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Our lawyers include fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, members of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel and other significant professional organizations.  A number of our lawyers are regularly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers magazine. 

New Associates join Brown & James
October 9, 2014 -
Fourteen new associates were appointed to the St. Louis and Kansas City offices of the firm.  

Firm announces election of new Shareholders, promotes new Principal and Senior Associates
September 22, 2014 -
Brown & James, P.C. announces the election of two principals, David P. Bub and Corey L. Kraushaar, to Shareholders in the firm, as of September 1, 2014. In addition, the firm elected Halle L. Dimar as a Principal and named four attorneys as Senior Associates. ‚Äč

Robert S. Rosenthal Named One of 2015's "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers; Twelve Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015
August 18, 2014 - Principal Robert S. Rosenthal was named Best Lawyers® 2015 St. Louis Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year." Twelve attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015.

Philip Willman Elected to DRI Board of Directors
November 19, 2013
- St. Louis principal Philip L. Willman was elected as Mid Region Director for the Defense Research Institute at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago.

14 Associates Join Brown & James' St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Belleville Offices
November 7, 2013
- Brown & James is pleased to welcome the addition of fourteen new associates to the firm.

Firm Promotes Two New Partners
October 22, 2013
- Brown & James is proud to announce that it has elected two new attorneys for partnership. Brandon B. Copeland of St. Louis and Derek H. MacKay have joined the partnership.

Peter Spataro and Morgan Murphy's Medical Records Article Featured in Keystone Mutual News
September 4, 2013 -
St. Louis principal Peter Spataro and St. Louis associate Morgan Murphy recently wrote an article featured in the Keystone Mutual Insurance Company News section entitled, "Medical Record Documentation: Do's and Don'ts."

Todd Lubben Interviewed on KMOX for St. Louis Homeless Shelter Case
July 15, 2013 -
St. Louis principal Todd Lubben was interviewed on KMOX NewsRadio 1120 on July 8th concerning the new petition facing downtown St. Louis homeless shelter, New Life Evangelistic Center.

Morgan Murphy Featured in Missouri Bar YLS Newsletter
July 3, 2013
- Associate Morgan C. Murphy's article on her experience second chairing was recently featured in the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section Summer 2013 Newsletter.

Brown & James Donates Computers to Local School District and Non-Profit Organization
May 14, 2013 - Brown & James donated more than 30 computer workstations to St. Louis BWORKS, a local non-profit organization, and to the Van-Far R-1 School District in Vandalia, Missouri.

Brown & James Co-Founder, Donald L. James Passes Away at 80
May 7, 2013 - Donald L. James, the co-founder of Brown & James, P.C., one of St. Louis's largest law firms, passed away on May 3, 2013, after a long illness. Mr. James, a Senior Counselor of the Missouri Bar, practiced law in St. Louis for over fifty years. He was 80 and a resident of Clayton at the time of his death.

Brown & James Adds Two St. Louis Associates
May 1, 2013 - Brown & James announces the additions of St. Louis-based associates David M. Perron and Andrew D. Ramirez.

Brown & James Adding Group of 10 Prominent Attorneys

October 8, 2012 - Brown & James will expand its Health Care Liability and Product Liability practice areas with the addition of nine attorneys from Moser & Marsalek, P.C. on October 15. The principal attorneys joining Brown & James include:  Peter F. Spataro, Philip L. Willman, Brian R. Plegge, Tracy L. Zuckett, and Angela E. Pozzo, all of whom are well known in the Midwest legal, health care and insurance law communities. In addition, Bruce E. Hunt, another veteran lawyer, has joined Brown & James' Springfield, Missouri office.

Brown & James Promotes Todd Lubben to Principal
August 24, 2012
- Brown & James proudly announces the promotion of Todd Lubben to principal attorney. An associate in the firm's St. Louis office since 2004, he practices primarily in the areas of professional liability, business litigation and insurance law. Mr. Lubben has won recent awards with Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Brown & James Named Winningest Law Firm for Fourth Year in a Row

January 6, 2012 - Brown & James has been named the 2011 Winningest Defense Law Firm by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication’s year-end awards ceremony, held Jan. 26, 2012, at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis. With 24 defense verdicts, triple the number of the next leading firm, it marks the fourth straight year Brown & James has won the top honor for the most defense verdicts in Missouri.

Brown & James Ranks Among Nation's Best Law Firms
January 6, 2012
- For the second year in a row, Brown & James, P.C. has earned the highest rankings in the 2011-12 "Best Law Firm" evaluations published by U.S. News - Best Lawyers.  The firm garnered "Tier 1" status based on evaluations of clients and peer reviews by leading lawyers.  The practice areas in which the firm gained Tier 1 status in 2011-12 include Product Liability Litigation, Appellate, Personal Injury Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law and Legal Malpractice Law.

Brown & James Sponsors 70 Kids for Motion for Kids
December 20, 2011 - Brown & James, P.C. sponsored 70 children this year as part of their annual participation in Motion for Kids.

Corey Kraushaar Awarded Missouri Bar Foundation's Lon O. Hocker Award
September 16, 2011
- Corey Kraushaar has been awarded the 2011 Lon Hocker Award by the Missouri Bar Foundation. This award is given by the Missouri Bar Foundation on an annual basis to a young lawyer, under the age of thirty-five, who has demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy. Corey's award marked the second year in a row in which one of our lawyers won this prestigious award. In 2010, the Lon Hocker Award went to Brad Hansmann. It is an unheard of event for one law firm to have back-to-back winners of this award.

Brown & James Collects More than 40 Units of Blood During Annual Drive
April 18, 2011
- Brown & James, P.C. collected 42 usable units of blood during their annual drive held Friday, April 15 at their downtown St. Louis office. The firm annually sponsors the blood drive with St. John’s Mercy Health Care for downtown businesses to help contribute to the growing need for blood donation.Click here for more information.

John Cunningham Recognized by Illinois IAAI
April 15, 2011
- Brown & James principal John Cunningham has been recognized by the Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators for his continued service and dedication to the organization in the training of individuals seeking their Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) designation.Click here for more information.

Christine Vaporean Elected to BWORKS Board of Directors
March 29, 2011
- Brown & James principal Christine Vaporean was recently elected to the board of directors of BWORKS, a St. Louis non-profit whose mission is to increase the probability of positive life outcomes for at-risk youth in the St. Louis area.
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Brown & James Builds for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis
February 14, 2011
- Brown & James recently served as a Build Sponsor for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis and participated in a Phase 3 build in north St. Louis. This is second year the firm has served as a Build Sponsor, helping Habitat redevelop the undeserved neighborhood and contributing to their mission of eliminating substandard housing in the St. Louis area.
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Brown & James Named Winningest Defense Firm for Third Straight Year
January 31, 2011
- Brown & James, P.C. has been named the 2010 Winningest Defense Law Firm by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication’s year-end awards ceremony, held Jan. 28, 2011, at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis. With 19 defense verdicts, more than triple the number of the next leading firm, it marks the third straight year Brown & James has won the top honor for the most defense verdicts in Missouri.Click here for more information.

Brown & James Founder Don James to Judge ACTL Trial Competition
January 26, 2011
- Donald L. James, Brown & James founder and American College of Trial Lawyers member, will serves as a judge for the ACTL’s Region 9 Trial Competition, held Feb. 17-19, 2011, at the St. Louis Civil Courthouse.
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Brown & James Principal Joe Swift Invited to Join CLM
January 18, 2011
- Joseph R. Swift, principal and shareholder with Brown & James, P.C., has been invited to join the prestigious Council on Litigation Management. The Council is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of attorneys, insurance companies, corporations, litigation and risk managers, and claims professionals. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation-only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.Click here for more information.

Three Brown & James Lawyers Named Illinois Super Lawyers/Rising Stars
January 11, 2011
- Three Brown & James lawyers have been named 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, as published in Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers are chosen through a rigorous rating process consisting of peer nominations and third-party research, with only five percent of lawyers named to the overall Super Lawyers list.
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Brown & James Principal John Johnson Recognized by Missouri Bar CLE
December 10, 2010
- Brown & James principal John J. Johnson has been recognized by the Missouri Bar's CLE program, MoBarCLE, in their Best of CLE Spotlight for his ongoing contributions to the Missouri legal arena in workers' compensation law. Mr. Johnson is chair of the firm's Workers' Compensation practice group and routinely lectures on the matter and serves as a reviewer for MoBarCLE’s Workers’ Compensation Law deskbook.Click here for more information.

Brown & James Principal Joe Swift Elected to ALFA Board of Directors
November 5, 2010
- Joseph R. Swift, principal and shareholder with Brown & James, P.C., has recently been elected to the board of directors of ALFA International, a global legal network of independent law firms. Nominated by ALFA International’s nominating committee in September, Swift and four other board members were elected by ALFA membership at their annual business meeting held in Atlanta.Click here for more information.

16 Brown & James Lawyers Named Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers/Rising Stars
October 13, 2010
- Sixteen Brown & James lawyers have been named 2010 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, as published in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers are chosen through a rigorous rating process consisting of peer nominations and third-party research, with only five percent of lawyers named to the overall Super Lawyers list.
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Patrick Mickey Selected to Join Inaugural American Inns of Court Chapter
October 6, 2010
- Brown & James attorney Patrick Mickey has been invited to join the Theodore McMillian Inns of Court at St. Louis University. Membership is reserved for those chosen for recommendation by Masters of the Bench who represent the most experienced judges, lawyers and law professors.Click here for more information.

Brad Hansmann Awarded Missouri Bar Foundation's Lon O. Hocker Award
October 4, 2010
- Brown & James Principal Bradley R. Hansmann has been awarded the prestigious Lon O. Hocker Award for outstanding trial work by the Missouri Bar Foundation. The award is given annually to those that demonstrate unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy.Click here for more information.

Kristie Crawford Answers Q&A with Springfield Business Journal
September 22, 2010
- Brown & James Principal Kristie Crawford practices in the firm's Springfield, Mo., office. She recently was interviewed by the Springfield Business Journal on her legal career and what she's learned along the way.
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U.S. News Ranks Brown & James Among 2010 Best Law Firms
September 15, 2010
- U.S. News Media Group, in conjunction with Best Lawyers®, has ranked Brown & James, P.C. as one of the nation’s 2010 Best Law Firms for the St. Louis metropolitan region in their inaugural “Best Law Firms” rankings. The first-tier rankings are published in the October issue of U.S. News & World Report.Click here for more information.

Tara Gibbons Honored as 2010 Diverse Business Leaders Award Recipient
September 10, 2010
- Brown & James Principal Tara L. Gibbons has been named a recipient of the 2010 Diverse Business Leaders Award by the St. Louis Business Journal. The awards promote diversity in race, sexual orientation and disability, and are given annually to exemplary business leaders in the metropolitan area.Click here for more information.

Brown & James Promotes Three New Principals, Adds 14 New Associates
August 23, 2010
- Brown & James, P.C. proudly announces the promotion of Kristie Crawford, Richard Gerber and Daniel Hasenstab as principals, and the addition of 14 new associate attorneys in the firm’s St. Louis, Kansas City and Belleville, Ill., offices.Click here for more information.

Four Brown & James Attorneys Named 2011 Best Lawyers®
August 17, 2010
- Four Brown & James principals were recognized for inclusion by their peers in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. Inclusion is based on an exhaustive survey of more than 39,000 leading attorneys across the country and is considered one of the most respected legal referral lists.Click here for more information.

Veo Peoples Featured in St. Louis American
August 4, 2010
- Brown & James Principal Veo Peoples was recently featured in the St. Louis American as part of their annual "Diversity: A Business Imperative" section.Click here for more information.

Todd Lubben Elected to Havenhouse Board of Directors
July 22, 2010
- Brown & James Senior Associate Todd Lubben was recently elected to the board of directors of HavenHouse, a St. Louis non-profit organization providing affordable lodging, care and support for families traveling to St. Louis for medical care. HavenHouse's mission is to provide the comfort of home and a community of support for families traveling to St. Louis. Home to internationally recognized facilities including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Ranken Jordan, St. Louis Shriners Hospital and more, St. Louis serves as a hub for superior medical care for families across the Midwest. For more information on HavenHouse, click here.

Brown & James To Participate in St. Clair County's Amnesty Day
July 12, 2010
- Brown & James attorneys will be on hand to participate in St. Clair County's (IL) annual Amnesty Day, Saturday, July 24. Brown & James attorneys will offer pro bono legal advice for those accepting a deal from the county to quash traffic and misdemeanor violations with no arrests or questions asked. For more information, click here.

Brown & James Names Veo Peoples Principal
May 10, 2010
- Veo Peoples joins Brown & James, P.C. as principal attorney in the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology practice group. He brings 30 years experience in the patent, trademark, copyright and technology licensing law arena. Mr. Peoples also serves in the firm’s Construction Law and Governmental Affairs/Municipal Law practice groups. He holds a B.S. Ch.E from Missouri University of Science & Technology and J.D. from St. Louis University. He is a former member of the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and is member of the Missouri Bar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, United States Patent Bar and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Brown & James Named Top Defense Firm by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
April 5, 2010
- For the second year in a row Brown & James, P.C. has been recognized as the top defense firm by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Brown & James was the winningest defense firm in the state of Missouri with 13 defense verdicts - more than triple the next leading defense firm. Click here for more information.

Brown & James is Gold Sponsor of the Hon. Theodore McMillan
Black History Month Dinner

Celebrate Black History month with the Lawyers Association of St. Louis and Mound City Bar Association.  The Honorable Theodore McMillan Black History Month Dinner is Thursday, February 18, 2010.  The featured speaker is the Honorable Jimmie Edwards of the 22nd Judicial Circuit.  The dinner will be held at the Westin Hotel - Downtown, 801 Spruce Street, St. Louis Missouri.
Brown & James, P.C. is proud to be a gold sponsor of this event.

Brown & James Announces the Formation of Certified Legal Video Services, LLC. and the Addition of Lisa Wineteer
Brown & James, P.C., is pleased to announce the addition to its staff of Lisa Wineteer, a certified legal videographer, and the formation of Certified Legal Video Services, LLC.  Lisa Wineteer is certified by the National Court Reporter's Association.  Through Lisa Wineteer and Certified Legal Video Services, LLC, Brown & James now offers the firm's clients cost-effective video deposition and audio visual trial services.

Brown & James Announces the Opening of its Little Rock, Arkansas Office
To better serve its clients in the Arkansas area, Brown & James is pleased to announce the opening of its Little Rock, Arkansas office.

Our Little Rock office is Brown & James' fifth office, and is located in downtown Little Rock, within walking distance to Arkansas state and federal courthouses.  This office serves our clients' needs throughout the State of Arkansas.

Timothy J. Wolf
, the principal in charge of the Brown & James Arkansas office, is a member of the firm's Insurance Law and Corporate Litigation practice groups.  Tim's practice areas include the litigation of complex insurance coverage disputes, bad faith claims, and class action lawsuits.

Joining Tim in the Little Rock office is Kristie S. Crawford, a Brown & James senior associate.  Kristie handles all aspects of civil litigation, including trials and appeals.

For additional information about our Little Rock office, please call Tim at 501-492-3404, or email him at twolf@bjpc.com.  Kristie may be reached at 417-831-1412, or kcrawford@bjpc.com.

Meetings in our Arkansas office are by appointment only.

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