Firm Overview

Excellence and Experience

Brown & James offers clients effective, efficient, experienced representation combined with strength and confidence. Our lawyers possess specific advocacy skills and experience in a diverse array of practice areas. Our general trial experience and targeted expertise is not just effective, it is also cost-efficient and delivers our clients personalized service, value, and results.


Brown & James, P.C.

Where Excellence and Experience Get Results™ 

Brown & James, P.C. is a Midwest regional law firm with more than 100 attorneys representing companies in litigation, appeals and insurance coverage matters. With offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia, Mo., Belleville, Ill., Wichita, Kan. and Little Rock, Ark., our attorneys regularly represent clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout Missouri, Kansas, southern Illinois, and northern Arkansas.

The firm also has a global presence. Brown & James is a member of ALFA International, the global legal network. With 145 member firms around the globe (80 in the United States), ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. The ALFA International model enables Brown & James to use its local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions while drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms. Learn more by watching this video or visiting

 At Brown & James, Advocacy Is Our Only Product

Our practice focuses on civil trial and appellate matters. Litigation is not a practice group for us – it is the firm's backbone. Our principals are experienced trial lawyers. The firm's vast courtroom experience gives it a distinct advantage outside the courtroom as well.

Our trial experience and determination are powerful benefits in every legal situation. Whatever your litigation needs, our lawyers offer the commitment and expertise to meet those needs. This includes development of preventive legal practices for your organization, taking your case to trial, filing an appeal or evaluating alternative dispute resolution methods.

What sets our attorneys apart as trial lawyers? They have the courtroom experience and strong reputation for expertise in specialized practice areas. Brown & James strives to offer clients the best results and knows when to go to trial, having been named Missouri’s "Winningest Defense Firm" seven years in a row by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Our lawyers are recognized for their achievements and by peers in the legal arena. They are also members of a number of professional organizations:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Woman Lawyers
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • National Retail Federation
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
  • Property Loss Research Bureau
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association

A number of our lawyers are regularly recognized as Best Lawyers in the The Best Lawyers in America publication and as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Super Lawyers magazine.

Our clients recognize Brown & James as highly skilled trial lawyers, experts in their respective practice areas, offering unparalleled legal services. Brown & James has been elected every year as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® for its defense work. In 2013, the firm was recognized for the seventh year in a row by general counsel at the Top 500 Companies in the U.S as a “Go-To Law Firm” for Litigation, according to a survey conducted by ALM’s Corporate Counsel magazine.

 We Value Your Business. We Evaluate Your Case Early and Often.

Not every case should be tried. In fact, most lawsuits settle. We work with our clients to proactively evaluate lawsuits early to help them determine which lawsuits should be tried and which should be settled. We will never spend countless hours preparing a case for trial and then recommend a settlement at the courthouse steps. We advise our clients as soon as a case warrants a settlement offer. We pride ourselves on organization, personalization, responsiveness and positive trial experience. 

 Our Winning Combination: General Trial Experience and Targeted Expertise

Our lawyers offer clients an extraordinary blend of effectiveness, efficiency and expertise. Each lawyer possesses unique advocacy skills in conjunction with concentrated experience in one or more fields of law. This combination of general trial experience and targeted expertise is not just effective, but also efficient.

Our attorneys are recognized as experts in their areas of concentration and are frequently called upon to speak at seminars for the legal community, insurers, corporations and professional associations. They write and publish articles of interest to our clients, the bar, peer-reviewed journals, the media and the public. In addition, our lawyers lead seminars and produce newsletters to provide our clients with the latest information and developments on trends and specific legal areas.

If you or your organization would benefit from an in-house seminar, the attorneys at Brown & James will work with you to provide a presentation that will meet your organizational needs. 

We Are the Lawyers You Hire When You Want Results

Brown & James is a leader in the cost-efficient handling of litigation. Our personal approach to fee-for-service billing and alternative billing arrangements includes careful planning, creative teamwork and the principles of quality management. This proven approach delivers our clients service, value and results.


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