say I hope never to have to use him again, but I hope YOU will.
Posted by Zach | July 27, 2016
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Amazing in a difficult situation
I have a very difficult situation as in addition to bankruptcy also dealing with a divorce and Guss made it very smooth and easy to get through the bankruptcy. He was able to work with me at my schedule and took in to account all of the factors to get me in the best possible situation. He was able to explain every detail of the bankruptcy to me to where I could understand it easily and ease any concerns I had. Would very highly recommend Guss for anyone having to make the hard choice of bankruptcy.
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Posted by Kathy | September 29, 2015
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Wonderful lawyer
Mr. Markwell was wonderful to work with. He answered all my questions and some I didn't think to ask. He answered or returned calls and emails in a timely manner. What really made a big impact on me was on court day he really helped me feel calm when it was my turn for review. I recommend him to everyone thinking of bankruptcy.
Posted by Carol | June 3, 2015
If you need someone you trust, Mr. Markwell is your man!
He helped me through a difficult situation with ease. Mr. Markwell is knowledgeable, friendly, dependable and an upright honorable professional. He walked me through every step so that I was comfortable and knew exactly what to expect through the entire process. Mr. Markwell made a very burdensome and embarrassing position much easier to deal with. His fees are competitive and well worth the service you receive, and he tells you up front precisely what the cost will be so there are no surprises. I HIGHLY recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2015
Perfect bankruptcy lawyer
Guss is the best - I can't say enough good things. Completely competent and able to make everything as understandable as is probably possible. A great guide throughout the legal process. Everything got done in the right order at the best time. When I was particularly anxious in this difficult process he was always an extremely reassuring voice. Always available - beyond expectations. Very easy to talk with - give him a call. Beyond all this his charges are extremely reasonable.
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Posted by Tom | December 15, 2014
Extremely Organized
I've never experienced such a smooth experience in a legal process as I did with Guss. He was well organized and on top of everything. I will use him again if the need arises.
Posted by Michael | October 30, 2014
Outstanding attorney
Mr. Markwell is the kind of lawyer who is in shorter and shorter supply these days. My case became more complex at every turn and he was right there with me all the way, doing the exhaustive research needed to find a solution. What I respect the most about Guss Markwell is his confidence in consulting other attorneys for opinions and precedences. Too many attorneys approach cases - and clients - with such arrogance that they can't properly represent their client's best interests. That is NOT Guss Markwell at all. I recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by Cheryl | August 28, 2014
Great Lawyer!
I would highly recommend Guss for anyone seeking an attorney, especially for bankruptcy. He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of the bankruptcy process and he explained it in simple, easy-to-understand language. Our mortgage company was very slow and less than cooperative with our loan reaffirmation, and Guss kept in constant contact with them, pushing them along to get it finished. He was always just a phone call or email away, and always very professional. His prices were competitive with other lawyers in the area. Great guy and highly recommended!
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Posted by Craig | April 16, 2014
Easy to talk to lawyer
Charles helped my wife and I with a bankruptcy case due to job loss. He was very knowledgeable of the legal system and was readily available, even on weekends. We are very satisfied with the effort he put forth on our case and recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by Jan | December 31, 2013
Better call Guss!
Guss was able to lead me through the wilderness of bankruptcy. He met with me and we discussed my situation with its various options. Once I decided on a plan, he and his staff made all of the anxious moments fade away. He has some great tips for you if you find yourself in financial trouble. I recommend him highly!
Posted by Joseph | May 11, 2013
Great job!
Mr. Markwell was very personable. He handled my case himself. He did not turn me over to a paralegal or alternate attorny. He delt with me on a one on one basis. I could contact him personaly at any time with no run around. He kept me informed through every phase of my case and continued to help me with any questions or concerns I had even after my case was completed. Very knowledgeable. I now consider him my personal attorney and will use his services for any other matters that arise
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Posted by Mary | February 23, 2013
A Great Attorney!! Give Him a Call!!
Mr. Markwell is awesome. Very knowledable, professional, and attentative to details. I highly recommend him for all your legal needs. He definitely helped me alot.
Posted by Don and Kim | December 6, 2012
Our family is off to a fresh start thanks to Guss. He is highy recomended by my family. Very responsive even to the most pain of a client hahaaa. No Guss returned all my calls and concerns very rapidly and answered all of our questions quickly and honestly. We are very pleased and happy with all the professional service he provided us. Thanks again Mr. Markwell
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2012
A Plus!!
Charles was very helpful and understanding of my situation and made me feel at ease with the whole bankrutcy process. Very responsive and quick turn around times with my questions. I highly reccommend Charles!!!
Posted by Katie | June 19, 2012
Down to Earth Lawyer
Guss (Charles) Markwell was professional, and didn't use lawyer jargon - he spoke to me like a human being, and took his time...I never felt rushed and all of my questions were answered. His replies via email/phone were always prompt, and his fees were competitive (for bankruptcy). I'd definitely recommend him to anyone needing a BK lawyer!
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Charles (Guss) Markwell, Lawyer
  • 2010 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Fendelman Floodman and Associates
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Everett Municipal Court
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Partner
  • Mazzone and Markwell, Lawyers
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Phillips And Mazzone, Lawyers
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Charles Markwell, Attorney
  • 1999 - 2003
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  • National College of Criminal Defense
  • 2003
  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Indiana State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994
  • Indiana State University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Washington v. Joe Client
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. Client
  • Verdict - Not Guilty
  • State of Washington v. Joe Client
  • Hung Jury


  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chesterfield MO Lions Club
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tulalip Tribes of Washington
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Federal Court Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Business Network International, St. Charles West
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • St. Charles County MO Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Washington State Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2010
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Snohomish County Clerk's Award 2009
  • Snohomish County Superior Court Clerk's Office
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Service Recognition
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • 2000
  • Voluntary Service Certificate of Appreciation
  • U.S. Department of Justice, US Attorney's Office, EDNC
  • 1998


  • Websters North Carolina Real Estate Law in North Carolina
  • Contributing Editor
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Holt High School Mock Trial Coach
  • Trials
  • 2014
  • Mock Trial Competition
  • Trials - Coach for Holt Highschool
  • 2012
  • CLE on Ethical Problems During Pretrial
  • Discovery Rules in Criminal Matters and Ethics
  • 2008
  • King County Mock Trial Competition
  • Mock Trial Judge
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (26)
Endorse Charles Guss
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Markwell is a highly capable, down-to-earth and experienced lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Guss is a fantastic attorney. Fairly laid back, very easy to work with, and he seems to be able to the message through to even the most hard-headed of clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Markwell really gets results for his clients!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gus is always my 'Go To' guy when referring a Bankruptcy client. He is knowledgeable, personable and reasonable!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the great fortune to work with Guss Markwell on a number of occasions. His legal tenacity and dedication to the best interests of his clients is a true model and example. He's also got a vast treasury of practical wisdom and experience, making Markwell Law one of the best choices in the St. Louis metropolitan area for your bankruptcy."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chalres (Guss) and I worked together on many bankruptcy matters. He is very knowledgeable about Chapter 7 and 13. I am comfortable sending people in need of bankruptcy representation to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the chance to watch Gus in action in Washington. He is a great advocate for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Gus for over a decade. We went to law school together and have been good friends since pretty much the day we met. Gus has a passion for helping people in need and he will work tirelessly to get fair and just results for his clients. You cannot find a better person to have on your side."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gus is a true professional; he has tremendous knowledge of both criminal and civil litigation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Markwell is a fighter. He is quick on his feet and effective in the courtroom. You will always have a chance if he's on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gus is one of the best defense attorneys I have worked with. I have referred several clients to Gus all of whom have been pleased to have him as their attorney. Gus quickly boils down the issues in a case and can persuasively argue and/or negotiate cases based upon his ability to cut to the chase. Gus works his cases tirelessly and knows how to prepare a case for trial. Gus is professional, respected and most importantly very effective."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gus for several years and he always impressed me with his knowledge and ability. I heartily endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Charles as we defended the same client on different matters. He is very sharp, thoughtful and cares a great deal about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Guss and I have been involved on criminal cases where we have represented co-defendants. I would work with him anytime and I gladly refer him clients in areas I do not handle or when I am unable to represent them. Plus, Guss has his own court room presence that is undeniably one of a kind."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charles "Guss" Markwell is one of the best trial lawyers I know. I have worked with him personally on high profile and high stakes cases. He has managed to save my clients every time. Mr. Markwell is highly respected in the legal community and I cannot recommend him enough if you are facing a case that is likely to go to trial. Mr. Markwell has the skill and experience needed to achieve a positive result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Guss is an excellent trial lawyer and an asset to the legal community. Guss has tried and negotiated many tough cases and always works hard to produce the best possible outcomes for his clients."
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O'Fallon Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Charles Guss Markwell
Charles Guss Markwell
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
O'Fallon, MO
Licensed for 24 years
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