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John Derek James

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Peters, MO

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2008
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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    I graduated from Tulane University in 2005 Summa Cum Laude, with departmental honors in English Literature. I was also admitted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. I graduated from Tulane Law School in 2008, Summa Cum Laude with honors in Trial Advocacy. I was also a member and then a Notes and Comments Editor for Tulane Law Review, a respected legal journal. 

    While in law school, I obtained valuable experience with both the Missouri Public Defender System and the Tulane Criminal Law Clinic as a student-attorney authorized to practice law on a limited basis pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rule 13 and Louisiana Supreme Court Rule 20. Through these oppurtunities, I was able to begin practicing in court rooms while still in law school and even obtained my first "not guilty" verdict before I graduated. 

     After graduation, I decided to return home to fulfill my dream of working with my Father, Charlie James. I've been able to learn from his years of experience while gaining extensive court room experience primarily handling criminal defense cases, and, more recently, civil rights cases. 

     After more than 15 years of practice, I've defended thousands of cases, taken hundreds of deposiitons, and continue to try case regularly. I have obtained dismissals and not guilty verdicts in all kinds of criminal defense cases including, but not limited to, DWI, simple possession, possession with intent, assault, abuse, and murder. My civil rights practice focuses primarily on wrongful arrest, excessive force, unlawful incarceration, malicious prosecution, wrongful death, and other cases of police misconduct. 

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James Law Group, LLC.
14 Richmond Center Ct
Saint Peters, MO, 63376

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Posted by Ann | June 17, 2015
John James is an excellent attorney!
I highly recommend John James for legal services. He showed great care in the legal situation we hired him for. He is exceptional in his profession. His thoroughness, care and service exceeded my expectations. He was excellent at keeping me informed throughout the entire situation. Thank you John!


  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • James Law Group, LLC.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Student Attorney
  • Tulane Law School Criminal Clinic
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Rule 13 Intern
  • Missouri Public Defendar System
  • 2007 - 2007


  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Tulane University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Comerzan
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict
  • Maria Ellison v. Lincoln County
  • Case settled at Mediation for a confidential amount.
  • Carl Roettgen v. City of Marshall et. al
  • Judgement against all named Defendants in the amount of $100,000
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  • Public Justice
  • General Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 attorneys in the state of Missouri
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Coif
  • 2008
  • Trial Advocacy Honors
  • Tulane Law School
  • 2007
  • Member, Notes and Comments Editor
  • Tulane Law Review
  • 2006
  • Departmental Honors
  • Tulane University English Department
  • 2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John James is an up and coming star in the legal community. He works hard for his clients. His Father, Charlie is one of the finest lawyers in the State of Missouri. You know when you hire him that he will get the job done right."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have watched John in trial and believe he is a very effective attorney both because of his style of presentation and because of his knowledge of the relevant case law. I was impressed both by how well he represented his client and by his results."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with John on a case and the work he did on that case was superb. He is an excellent attorney."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent attorney. I would trust him to handle any cases I had personally and would recommend him to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the good fortune to study with John in law school. He is one of the brightest and most fearless attorneys I know. His dedication to clients is matched only by his work ethic. For most people, when they start law school, they don't know exactly what type of law they want to practice. But John knew from Day 1 that he wanted to practice criminal defense, and he has spent every day since then diligently perfecting and honing his craft. I'm proud to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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