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Charles F. James

also known as James, Charlie

About me

I was born in Senath, Missouri which is in the Bootheel of Missouri.  After graduating from high school, I joined the Air Force where I had the opportunity to see some of the world.  I was also in the Navy before attending college at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  I received a Masters degree from what is now Truman University while working for Probation and Parole in Moberly, Missouri.  I then attended the University of Missouri at Columbia law school.  I have lived in St. Charles County for 36 years. Two of my three sons are lawyers and we work together in our law firm in St. Peters, Missouri.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    39 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    39 years
  3. Workers Compensation: 20%
    39 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • David Matthew James

    I endorse this lawyer.


    David James Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

  • Andrew Hampton Marty

    I endorse this lawyer. Charlie James is one of the best trial lawyers in the state of Missouri. He is as skilled trying a personal injury case as he is defending a client accused of a crime. As they say in St. Charles County, "He ain't pretty, but he's good."


    Andrew Marty Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

James Law Group, LLC

14 Richmond Center Court
St. Peters, MO, 63376-5973


MOGood Standing, Active197701/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Nation's Top One Percent AttorneysNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 LawyersNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
100 Top Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Best Attorneys of AmericaRue Ratings2014
100 Top Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers Association2013
100 Top Trial Lawyers of MissouriNational Trial Lawyers Associattion2012
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerJames Law Group, LLC1977 - Present
Probation OfficerMissouri Probation and Parole1971 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Trial Lawyers Association chapterFellow1996 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
M. Brennan vs. D. Ragan$1,000,000.00 Judgment
Smithey, et al vs. Stueve Construction Co, et al$1,090,000.00 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Missouri Law ReviewFourth Amendment and the Exclusionary Rule1976
Missouri Law ReviewAutomobile Liability Insurance - Omnibus Coverage for Second Permittees1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
North East Missouri State UniversityCounselingMA - Masters1974
Southeast Missouri State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bar ConferenceVoir Dire Techniques1997