Brandenburg Law Offices

Respected St. Louis Trial Lawyers

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Firm Overview

Experienced and reliable attorneys
For more than 30 years, Brandenburg Law Offices has been dedicated to meeting the legal needs of individuals and small businesses in the St. Louis metro area. We've earned a reputation as highly skilled trial lawyers, dedicated to winning the best possible results. Our practice encompasses these major areas:

-Business law & litigation
-Probate & trust litigation
-Wills, trusts & probate estates
-Auto & trucking accidents
-Personal injury cases
-Workers compensation

A solid record of success
At Brandenburg Law Offices, we pride ourselves on delivering highly personalized representation that makes your interests and needs our top priorities. We are skilled trial lawyers, adept at resolving disputes in or out of court. While we're intensely focused on delivering your best possible outcome, we also look out for your bottom line, negotiating settlements in good faith to save time and expense. Still, if a trial is necessary, we provide the aggressive representation required to win.

Preeminent reputation in the legal community
Brandenburg Law Offices commands the respect of our clients and the legal community. James Brandenburg is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - a distinction signifying the highest quality legal work, professionalism and ethical standards. Our reputation as formidable trial lawyers and honest negotiators is an intangible asset to our clients.
Main Office

Main Office
275 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis  MO  63141

Phone
  • 314-606-7178
Estate Planning
St. Louis Wills, Trusts and Probate Attorneys
Experience counts when planning your legacy
At Brandenburg Law Offices, so much of our practice entails damage control after an unexpected crisis that we've really come to appreciate our preventative work. Through careful and detailed estate planning, we help clients prepare for the inevitable: retirement, the infirmity of age and the passing of this life's rewards to the next generation. Our experience as litigators has taught us what issues are contentious, what language is open to multiple interpretations and what omissions leave a legacy vulnerable to excessive expenses. With a little reverse engineering, we're able to craft estate plans that secure your wealth, safeguard your retirement and efficiently transfer assets to your heirs.

Wills that accurately record your intentions
A will is an essential element of any estate plan. Without a last will and testament, your estate languishes in probate court as mounting court costs and legal fees eat away at your assets. Brandenburg Law Offices can clearly memorialize your intentions so your estate can move swiftly through probate, preserving your legacy to your beneficiaries.
Beyond a last will, there are instruments that provide legal safeguards should you become incapacitated and/or dependent. A living will and durable power of attorney ensure that decisions regarding your care and maintenance will be made according to your wishes and through a trusted person whom you select.

Trusts to avoid probate of your estate
Trusts are legal entities that hold, manage and distribute assets for purposes you choose. You can set up a trust so at the time of your death, your assets go directly to your beneficiaries without going through probate court proceedings. By setting up a living trust, you avoid the substantial time delays and expenses involved in probate court proceedings. At your death, your assets will go directly to the people or charities designated in your trust or the trust can remain in effect under a trustee you designate to take control after your death. Brandenburg Law Offices can fully explain your trust options during your free initial consultation.

Probate services to settle claims against the estate
When an individual dies, his or her estate may pass through the probate court before it can be distributed to the beneficiaries. Any creditors against the estate have the chance to come forward and state their claims. It's important, therefore, to have a knowledgeable attorney for the estate protecting the interests of the heirs. Brandenburg Law Offices provides probate law services to ensure that the estate is protected during any conflicts or controversies.
Probate
St. Louis Probate & Trust Litigation Attorneys
Experience counts when an elderly loved one is victimized
At Brandenburg Law Offices, probate and trust litigation is the fastest growing area of our practice. Most probate and trust litigation results when suspicious amendments to a testator's documents alter the distribution of assets. Though these actions are usually brought by would-be beneficiaries who believe they have been cheated, the real victim is the elderly testator who trusted that his or her wishes would be carried out. In the numerous cases we've handled, there's an unfortunate but common theme: an unscrupulous individual, motivated by personal greed takes advantage of an elderly person. Brandenburg Law Offices is committed to preventing that kind of unjust enrichment and restoring your loved one's original intent.

Experience counts when there's undue influence or breach of duty
Our firm recently represented a client in an action to set aside a trust amendment that deleted our client as a beneficiary. We were able to prove that another relative took unfair advantage of the elderly settlor to eliminate our client as a beneficiary. The trust amendment was declared invalid, and our client achieved a substantial recovery as a beneficiary pursuant to the original trust document.

The lawyers at Brandenburg Law Offices have also handled cases in which a power of attorney was used for improper purposes. Such cases may involve the execution of a power of attorney when a person is not competent (lack of capacity) or the person acting under power of attorney takes funds for improper uses (breach of fiduciary duty). These cases truly offend the conscience of decent people. Brandenburg Law Offices is committed to righting such wrongs.

Settling accounts with the estate's debtors and creditors
Brandenburg Law Offices has undertaken many cases involving litigation by or against a probate estate. These cases involve recovery of assets for the probate estate or the defense of the probate estate from outside creditors seeking to recover assets from the estate.
Trucking Accident
St. Louis, Missouri, Auto & Truck Accident Attorneys
Experience counts when asserting your rights
For more than 30 years, a substantial part of our practice at Brandenburg Law Offices has been representing individuals involved in automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents. We've counseled individuals who've sustained all types of serious injuries, from soft tissue neck and back injury, to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and paralysis.

Most cases involve issues of negligence in which the negligence of the other driver caused the accident and an injury to our client. We often are able to resolve these cases with the other driver's insurance company without filing a lawsuit. Our track record of securing large jury awards gives us considerable leverage in settlement negotiations, ensuring that our injured clients receive just compensation.

Experience counts when recovery depends on highly technical analysis
Brandenburg Law Offices often handles cases where fault is not readily apparent and requires in-depth, highly specialized analysis to prove your case. Some cases involve defective road and highway design. In a recent case, our client received a $250,000 award against the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission because of the dangerous design of a state highway. Although it's always an uphill battle when a plaintiff takes on a government sector, Brandenburg Law Offices has achieved consistently excellent results for our clients.

There are also cases in which an injury occurs or is greatly aggravated because of the defective design of the vehicle. These are called crashworthiness cases. Although auto manufacturers vigorously defend these types of cases, we have secured substantial awards for our clients in a number of crashworthiness cases.

Experience counts when you're facing a powerful defendant
We have obtained very substantial recoveries for clients in cases against trucking companies. These cases often require detailed knowledge of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations and thorough analysis of trucking company records to uncover violations by the driver or the trucking company. Large interstate trucking companies are highly motivated to defend accident cases. Nevertheless, in a recent case involving these issues, Brandenburg Law Offices achieved a $1,500,000 settlement for a client involved in a highway accident with an over-the-road truck.

High-quality representation without any upfront fee
Brandenburg Law Offices handles auto, truck and motorcycle cases on a contingency fee basis, so there is no charge for attorney services unless we obtain a recovery for you. We also advance all expenses so you don't have any out-of-pocket costs.
Workers Compensation
St. Louis, Missouri, Workers Compensation Attorneys
Experience counts when you are seriously injured on the job
Brandenburg Law Offices holds a considerable edge in handling workers compensation claims and appeals because of our vast experience with personal injury cases and business litigation. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, or if your loved one's workplace injuries resulted in death, Brandenburg Law Offices can protect your right to just compensation, including:

-Lost salary or wages
-Medical bills
-Rehabilitation expenses
-Temporary total disability benefits
-Permanent partial disability benefits
-Permanent total disability benefits
-Survivors' benefits
-Funeral expenses

Experience counts when deciding whether to assert a third-party claim because of your job injury
If a third party or co-worker caused your on the job injury, you might be entitled to additional damages and pain and suffering by filing a separate lawsuit and personal injury claim. The lawyers at Brandenburg Law Offices can thoroughly analyze the facts of your case to determine whether you can file a separate lawsuit against a third party or co-worker for additional damages because of your on-the-job injury.
Experience counts when appealing workers comp denials
If your workers compensation claim is denied, you're entitled to appeal. Unfortunately, you're given a limited time, and the process can be confusing and stressful. Brandenburg Law Offices has extensive experience writing and filing appeals that work. We're familiar with aspects of the law that might not be readily apparent. With our depth of experience, it's likely we've seen a case similar to yours and can make your best case for recovery on appeal.

James C. Brandenburg

Principal of Firm
-Auto and truck accidents
-Personal injury
-Workers compensation
-Business law and litigation
-Probate and trust litigation
-Wills, trusts and probate

Admitted
-State of Missouri, 1975
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
-U.S. Tax Court

Education
-Washington University in St. Louis, LL.M.
-University of Denver, J.D.
-Harvard University, B.A.

Professional organizations
-The Missouri Bar Association
-Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
-The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
-The Lawyers Association of St. Louis

Military service
-United States Marine Corps, Specialty Training as Machine Gunner, 1970 - 1976
---Honorable Discharge

Charitable activities
-Shriners Hospitals for Children
-Potentate of Moolah Temple, 2011, for all Shriners in eastern half of Missouri

Personal
-Married to Louise A. Brandenburg since 1983, four children
Education
  • University of Denver
    Juris Doctorate

Todd M. Boehlje

Areas of practice
-Auto and truck accidents
-Personal injury
-Workers compensation
-Business law and litigation
-Probate and trust litigation
-Wills, trusts and probate

Admitted to practice
-Missouri, 1996
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1997

Education
-Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 1996
-University of Illinois, B.A., 1993

Professional memberships
-The Missouri Bar Association
-Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
-Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

Biography
-Order of Barristers
-Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing, 1995 - 1996
Education
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    Juris Doctorate
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